What makes her heart triumphant? … Monday, January 21

Immaculate heart of the Virgin Mary (devotiona...

Immaculate heart of the Virgin Mary (devotional type image) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A Rosary Meditation … The Fifth Joyful Mystery, the Finding in the Temple. “Seek ye therefore first the kingdom of God, and His justice, and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33. There is a very wonderful apostolate called The Universal Living Rosary Association. Members are assigned one Mystery of the Rosary to be prayed daily at whatever time works best for them. Fifteen people make up one complete 15 decade Rosary daily. In some Eastern European countries members actually come together and each prays his or her decade with the group. Most of the time in Western nations folks pray in their own home and have no idea with who or where the other Mysteries are joined to theirs in prayer. It doesn’t matter. What matters is that people are praying, and praying as a group in spirit either way. I’ve been a member for years now. My Mystery is the Fifth Joyful Mystery. Members of the apostolate offer up their “dedicated decade”, as its called, for the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and also in honor of St. Philomena, the patroness of the association. I’ve often wondered just what the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary might mean. And it occurs to me that every time a person finds Jesus her heart triumphs. When we find Him in the Bible, in the life of a saint, in the Eucharist, in the Tabernacle, in the person setting next to us on the bus, and in the poor and disenfranchised her heart triumphs. We can pray for this, we can offer up this decade, the Finding in the Temple, for this, and we can actively work for this by helping others find Him too. The easiest way to help another person find Jesus? Simple. Show them Jesus. How? Be Jesus. Let Him live in you and through you. By doing this other people won’t be able to miss Him, and your Mother’s Heart will Triumph.

Today … St. Meinrad, martyr, is venerated as the patron and in some sense the founder of the Benedictine abbey of Einsiedeln in Switzerland, which has kept an unbroken continuity since Carolingian times. He settled as a hermit at Einsiedeln, where he was murdered by two ruffians to whom he had given hospitality in 861. His feast day is January 21st. It was from Abbey Einsiedeln that monks came to Arkansas and founded what is now Subiaco Abbey, the Abbey I’m attached to as a Benedictine Oblate. Think of all the Benedictines down through the ages. The ministry to so many, the Masses, the work, the prayers, the schools, the hospitals, the charity, the hospitality, and so much more. With all due respect for every religious order, because they are ALL due respect, I’m personally pleased to be able to say that in the Benedictine Order the Immaculate Heart of Mary triumphs joyfully. Here, in the Benedictine Order, for love of Christ, Jesus can be found.

St. Benedict … Wrote a very great rule that can be adapted to modern times and current lifestyles and so help us, any one of us desiring to, show Jesus to others by helping us, each of us as we put forth the effort that is our part while trusting in Him to do for us what we can’t, be Jesus. The more you walk with Him? The more you’ll look like Him.

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