OUR MOTHER´S NUMBER = THE ROSARY

WERE YOU THE APPLE OF YOUR MOTHER´S EYE?, WHAT ABOUT YOUR FATHER´S EYE?. IN ANY CASE, AS WELL AS IN ANY FAMILY WE ALSO SEE THIS EMPATHY IN OUR CELESTIAL FAMILY. JESUS CHRIST IS THE APPLE OF GOD´S EYE, THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY IS THE APPLE OF JESUS CHRIST´S EYE AND THAT IS WHY OUR MOTHER´S INTERCESSION IS SO POWERFUL, WHEN SHE ADDRESSES GOD IN JESUS CHRIST´S NAME. THE WAY TO REACH OUR HOLY MOTHER IS THROUGH THE ROSARY.

THE ROSARY IS ONE OF THE MOST CHERISHED PRAYERS OF OUR CATHOLIC CHURCH. INTRODUCED BY THE CREED, THE OUR FATHER, THREE HAIL MARYS AND THE DOXOLOGY (“GLORY BE”), AND CONCLUDED WITH THE SALVE REGINA, THE ROSARY INVOLVES THE RECITATION OF FIVE DECADES CONSISTING OF THE OUR FATHER, TEN HAIL MARYS AND THE DOXOLOGY. DURING THIS RECITATION, THE INDIVIDUAL MEDIATES ON THE SAVING MYSTERIES OF OUR LORD´S LIFE AND THE FAITHFUL WITNESS OF OUR BLESSED MOTHER. JOURNEYING THROUGH THE JOYFUL, SORROWFUL AND GLORIOUS MYSTERIES OF THE ROSARY, THE INDIVIDUAL STRINGS TO MIND OUR LORD´S INCARNATION, HIS PASSION AND DEATH AND HIS RESURRECTION FROM THE DEAD. IN SO DOING, THE ROSARY ASSISTS US IN UNITING OUR LIFE MORE CLOSELY TO OUR LORD AND IN IMPLORING HIS GRACED ASSISTANCE TO LIVE THE FAITH. WE ALSO ASK FOR THE PRAYERS OF OUR BLESSED MOTHER, WHO LEADS ALL BELIEVERS TO HER SON” (HISTORY OF THE ROSARY-EWTN.COM)

MIGUEL DE UNAMUNO (1864-1936) WAS BORN IN THE BASQUE COUNTRY. HE WAS AN IMPORTANT WRITER AND INTELLECTUAL WHO “PROPOSED THAT WE SHOULD ALL PRAY THE ROSARY, SINCE IT IS THE ONLY WAY TO GET TO UNDERSTAND SOMEHOW OUR LORD´S LIFE´S MYSTERY. ACCORDING TO MIGUEL DE UNAMUNO FAITH SHOULD NOT BE RATIONALIZED. THE ROSARY HELPS US REACH GOD´S LOVE AND PEACE. IN SPITE OF HAVING ADMITTED THAT HE WAS AGNOSTIC ON SO MANY OCCASIONS AND HAVING REACHED ATHEISM, WHENEVER HE FOUND HIMSELF IN A TIGHT SPOT HE WOULD EXCLAIM: “MERCIFUL MOTHER, PROTECT ME!”, UNTIL THE DAY HE FINALLY REALIZED HE HAD BECOME A SLAVE INSTEAD OF HAVING REACHED JESUS CHRIST´S FREEDOM. IT WAS THEN WHEN MIGUEL DE UNAMUNO STARTED TO PRAY AGAIN, MEDITATING ON THE MYSTERIES”.

“ OUR MOTHER ALWAYS COMES AND KEEPS OUR COMPANY. WHATEVER DIFFICULT SITUATION WE FIND OURSELVES IN. THE SITUATION MIGHT CONTINUE LONGER THAN EXPECTED, BUT WE WILL FIND OURSELVES FOCUSING ON THESE CIRCUMSTANCES IN A DIFFERENT WAY IF WE REALLY FEEL HER PRESENCE. FEELING HER COMPANY IMPLIES FEELING HER PEACE, LOVE, TENDERNESS AND PROTECTION. FEELING HER PRESENCE THIS WAY WE WILL BE READY TO ASK HER TO INTERCEDE WITH JESUS CHRIST FOR US WITH HER IMMENSE POWER, TELLING HER THIS: “MOTHER, SETTLE EVERYTHING”. OUR HOLY MOTHER HAS SUCH GREAT POWERS OF PERSUASION THAT SHE IS OFTEN ABLE TO PERSUADE JESUS CHRIST TO DO WHAT SHE ASKS HIM FOR. JESUS CHRIST LOVES HIS MOTHER SO MUCH THAT HE GRANTS HER EVERYTHING. WE HAVE GOT TO REMEMBER THAT IT WAS THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY WHO TALKED JESUS CHRIST INTO TRANSFORMING WATER INTO WINE IN THE CANAAN WEDDINGS, EVEN THOUGH JESUS CHRIST KNEW IT WAS NOT THE RIGHT TIME FOR HIM YET TO WORK MIRACLES. THE ROSARY FEELS LIKE GRASPING A PIECE OF HEAVEN WITHIN OUR HANDS INSTEAD OF A ROSARY BEAD. THIS MIRACULOUS PRAYER LETS US SUCCEED IN BEING AT PEACE WITH OURSELVES”.

“TRADITION DOES HOLD THAT ST. DOMINIC (D. 1221) DEVISED THE ROSARY AS WE KNOW IT. MOVED BY A VISION OF OUR BLESSED MOTHER, HE PREACHED THE USE OF THE ROSARY IN HIS MISSIONARY WORK AMONG THE ALBIGENSIANS, WHO HAD DENIED THE MYSTERY OF CHRIST” (HISTORY OF THE ROSARYEWTN.COM). “ACCORDING TO THE ROSARY HISTORY LEGEND AN ILLITERATE LAY BROTHER FROM THE DOMINICAN ORDER WOULD KNEEL DOWN ON HIS OWN EVERY NIGHT  BEFORE THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY STATUE, SAYING ALOUD 150 HAIL MARYS. AFTER THAT ST. DOMINIC WOULD GO OFF TO BED AND THEN GOT UP REALLY EARLY TO GO BEFORE THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY STATUE TO PRAY AGAIN, BEFORE THE COMMUNITY GOT UP. THE COMMUNITY WAS ALWAYS SURPRISED AT THE LOVELY ROSE SMELL THIS LAY BROTHER GAVE OFF AT THE PRAYING SPOT HE WAS AFTER HE LEFT. THE COMMUNITY WANTED TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE LOVELY ROSE SMELL, SO ONE DAY THEY DECIDED TO SPY ON HIM AND SAW THAT A ROSE WOULD APPEAR ON THE FLOOR WHILE ST. DOMINIC WAS SAYING A HAIL MARY. RIGHT AFTER ST. DOMINIC´S PRAYING WAS OVER ALL ROSES WOULD VANISH LEAVING A ROSE SCENT TRACE”.

“OUR MOTHER MAKES GOD A WINNER”. WE SURELY CAN HELP GOD BE THE WINNER IN THIS WORDLY BATTLE BETWEEN GOOD AND EVIL ONES, “IF WE PRAY THE ROSARY STARING AT THE TABERNACLE AND TELL OUR MOTHER WHAT WE ARE WORRIED ABOUT. WE DO NOT KNOW WHAT A SIMPLE PRAYER SAID STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART CAN DO. WHAT WE CAN CLAIM IS THAT PRAYING THE ROSARY IS MORE EFFECTIVE THAN A KALASHNIKOV RIFLE”.

LET US PRAY OUR MOTHER ON BEHALF OF OTHERS. WE CAN ALL INTERCEDE ON BEHALF OF OTHERS, TALKING TO OUR MOTHER, ASKING HER FOR WHATEVER OTHERS NEED IN HOPE OF FINALLY PERSUADING GOD TO CHANGE HIS MIND, BEARING IN MIND WE ARE ALL THEIR BELOVED CHILDREN. GOD´S MIND HAS SOMETIMES BEEN CHANGED BY SOME OF HIS MOST FAITHFUL CHILDREN. MOSES IS THE BEST EXAMPLE REGARDING HIS PRAYERS TO GOD ON BEHALF OF THE NEEDY. DO YOU ALL HAVE OUR MOTHER´S NUMBER ALREADY?

THE QUOTES I HAVE SHARED WITH ALL OF YOU ARE FROM CIELO E INFIERNO: VERDADES DE DIOS BY MARÍA VALLEJO-NÁGERA.

 

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Julia Martinez

Julia Martínez was born in The Basque Country, Spain in 1965. She went to Las Carmelitas School in Santurtzi, where she completed her elementary and secondary education, except her senior year. She decided to go to the United States as an exchange student for her senior year. She lived with an American family in California for that school year. After coming back from the US she started her undergraduate studies at Deusto University. By this time she had already lived in Santurtzi for seventeen years. It was 1983 when she and her family moved to Getxo. At Deusto University she studied English Linguistics for five years. She was twenty three years old when she got her undergraduate degree. She spent about three months during three different summers in England. During two of those summers she was an exchange student, and another summer she was working as an au pair, living with an English family. She also spent about two months during two different summers in Dublin. She was an exchange student living with an Irish family for a month, and another summer she was living in a student residence. In 1988 she was granted a scholarship to do her graduate studies at Indiana University, in the U.S..She completed a double master on English and Spanish Applied Linguistics in 1990. During that year and a half that she was studying over there she was also working as an Associate Professor giving Spanish classes at Indiana University. After working on the double master, She decided to go back to Spain and work as an English teacher at an English school in Galdakao for a year. At the same time that she was working, she was studying in order to sit a competitive exam. She went to Madrid to take it, and got the job she wanted. She became a civil servant, and she started working as an English teacher at a high school in 1991. By the year 2004 she had already been teaching for thirteen years in four different high schools, giving lessons to secondary students. In 2004 she decided to quit teaching and start painting as a self-made painter. She has got thirty six original oil paintings on canvas, and all of them share bright, lively, warm colors which invite you to smile and chill out. You see them all together and you see a real celebration of life, of what life should be, of happiness and love. Apart from painting, she is very keen on music and photography. About music, it must be said that she was very much into it during some years in the past, specially when she was taking Classical and electric guitar lessons and writing her own songs. She has got four demos with songs sung, both in English and Spanish. She performed as a singer in some places in the year 2000 after recording all her original songs. She is a hard-working person and a very good listener. She is one of those really positive people that finds solutions to almost anything you can think of. She enjoys creative work, either in painting, photography, dancing, singing, writing or cooking. She also enjoys herself with those little things in life like going out for a stroll in the country, listening to all kinds of music, good company, a good book, helping people in need, taking a nap, or just watching a funny movie. At present she is working as a freelance writer. Let us add that she is really interested in the protection of animals.

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