A torrent of graces

{repost from 10/3/2021}

Grant us, we beseech Thee O Lord, to be fittingly prepared for the offering of these gifts and, through the mysteries of the most holy Rosary, so to meditate upon the life, passion, and glory of Thine only-begotten Son that we may become worth of His promises. (Secret, External Solemnity of Our Lady of the Rosary)

What a day!

Today is both the (traditional) feast of St. Terese of Lisieux but also the external feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. Both women, our mother and our sister, showering roses from heaven, often in forms we don’t recognize.

In the life of my kids and I these roses are falling from heaven as graces. Specific, abundant, graces that catch me off guard each day.

It all started three weeks ago, when I decided to start praying all 15 decades of the Rosary every day. I’ve been faithful to this practice so far, no matter how I get my prayers in. This week I’ll have a video going more in depth on why I decided to do it, how I find time to pray 3 rosaries a day, how the fruits are flooding in, and what this devotion is all about, but for now I can tell you that I will look back and see this decision as a pivotal point in my spiritual and material life. It is everything it’s cracked up to be, and more.

I know God will take away the deluge of graces at some point, but for now I’m drinking from a firehose. And so are my kids.

What are graces? They are inspirations, actions, consolations, movements of the Holy Spirit, gifts from God in the form of change or provisions, and other things, too. The are a participation in the inner life of God. Bestowals to aid us on the narrow way, to experience union with Him on earth. The come from no act on our part; they are freely given by God. The more we empty ourselves, the more we are filled by Him. The more we participate in graces, the more He gives us.

We often want physical signs of God’s love. And he does give them. But the more intimate sharing of His inner life is the life of grace.

And Our Blessed Mother and the great saints in heaven implore God at His throne to shower us with graces, so that we might share in their beatific vision one day.

Happy Sunday from us to you!

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2 Comments

  1. Christine Gammel on November 24, 2021 at 2:00 am

    I recently started saying all the mysteries of the Rosary. I am also doing the Luminous mysteries. So I am saying 4 Rosaries a day. Do you not do the Luminous?

    • Kristine on November 24, 2021 at 2:09 am

      I currently say the traditional Joyful/Sorrowful/Glorious mysteries a day but don’t see anything wrong with adding the Luminous!

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