Saturday, April 22, 2006

Reflection on the Joyful Mystery of the Rosary

Reflection on the Joyful Mystery of the Rosary

Think about a time when you felt glorious. Describe an exhilarating moment. Think about a time when you felt relief from a terrible burden. Can you identify with Mary?

Did you ever feel the struggle between letting go and wanting to hold on (which is to control and to be selfish)? After Jesus ascended into heaven, Mary had hope. How can you learn to hold on to hope like Mary did?

Descent of the Holy Spirit
Do you feel empowered? When you were confirmed you received the Spirit the same way Mary did on Pentecost. The Apostles and Mary then went out to all the nations and preached the Good News. How motivated are you to act on the gift you’ve already received? What else would it take? Can you name the gift you’ve received? Have you used it?

Your loved ones who have died are with Mary and Jesus in heaven. Mary says they are at peace. Do you believe that? Can you envision the scene? In heaven they are praying for you. They are with God. Have you ever felt their intercession? Are you looking forward to sharing in this joy?

Because Mary listened to God’s instructions all during her life and because she obeyed them, she was rewarded. Have you listened and obeyed well? Mary can be your Queen, your Mother, or your Role Model. Do you relate to her? Do you feel you can turn to her?

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