|Franciscan Crown Rosary
Meditations & Reflections
FIRST JOY - THE
ANNUNCIATION - THE GIFT OF FORTITUDE
At baptism we
are called by name to give flesh to Christian values and beliefs. In responding to the
gift of baptism, how have we dealt with becoming a disciple of the Lord? What is our
relationship to God, Church and others? How do we respond to the invitation to build up
the Body of Christ?
living according to Christian values be a lonely and frightening thing? Name people and
events in your life which have helped you live out your faith commitment?
our Father, your WORD became flesh and was born of the Virgin Mary. May we become more
like Jesus Christ, whom we acknowledge as our redeemer , God and man. We ask this through
our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one
God, forever and ever. Amen.
JOY - THE VISITATION - THE GIFT OF COUNSEL
Luke 1: 39-56
response to God was the powerful prayer of the Magnificat, the joyous acknowledgement of
God's goodness within her. What is our response to God?
three positive qualities with which the Lord has blessed you? Whom do you turn to for
counsel and friendship in your life?
Father, you inspired the Virgin Mary, mother of your Son, to visit Elizabeth and assist
her in her need. Keep us open to the working of your Spirit, and with Mary may we praise
you forever. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen. (2)
JOY - THE NATIVITY - THE GIFT OF FEAR OF THE LORD
THE NATIVITY and
ADORATION OF THE MAGI
upon the role of Mary as a woman of faith, we learn that she accepted the will of the
Father and all that went with that responsibility.
How do you
respond to the will of God in your life?
emotional turmoil Mary experienced at the time of Jesus' birth. She turned to God for
strength. Where do you turn during those periods of emotional turmoil in your life?
God of love, Father of all, the darkness that covered the earth has given way to
the bright dawn of your Word made flesh. Make us a people of this light. Make us faithful
to your Word that we may bring your life to the waiting world. Grant this through Christ
our Lord. Amen. (3)
JOY - THE PRESENTATION - THE GIFT OF WISDOM
As Mary and
Joseph presented Jesus to the elders of the Temple, they once again displayed their love
and faithfulness towards God.
As you were
presented by your parents to the Lord in the Sacrament of Baptism, your parents also
displayed their love and faithfulness towards God. How do you express your love and
faithfulness towards God?
How do you
share wisdom with others?
powerful Father, Christ your Son became man for us and was presented in the temple. May he
free our hearts from sin and bring us into your presence. We ask this through our Lord
Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God,
forever and ever. Amen. (4)
JOY - THE FINDING IN THE TEMPLE - GIFT OF UNDERSTANDING
THE FINDING IN THE TEMPLE
was probably a frustrating and stressful experience for both Mary and Joseph. The
happiness of finding Jesus was lost when Mary and Joseph could not comprehend his
When do you
most often lose sight of Christ within your life? How do you seek to understand the wisdom
of God and the will of God?
What are the
five qualities you appreciate about your parents and their love for you?
help us to live as the holy family, united in respect and love. Bring us to the joy and
peace of your eternal home. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives
and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen. (5)
JOY - THE RESURRECTION - THE GIFT OF PIETY AND LOVE
The ordeal of
seeing her only Son die a criminal's death was undoubtedly a traumatic experience for
Mary. She drew strength from the Father's love and realized that Jesus would conquer death
through the power of God.
From where do
you draw your strength? Does the gift of the resurrection truly give you a reason to hope
and a reason to live?
our Father, by raising Christ your Son you conquered the power of death and opened for us
the way to eternal life. Let our celebration today raise us up and renew our lives by the
Spirit that is within us. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your son, who lives
and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen. (6)
JOY - THE ASSUMPTION - THE GIFT OF KNOWLEDGE
experienced the call from God, we also need a deepening conviction and eagerness to hear
God's call in our lives and respond to the call. It is important to trust God enough to
allow ourselves to respond freely and generously as Mary did.
Are you as
eager to hear God's call as Mary was? How are the fruits of the Holy Spirit (love, peace,
patience, kindness, gentleness, serenity) growing and affecting your relationship with God
you have given us the mother of your Son to be our Queen and Mother. With the support of
her prayers may we come to share the glory of your children in the kingdom of heaven. We
ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the
Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.
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