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Letter for October 19, 2014
29th Sunday in Ordinary Time



Dear Friends,
In lieu of my letter for last week and today, below is a copy
of the second part of Bishop Roger Gries’ homily which he
gave at the concluding Mass for our Rosary Rally on October
6th. For those who were unable to attend, I thought you
might like to hear what he had to say. I think it was the best
homily I’ve ever heard on the Rosary. (Please refer to last
week’s bulletin for the first half of his homily.)

I am quite sure that we don’t believe enough in the power of
the Rosary. During a retreat that was led by Fr. Gabriele
Amorth, the exorcist for the diocese of Rome, he told the retreatants
that once, when he was performing an exorcism, the
demon said to him, “every Hail Mary is another blow on my
head. If Christians knew the power of the Rosary, my power
would be finished.” So in that sense we could say that every
Hail Mary of the Rosary is a rose being given to Our Lady. If
we knew the power of the Rosary, the power of Satan would
be finished. David conquered Goliath with a slingshot. We
can conquer evil through the Rosary.

Let me share a personal story. When I was a high school
student, I was dating a nice and beautiful girl. On one occasion
I was invited to meet her mother. She sat me on a couch
between her and my girl friend. She took out a photo album
and showed me photos of my friend as a baby, at her baptism,
graduation from kindergarten, first communion, confirmation
and on and on. So as we celebrate the Assumption of Our
Lady, I encourage you to pray the Rosary every day, especially
as we process around the neighborhood. While we
pray the Rosary we don’t just say prayers. We are sitting
with our mother Mary and she shares the photos of her Son as
we contemplate the twenty mysteries in the lives of Jesus and
Mary, five joyful, five luminous, five sorrowful and five glorious.
It is so sad that some parents do not pray with their children
now. There are many helps available in religious bookshops
for family prayer, but I would also ask you to consider
including all, or part, of the Rosary into your family prayer.
Like any good mother, Our Lady is concerned for us, her
family, so after her Assumption in heaven she continues to
help us from heaven; but she needs your Rosaries to help her
achieve her plans. Give a bouquet of roses to your heavenly
mother every day by praying the Rosary. The bouquet of
roses will then be transformed by Our Lady so that she can
help people around the world.

Let me end with a quote from St. Maximilian Kolbe, “It is
beyond all doubt that Mary’s will represents to us, the will of
God himself. By dedicating ourselves to her we become, in
her hands, instruments of God’s mercy, even as she was an
instrument in God’s hands. We should let ourselves be
guided and led by Mary, and rest quiet and secure in her
hands. She will watch out for us, provide for us, answer our
needs of body and spirit; she will dissolve all our difficulties
and worries.”

Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at
the hour of our death. Amen.

Have a blessed week, Fr. Dave



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