OCTOBER DEVOTION – DAY – 04 – THE HOLY ROSARY – FOR PEACE
Today, 04th Of October is the memorial of ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI. One who left all his material wealth to follow Jesus Christ through the Gospel values of poverty, simplicity and humility. He is also the author of the popular prayer: “Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.” We really need peace more than ever especially in our turbulent society today. Peace of heart, mind and soul is lacking and this is very dangerous. Hence, we are manifesting and battling daily with mental health issues. Listen to the great promoter and teacher of the Rosary – St. John-Paul II “A number of historical circumstances also make a revival of the Rosary quite timely. First of all, the need to implore from God the gift of peace. The Rosary has many times been proposed by my predecessors and myself as a prayer for peace. At the start of a millennium which began with the terrifying attacks of 11 September 2001, a millennium which witnesses every day innumerous parts of the world fresh scenes of bloodshed and violence, to rediscover the Rosary means to immerse oneself in contemplation of the mystery of Christ who “is our peace”, since he made “the two of us one, and broke down the dividing wall of hostility” (Eph. 2:14). Consequently, one cannot recite the Rosary without feeling caught up in a clear commitment to advancing peace, especially in the land of Jesus, still so sorely afflicted and so close to the heart of every Christian.” I prayerfully wish you well as you pray the rosary for peace at all levels of our lives. St. Francis of Assisi – Pray for us! Our Lady of the Rosary – Pray for us to experience peace now and always! Pray your Rosary along with St. Francis:
O LORD, Make me an instrument of Your Peace
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is discord, unity;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is error, truth;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is sadness, joy;
Where there is darkness, light.
O Divine Master,
Grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled, as to console;
To be understood, as to understand;
To be loved, as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
It is in dying that we are born to eternal life.