JOYFUL MYSTERIES OF THE MOST HOLY
The following are points that can
help you to make a more fruitful meditation/contemplation of the tremendous mystery
of the Annunciation/Incarnation of the Son of God. All due to the generous “Yes” given by Mary
to God through the announcement of the Archangel Gabriel. “And the Word became
flesh and dwelt among us.” (Jn. 1:14)
Biblical Passage (Rosary is
bible-based prayer (Lk. 1:26-38) Mondays and Saturdays--- the day of the week
FRUIT SUGGESTED: Humility of heart,
mind and soul like Mary.
GRACE IN GENERAL: From St. Pope JPII: to contemplate the FACE
of Jesus through the eyes and heart of Mary. She pondered all in her IHM.
IMMACULATE CONCEPTION—she is the
Immaculate Conception. Kolbe calls her “The Immaculata.” Explain…
JOY (Joyful mysteries) Beg for the
grace to be joyful like Mary. Pope Francis insists on joy; wrote the Apostolic
Exhortation: the joy of the Gospel.
JOY—Desire of all human hearts
(Aquinas). Why so much sadness in hearts and faces? Looking for joy in the wrong place. Examples:
joke of Pastor and throw all the beer, wine, vodka, in the river. Let us go to
the river joyfully. Cannot find it in vino and casino. Looking for it in the
NO TO SIN. Sin takes away our joy! Mary is the I.C.
Never sinned. Closer we get to I.C. and pray to her the more we distance ourselves
from sin. Sin is anti-God and agua- fiesta (Kill-joy!)
YES to God. Like Mary, true joy will
come only when we learn to say “Yes” to God.
Example of Jacques Phillipe and “yes” to the inspiration to visit the
ANGEL GABRIEL—Try to contemplate and
imagine the scene. Actually this is the
1st part of the Hail Mary.
Gabriel means power of God and is the Patron of modern communication.
(Blessed Pope Paul VI). He can teach us to communicate the truth with love.
10. ANUNCIATION—announces the
good news to Mary that she will have a child.
The title for the 1st Mystery is the Annunciation!
11.MARY’S YOUTH AND
PURITY. Mary was very young and pure. Let us pray for our children and young
people so that through Mary’s example and prayer they will maintain or recover
12.SILENCE OF MARY—teaches
us the importance of prayer being supported by silence. Elijah on the mountain…
Pope Benedict in NYC seminary: too many noises for young people. Must have
silence so as to hear the Word of God like Mary.
13.QUESTION OF MARY: How
will she have a child since she does not know man??? Why? Mary had made a vow
of perpetual virginity to God—a serious promise—and she did not want to break
her promise. We should pray for the grace to be faithful to our words and
promises like Mary.
to give her whole self to God, her entire being.
15.SIGN—God announces to
her through the angel a sign, a miracle: her elderly cousin is expecting a
child and is already in her 6th month. God can work miracles in any
time and place according to His holy will.
16.NOTHING IMPOSSIBLE FOR
GOD. Very important statement. TRUST!!!
We should trust that God can do miracles in us and others. Lourdes during the
Eucharistic procession at dusk! Beg God to work miracle sin your life,
especially miracles in the order of grace.
17. THE VIRGINAL
CONCEPTION. This conception would come
about through the power and the over-shadowing of the Holy Spirit. Mary always
had a deep union with the Holy Spirit; she can help us. Mary is the Daughter of
God the Father, the Mother of God the Son and the Mystical Spouse of the Holy
Spirit. Not to be confused with the Immaculate Conception!
18.TWO CROWNS OF MARY:
VIRGINITY AND MATERNITY. Kolbe was given the two crowns from Mary: Purity, and
19. YES/FIAT!!! Mary says
yes to God; may we learn to say yes to God and no to sin. If done, we will
experience great joy and be able to share this joy with others.
20. OVERSHADOWING. Imagine
Jesus descending from heaven to earth and entering the depths of the being of
21.INCARNATION! Most important moment in the history of the
world—and the Word became flesh and dwelt among us(Jn. 1:14—Prologue)
22. MARY AND HOLY
COMMUNION. JPII makes the parallel
between the “Yes” of Mary and the Incarnation and the “Amen” we say when we receive
Holy Communion. Both result in receiving Jesus into our hearts, into the very
depths of our souls! Mary can help us to
make better Holy Communions.
23. MARIAN APPARITIONS—she
asks for a Church so that Jesus can come through the Sacraments, especially in
Mass and Holy Communion.
24. JPII says that Marian
Sanctuaries are spiritual clinics—healing and nourishment through the
25. SALVATION! The name of the Child is Jesus. Meaning:
Savior, “He will come to save the people of their sins. Let us render abundant
thanks to Mary for saying “Yes” to God and “Yes” to God for the salvation of
our immortal souls. Your soul is worth more than the whole created universe!