The Rosary and it’s Power

Anxious Girl Praying the Rosary

(Sirach 47:2-11; Psalm 18:31, 47, 50, 51; Mark 6:14-29)

Again, as I reflected on today’s readings after praying the Rosary in the Adoration Chapel I tried to discover the message our Church has for us within this particular set of readings. Alone they are powerful. Both our first reading and our Gospel reveal to us the power that earthly kings hold over the people under their kingship. Additionally, they also reveal to us the need for Godly worldly leaders.

Our first reading shares with us the magnificence of King David. He was a great earthly king who loved God above all else, and it was this love that undoubtedly made him such a great king. David loved God with all his heart, and in return God exalted his strength forever, forgave him of all his sins and conferred upon him the “rights of royalty”. Yes, the relationship between King David and God is beauty beyond all measure.

Then in our Gospel we read of King Herod, who like King David, also yielded great power in the world. Yet Herod, having a heart directed towards worldly pleasures, used his power for worldly pursuits. We see that while Herod had fear of John the Baptist because John was a righteous and holy man, Herod’s love of the world eventually lead him to commit the sin of murder. As we all know, Herod ordered the execution of John the Baptist. Our John, the one who leapt in his mother’s womb with joy as Mary approached her pregnant cousin Elizabeth, the wild man of the desert who baptized our Lord, the one who paved the way for the One who is to come – our beloved John the Baptist was murdered by King Herod for speaking the Truth.

Then scripture spoke to me. The world is in need of King Davids now more than ever. We need righteous world leaders who place God above all else, who love him above all others and who seek to praise him forever and ever. We need world leaders who trust so deeply in God that they can stand before the giant with only a sling and a stone, leaders who seek to crush pride in the world and restore the might of the people for the glory of God. Leaders who seek to serve God alone. Yet, sadly the world is full of “King Herods”, leaders whose love of the world leads to sin, destruction and heartache. Leaders who seek to serve their own self-interest, or worse, the interest of evil.

However, we must remember that we are living in the midst of a spiritual battle that the naked eye cannot see. We are not fighting against flesh and blood enemies, rather, we are fighting against evil rulers of the unseen world. (Ephesians 6:12). In order that all mankind may experience peace we must call upon our true king – Christ the King, and we must use our spiritual weapon of prayer – specifically the prayer of the Rosary.

While many holy individuals and saints have revealed to us the power of the Rosary over time, stigmatist Saint, Padre Pio is famous for calling the Rosary “his weapon”. The saint was known to pray the Rosary over 50 times a day – you would always find him with a Rosary in his hand. Our Lady herself said to Padre Pio: “with this weapon you will win”. The saint’s love and devotion to the Blessed Mother is beyond my comprehension – I can only dream of loving her with such deep love. Given our need for Godly world leaders I felt compelled to share with you again my Rosary prayer in the hopes that we can join together and pray for our world leaders. I know that prayer is our greatest weapon, and I trust in the words our Blessed Mother gave to Padre Pio – “with this weapon you will win”. I invite you to join me, perhaps print out my Rosary prayer so it is handy for you. I believe that together we can make a difference and the political landscape of the world can change so that God is glorified for all to see.

 

Carolyn’s Rosary Prayer

I begin by offering the Rosary with an intention that the world turn to Jesus through the aid of our Blessed Mother. I then begin my Rosary, praying the mystery the Church suggests for each day of the week and offering the below prayers on the indicated beads.

The First Our Father bead: I offer this Our Father and the entire Rosary for the intentions of Pope Francis and for his physical, emotional and spiritual protection.

The First Hail Mary bead: I offer this Hail Mary and the entire Rosary for Mother Mary’s intentions for: the world, the world’s political leaders, the world’s religious leaders, the worldwide Holy Catholic Church, ISIS in the world, and the Muslim faith in the world.

The Second Hail Mary bead: I offer this Hail Mary and the entire Rosary for Mother Mary’s intentions for: the United States, our political leaders, our religious leaders, the Holy Catholic Church in the United States, ISIS in the United States, the Muslim faith in the United States, and for our upcoming presidential election. (I invite you to offer this Hail Mary for your homeland in similar manner)

The Third Hail Mary bead: I offer this Hail Mary and the entire Rosary for Mother Mary’s intentions for: my family and for our physical, emotional and spiritual protection so that we can more fully serve her Son in the world under her divine mothership.

On each mystery: As I meditate on the different mysteries I ask God to help me feel in my heart what he wants me to feel so that I can more fully serve him in the world.

 

Immaculate Heart of Mary – pray for us.

About the Author

Carolyn Berghuis MS, ND, CTN is a best-selling author, inspirational speaker, traditional naturopath, and free-lance Catholic writer. She has spent over 20 years helping individuals experience real transformation in their body, heart and soul. Carolyn credits her frequent time spent in Eucharistic Adoration and regular Mass attendance for her spiritual growth and internal peace. Carolyn Berghuis is creator of The LIVE Method (Love is Victorious Everywhere) and the founder of Trinity Holistic Wellness. A woman whose compassion and determination are a powerful portrait of the human spirit, she has discovered the path to real happiness and peace. Her weekly on-line reflections on acatholic.org inspire readers across the globe and her heart for healing propels her forward as she seeks to assist those on their journey towards happiness and wholeness. Additionally, Carolyn is currently pursuing an MA in Pastoral Theology at Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology. Carolyn also holds a BS in Mathematics, a MS in Holistic Nutrition and a doctoral degree in Naturopathy. Together with her husband, Scott Berghuis, Carolyn enjoys a rich family life with their three beautiful children and seven amazing grandchildren. Carolyn is available to speak on a variety of Catholic topics. If you would like Carolyn to speak at your local event please contact her at Carolyn@CarolynBerghuis.com. You can learn more about Carolyn's ministry at www.CarolynBerghuis.com

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8 Comments

  1. Your reflection, your testimony are absolutely true, I am a witness. Blessed Mother Mary has been the Ark of Covenant in my entire household as She was with household of Obed-edom (2 Samuel 6: 10-11).

  2. The world nowadays need more prayers.

    We seldom see the young generations in prayer, instead they are too busy with the gadgets, connecting the world and updating themselves to be tech savvy.

    We too include our young in prayers. Let’s ask the intercession of Mother Mary for them; they will be our future leaders of state and of the church.

    “The church must go near with the young generation, rather than the young will go near the church”, as Cardinal Bo, (the Papal legate ) said during the Statio Orbis of the 51st IEC in Cebu, Philippines.

  3. I always enjoy your daily reflections. Thank you so much for inspiring us.
    We truly need to pray for our leaders. May God help them to lead like King David.
    Dear Parents all over the world, good parental upbringing is very important. Imagine the way Herodias advised her daughter to request for the head of John the Baptist.
    Do you always lure your child to commit evil? Desist from it now to avoid God’s wrath upon your life.
    MAY GOD HELP US ALL!

  4. God bless to all the writers. I look forward with anticipation to the daily readings and reflections. It helps me recharge my spiritual batteries.

  5. Thank you Carolyn for your prayers. I am so moved by your intentions which include offering prayers for the Muslim faith. What an inclusive prayer! It doesn’t occur to me to pray for the Muslim faith. I don’t even remember them. Reading your reflection today has given me insight to my weak prayers. For us to pray for King David’s kinds of leaders and peace in the world, our prayers have to be inclusive of everyone. This is what God wants and it is same that Pope Francis reminds us to do. When l pray my Rosary from now on, it will be different.
    Thank you again and may the Spirit of continue to speak to us through the Catholic moment.

  6. Thank you Ms. Carol ….as I practice the Holy Rosary here in abroad it make more stronger and more closer to our Blessed Mother Mary…now my daughter Rohzel ann is joining me in this act of Faith and I am hoping when I’m goin back to Philippines I can teach my 2 children too.

    God bless you more….

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