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Sunday, October 27, 2019

When a Rosary turns gold, it's time to take the prayer more SERIOUSLY!



See the "finger Rosary" pictured above?  It used to be a silver-gray color for the 3+ years I've had it.  I'm sure many of you understand what I'm describing because these types of small metal rosaries are common.  The fact is - at about 2:30AM this morning it was silver-ish with green patina due to long-time exposure to Hawaii's salty air.  Then, after using it to pray at about 7:30AM, I was surprised to find it mysteriously changed to a golden color between my fingers, in the brief span of about 15 minutes!  That was more than 10 hours ago...  and I'm still in awe.

An image from the internet showing what my
finger Rosary originally looked like when I first got
it 
(compare the 
color with the above photo).

I decided to post about it because I know there's an important, underlying message behind it - not just for me, but for everyone else out there.   And the message is very simple - this was Our Lady's way of reaffirming the IMMENSE VALUE OF THE ROSARY DEVOTION - PRECIOUS, AS SYMBOLIZED BY GOLD.  IT NEEDS TO BE TAKEN MORE SERIOUSLY AND PRAYED WITH FREQUENCY.  NOW, IN THESE PRESENT TIMES.

If one researches approved Marian apparitions in these modern times, the Rosary has figured prominently in Our Lady's appearance and/or her message:

     +  Lourdes, France (1858)
            Our Lady appeared as the "Immaculate Conception" with a Rosary
            hanging from her wrist.


     +  Fatima, Portugal (1917) 
            The Holy Virgin appeared as the "Lady of the Rosary", while also
            carrying Rosary from her wrist.  Among other things, she once said
            said at Fatima:

                 "Pray the rosary every day to obtain peace for the world and the end of 
                 the war (WWI)."

     +  Banneux, Belgium (1933)
            Mary appeared dressed almost identical to her apparitions in Lourdes,
            including carrying her trademark Rosary with her.


     +  Heede, Germany (1937 - 1940)
            Our Lady appeared as the "Queen of the Universe" and the "Queen of the
            Poor Souls".   She once said at Heede:

                 "Be good and resigned to the will of God. Pray often, especially the Rosary."

     +  Akita, Japan (1973 - 1981)
            The Blessed Mother spoke to a humble nun and, among other things, said:

                 "The only arms which will remain for you will be the Rosary and the sign
                 left by My Son.  Each day recite the prayers of the Rosary. With the
                 Rosary, pray for the Pope, the bishops, and priests."

     +  Cuapa, Nicaragua (1980)
            Our Lady appeared on 6 occasions to a middle-aged sacristan and once said
            the following words to him about the Rosary, among other things:

                 "Pray, pray, my son, the Rosary for all the world.  Tell believers and non-
                 believers that the world is threatened by grave dangers.  I ask the Lord to
                 appease His justice, but, if you don't change, you will hasten the arrival of
                 the Third World War."

     +  San Nicolas, Argentina (1983 to 1990)
            Our Heavenly Mother again appeared on earth as Our Lady of the Rosary to
            a local housewife and mother.  She spoke many, many messages and, among
            them, she once said in a straight-forward manner:

                 "The weapon that has the greatest influence on evil is to say the Rosary."

Taking these 150+ years of apparitions as a whole, it's obvious the Blessed Virgin has been emphasizing the Rosary during her visits to earth.  At some of these holy sites, too, many others have experienced their Rosaries changing to a gold color.  It's also clear Our Lady is warning us about the troubled times we're now living in... and the worse that's still to come (e.g. World War III, per Cuapa?).  The devil is certainly on the prowl, spreading his darkness and seeking to destroy whoever he can.

Our Lady of the Rosary of San Nicolas,
pray for us.

So I tell people all the time the Rosary is an important devotion because it's a Christ-centered prayer that binds us closer to Jesus; through the 20 Rosary Meditations, Jesus shares the story of His life with us in order to help us deepen our personal relationship with Him and with His beloved Mother, too.  In this way, our spiritual/mental/emotional union with Christ is cultivated and grows; thus, His Light brightens in our souls, repelling the darkness of the devil that's pervading today's society... and even within the Church, itself.  If we don't want to be devoured by the encroaching evil, we have to stay as close as possible to Jesus - there's no other solution than Him.

So let's take up our Rosaries and pray them frequently, if not daily, as Our Lady requests; for the various intentions she requests... and for the sake of deeper union with Jesus.  If we only recognized the full value of the Rosary we'd be beyond amazed and more grateful to Our Lady for this precious devotion.  As I can personally testify today - the Rosary Prayer is GOLDEN!

+ To learn about Our Lady's 15 Promises to those devoted to the Rosary, click here. +

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