THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
FROM ST. AUGUSTINE SPIRITUALITY CENTER
St. Augustine High School
Sister Rosemarie Goins, CSSF
October 4-10, 2015
This week St. Francis of Assisi is honored in a special way. While on earth, he gave us an example of the fullness of the love of the Father for his Son, Jesus and thus, for each of us. Hebrews 2:9-11 tells us that “Jesus ‘for a little while’ was made ‘lower than the angels,’ that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone…and bring salvation…through suffering.” Francis modeled himself after this suffering servant, Jesus, and proclaimed the Gospel as our guide to a faithful and loving life.
The Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary reminds us of the wonderful legacy we have in the biblically based prayers that make up this garland of roses. The use of beads is very common among many religions.
Mary’s beads reflect many biblical sources. For example, “Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you” are the marvelous words of the Archangel, Gabriel, at the Annunciation (Luke1:26-38) and “Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb” comes from (Luke 1:39-55) the words of Elizabeth at the Visitation. What a privilege it is to repeat theses words of an Archangel and a relative of the Blessed Virgin. When anyone questions the use of the Rosary, just remind them that this prayer is a fine review of what we believe as Christians and is biblical. In her appearances, Mary has repeatedly said, “Pray the Rosary.”
The Rosary is also a means to an end; its object is to lead to meditation on the mysteries attached to each decade. These mysteries cover the entire span of Jesus’ life. Therefore, it is important that we familiarize ourselves with the Bible, making it a daily part of our lives. Bible stories for children can be provided at a young age, so that these events become part of the fabric of their spirituality.
Respect Life Sunday occurs this week, but we know that every day is respect life. We take the responsibility to handle with care our fragile existence, whether that is the babe in the womb, the elderly, friends, family, creation or even our enemies. Like Jesus on the cross, we can reach out with love and forgiveness. We can become the sign of God’s loving and merciful presence in the world.
On October 10th Blessed Mary Angela, the foundress of the Felician Franciscan Sisters. working here at St. Augustine High School, invite you to honor her on her Feast Day and ask her for favors of healing.