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Discover the life-changing experience of daily meditating upon the Holy Rosary. Live video prayer at 7:30 pm ET from New York and podcasts on major platforms. In English with parts in Latin. Make the Virgin Mary smile! More at therosarynetwork.org.
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May 17, 2024, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary, St. Peter’s love for Jesus Christ surpasses his sins. Three times the apostle denied the Lord, and so three times Jesus asked him to reaffirm his faith, as we read today. (Jn 21:15-19): “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?”Simon Peter answered him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”Jesus said to him, “Feed my lambs.”He then said to Simon Peter a second time,“Simon, son of John, do you love me?”Simon Peter answered him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”He said to him, “Tend my sheep.”He said to him the third time,“Simon, son of John, do you love me?”Peter was distressed that he had said to him a third time,“Do you love me?” and he said to him,“Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.”Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep.” Our Lord tested Simon (Peter), asking what he would do. Jesus wants love in action. The message is clear for all of us: the test of love is action. We follow the Lord with real acts of charity and forgiveness. Come, Holy Spirit, come! Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel Amigot | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠May 17, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
5/17/202432 minutes, 12 seconds
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May 16, 2024, Holy Rosary (Luminous Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary, "The Immaculate Heart of Mary must be for us a refuge and the way that leads to God," wrote Sister Lucia of Fatima, the oldest of the three children to whom Our Lady of Fatima appeared in 1917.To attain the peace of Christ, the devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary must be established in the world by means of a true consecration, through conversion and self-giving, Venerable Lucia said. "God enclosed His eternal Word in the Heart of Mary, and it from this Word that life comes to us." Come, Holy Spirit, come! Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel Amigot | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠May 16, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
5/16/202430 minutes, 9 seconds
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May 15, 2024, Feast of St. Isidore, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary, Today, the Catholic Church celebrates the memorial of St. Isidore the Farmer (1070-1130), a Spanish laborer who worked most of his life as a plowman for a wealthy landowner in Madrid, Spain. Although he worked many hours a day, he never failed to attend daily Mass and spend time praying before the Holy Eucharist. Isidore had deep religious instincts. He rose early in the morning to go to church and spent many holidays devoutly visiting the churches of Madrid and surrounding areas. He married a young woman as simple and upright as himself, Maria de la Cabeza, who also became a saint. They had one son, who died as a child. They were always willing to help their neighbors and worked with the poor in the city slums. He was known for his love of the poor, and there are accounts of Isidore miraculously supplying them with food. He died May 15, 1130, and was declared a saint in 1622 along with Ignatius of Loyola, Francis Xavier, Teresa of Avila, and Philip Neri. Together, they are known in Spain as "the five saints." In 1947, he was proclaimed the Patron of the Catholic Rural Life Conference in the United States. Come, Holy Spirit, come! Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel Amigot | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠May 15, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
5/15/202428 minutes, 4 seconds
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May 14, 2024, Feast of St. Matthias, Apostle and Martyr, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary, Today is the feast day of St. Matthias, Apostle and Martyr. After Jesus' ascension, St. Peter proposed to the assembled faithful that they choose the twelve disciples of Christ to fill the place left vacant by Judas the traitor's apostasy. Lots were drawn, with the result in favor of Matthias, ultimately chosen by the Holy Spirit. According to the tradition, St. Matthias labored in Ethiopia. He was martyred, receiving "the crown of life which God has promised to those who love him." Come, Holy Spirit, come! Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel Amigot | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠May 14, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
5/15/202430 minutes, 5 seconds
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May 13, 2024, Feast of Our Lady of Fatima, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary, Today is Our Lady of Fatima's feast day. In 1917, in the tiny village in the diocese of Leiria, Portugal, the Virgin Mary appeared to three shepherd children — Lucia, Jacinta, and Francisco. One year before, in the summer of 1916, an Angel appeared to them several times and taught them a prayer to the Blessed Trinity. Then on Sunday, May 13, 1917, at noon, a flash of lightning drew the attention of the children, and they saw a brilliant figure appearing over the trees of the Cova da Iria. Our Lady asked them to pray for the conversion of sinners and an end to the war and to come back every month, on the 13th. The main message of Fatima was a call to repentance from sin, along with a request to pray daily the Rosary and venerate the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Today is also the traditional commemoration of Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament. This title was given to our Blessed Mother in May 1868 by Saint Peter Julian Eymard to honor her relationship to the Holy Eucharist. Come, Holy Spirit, come! Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel Amigot | RosaryNetwork.com, New York
5/13/202428 minutes, 26 seconds
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May 12, 2024, Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary, Today, the Seventh Sunday of Easter, we celebrate, in most of the country, the Solemnity of the Ascension of Our Lord Jesus Christ. We also celebrate Mother's Day. The ecclesiastical provinces of Boston, Hartford, New York, Newark, Philadelphia, and the State of Nebraska retained the celebration of the Ascension of the Lord on last Thursday, while all other provinces have transferred this solemnity to today. At the end of His earthly life, and forty days after His resurrection, Jesus ascended triumphantly into heaven. Thought the faith, we know that physical death is not the end. It is rather the real beginning. The Ascension of Lord Christ in his human nature to his Father's and our Father's home is the confirmation that we will all rise with new, glorified bodies, ascending into heaven, as Christ did. There we'll begin our true life of eternal joy. Even for good Christians the death of a beloved one is a cause of sorrow and tears. Death breaks that continuity but only for a little while. However, that break is necessary for the new life to begin, as death on earth is the door to that eternal life. We all want is to live on forever with our dear ones! Come, Holy Spirit, come! Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel Amigot | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • May 12, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
5/12/202429 minutes, 23 seconds
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May 11, 2024, Feast of Mary, Queen of the Apostles, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary, Today, the first Saturday after Ascension Thursday, is the Feast of Mary, Queen of Apostles, celebrated in some areas and by certain religious congregations, including the Pallotines, the Marianists, and the congregations founded by Bl. James Alberione (the Society of St. Paul, the Daughters of St. Paul, and others). The feast day commemorates Mary joining the first apostles and disciples of the Lord in the Cenacle to pray for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the Church. Mary initiated her mission as Queen of Apostles in the upper room. She gathered the apostles together, comforted them, and assisted them in prayer. They all were filled with the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost. Devotion to Mary is a treasure. On the Feast of Mary, Queen of the Apostles, Catholics may attend special Masses, light candles, pray the rosary, and visit places associated with Mary, such as Lourdes and Fatima. Come, Holy Spirit, come! Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel Amigot | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠May 11, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
5/11/202431 minutes, 24 seconds
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May 10, 2024, Friday of the Sixth Week of Easter, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary, Because of our struggle, we sadly question our Lord. Our lack of faith—or limited faith—confuses us and makes us live with anxiety. Lord Jesus knew all of this, and said to his disciples (Jn 16:20-23): "Amen, amen, I say to you, you will weep and mourn,while the world rejoices;you will grieve, but your grief will become joy.When a woman is in labor, she is in anguish because her hour has arrived;but when she has given birth to a child,she no longer remembers the pain because of her joythat a child has been born into the world.So you also are now in anguish.But I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice,and no one will take your joy away from you.On that day you will not question me about anything.Amen, amen, I say to you,whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you." Come, Holy Spirit, come! Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel Amigot | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠May 10, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET  
5/10/202430 minutes, 45 seconds
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May 9, 2024, Ascension Thursday, Holy Rosary (Luminous Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary, Today, Thursday of the sixth week of Easter and forty days after Easter Sunday, the Catholic Church commemorates the Ascension of Christ into Heaven, according to Mark 16:19, Luke 24:51, and Acts 1:2. Tradition designates Mount Olivet near Bethany as the place where Christ left the earth. The Ascension is the solemnity feast of the Glorified Christ — the day when Christ’s triumph is complete. By ascending into His glory, Christ completed the work of our redemption. He is now in the dominion of heaven and rules all hearts and souls. During the forty days that followed the Resurrection, the apostles and disciples were filled with joy by the Holy Spirit while acquiring a firm faith. The Ascension was a cause of joy as well. “And if I shall go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to Myself” (John 14:3 f.). Let us rejoice and delight in giving thanks. Come, Holy Spirit, come! Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel Amigot | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • May 9, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
5/9/202428 minutes, 57 seconds
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May 8, 2024, Wednesday of the Sixth Week of Easter, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary, Christ Jesus declared that when the Spirit comes, he will guide us into all truth — we read in the Gospel today (Jn 16:12-15). “He will not speak on his own,but he will speak what he hears,and will declare to you the things that are coming.He will glorify me,because he will take from what is mine and declare it to you.” Jesus also said to his disciples: “I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now.” The divine mystery flows from the life in the Holy Spirit. Constant prayer will allow us increased immersion in the Spirit of Truth resulting in deeper knowledge of God. Come, Holy Spirit, come! Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel Amigot | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠May 8, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
5/9/202428 minutes, 16 seconds
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May 7, 2024, Tuesday of the Sixth Week of Easter, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary, We joyfully honor the Immaculate Mary during May, not just a day but the entire month, with daily recitation of the Rosary and other devotions. The Ancient Greeks dedicated May to Artemis, the goddess of fecundity. The Christians improved this practice by honoring the truly Mother of God. The idea of a month dedicated specifically to Mary is traced back to Baroque times. The custom became widespread during the nineteenth century and remains in practice until today.Many faithful erect a special altar with a statue or picture of Mary as a reminder. It's a tribute to her beauty and virtue. It's also a standing tradition to crown the statue of Mary — a custom known as May Crowning. Mary, cause of our joy, is everyone's mother. She cares for all of us without fail, interceding in even the tiniest matters. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel Amigot | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠May 7, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET   
5/7/202431 minutes, 28 seconds
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May 6, 2024, Monday of the Sixth Week of Easter, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary, This month we walk with the Blessed Virgin Mary and we renew our love and devotion to the Mother of Jesus. Everything Mary said led us to Christ. And she loves each and every human with the same affection and tenderness as Christ Jesus. Mary was conceived immaculately, without any stain of the original sin, and also by divine election was crowned Queen of Heaven and Earth. Mary, the most humble of all women and the first disciple of Jesus, is a model for everyone, Christian and non-Christian today. “There is only one model for you, Mary: the woman of fidelity, the one who did not understand what was happening to her but obeyed. The one who, as soon as she knew what her cousin needed took off (to help her), the Virgin of Promptness. The one who escaped as a refugee in a foreign country to save the life of her son,” Pope Francis said in 2014. The Virgin, through Jesus, has brought heaven closer to us. “She shows us that heaven is within reach, if we too do not give in to sin, we praise God with humility and serve others with generosity,” Pope Francis added in 2022. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel Amigot | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠May 6, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
5/6/202429 minutes, 13 seconds
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May 5, 2024, Sixth Sunday of Easter, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary, The Lord, who is all love, has revealed to the nations His saving power, as we say in the Psalms today. "Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love," wrote Saint John in his first letter (4:7-10) We can be faithful, charitable, and even follow all the commandments, but if we lack love we fall really short. "Beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God; everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God," St. John explained. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel Amigot | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • May 5, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
5/5/202427 minutes, 59 seconds
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May 4, 2024, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary, As disciples of Christ we have been chosen out of the world by Christ Jesus. When we act out that belonging, we can change the world. It won't be an easy. The battle has been won, but the war continues. The struggle is ongoing. As Jesus said to his disciples (Jn 15:18-21), "If the world hates you, realize that it hated me first.If you belonged to the world, the world would love its own;but because you do not belong to the world,and I have chosen you out of the world,the world hates you." "If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you." Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! + Mikel Amigot | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠May 4, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
5/4/202431 minutes, 10 seconds
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May 3, 2024, Sts. Philip and James the Less, Apostles, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary, Today is the Feast of the Apostles Philip and James. Like Sts. Peter and Andrew, St. Philip was from Bethsaida, in Galilee. He was crucified at Hierapolis in Phyrgia, where he had preached the Gospel. He introduced St. Bartholomew (Nathaniel) to Christ, telling him that Jesus was the one whom Moses and the other prophets had foretold. Christ declared to St. Philip, “Whoever has seen me has seen the Father…I am the Father and the Father is in me” (Jn 14:8, 11). James the Lesser is called “Lesser” because he was younger than the other Apostle by the same name, James the Great. James the less was related in some way to Jesus, and after Jesus’ Ascension into heaven, he became the bishop of the Church in Jerusalem. He was martyred in the year 62, by being thrown from the terrace of the Temple and then stoned to death. • The Apostles suffered and were persecuted, but they placed their confidence in God and now they rejoice in heaven. • Following their example, we too must have confidence in God and not be troubled in our adversities. • In our Father’s house there are many rooms, and if we follow the way indicated by Him, Christ will come at the end of our life and take us to Himself. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You!Sts. Philip and James, Pray for Us! To Jesus through Mary! Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! + Mikel Amigot | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • May 3, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
5/3/202428 minutes, 37 seconds
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May 2, 2024, Holy Rosary (Luminous Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary, The month of May is dedicated to The Blessed Virgin Mary. The Easter season ends on Pentecost, May 19, represented by the liturgical color white — the color of light, a symbol of joy, purity, and innocence. These are some of the most relevant feasts and solemnities: May 3: Philip and James, ApostlesMay 9 or 12: Ascension Sunday or the Seventh Sunday of EasterMay 13: Our Lady of FatimaMay 14: Matthias, ApostleMay 15: Isidore the FarmerMay 19: PentecostMay 20: Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the ChurchMay 26: Trinity SundayMay 31: Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary The Holy Father's Intentions for May 2024 are for the Formation of Religious and Seminarians. We pray that religious women, men, and seminarians grow in their vocations through their human, pastoral, spiritual, and community formation, leading them to be credible witnesses to the Gospel. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! + Mikel Amigot | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • May 2, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
5/2/202429 minutes, 36 seconds
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May 1, 2024, Memorial of St. Joseph the Worker, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries)

• The Audio Podcast of this Rosary is Available Here Now! Friends of the Rosary, St. Joseph has two feast days on the liturgical calendar. The first is March 19—Joseph, the Saint Husband of Mary. The second is May 1—Joseph, the Worker. Today, the Holy Catholic Church presents us the example of Saint Joseph the Worker to all laborers. This is a feast day established by Pope Pius XII in 1955 to Christianize the concept of labor and give all workmen a model and a protector. The husband of the Blessed Mother Mary offered to God his daily labor as a carpenter with patience and joy. St. Joseph provided for the necessities of Mary and Jesus. Another Pope, Leo XIII, wrote wisely: "Workmen and all those laboring in conditions of poverty will have reasons to rejoice rather than grieve, since they have in common with the Holy Family daily preoccupations and cares" Pope John Paul II said, "Saint Joseph is a man of great spirit. He is great in faith, not because he speaks his own words, but above all because he listens to the words of the Living God. He listens in silence. And his heart ceaselessly perseveres in the readiness to accept the Truth contained in the word of the Living God."  Joseph was a compassionate man, and obedient to the will of God. He is the patron of many things, including the universal Church, fathers, the dying, and social justice. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You!St. Joseph, Pray for Us! To Jesus through Mary! Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! + Mikel Amigot | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠May 1, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
5/1/202429 minutes, 26 seconds
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April 30, 2024, Memorial of St. Pius V, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary, Today is the Memorial of St. Pius V (1504-1572), a Pope known for his deep prayer, fasting, and love for the truth. As Pius V, he worked to implement the Tridentine reforms, promulgated the first Roman Catechism, and formalized the mysteries of the Rosary. He organized European monarchs to defend Christendom against the Ottoman Empire, culminating in the victory at the Battle of Lepanto in 1572, which he credited to the Rosary. To Protestantism, which had proclaimed the Reformation, St. Pius replied by applying the decrees of the Council of Trent for the reform of the Church. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You!St. Pius V, Pray for Us! To Jesus through Mary! Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! + Mikel Amigot | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠April 30, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
4/30/202433 minutes, 1 second
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April 29, 2024, Memorial of St. Catherine of Siena, Virgin and Doctor of the Church, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary, Today is the Memorial Day of St. Catherine of Siena (1347-1380), virgin and Doctor of the Church and a leading saint in the fourteenth century who acquired great influence with her life of prayer, extraordinary mortifications, and the spread of her spiritual writings. She was a tertiary in the Dominican Order, favored with visions from age of seven. Her miracles and ecstasies were remarkable. A helper and a consoler in every need, her reputation of sanctity soon spread even to secular matters. Thousands came to see her, to be converted by her. The priests associated with her received extraordinary faculties of absolution. She journeyed to Avignon and persuaded Pope Gregory XI to return to Rome. Even though she barely reached the age of thirty-three, her accomplishments place her among the great women of the Middle Ages. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You!St. Catherine of Siena, Pray for Us! To Jesus through Mary! Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! + Mikel Amigot | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠April 29, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
4/29/202430 minutes, 12 seconds
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April 28, 2024, Fifth Sunday of Easter, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary, In today's passage in the Gospel, Lord Jesus declares that He is the vine and we are the branches. In other words, He is the power and energy source we live in — the source of supernatural life on us. If we separate from the source, we die spiritually. If we are connected to it, we will live forever. Jesus said to his disciples (Jn 15:1-8): "I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower.He takes away every branch in me that does not bear fruit,and everyone that does he prunes so that it bears more fruit.You are already pruned because of the word that I spoke to you.Remain in me, as I remain in you.Just as a branch cannot bear fruit on its ownunless it remains on the vine,so neither can you unless you remain in me.I am the vine, you are the branches.Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit,because without me you can do nothing.Anyone who does not remain in mewill be thrown out like a branch and wither;people will gather them and throw them into a fireand they will be burned.If you remain in me and my words remain in you,ask for whatever you want and it will be done for you.By this is my Father glorified,that you bear much fruit and become my disciples." Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! + Mikel Amigot | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠April 28, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
4/28/202429 minutes, 39 seconds
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April 27, 2024, Saturday of the Fourth Week of Easter, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary, In honor of Mary, the Immaculate Mother, we praise and thank the Lord through the Joyful Mysteries we pray today. And we continue reading John 14. In today's Gospel (Jn 14:7-14), Lord Jesus reveals the coinherence that obtains within the very existence of God. He says to his disciples: "The words that I speak to you I do not speak on my own.The Father who dwells in me is doing his works.Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me,or else, believe because of the works themselves." "And whatever you ask in my name, I will do,so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.If you ask anything of me in my name, I will do it." Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! + Mikel Amigot | RosaryNetwork.com, New York   • ⁠April 27, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube
4/27/202431 minutes, 10 seconds
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April 26, 2024, Friday of the Fourth Week of Easter, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary, At that time, Lord Jesus summarized in a few words the meaning of our human existence (Jn 14:1-6): “I am the way and the truth and the life.No one comes to the Father except through me.” He explained to the disciples: “Do not let your hearts be troubled.You have faith in God; have faith also in me.In my Father’s house, there are many dwelling places.If there were not,would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?And if I go and prepare a place for you,I will come back again and take you to myself,so that where I am you also may be.Where I am going you know the way.” Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! + Mikel Amigot | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠April 26, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
4/27/202430 minutes, 36 seconds
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April 25, 2024, Feast of St. Mark, Evangelist, Holy Rosary (Luminous Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary, Today is the Feast of St. Mark, the Evangelist, the author of the second Gospel, a Jewish Christian baptized and instructed by St. Peter. The Gospel of Mark, written in 50 A.D. for Roman Gentile converts, records St. Peter’s preaching about Our Lord. It rarely quotes the Old Testament and carefully explains Jewish customs, rites, and words. It excels in portraying Christ’s and His hearers’ emotions and affections. St. Mark accompanied St. Paul and his cousin St. Barnabas in the evangelization of Cyprus before he became the companion and secretary of St. Peter in Rome about the year 42 A.D. St. Mark preached in Egypt, especially in Alexandria, and was martyred there. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! St. Mark, Pray for Us! To Jesus through Mary! Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! + Mikel Amigot | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • April 25, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
4/25/202429 minutes, 21 seconds
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April 24, 2024, Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Easter, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary, Jesus cried out and said, as we read today (Jn 12:44-50): "I came into the world as light,so that everyone who believes in me might not remain in darkness.And if anyone hears my words and does not observe them,I do not condemn him,for I did not come to condemn the world but to save the world." In this passage of the Gospel of John, Jesus made clear, once again, that he and the Father are one. God from God, Light from Light, as we say in the Creed. Christ is the Lord, the Holy One who governs the universe, with absolute dominion over nature — visible and invisible. And He came into the world as light to save our eternal souls. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! + Mikel Amigot | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • April 24, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
4/24/202429 minutes, 1 second
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April 23, 2024, Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Easter, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary, People who do not believe are not among the Lord Jesus’ flock. They refuse to be part of the Kingdom of God. These are truly blind and, sadly, do not manage well their free will.They might be dominant in our society. At that time, Jesus the Good Shepherd said to the Jews (Jn 10:22-30) in Jerusalem during the feast of the Dedication, as we read in the New Testament today: “You do not believe, because you are not among my sheep. My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me. ” “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish. No one can take them out of my hand.” Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! + Mikel Amigot | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • April 23, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
4/23/202430 minutes, 25 seconds
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April 22, 2024, Monday of the Fourth Week of Easter, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary, Jesus said — as we read today (Jn 10:1-10): “I am the gate. Whoever enters through me will be saved.” “I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly.” Lord Jesus is calling every one of us by our name. The Good Shepherd knows what’s hidden in our hearts, and He is leading us out to our salvation and communion with Him. We are invited to avoid following strangers, thieves, and robbers. They come to slaughter and destroy our souls. Only the Author of Life truly understands and forgives us, loving us unconditionally. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! + Mikel Amigot | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠April 22, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
4/22/202429 minutes, 17 seconds
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April 21, 2024, Fourth Sunday of Easter – Good Shepherd Sunday, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary, Today, the Fourth Sunday of Easter is the Good Shepherd Sunday — Lord Jesus guarding, guiding, protecting, and watching over his flock.Jesus said (Jn 10:11-18): "I am the good shepherd.A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep." "I am the good shepherd,and I know mine and mine know me,just as the Father knows me and I know the Father;and I will lay down my life for the sheep." Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! + Mikel Amigot | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠April 21, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
4/21/202430 minutes, 14 seconds
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April 20, 2024, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary, Today, we see in the Gospel of John John (6:60–69), at the end of its sixth chapter, how many disciples of Lord Jesus abandoned Him and returned to their former way of life. "The words I have spoken to you are Spirit and life. But there are some of you who do not believe," said Jesus. When He asked whether the Twelve would leave too, Peter answered, “Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and are convinced that you are the Holy One of God.”Jesus comes to us through the Flesh and Blood of the Eucharist and like Peter and the apostles we want to walk with the Holy One of God. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! + Mikel Amigot | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠April 20, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
4/20/202432 minutes, 45 seconds
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April 19, 2024, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary, Easter is a time of rejoicing for every Christian. It’s a time for thanking and praising our Holy God. Christ's resurrection caused and guaranteed our own. Our eternal joy has been won for us by Christ. The enigma of human existence has troubled agnostic philosophers and scholars down through the ages and still today. But this mystery finds its explanation in the risen Jesus. Physical death is not the end for man, with all his intellect, talents, and God-given graces. We are meant to find our fulfillment in the true life to come, which lasts for eternity. But before entering the glory of Heaven, we must endure our own Gethsemanes and Calvaries, as Christ did. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! + Mikel Amigot | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠April 19, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
4/19/202430 minutes, 46 seconds
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April 18, 2024, Holy Rosary (Luminous Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary, Christianity and the Catholic Church — the continuation of Christ’s work among us — has existed for almost two thousand years. It’s the longest institution that has ever existed on earth. Without the Holy Spirit and the certainty of the Resurrection — that we celebrate on Easter — our faith would be worthless. "If Christ has not risen," St. Paul says in 1 Cor. 15:17, "vain is your faith, for you are still in your sins." But "Christ has risen from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep." His resurrection is the guarantee of our resurrection. We will all rise in glory if we have been faithful during our time in this valley of tears. The foundation of our faith is the Word of God. Today, we pray the Luminous Mysteries from San Diego, CA. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! + Mikel Amigot | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠April 18, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
4/18/202428 minutes, 25 seconds
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April 17, 2024, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries) | Prayer for Peace in Middle East

Friends of the Rosary, And He will deliver us from the perils of eternal death, to enjoy the endless happiness of Heaven. We pray today’s Glorious Mysteries from San Diego, CA. By following the example of the risen Christ, we prepare ourselves to imitate His humility. Like the disciples on the road to Emmaus, we might not at first recognize that Christ Jesus is alive and walking with us. But through constant prayer, especially the Rosary of Mary, we will open our minds to Jesus. He will restore the virtues of faith, hope, and joy in us for this earthly life. And He will deliver us from the perils of eternal death so that we may enjoy the endless happiness of Heaven. Today, we pray the Glorious Mysteries from San Diego, CA. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! + Mikel Amigot | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠April 17, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
4/17/202427 minutes, 56 seconds
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April 16, 2024, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries) | Prayer for Peace in Middle East

Friends of the Rosary, People often complain when they experience injustice and wickedness. Also, James and John once wished that Jesus would call down fire from Heaven and destroy the sinful cities. However, this is the spirit of the world, not the spirit of Christ. “The Son of man came not to destroy souls, but to save" (Luke 9:55). In the proper time, God will impart divine justice, in His own way. For the present, He allows weeds to grow among the wheat. Our mission is to follow in the steps of Christ, the unjustly suffering servant. He didn’t come to right all the injustices and wrongs of the world. We pray today’s Sorrowful Mysteries from San Diego, CA. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! + Mikel Amigot | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • April 16, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET  
4/16/202428 minutes, 28 seconds
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April 15, 2024, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries) | Special Prayer for Peace in the Middle East

Friends of the Rosary, Our spiritual life is based — or it should be based — in one single premise: “Believe in the One sent by God the Father.” The risen Jesus gives us through his disciples another critical advice—as we read today (Jn 6:22-29) “Do not work for food that perishes but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you.” This way, when we start the third week of Easter, we are invited to seek what’s above, avoiding to think from an earthly perspective. Christ suffered for us, leaving you an example that you should follow his steps,” St. Peter says in one of his epistles. Jesus didn’t deserve to suffer for did no sin, and nevertheless was subject to persecution and injustice. We pray today's Joyful Mysteries from San Diego, CA. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! + Mikel Amigot | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠April 15, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
4/15/202429 minutes, 59 seconds
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April 14, 2024, Third Sunday of Easter, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries) | Special Prayer for Peace in the Middle East

Friends of the Rosary, Today, on the Third Sunday of Easter, while we celebrate the risen Jesus we pray hard for peace in the Middle East. Yesterday, Iran fired hundreds of exploding drones and missiles in its first direct attack on Israel after years of a shadow war. We invoke Our Lady of Peace, the Blessed Mother, so people open their minds to Jesus and understand the necessity of peace in the world. Jesus, the Prince of Life and Peace, is more alive than ever and is on our side. "Peace be with you," told the apostles when he stood in their midst, as we read in the Gospel today (Lk 24:35-48). Christ walked with his first followers when they had lost all hope and restored their faith and joy. Today, when war tensions escalate, we must humbly open ourselves to the Holy Spirit, allowing ourselves to be helped. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! + Mikel Amigot | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • April 14, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
4/14/202431 minutes, 21 seconds
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April 13, 2024, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary, Christ Jesus, who demonstrates his authority over nature, comes to save us, encouraging us not to be afraid. As we read today (Jn 6:16-21), Jesus walks on the stirred sea heading into the boat with the terrified disciples, and says to them: "It is I. Do not be afraid."  In the Scriptures, the sea was something to be feared. Water was a symbol of danger and chaos. The boat, with Peter and the other followers, is evocative of the Church, which moves through all types of storms across history. So Jesus walking on water symbolizes God's control over the elements, including the chaotic sea and the powers of darkness and disorder. The Spirit of the Lord hovers over the surface of the waters.  The faithful should not fear the chaotic elements of nature or life. Instead, we should place our complete trust in our Holy God. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! + Mikel Amigot | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠April 13, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
4/13/202429 minutes, 25 seconds
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April 12, 2024, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary, Jesus' multiplication of bread and fish, feeding a crowd of 5,000, is the only one of the miracles included in all four of the Gospel accounts. This miracle greatly influenced the understanding of the first Christians of the Lord's identity and mission. This passage — we read about it today in the Gospel — was followed by Christ's Bread of Life discourse, in which He explained his teaching on the Eucharist to the crowd. He drew the connection between the miraculous feeding and the institution of the sacrament of the Eucharist at the Last Supper. Then and today Christ Jesus is giving us the Bread of Life. The Eucharist is the place where heaven and earth meet, with the Lord’s sacred Body offered up and his precious Blood poured out. The Sorrowful Mysteries that we pray today are the re-presentation of the sacrifice of the Cross. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! + Mikel Amigot | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • April 12, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
4/12/202430 minutes, 16 seconds
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April 11, 2024, Holy Rosary (Luminous Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary, St. Paul wrote that God's love for us is an excess since it exceeds and surpasses what reason can comprehend and desire. He also calls the love of God "foolishness". This foolishness is reparation for that other foolishness which is sin. In today's Gospel reading, we learn: "The Father loves the Son and has given everything over to him.Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life,but whoever disobeys the Son will not see life, (Jn 3:31-36).""The one who comes from above is above all.The one who is of the earth is earthly and speaks of earthly things.But the one who comes from heaven is above all.He testifies to what he has seen and heard,but no one accepts his testimony." Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! + Mikel Amigot | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠April 11, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
4/11/202431 minutes, 53 seconds
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April 10, 2024, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary, God came into us purely out of love, out of his desire we flourish. The entire universe is moving restlessly toward the unity of the souls with God. And Christ Jesus is the fulfillment of God’s salvific intent. "Creation is nothing but the overflow from the intensity of Trinitarian love," wrote Bishop Barron. "All things flow from and are marked by the Spiritus Sanctus (Holy Spirit). He is their ground, their secret origin, their principle." Christ revealed to us the divine goal: the sharing of the love between the Father, who has given his only Son to the world, and the Son, who has offered himself back to the Father. Today, we read about it in John 3:16, one of the most well-known Bible verses (Jn 3:16-21): "God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son,so that everyone who believes in him might not perishbut might have eternal life.For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world,but that the world might be saved through him.Whoever believes in him will not be condemned,but whoever does not believe has already been condemned,because he has not believed in the name of the only-begotten Son of God.And this is the verdict,that the light came into the world,but people preferred darkness to light,because their works were evil.For everyone who does wicked things hates the lightand does not come toward the light,so that his works might not be exposed.But whoever lives the truth comes to the light,so that his works may be clearly seen as done in God." Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! + Mikel Amigot | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠April 10, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
4/10/202430 minutes, 15 seconds
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April 9, 2024, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary, We celebrated yesterday the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord. Today, we possess the knowledge Mary didn’t have at the time of the Annunciation — the knowledge about the plans of her Son, the Incarnate Word, would unfold on earth. We are fortified by Mary’s trust in God at the Annunciation and encouraged to trust the Divine Mercy and the Divine Will to be open to God’s redirection of our lives. In choosing to follow God, we trust in Jesus. We surrender to Him to be molded and “changed into his likeness,” as it is necessary for one’s growth in holiness (2 Cor 3:18). Trusting God, as Mary did at the Annunciation, ultimately opens the gates of Heaven for us. God only desires the good of our souls. Learning to trust Him in all the situations of our lives is the answer to bringing the true peace and hope we long for. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! + Mikel Amigot | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • April 9, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
4/9/202431 minutes, 21 seconds
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April 8, 2024, Solemnity of the Annunciation, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary, Today is the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord, the first Joyful Mystery. The Holy Spirit comes through the Archangel Gabriel to Mary and imparts to her the gift of all gifts, a divine Son. In humble acceptance, the Virgin Mary said, "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be [done] to me according to your word" (Lk 1:38). Having been conceived immaculately, Mary's body became the Living Tabernacle of the Lord. Accordingly, she answered in nearly the same words her Divine Son used on many occasions — thy will be done. The Annunciation can be thought of as a precursor to Pentecost. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us! Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! + Mikel Amigot | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • April 8, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
4/8/202430 minutes, 57 seconds
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April 7, 2024, Sunday of Divine Mercy, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary, Today is the Sunday of Divine Mercy, the Octave Day of Easter, and we confidently say: Jesus, I trust in You, have mercy upon us and the whole world. The Divine Mercy Sunday origin is from a revelation to the Polish nun Saint Faustina Maria Kowalska, the mystic of the twentieth century who initiated the Divine Mercy devotion. Between 1930 and 1938 Jesus requested to her numerous times a Feast of Divine Mercy. On May 5, 2000, five days after the canonization of Saint Faustina, the Vatican decreed that the Second Sunday of Easter would be Divine Mercy Sunday. God the Father revealed his nature of pure love through the Scriptures and the life, Passion, death, and Resurrection of his Son. It’s the mystery of God’s divine mercy, a gift of humanity, described by Pope Saint John Paul II as “the greatest of the attributes and perfections of God” (Dives in misericordia, 13). The risen Jesus offers His love that pardons, reconciles, and gives peace. ----------Jesus to St. Maria Faustina Kowalska—Excerpted from Diary of Sr. M. Faustina Kowalska On one occasion, I heard these words: "My daughter, tell the whole world about My inconceivable mercy. I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and shelter for all souls, and especially for poor sinners. On that day the very depths of My tender mercy are open. I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon those souls who approach the fount of My mercy. The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment. On that day all the divine floodgates through which graces flow are opened. Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though its sins be as scarlet. My mercy is so great that no mind, be it of man or of angel, will be able to fathom it throughout all eternity. Everything that exists has come forth from the very depths of My most tender mercy. Every soul in its relation to Me will contemplate My love and mercy throughout eternity. The Feast of Mercy emerged from My very depths of tenderness. It is My desire that it be solemnly celebrated on the first Sunday after Easter. Mankind will not have peace until it turns to the Fount of My Mercy. "[Let] the greatest sinners place their trust in My mercy. They have the right before others to trust in the abyss of My mercy. My daughter, write about My mercy towards tormented souls. Souls that make an appeal to My mercy delight Me. To such souls I grant even more graces than they ask. I cannot punish even the greatest sinner if he makes an appeal to My compassion, but on the contrary, I justify him in My unfathomable and inscrutable mercy. Write: before I come as a just Judge, I first open wide the door of My mercy. He who refuses to pass through the door of My mercy must pass through the door of My justice. "From all My wounds, like from streams, mercy flows for souls, but the wound in My Heart is the fountain of unfathomable mercy. From this fountain spring all graces for souls. The flames of compassion burn Me. I desire greatly to pour them out upon souls. Speak to the whole world about My mercy." Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! + Mikel Amigot | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • April 7, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET   
4/7/202430 minutes, 29 seconds
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April 6, 2024, Saturday in the Octave of Easter, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary, On this Sunday of Divine Mercy, we will reflect upon the revelation of God's mercy. Christ didn't come to condemn but to forgive, to show mercy. We intend to be filled with the Holy Spirit, trying to learn from the early Church when the first Christians dedicated themselves to the good of the other, as we read this Easter in the Act of the Apostle. They were selfless and generous. They lived with the faith that conquers the world. And we recall the words of Saint Augustine, "Mercy is heartfelt sympathy for another's distress, impelling us to succor him if we can."Let's ask for the intercession of Mary Mother of Mercy.  Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! + Mikel Amigot | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • April 6, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
4/6/202430 minutes, 46 seconds
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April 5, 2024, Friday in the Octave of Easter, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary, For a third time, the Risen Jesus revealed himself to a large group of Apostles after being raised from the dead (Jn 21:1-14). The passage occurred in the Sea of Tiberias (Sea of Galilee). It was before the arrival of the Holy Spirit in Pentecost. There were Simon Peter, Thomas called Didymus, Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, Zebedee’s sons (James and John), and two others of his disciples. The Apostles had returned to their old fishing job. Having fished all night and caught nothing, they returned to shore early in the morning. Jesus was standing on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus.Jesus said to them, "Children, have you caught anything to eat?" When they disappointedly replied, “No,” He told them, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some”. Without further comment, they threw their net out and caught 153 large fish, collectively far too many and too heavy a catch for them to haul onboard the boat. John, intuitively recalling Jesus’ previous miraculous catch of fish, recognized that it was Jesus standing on the shore and he said to Simon Peter, “It is the Lord”. When Jesus said, “Bring some of the fish you have just now caught,” Simon Peter went and dragged the remainder of the untorn net out of the water and retrieved some fish from it. Jesus then said, “Come have breakfast” and he “took the bread and gave it to them and did the same with the fish”. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! + Mikel Amigot | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠April 5, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
4/5/202430 minutes, 21 seconds
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April 4, 2024, Thursday of the Octave of Easter, Holy Rosary (Luminous Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary, Christ Jesus, the Holy One risen from the dead by the Father after completing his redemptive mission, appeared to His eleven apostles, as Luke tells in the reading of today (Lk 24:35-48). While they were still speaking about how two of the disciples recognized in the breaking of the bred, the Lord stood in their midst and showing his hands and feet said to them, "Peace be with you." He said to them, "These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you,that everything written about me in the law of Mosesand in the prophets and psalms must be fulfilled." Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.And he said to them, "Thus it is written that the Christ would sufferand rise from the dead on the third dayand that repentance, for the forgiveness of sins,would be preached in his nameto all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.You are witnesses of these things." Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! + Mikel Amigot | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠April 4, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
4/4/202427 minutes, 12 seconds
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April 3, 2024, Wednesday of the Octave of Easter, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary, In today’s Gospel of Luke (Lk 24:13-35), we read the marvelous passage of the disciples being enlightened by Jesus on the road to Emmaus. He said to them, “Oh, how foolish you are!How slow of heart to believe all that the prophets spoke!Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these thingsand enter into his glory?” The two disciples did not understand the explanation of Our Lord's act of self-emptying himself out of love, even unto death, taking upon himself the sins of the world to take them away — the mystery of redemption through suffering. Jesus explained this first to them, and then: "He took bread, said the blessing,broke it, and gave it to them.With that their eyes were opened and they recognized him,but he vanished from their sight." The Eucharist made present His love — more powerful than sin and death.Jesus was made known to them in the breaking of the bread. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! + Mikel Amigot | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠April 3, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
4/3/202432 minutes, 15 seconds
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April 2, 2024, Tuesday of the Octave of Easter, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary, In the Gospel today (Jn 20:11-18), Mary Magdalene stays outside the tomb weeping. She is asked first by the angels and then by the Lord himself by she is weeping.  Jesus calls Mary Magdalene by her name, and she recognizes Him. Her pessimism disappears. She goes from fear to joy! We all are consoled by the truth that Jesus is seeing, knowing, and loving us, even when we feel troubled, discouraged, and far away from Him. Also, Jesus said to her, “Stop holding on to me,for I have not yet ascended to the Father.But go to my brothers and tell them,‘I am going to my Father and your Father,to my God and your God.” Christ’s commands to “stop holding on” means He desires greater intimacy than merely standing externally. He wants us to receive the Holy who will transform us into other Christ. Jesus is Risen! Is risen indeed! Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! + Mikel Amigot | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • April 2, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
4/2/202429 minutes, 32 seconds
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April 1, 2024, Monday of the Octave of Easter, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary, Today, Monday in the Octave of Easter, we read (Mt 28:8-15) the episode of the first apparition of the crucified and risen Jesus to Mary Magdalene and the other Mary. The two women embraced his feet and did him homage. Our Lord called them by their name and encouraged them not to be afraid. As long as we trust in Jesus, we shouldn’t be afraid. The Resurrection of Jesus from the dead showed that God is up to something greater than we had imagined. As Bishop Barron wrote yesterday, “We can begin to see this world as a place of gestation toward something higher, more permanent, more splendid.” The path of salvation has been opened to everyone. In light of the Resurrection, we see that running away from the Father doesn’t make any sense. The stunning lesson of the Resurrection is that the smart way to conduct our lives is based on running into the arms of the Son. Jesus is Risen! Is risen indeed! Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! + Mikel Amigot | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • April 1, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
4/1/202430 minutes, 28 seconds
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March 31, 2024, Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary, Today is Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord, the foundation upon which our faith rests. It’s the Solemnity of Solemnities and the climax of the Church year because all of the mysteries we have commemorated from Advent until now have pointed toward Easter. On this day, Christ Jesus conquered death and unlocked for us the path to the glory of eternity. The sadness of the Passion and Crucifixion of the Holy Week is vanished. Through a deep prayer of thanksgiving, we praise and glorify Our Lord, expressing the joy of the Resurrection. The true Lamb who took away the sins of the world by His Death destroyed our death and by His Resurrection restored our life. Easter means the Redemption obtained — sin destroyed, death overcome, divine life brought back to us. The resurrection of Christ is a pledge of the resurrection of our own body and our entrance into immortality. It guarantees our redemption and God's assurance that our sins are forgiven, we are called to eternal life, and His merciful love endures forever. Jesus is Risen! Is risen indeed! Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! + Mikel Amigot | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠March 31, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
3/31/202433 minutes, 9 seconds
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March 30, 2024, Holy Saturday — Easter Vigil, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary, Today, on Holy Saturday (from Sabbatum Sanctum, its official liturgical name), also known as Saturday of the Glory, the Church remembers and mourns Christ in the tomb. We pray and meditate on his Passion and Death and his Descent to the Dead to announce liberation from the shadow of darkness. It is not Easter yet, and the day is usually spent working on the final preparations for the biggest feast of the Church year. The entire body of the Church is represented in Mary, as she awaits, in faith, the victorious triumph of her Son over death and the celebration of his resurrection. Christ rests in peace, after the great battle against sin and evil. We see the mortal wounds and the scars of intense suffering upon Him. Jesus' enemies are still furious, attempting to obliterate the memory of the Lord by lies and slander. The Church abstains from the Sacrifice of the Mass, with the sacred table left bare, until after the solemn Vigil, the anticipation by night of the Resurrection. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! + Mikel Amigot | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠March 30, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
3/30/202431 minutes, 27 seconds
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March 29, 2024, Holy Friday of the Lord’s Passion, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary, Today, the whole Church commemorates the commemorate the Passion and crucifixion of Jesus Christ when He died for the sins of the world. It's a solemn day of mourning and also a legal holiday around much of the world. It's a day of sadness, spent in fasting, abstinence, and prayer. Practicing some mortifications today, such as eating less or standing up is appropriate. We find ways to slow down and have more quiet to contemplate this day, avoiding loud conversations and restricting ourselves from distractions, entertainment, and social media. We can pray for different devotions like the Rosary, Stations of the Cross, the Divine Mercy devotions, and do meditative readings of the passion of Christ. The title for this day varies in different parts of the world: "Holy Friday" for Latin nations, in Germany, it is "Friday of Mourning," in Norway, it is "Long Friday." Some view the term "Good Friday" (used in English and Dutch) as a corruption of the term "God's Friday." Liturgically, around three o'clock in the afternoon, we participate in the "Celebration of the Lord's Passion." The service — not a mass — is divided into three parts: the Liturgy of the Word, the Veneration of the Cross — when we joyfully venerate and kiss the wooden cross "on which hung the Savior of the world —, and Holy Communion. In the Liturgy of the Word, we hear the passages from Isaiah of famous of the Suffering Servant (52:13-53:12). Psalm 30 is the Responsorial Psalm "Father, I put my life in your hands." The Second Reading is from the letter to the Hebrews, 4:14-16; 5:7-9. The Gospel Reading is the Passion of St. John. The ten intercessions cover these areas: For the Church For the Pope For the clergy and laity of the Church For those preparing for baptism For the unity of Christians For the Jewish people For those who do not believe in Christ For those who do not believe in God For all in public office For those in special need The Father sent his Son to bring divine light to the darkest place. Christ Jesus offered his body in sacrifice to take away the sin of the world. St. Anselm said that the death of the Son reestablished the right relationship between divinity and humanity. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! + Mikel Amigot | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠March 29, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET  
3/29/202427 minutes, 49 seconds
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March 28, 2024, Holy Thursday of the Sacred Triduum, Holy Rosary (Luminous Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary, Today is Holy Thursday, also known as Maundy Thursday, and the first day of the Sacred Triduum. The word “triduum” comes from the Latin words tris (“three”) and dies (“day”). The Triduum begins with the evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper this Holy Thursday and ends after evening prayers at sunset on Easter Sunday. The three of the Triduum are: Holy Thursday Good Friday Holy Saturday Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! + Mikel Amigot | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • March 28, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
3/28/202430 minutes, 13 seconds
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March 27, 2024, Wednesday of the Holy Week, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary, As we read today in the Gospel (Mt 26:14-25), during the Last Supper, Christ confirmed Judas Iscariot as His betrayer: “Amen, I say to you, one of you will betray me.” “Woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed. It would be better for that man if he had never been born.” Then Judas, his betrayer, said in reply, “Surely it is not I, Rabbi?” He answered, “You have said so.” Judas Iscariot expresses the mystery of iniquity or mysterium iniquitatis. The betrayer apostle had spent years in intimacy with Jesus, enjoyed His grace and merciful love, and noticed Jesus was the Son of God. And yet he turned the Messiah over to his enemies. Theologians say that this anomalous tendency of human beings to evil sin has no rational ground for it. Bishop Barron states, "Those of us who regularly gather around the table of intimacy with Christ and yet engage consistently in the works of darkness are meant to see ourselves in the betrayer." Today, Wednesday of Holy Week is traditionally known as Spy Wednesday, to commemorate the treachery of Judas, who made a bargain with the high priest to betray Jesus for 30 silver pieces. This ends the official Lenten period; tomorrow we enter into the Holy Triduum, the three great liturgical days: Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary!Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! + Mikel Amigot | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠March 27, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET  
3/27/202429 minutes, 49 seconds
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March 26, 2024, Tuesday of the Holy Week, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary, In the Holy Land, Christians participated in a stunning procession from Bethphage to Jerusalem this Palm Sunday, Catholic News Agency reported. The route followed the same path that Jesus took when He entered Jerusalem and was acclaimed by the crowd holding palms and olive branches. About 3,000 faithful ascended the Mount of Olives, passed by Gethsemane, where Jesus experienced the most painful hours of his passion. Due to the ongoing war, there were fewer pilgrims than usual. Those present responded with closeness in prayer, praise to the Lord, and a message of joy — the joy of being Christians. “We have many problems, but we are truly happy that Jesus is our Lord. He is our joy and our strength,” said the Latin patriarch of Jerusalem, Cardinal Pierbattista Pizzaballa, who led the procession. “Let us renew our commitment to follow Jesus and let us not be afraid! Jesus on the cross is the victory over the world, not the victory of arms, but that of love.” The procession was preceded by the solemn Palm Sunday liturgy at the Holy Sepulcher, presided over by Pizzaballa. The faithful waved palm branches and chanted “Hosanna,” circling the edicule of the Holy Sepulcher —the small shrine that houses the tomb of Jesus Christ—three times to symbolize the three days Jesus spent in the tomb.  Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary!Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! + Mikel Amigot | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠March 26, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET    
3/26/202430 minutes, 21 seconds
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March 25, 2024, Monday of the Holy Week, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary, Yesterday, speaking in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis invited the crowd to follow in Jesus’ footsteps as He entered Jerusalem "so that being made by his grace partakers of the cross, we may have a share also in his resurrection and his life." At the end of Palm Sunday Mass, the Pope said: "And now we turn in prayer to the Virgin Mary. Let us learn from her to stay close to Jesus during the days of Holy Week, to arrive at the joy of the Resurrection." With the whole Church of Christ we herald the celebration of the Holy Week of our Lord’s paschal mystery, that is, his passion and resurrection. We pray with confidence, never getting discouraged by looking for results. We trust in the Lord; He never fails. He is like that. God will answer your prayers! Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary!Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! + Mikel Amigot | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠March 25, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET  
3/25/202430 minutes, 11 seconds
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March 24, 2024, Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: Today, March 24th, is Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion and the beginning of Holy Week. It’s the completion of the Paschal Mystery of the Passion and Resurrection. For five weeks of Lent, we have been preparing to celebrate our Lord’s paschal mystery by prayer, works of charity, and self-sacrifice. Today we commemorate this solemn celebration in union with the whole Catholic Church. Christ entered in triumph into his own city of Jerusalem to complete his work as our Messiah: to suffer, to die, and to rise again. As the faithful, we remember and dramatize Christ’s triumphal entrance into Jerusalem on a donkey. A huge crowd assembled, put their cloaks or branches on the ground, and waved palm branches, acclaiming Christ as the King of Israel, the Son of David. We now joyfully acclaim by holding branches of palm trees Jesus our Messiah and King and sing as the priest enters the church. We cry, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord.” Jesus the Messiah was, and is, the sign of contradiction, acclaimed by some and reviled by others. He was sent by the Father into this world to wrest us from sin and the power of darkness. By the reading today in mass of the Passion at the Gospel, we remain united with him in his suffering on the cross, may we share his resurrection and new life. May we reach the happiness of the new and everlasting Jerusalem one day. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary!Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! + Mikel Amigot | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠March 24, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
3/24/202429 minutes, 9 seconds
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March 23, 2024, Saturday of the Fifth Week of Lent, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: The Virgin Mary's role is to bring us face to face with the love in the Heart of Jesus crucified, wrote Mother Teresa."Be careful of all that can block that personal contact with the living Jesus. The Devil may try to use the hurts of life, and sometimes our own mistakes — to make you feel it is impossible that Jesus really loves you," wrote the saint.It's not only that Jesus loves us. He longs for us. Even when we don't feel worthy. "How can we last even one day without hearing Jesus say I love you — impossible. Our soul needs that as much as the body needs to breathe the air," Mother Teresa wrote in 1989.  Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary!Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! + Mikel Amigot | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠March 23, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
3/23/202431 minutes, 15 seconds
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March 22, 2024, Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: Today, one week before Good Friday, we see in the Gospel (Jn 10:31-42) how hatred against Christ escalated in those final days of the Redeemer of the World. Fridays of Lent have a penitential quality. The Stations of the Cross, prayed in many parishes today, allow us to love and treasure the Holy Cross of Jesus. We have to be one in spirit with Him. In our crucifixion with Christ we find salvation. For Christ and with Christ, we suffer freely and willingly the unpleasant things that occurs to us. Fleeing from the Cross instead of holding it dear shouldn’t be our answer. We welcome the Cross as Our Savior did. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary!Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts. + Mikel Amigot | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • March 22, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
3/22/202428 minutes, 28 seconds
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March 21, 2024, Thursday of the Fifth Week of Lent, Holy Rosary (Luminous Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: Christ Jesus' message is crystal clear, as we read today (Jn 8:51-59): "Amen, amen, I say to you,whoever keeps my word will never see death." But the prideful Jews of that time rejected His divinity and opted to offend the Lord. Even they picked up stones to throw at Him. "Now we are sure that you are possessed.Abraham died, as did the prophets, yet you say,‘Whoever keeps my word will never taste death.’Are you greater than our father Abraham, who died?Or the prophets, who died?Who do you make yourself out to be?" Jesus answered, "If I glorify myself, my glory is worth nothing;but it is my Father who glorifies me,of whom you say, ‘He is our God.’You do not know him, but I know him." "Amen, amen, I say to you,before Abraham came to be, I AM." Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary!Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts. + Mikel Amigot | RosaryNetwork.com, New York
3/21/202429 minutes, 37 seconds
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March 20, 2024, Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Lent, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary:In today’s Gospel (Jn 8:31-42), we read:"Jesus said to those Jews who believed in him,"If you remain in my word, you will truly be my disciples,and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."They answered him, "We are descendants of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How can you say, 'You will become free'?"Jesus answered them, "Amen, amen, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave of sin.”The Scribes and Pharisees of that time were trying to kill the Author of Life, as His word had no room among them. Their arrogance and lack of faith made them children of the Evil One.  Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You!St. Joseph, Pray for Us! To Jesus through Mary!Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! + Mikel Amigot | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • March 20, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
3/20/202430 minutes, 9 seconds
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March 19, 2024, Solemnity of St. Joseph, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: Today the Church celebrates the Solemnity of St. Joseph, the spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the foster father of Jesus. He is the patron and protector of the Universal Church. He is also invoked as the patron of the dying because Jesus and Mary were at his death-bed and the patron of fathers, among many other causes. And that’s why today is Father’s Day. St. Joseph was an ordinary manual laborer although descended from the royal house of David. In the designs of Providence, he was destined to become the spouse of the Mother of God. He faithfully fulfilled God’s high trust in protecting and guarding the greatest earthly treasures, Jesus and Mary. Joseph was the trustworthy witness of the Messiah’s virgin birth. After this, he modestly retires into the background of holy Scripture. His important mission in God’s plan of salvation was “to legally insert Jesus Christ into the line of David from whom, according to the prophets, the Messiah would be born, and to act as his father and guardian”, according to the Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy. Most of our information about St. Joseph comes from the opening two chapters of St. Matthew’s Gospel. No words of his are recorded in the Gospels; he was the “silent” man. St. Joseph was probably born in Bethlehem and probably passed away in Nazareth, probably before the beginning of Christ’s public life. Today is the only Solemnity celebrated in the 2024 Lenten season since Easter is so early this year and the Solemnity of the Annunciation is transferred to the Second Week of Easter. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You!St. Joseph, Pray for Us! To Jesus through Mary!Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! + Mikel Amigot | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • March 19, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
3/19/202429 minutes, 23 seconds
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March 18, 2024, Monday of the Fifth Week of Lent, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: This Monday, March 18th we begin the fifth and final full week of Lent. Day after day, the liturgical readings tell of the lowering storm clouds that will break open next week. And today’s main reading in the Gospel (John 8:1-11) features the woman caught in adultery. The scribes and Pharisees accuse and bring her to Jesus. Our Lord responds: "Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her." And tells the woman: "Go, and from now on do not sin anymore." In this biblical passage, we see divine mercy in action. It’s the fruit of forgiveness offered and accepted. God loves sinners and rejects sin — because sin destroys and poisons our eternal souls. Every sin is adultery to God — and is pardonable by Christ. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You!St. Patrick, Pray for Us! To Jesus through Mary!Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! + Mikel Amigot | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠March 18, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
3/18/202426 minutes, 1 second
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March 17, 2024, Fifth Sunday of Lent and St. Patrick, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: Previously called "Passion Sunday," this Fifth Sunday of Lent marks the beginning of Passiontide — the last two weeks of Lent. It commemorates the suffering of Christ (Latin passio = “suffering”). It's the final Sunday of Lent before the beginning of Holy Week. The Catholic Church follows the practice of covering crosses and sacred images throughout the temples. Crosses remain covered until the beginning of the Easter Vigil. The Gospel's main reading (Jn 12:20-33) invites us to reflect upon what it means to follow Christ. The Lord said: "Whoever loves his life loses it,and whoever hates his life in this worldwill preserve it for eternal life.Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there also will my servant be.The Father will honor whoever serves me." Also, He comments on the type of death He would suffer: "Now is the time of judgment on this world; now the ruler of this world will be driven out.And when I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to myself.” The Optional Memorial of St. Patrick, which is ordinarily celebrated today, is superseded by the Sunday liturgy. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You!St. Patrick, Pray for Us! To Jesus through Mary!Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! + Mikel Amigot | RosaryNetwork.com, New York  
3/17/202428 minutes, 19 seconds
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March 16, 2024, Saturday of the Fourth Week of Lent, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: After she died, St. Teresa of Avila appeared to one of her nuns and said: "There should be no difference, as far as purity and love are concerned, between the blessed in Heaven and the faithful on earth, though we are perfectly happy and you are suffering. What the Divine Essence is to us in Heaven, the Blessed Sacrament should be to you on earth." St. Alphonsus Liguori explained: "Here, then, is our Heaven on earth—the Most Blessed Sacrament." Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary!Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! + Mikel Amigot | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠March 16, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
3/16/202429 minutes, 3 seconds
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March 15, 2024, Friday of the Fourth Week of Lent, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: Friends of the Rosary: In today’s Gospel (Jn 7:1-2, 10, 25-30), we see how the Jews were trying to kill Our Lord as He moved in Galilee nearing the end of His public life. "But no one laid a hand upon him, because his hour had not yet come." So Christ Jesus continued to teach to large crowds who were coming to hear Him. The admiration of the people intensified the hatred of the priests, openly seeking the death of the Messiah. Our Lord was spending His days in teaching and His nights in prayer. Does our conduct resemble that of Christ? In difficult circumstances, when we are unjustly accused criticized, or condemned, let’s calmly continue our work and recourse to God in prayer. Let’s leave our reputation in the hands of Christ. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary!Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! + Mikel Amigot | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠March 15, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
3/15/202429 minutes, 15 seconds
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March 14, 2024, Thursday of the Fourth Week of Lent, Holy Rosary (Luminous Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: The mercy of God is infinite, beyond our comprehension. However, stating that everyone, no matter their deeds, will enter the glory of Heaven seems contrary to the words of Jesus. Yesterday, in the Gospel’s main reading (Jn 5:17-30), the Son of God said: "Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes in the one who sent me has eternal life and will not come to condemnation, but has passed from death to life." The message seems to be clear: Those "who have done good deeds" will go to the "resurrection of life" and those "who have done wicked deeds" to the "resurrection of condemnation." Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary!Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! + Mikel Amigot | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠March 14, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
3/14/202428 minutes
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March 13, 2024, Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Lent, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: God wants every believer to be transformed into the image and character of Jesus Christ. And on this season of Lent, we learn all the virtues necessary that, in St. Paul's words, "Christ may be formed in us" (Gal. 4:19). And as we prepare ourselves to participate in the Resurrection of the Lord, we conform our lives in imitation of the suffering and patient servant of Christ. He is the portrait of the loving crucified Savior. Padre Pio, one of the saints who understood Christ’s suffering the most, recommended attending Mass often. And he said: "If you want to assist at Mass with devotion and with fruit, think of the sorrowful Mother at the foot of Calvary.” “In your mind’s eye, transport yourself to Calvary," he added. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary!Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! + Mikel Amigot | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • March 13, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
3/13/202428 minutes, 52 seconds
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March 12, 2024, Tuesday of Fourth Week of Lent, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: In his apostolic letter "Salvici Doloris", St. John Paul II wrote on the Christian meaning of human suffering: "It is through suffering that Jesus redeems us." Benedict XVI wrote in his book Jesus of Nazareth: "In Jesus’ Passion, the filth of the world is wiped out in the pain of infinite love." Great pain is God’s chosen way, because, as the Ratzinger-supervised Catechism clarifies: “The heart is converted by looking at him whom we have pierced. It is by discovering the greatness of God’s love that our heart is shaken by the horror and weight of sin and begins to fear offending God by sin (CCC 1432).” Benedict elaborated this idea by writing that the greatest way God gave himself was by showing his crazy desire for us through his pains. "The Cross of Jesus illumines his whole life: his swaddling clothes, his baptism, the paradoxes of the Beatitudes, the Kingdom of God, and other things difficult to decipher become understandable when Jesus’ Cross is at the center." Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary!Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! + Mikel Amigot | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • March 12, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
3/12/202428 minutes, 37 seconds
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March 11, 2024, Monday of Fourth Week of Lent, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: The faithful, who see their lives increasingly perfected by the grace of God, find it incomprehensible why many among us, especially friends and family members, prefer to stay attached to sin and darkness. The Holy Spirit explained yesterday’s Gospel reading (John 3:14-21).” “And this is the verdict,that the light came into the world, but people preferred darkness to light,because their works were evil.For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come toward the light, so that his works might not be exposed.But whoever lives the truth comes to the light, so that his works may be clearly seen as done in God.” Our sinful nature, stemming from the original sin of our ancestors Adam and Eve, blinds us. Our fallen world seeks to keep us in darkness. The Lord knows this—He knows our souls—and because of His great love for us, He sends us light in abundance. God, who is rich in mercy, saves us by the grace of His faith, which is a gift from Him. As we live in Christ, we belong to the Light. We never engage with darkness. We only pray for those who, doing wicked things, hate the light. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary!Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! + Mikel Amigot | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • March 11, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
3/11/202428 minutes, 23 seconds
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March 10, 2024, Fourth Sunday of Lent, Laetare Sunday, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: The Fourth Sunday of Lent is traditionally called Laetare Sunday. Laetare is a Latin word that means "rejoice." Today's Gospel (John 3:14-21) describes the reason for our joy: God's great love for us has been revealed in Jesus. Through his Passion, Death, and Resurrection, Christ has reconciled us with God and one another. "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him will not be condemned, but whoever does not believe has already been condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the verdict,that the light came into the world, but people preferred darkness to light,because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the lightand does not come toward the light, so that his works might not be exposed. But whoever lives the truth comes to the light, so that his works may be clearly seen as done in God." Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary!Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! + Mikel Amigot | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠March 10, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
3/10/202424 minutes, 1 second
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March 9, 2024, Saturday of the Third Week of Lent, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: "I have come not to abolish the law but to fulfill it," Jesus said to the Pharisees, as we read this Wednesday (Matthew 5:17–19). The Son of God Jesus denounced the hypocrisy of the instructional religion of that time, but He didn’t call for its dismantling. "What He effected was a transfiguration of the best of that classical Israelite religion—temple, law, priesthood, sacrifice, covenant—into the institutions, sacraments, practices, and structures of his Mystical Body, the Church," explained Bishop Barron. Many evangelicals want Jesus without the Universal Church. Also, followers of the New Age spirituality reject any religion. The Catholic Church is holy and sinner at the same time. However, this universal institution with its lights and shadows is the continuation of the preaching and faithful love of Christ. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary!Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! + Mikel Amigot | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠March 9, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
3/9/202428 minutes, 23 seconds
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March 8, 2024, Friday of the Third Week of Lent, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary:Lent is a time for a new conversion. By the sacrifice of penance, the Lord sends us abundant grace to purify us. Benedict XVI said that Lent disciplines us, so we can be centered on the Paschal Mystery and change our daily lives. It’s a new beginning.Benedict focused on three practical solutions. First, he mentions faith in a Creator God, and then "the renewal of the faith in the reality of Jesus Christ given to us in the Blessed Sacrament.""And flowing from this, we must ask him to teach us all anew to understand the greatness of his suffering, his sacrifice."Lord, I love you. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary!Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! + Mikel Amigot | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠March 8, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
3/8/202430 minutes, 16 seconds
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March 7, 2024, Thursday of the Third Week of Lent, Holy Rosary (Luminous Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: Man's pride exceeds all bounds. We all too frequently boast of our spiritual and material accomplishments as if no one had ever equaled us, even seeking to place himself on a level with, and at times even above, Our Lord. Yet Christ, Who was true God, "emptied Himself, taking the nature of a slave and being made like unto men, and appearing in the form of man, He humbled Himself, becoming obedient to death, even to the death of the Cross." (Phil. 2:7). Every Crucifix tells us this: "Learn of Me, for I am meek and humble of heart. I have been obedient unto death. I am full of love and patience." The Son of God approached us in His deepest humiliation, summoning us to contemplate Him as the Man of Sorrows, asking we grow in humility and patience by studying His own resignation to the Will of His Heavenly Father.Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary!Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! • ⁠March 7, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET   
3/7/202422 minutes, 36 seconds
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March 6, 2024, Wednesday of the Third Week of Lent, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: Building a culture that protects human and Christian vocations is critical. But this is at risk, due to the danger of gender ideology, said Pope Francis. "Today the ugliest danger is gender ideology, which seeks to blur differences between men and women through movements such as transgenderism," explained the Pope during an audience in Rome this month. "Erasing differences is erasing humanity. Man and woman, however, are in a fruitful tension. The life of the human being is a vocation. Man and woman are created by God and are the image of the Creator." We participate in a universal call "to embrace a specific and personal mission with joy and responsibility." Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary!Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! • ⁠March 6, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
3/6/202426 minutes, 58 seconds
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March 5, 2024, Tuesday of the Third Week of Lent, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: At that time, the crowd was asking Jesus for a sign from Heaven to believe, despite the countless miracles He performed — as we recently read in the Gospel (Lk 11:29-32). The Son of God Jesus said to them: "This generation is an evil generation; it seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it, except the sign of Jonah." The sign of Jonah was the victory of his death and Resurrection. The monumental, timeless demonstration was His Resurrection, the central mystery in our lives. The crucified Jesus, who had died and been buried, was risen from the dead and would appear alive again to his disciples before ascending into Heaven. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary!Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! • ⁠March 5, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
3/5/202429 minutes, 43 seconds
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March 4, 2024, Monday of the Third Week of Lent, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary:In his first letter to the Corinthians, which we read yesterday (1 Cor 1:22-25), St. Paul explains how Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom. “But we proclaim Christ crucified.” For the Jews, Greeks, and Gentiles, Christ did not fit their preconceived ideas of the Messiah. They all looked to philosophy or human wisdom for the solution of man’s problems. Our Lord’s message of faithfulness and merciful love was too radical for them. The crucified and the resurrected Jesus was a stumbling block to their foolishness, as St. Paul described. And St. Paul concluded: "For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength." Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary!Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! • ⁠March 4, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
3/4/202426 minutes, 11 seconds
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March 3, 2024, Third Sunday of Lent, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: The Catholic Church begins today the second phase of the Forty Days of Lent with the Gospel passage of the long dialogue of Jesus and the Samaritan woman from He asks for a drink of water (Jn 4:13-16). Jesus said to her, "Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I shall give will never thirst; the water I shall give will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life." The woman said to him, "Sir, give me this water, so that I may not be thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water." Later in John 7: 37-39 Jesus once again speaks of living water, saying, "Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them." By this, he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Also, today Sunday, we honor St Katharine Drexel. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary!Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! • ⁠March 3, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
3/3/202430 minutes
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March 2, 2024, Saturday of the Second Week of Lent, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: We see a portrait of our Holy God in today's Gospel of Luke and the well-known parable of the prodigal son (Luke 15:1–3, 11-32). This is the story: A son asks his father for his inheritance, then squanders it recklessly, as he lives a life of indulgence. With nothing left, he is forced to work as a hired hand for a pig farmer. He is so destitute that he longs to eat the food of the pigs. Realizing that his father’s servants have better working conditions, he resolves to return to his father, beg forgiveness, and ask to be his servant. Upon arriving at his father’s house, he is welcomed with loving arms. His father is overwhelmed with joy at his son’s return and holds a feast in his honor. The prodigal son’s older brother, who has remained serving in his father’s house, does not share his father’s joy. Instead, he is jealous that his father has not honored him. His father urges him not to resent his brother, but to instead be happy for him. The story of the Prodigal Son is the history of our own desertion. But we are given an urgent call to repentance and conversion. "Father, I have sinned." Our Father welcomes us with mercy. He receives us again as His children. Friends, the Father's nature is to give. God simply is love. And we, sinners, tend to misunderstand how to access the divine love. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary!Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! • ⁠March 1, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
3/2/202432 minutes, 49 seconds
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March 1, 2024, Friday of the Second Week of Lent, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary:The Forty Days of Lent is also a period of education and formation for adults who have not yet been baptized. They are being prepared to receive Baptism, Confirmation, and the Holy Eucharist, the three sacraments of Christian initiation, at the Easter Vigil. But the baptismal character of Lent is not only for catechumens. All of the faithful are reminded that Baptism is for the forgiveness of sins.All the baptized require liberation from sin: from the bad habits that enslave us and impede our friendship with Christ. The Church is always in need of conversion. During Lent, all the baptized undergo a “second baptism,” to meet once again the mysteries of God’s mercy and love. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary!Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! • ⁠March 1, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
3/1/202427 minutes, 26 seconds
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February 29, 2024, Thursday of the Second Week of Lent, Holy Rosary (Luminous Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: Today, we read in the Gospel the story told by Jesus to the Pharisees of a poor man named Lazarus covered with sores who sat outside the door of a rich man dressed finely and dining sumptuously each day. When Lazarus died, he was carried away by angels to "the bosom of Abraham" and comforted there. The rich man also died and was buried, and carried to the netherworld, where he was in torment. From the flames of Hell, the rich man asked Abraham to warn his earthly five brothers what would await them if they didn't repent. Abraham replied,"If they will not listen to Moses and the prophets,neither will they be persuadedif someone should rise from the dead." Jesus doesn’t say anything about who was the rich man. What matters is that he didn’t care. Lazarus wasn’t his problem to address. He lost salvation not because of anything he did, or his material richness, but because of what he omitted doing. Because of his indifference and unwillingness to take action. As Christians, we are — or should be — committed to caring and helping those who are poor and deserve our merciful love. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary!Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! + Mikel Amigot | RosaryNetwork.com, New York
2/29/202429 minutes, 15 seconds
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February 28, 2024, Wednesday of the Second Week of Lent, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary:In today’s reading (Mt 20:17-28), Christ Jesus anticipates to the Twelve disciples His Sorrowful Passion: "Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn him to death, and hand him over to the Gentilesto be mocked and scourged and crucified, and he will be raised on the third day." He also explains the meaning of His earthly dwelling: "Whoever wishes to be great among youshall be your servant; whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave. Just so, the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many." Still today, these words are shocking us: The Holy One serving the humanity that rejected Him and even giving His life in reparation of our sins. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary!Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! + Mikel Amigot | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • February 28, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
2/28/202427 minutes, 43 seconds
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February 27, 2024, Tuesday of the Second Week of Lent, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: As we read in the Gospel today (Mt 23:1-12), Jesus said to his disciples and the crowd: "The greatest among you must be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, but whoever humbles himself will be exalted." The Son of God was talking about the spiritual pride shown by the scribes and Pharisees: "Do and observe all things whatsoever they tell you, but do not follow their example. For they preach but they do not practice." Being themselves the authors of many precepts, the Pharisees believed themselves to be equally the authors of their own sanctity. In other words, they rejected the merciful love of Christ, putting themselves away from Him and His Salvation. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary!Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! + Mikel Amigot | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠February 27, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
2/27/202430 minutes, 35 seconds
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February 26, 2024, Monday of the Second Week of Lent, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: Christ Jesus asked us to stop judging, and be forgiving and merciful — as we read today in the Gospel of Luke (Lk 6:36-38). "For the measure with which you measurewill in return be measured out to you." For this behavior, we need to ask God's grace. "I say to you, love your enemies,and pray for those who persecute you,that you may be children of your heavenly Father,for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good,and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust." (Mt 5:43-48) "So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect." Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary!Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! + Mikel Amigot | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠February 26, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
2/26/202427 minutes, 47 seconds
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February 25, 2024, Second Sunday of Lent, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary:The Holy Trinity speaks to us in many ways, including through the Sunday Scripture readings.And today, on the second Sunday of Lent, we move from Jesus' retreat to the desert and the temptations by the devil to the splendor of the Transfiguration. This episode, when Christ was transformed into pure light, is told in the three Synoptic Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke.  The Transfiguration is a promise of Jesus’ glory, his Resurrection. On a mountain in today’s reading, a voice affirms that Jesus is God’s Son in words reminiscent of the voice at Jesus’ baptism. In addition, the appearance of Moses and Elijah connects this story with God’s relationship to the people of Israel. Moses and Elijah represent the Law and the Prophets, respectively. Together with Jesus, they represent God’s complete Word. The Transfiguration occurs in the presence of three of Jesus’ disciples — Peter, James, and John — who would accompany him to the Garden of Gethsemane just before his arrest in the first Sorrowful Mystery. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary!Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! + Mikel Amigot | RosaryNetwork.com, New York ⁠• February 25, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
2/25/202430 minutes, 43 seconds
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February 24, 2024, Saturday of the First Week of Lent, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: During Lent, we renew our baptismal vows and reaffirm our identity as Jesus’ disciples. The Lenten season — with its three main pillars of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving — helps us strive to be better followers of Christ The Faithful rediscover the penitential season that precedes Easter. On Ash Wednesday we accepted the ashes placed upon each of one’s foreheads as an essential part of our commitment to be ambassadors for Christ, to live for something beyond one’s pleasure and self-satisfaction. We are soldiers and warriors in a dramatic war against sin. And the outcome of this spiritual battle is to establish the kingdom of heaven, holiness, and charity. It’s the struggle to be a saint that God wants us to be by the power of the grace of baptism. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary!Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! • ⁠February 24, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET  
2/24/202425 minutes, 22 seconds
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February 23, 2024, Friday of the First Week of Lent, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: In Lent, from Ash Wednesday until the sundown in Holy Thursday, we engage in a 40-day battle to overcome sin. Through intense prayer, fasting and self-discipline, almsgiving and sharing our time and talents, and deep reflection, we prepare to celebrate the Lord’s Resurrection at Easter. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops says, “During Lent, we seek the Lord in prayer by reading Sacred Scripture; we serve by giving alms; and we practice self-control through fasting.” “We are called not only to abstain from luxuries during Lent, but to a true inner conversion of heart as we seek to follow Christ’s will more faithfully.”  Lent is an personal spiritual retreat. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary!Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! + Mikel Amigot | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • February 23, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
2/23/202430 minutes, 25 seconds
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February 22, 2024, Feast of the Chair of St. Peter, Holy Rosary (Luminous Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: Today we celebrate the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter. The feast commemorates the unity of the Church, founded upon the Apostle and continued in an unbroken line down to the present Pope. In today’s Gospel (Mt 16:13-19), we see how Peter is appointed to lead the Church of Christ on earth. Jesus said: “You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys to the Kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary!Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! + Mikel Amigot | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • February 22, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
2/22/202429 minutes, 5 seconds
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February 21, 2024, Wednesday of the First Week of Lent, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: Yesterday, the Catholic Church honored St. Jacinta Marto (1910-1920), the youngest visionary of Our Lady of Fatima. She and her brother Francisco — whose feast is April 4 — were officially declared saints on May 13, 2017, in Fatima, Portugal. St. Francisco's feast is on April 4. Both under 12 years old, they were the youngest non-martyrs to be beatified in the history of the Church. Along with her cousin Lucia, they witnessed the apparitions of Mary. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary!Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! + Mikel Amigot | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • February 21, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
2/21/202430 minutes, 19 seconds
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February 20, 2024, Tuesday of the First Week of Lent, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary:Christ Jesus didn't promise us smooth discipleship, but one filled with suffering — even much suffering. In His three falls beneath the weight of the Cross, Jesus was tested in His faith. Freely and willingly, He emptied Himself and became obedient unto death for our sake. Christ's Via Crucis is a time of trial for us, too. A test of faith. Our earthly journey is filled with setbacks and even personal tragedies. The answer is to abandon ourselves to the will of the Father, in imitation of Our Lord. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary!Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! + Mikel Amigot | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • February 20, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
2/20/202428 minutes, 24 seconds
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February 19, 2024, Monday of the First Week of Lent, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: In today's reading in the Gospel (Mt 25:31-46), Christ Jesus explains what is needed to inherit eternal life. "For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me." "Whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me." The Kingdom of Heaven is about our absolute love for God and the radical commitment to love our fellow human beings. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary!Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! + Mikel Amigot | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠February 19, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
2/19/202428 minutes, 8 seconds
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February 18, 2024, First Sunday of Lent, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: Today's Gospel (Mk 1:12-15) shows Christ Jesus being tempted by Satan in the desert for forty days and consoled by angels of God. After the temptations, Jesus went into Galilee and began to preach. "The Spirit drove Jesus out into the desert,and he remained in the desert for forty days,tempted by Satan.He was among wild beasts,and the angels ministered to him. After John had been arrested,Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the gospel of God:"This is the time of fulfillment.The kingdom of God is at hand.Repent, and believe in the gospel." Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary!Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! + Mikel Amigot | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • February 18, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
2/18/202429 minutes, 5 seconds
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February 17, 2024, Saturday After Ash Wednesday, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: Today’s Gospel tells the episode (Lk 5:27-32) of the instant conversion of the tax collector Levi — St. Matthew. Jesus passed by, gazed at Matthew, and simply said, "Follow me." "And leaving everything behind, he got up and followed him." Bishop Barron asks: "Was Jesus responding to a request from Matthew or some longing in the sinner’s heart? Certainly not. Grace, by definition, comes unbidden and without explanation." Grace and conversion are creations of the Lord. And, mind you, no matter how hard and accomplished we are, we don't convert. Only the Lord Jesus converts. God graciously calls us. Through prayer, we will notice this calling during this Lent. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary!Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! + Mikel Amigot | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠February 17, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
2/17/202430 minutes, 11 seconds
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February 16, 2024, Friday After Ash Wednesday, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: Every Friday during Lent we abstain from eating meat. It's a Christian practice that helps us to discipline ourselves and dominate our superficial hunger for food and drink. And like we did on Ash Wednesday on Good Friday we will eat one full meal, or two smaller meals. "We fast because we have a hunger for God," as Bishop Barrons explains today. Our deepest hunger is for God. And to discover this inner desire, we have to fast. We are meant to feel how hungry we are for God, the true Living Bread.  In addition, the Fridays of Lent are a good practice for Good Friday as an opportunity to reflect on the Lord's Passion. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary!Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! + Mikel Amigot | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠February 16, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
2/16/202431 minutes, 5 seconds
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February 15, 2024, Thursday After Ash Wednesday, Holy Rosary (Luminous Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: "Lent is a time to look inward and share our deepest desires, worries, and weaknesses with the Lord in prayer," Pope Francis said in his Ash Wednesday homily. "The Lord is inviting us to remove the masks we so often wear and see ourselves as we truly are in the sight of God." In his homily, Pope Francis encouraged everyone to make more space for prayer in silence in Eucharistic adoration during the 40 days of Lent. He quoted advice from St. Anselm of Canterbury, an 11th-century Benedictine monk and doctor of the Church who wrote in 1078: "Escape from your everyday business for a short while, hide for a moment from your restless thoughts. Break off from your cares and troubles and be less concerned about your tasks and labors. Make a little time for God and rest a while in him." Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary!Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! + Mikel Amigot | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠February 15, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
2/15/202429 minutes, 19 seconds
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February 14, 2024, Ash Wednesday, the Beginning of Lent, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: Today is the feast day of St. Valentine and most importantly, Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the penitential season of Lent — forty days of prayer, abstinence, and fasting in imitation of Our Lord in the desert. During today's Mass, the ashes are blessed and then priests or deacons impart this sacramental on the faithful as a sign of conversion, penance, fragility, and mortality. The ash on our forehead means that we are witness to our faith. It also reminds us that our time on earth is short. The ashes are made from the palms used at the previous Passion Sunday ceremonies. During Lent, we observe the central act of history, the redemption of the human race by Our Savior Jesus Christ. All the baptized are called to do some penance: • Abstinence from eating meat on Ash Wednesday and all Fridays during Lent. • Fasting on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. It means that a person is permitted to eat one full meal, as well as two smaller meals that together are not equal to a full meal. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary!Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! + Mikel Amigot | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠February 14, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
2/14/202428 minutes, 27 seconds
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February 13, 2024, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: In today's readings, we learn from the first letter of James the Apostle about the value of trials and temptation (Jas 1:12-18). "Blessed is he who perseveres in temptation,for when he has been proven he will receive the crown of lifethat he promised to those who love him." "Each person is tempted when lured and enticed by his desire. Then desire conceives and brings forth sin, and when sin reaches maturity it gives birth to death." All good giving and every perfect gift are from above, coming down from the Father of lights." Friends, we are encouraged to persevere through trials, even finding joy in our difficulties, for these challenges test our faith and develop perseverance. As the holy apostle teaches, we must avoid being double-minded and unstable in our faith, especially when seeking wisdom from God. Instead, we should ask for God's grace and wisdom with unwavering faith, for He gives generously to all who ask. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary!Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠February 13, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
2/13/202431 minutes, 7 seconds
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February 12, 2024, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: Yesterday, February 11, was the 32nd World Day of the Sick, a commemoration instituted by Pope St. John Paul II. The World Day of the Sick takes place each year on the memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes. On this day in 1858 in Lourdes, France, the 14-year-old peasant girl Bernadette Soubirous saw the Virgin Mary, wearing a white dress and holding a rosary. It would be the first of 18 appearances of Holy Virgin in Lourdes. In one apparition, on the feast day of the Annunciation, Mary said, “I am the Immaculate Conception.” Since then, Lourdes has been a popular travel destination. Thousands of people say their medical conditions have been cured through pilgrimage, prayer, and the water flowing from a spring to which Bernadette was directed by the Blessed Virgin. Experts have verified 69 cases of miraculous healing at Lourdes since 1862. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary!Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠February 12, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
2/12/202427 minutes, 53 seconds
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February 11, 2024, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: Christ Jesus is the healer of the human race, afflicted by original sin. We all, repentant sinners, know our Shepherd. At that time, during His public ministry, Jesus miraculously cured thousands of people. One of those souls was a leper abandoned by society. We see today in Mark's gospel (Mk 1:40-45) both the divine power and the divine compassion of Jesus in an act of healing. A leper came to Jesus and kneeling down begged him and said,“If you wish, you can make me clean.”Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand, touched him, and said to him, “I do will it. Be made clean.”The leprosy left him immediately, and he was made clean. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary!Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠February 11, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
2/11/202429 minutes, 34 seconds
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February 10, 2024, Memorial of St. Scholastica, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: On Feb. 10, the Catholic Church remembers St. Scholastica (480-547). She was the twin sister of St. Benedict, the "father of monasticism" in Western Europe. The twins' mother died at their birth. Under Benedict's direction, Scholastica founded a community of nuns near the great Benedictine monastery Monte Cassino. Inspired by Benedict's teaching, Scholastica devoted her life to seeking and serving God.When she passed away, Benedict saw in a vision the soul of his sister departed from her body, and in the likeness of a dove, ascend into heaven. He rejoiced with hymns and praise, giving thanks to God.  Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You!St. Scholastica, Pray for Us! To Jesus through Mary!Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠February 10, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
2/10/202433 minutes, 7 seconds
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February 9, 2024, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: What is the will of God? It is love, as love is His essence—to show love to others and/or will the good of others. That is the way God's goodness manifests itself to us. God is the supreme lover of our soul. His goodness means that He provides what we need for our perfection, not merely what we desire for our pleasure, which very often leads to our destruction. Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen wrote: "As a sculptor, He sometimes applies the chisel to the marble of our imperfect selves and knocks off huge chunks of selfishness that His image may better stand revealed. Like a musician, whenever He finds the strings too loose on the violin of our personality, He tightens them even though it hurts, so that we may better reveal our hidden harmonies." What father does not want to be proud of his son? So long as there is love, there is necessarily a desire for the perfecting of the beloved. What parent does not want to be proud of their child? So long as there is love, there is necessarily a desire for the perfecting of the beloved. Because God loves us, like any father, He wants us to be happy. He made us for eternal joy. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary!Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠February 9, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
2/9/202430 minutes, 25 seconds
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February 8, 2024, Holy Rosary (Luminous Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: Yesterday, we celebrated the memorial day of Blessed Pope Pius IX (1792-1878). Pius IX defined the dogma of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary on December 8, 1854. It stated, "It has been revealed by God that Mary was preserved from original sin from the moment of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege of almighty God, and in view of the merits of Jesus Christ, Saviour of the human race." Three years after the proclamation of the dogma, on March 25, 1858, the Blessed Virgin, during one of her apparitions to Bernadette Soubirous in Lourdes, France, identified herself with the words: “I am the Immaculate Conception.” In 1996, Pope John Paul II said, "The freedom from every stain of original sin entails as a positive consequence the total freedom from all sin as well as the proclamation of Mary's perfect holiness, a doctrine to which the dogmatic definition makes a fundamental contribution." The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that Mary was "redeemed in a more exalted fashion, by reason of the merits of her Son." Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary!Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠February 8, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
2/8/202429 minutes, 59 seconds
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February 7, 2024, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: Jesus teaches that evil comes from within, from our hearts. “But what comes out of the man, that is what defiles him.From within the man, from his heart,come evil thoughts, unchastity, theft, murder,adultery, greed, malice, deceit,licentiousness, envy, blasphemy, arrogance, folly.All these evils come from within and they defile.” Our Lord summoned the crowd: “Hear me, all of you, and understand.Nothing that enters one from outside can defile that person;but the things that come out from within are what defile.” Through prayer and sacrifices, we combat the evils and dysfunctions that stem from original sin, the effects of which are evident everywhere. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary!Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • February 7, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
2/7/202429 minutes, 8 seconds
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February 6, 2024, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: Today, on the memorial day of Saint Paul Miki and Companions Martyrs, we see Jesus calling the Pharisees hypocrites because they "disregard God’s commandment but cling to human tradition." (Mark 7:1–13) The Pharisees and scribes were questioning Jesus because His disciples were not following the tradition of the elders but instead were eating with unwashed, uncleaned hands. He responded,"Well did Isaiah prophesy about you hypocrites,as it is written:These people honor me with their lips,but their hearts are far from me;In vain do they worship me,teaching as doctrines human precepts." The hypocrisy of the Pharisees was 1) disregard of love — not willing the good of the other — and 2) a human creation of the Eternal Word. They were playing as little Gods, following an interpreted religion for their earthly purposes. Regarding what is real love, Bishop Barron writes, "It's a leaping outside of the narrow confines of my needs and desires, and an embrace of the other’s good for the other’s sake. It is an escape from the black hole of the ego, which tends to draw everything around it into itself." Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary!Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠February 6, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
2/6/202431 minutes, 18 seconds
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February 5, 2024, Memorial of St. Agatha, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: The Catholic Church celebrates today the Memorial of St. Agatha (d. 250), a virgin and martyr who died in defense of her purity, in Catania, Sicily. After Quintanus, the governor of Sicily, tried in vain to force her to consent to sin, imprisoned for a month, and then had her breasts cut off, but that night Agatha was miraculously healed by the apostle St. Peter. When asked why she lived the servile life of a Christian, St. Agatha answered: "I am a handmaid of Christ, and that is why I bear the outward appearance of a slave; yet this is the highest nobility, to be a slave to Christ." The governor threatened her with the most dreadful tortures if she did not renounce Christ. Agatha countered: "If you threaten me with wild beasts, know that in the Name of Christ, they grow tame; if you use fire, from heaven angels will drop healing dew on me." She was then rolled over sharp stones and burning coals and finally taken to prison where she died while praying. "O Lord Jesus Christ, good Master, I give You thanks that You granted me victory over the executioners' tortures. Grant now that I may happily dwell in Your never-ending glory." Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You!St. Agatha, Pray for Us! To Jesus through Mary!Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠February 5, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
2/5/202429 minutes, 55 seconds
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February 4, 2024, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: In today's Sunday reading (Mk 1:29-39), we see a day in the public life of Jesus: He heals people, drives out demons, prays, and preaches. As followers of Christ, we are invited to pray, serve the poor, and evangelize throughout Galilee. The Gospel of Mark presents as a healer. In him, divinity and humanity come together. "In him, the divine life and divine power are breaking through," writes Bishop Barron. "God’s deepest intentions appear—what God plans for us in the kingdom to come is now historically anticipated." Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary!Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠February 4, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
2/4/202426 minutes, 26 seconds
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February 3, 2024, Feast of St. Blaise, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: Today, February 3rd, we celebrate the memorial of St. Blaise (or Blase), a fourth-century saint and martyr who enjoys widespread veneration in the Eastern and Western Churches due to many cures attributed to him. On this day the Church gives a "Blessing of the Throats" in honor of St. Blaise, who was a physician and Bishop of Sebaste, Armenia. From the eighth century, St. Blaise has been invoked on behalf of the sick, especially those afflicted with illnesses of the throat. St. Blaise is included in the list of Fourteen Holy Helpers. Today, two candles are blessed with a prayer that God will free us from illness. St. Blaise lived in a cave on Mount Argeus and was a healer of men and animals. According to legend, sick animals would come to him on their own for help, but would never disturb him at prayer. While arrested, and in prison, Blaise ministered to and healed fellow prisoners, including saving a child who was choking on a fish bone; this led to the blessing of throats on Blaise's feast day. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You!St. Blaise, Pray for Us! To Jesus through Mary!Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠February 3, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
2/3/202431 minutes, 2 seconds
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February 2, 2024, Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: Today, forty days after the birth of Jesus, we celebrate the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, also popularly known as Candlemas Day — since it takes place the Procession and Blessing of Candles at Mass. Christ Child is revealed as the Messiah through the canticle and words of Simeon and the testimony of Anna the prophetess. The Presentation of the Lord concludes the celebration of the Nativity. And with the offerings of the Virgin Mother and the prophecy of Simeon, the events now point toward Easter. Overall, Jesus’ presentation signifies God made man’s entrance to His temple, presenting Himself to those who were searching for Him. It also reminds us that prayer, penance, and contemplation result in a solid interior life that brings true Christian charity. During the episode of the Presentation, we see Simeon’s prophecy of Mary’s sufferings. Pope John Paul II taught that ‘Simeon's words seem like a second Annunciation to Mary, for they tell her of the actual historical situation in which the Son is to accomplish his mission, namely, in misunderstanding and sorrow.’ (Redemptoris Mater, n16) Only those who pray and offer penance, like Simeon and Anna, are open to the breath of the Spirit. They knew how to recognize the Lord in the circumstances in which He manifested Himself because they possessed an ample interior vision. In addition, today, and given that consecrated men and women are to be the light in the world — imitating Jesus, the Light of the World — we celebrate the World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life. Pope St. John Paul II instituted this celebration in 1997. The Church demonstrates its gratitude to all those who dedicate themselves in a privileged way to prayer and have a particular religious vocation to the contemplative life. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary!Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠February 2, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
2/2/202429 minutes, 34 seconds
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February 1, 2024, Holy Rosary (Luminous Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: Jesus is astonished by our lack of faith. As we read this week (MK 6:1-6), He cured many sick, drove out demons, and performed mighty deeds. Despite these miracles, people refuse to trust in Him. Though we, the faithful, possess an understanding of the Eternal Word, our faith remains lacking. Christ Jesus dwells among us, yet we fail to recognize Him. In the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist, He abundantly bestows His grace, but we persist in disbelief and ingratitude. One day, the whole truth will be revealed to each of us. Unfortunately, for many, it will be too late. The majority will realize that they've wasted their time on Earth. It's time to fully convert and place our trust in Him. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You!St. John Bosco, Pray for Us! To Jesus through Mary!Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠February 1, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
2/1/202430 minutes, 28 seconds
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January 31, 2024, Memorial of St. John Bosco, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: Every January 31, the Catholic Church honors St. John Bosco (or “Don Bosco”), a 19th-century Italian priest who reached out to young people to remedy their lack of education, opportunities, and faith. He was an enlightened educator and innovator. St. John Bosco was the founder of the Salesian Society, named in honor of St. Francis de Sales, and of the Daughters of Mary, Help of Christians. His lifework was the welfare of young boys and girls, hence his title, "Apostle of Youth." He had no formal system of education, but rather his methods centered on persuasion, authentic religiosity, and love for young people. At age nine, he had a prophetic dream in which unruly young boys were uttering words of blasphemy. Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary appeared to John in the dream, saying he would bring such youths to God through the virtues of humility and charity. Later on, this dream would help John to discern his calling as a priest.He'd become a spiritual guide and provider along with his fellow Salesian priests and brothers, giving boys religious instruction, lodging, education, and work opportunities.  This success did not come easily, as the priest struggled to find reliable accommodations and support for his ambitious apostolate. Italy’s nationalist movement made life difficult for religious orders, and its anti-clerical attitudes even led to assassination attempts against Don Bosco. However, such hostility did not stop the Salesians from expanding in Europe and beyond. They were helping 130,000 children in 250 houses by the end of Don Bosco’s life. “I have done nothing by myself,” he stated, saying it was “Our Lady who has done everything” through her intercession with God. St. John Bosco died on January 31, 1888, after conveying a message: “Tell the boys that I shall be waiting for them all in Paradise.” He was canonized on Easter Sunday of 1934 and is a patron saint of young people, apprentices, and Catholic publishers and editors. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You!St. John Bosco, Pray for Us! To Jesus through Mary!Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠January 31, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
1/31/202430 minutes, 37 seconds
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January 30, 2024, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: This week we read in the Gospel how Jesus drives out demons and unclean spirits from possessed men. Reflecting upon it, there are powerful things we can do to win the battle against evil in our lives, according to Fr. David Rider, a Catholic priest in Monroe, New York. • Never engage in the occult or abstain from habitual mortal sin. It invites them in. • Cleanse our homes from anything that can invite demons — new age crystals, good luck charms, books about the occult. • Never leave your house without wearing some blessed object on your person: crucifix, miraculous medal, scapular. • Never wear an Italian horn or an eye against the evil eye. • Play Christian praise and worship music at all times. The devil can’t stand to be anywhere where Jesus is being praised. • Pray the Holy Rosary — each Hail Mary is a hit to Satan's head. • Go to confession frequently. One confession is more powerful than a hundred exorcisms • Cling to the Holy Eucharist and spend time in adoration. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary!Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠January 30, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
1/30/202432 minutes, 31 seconds
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January 29, 2024, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: Christ Jesus demonstrated His authority during His public ministry, notably exerting power over the spiritual realm. This included causing men with unclean spirits to convulse and expel their demons, as described in St. Mark 1:21-28 and St. Mark 5:1-20. Christ gave us the power to be like Him so that we are free from sin because sin makes us like the devil. Reflecting on this, Bishop Barron wrote, "and now we have to make a decision." "If he is who he says he is and who he demonstrates himself to be, then we have to give our lives to him." Are we with Christ or against Him? Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary!Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠January 29, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
1/29/202432 minutes, 8 seconds
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January 28, 2024, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: In today’s Gospel (St. Mark 1:21-28), Jesus finds in a synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, who cries out, "What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth?Have you come to destroy us?I know who you are—the Holy One of God!"Jesus rebuked him and said,"Quiet! Come out of him!"The unclean spirit convulsed him and with a loud cry came out of him. People possessed with demons were obeying him, to the amazement and astonishment of the people in Galilee. From the first days of His public ministry, Jesus’ messianic power began to be manifested to those who saw and heard Him. Still today, the mystery of the Incarnated Word is beyond human calculation and imagination. Why don’t we accept the infinite power and love of God, as it is described in the Scriptures? Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary!Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠January 28, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
1/28/202431 minutes, 29 seconds
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January 27, 2024, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: In today's reading (Mark 4:35–41), Jesus calms the storm that confronts our lives and threatens our peace. A violent squall came up and waves were breaking over the boat,so that it was already filling up.Jesus was in the stern, asleep on a cushion.They woke him and said to him,"Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?"He woke up,rebuked the wind,and said to the sea, "Quiet! Be still!"The wind ceased and there was great calm.Then he asked them, "Why are you terrified?Do you not yet have faith? In this episode, the disciples stand symbolically for all of us journeying through life.When the trials and anxieties of life confront us, our first reaction is fear. But then Jesus successfully calms the waves. If we are awake in the presence of Christ within us, then we can withstand the most frightening storms. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary!Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠January 27, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET  
1/27/202433 minutes, 6 seconds
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January 26, 2024, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: St. Paul's soul-shaking conversion has a parallel in our life. Christ came to dwell in us during our baptism. It was our first conversion, although in most of us were unaware of the gift received as we were baptized as infants. If we are lukewarm or Christians merely from habit or tradition — unconscious Christians — we must be converted to a zealously faithful life. Our repentance must include gratitude to God and be exercised with a simple heart. Another "Damascus hour" is the Eucharist moment in holy Mass. Here, too, Christ meets us. Every Mass affects a conversion, a change in us. We bring our human wants and weaknesses to the altar, and in exchange receive grace and divine Bread in Holy Communion. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You!St. Paul, Pray for Us! To Jesus through Mary!Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠January 26, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
1/26/202431 minutes, 20 seconds
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January 25, 2024, Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul, Holy Rosary (Luminous Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: On January 25, the faithful celebrate the Conversion of Saint Paul, one of the great events of the early Church. This feast celebrates St. Paul's turning away from persecution of Christians to promoting Christianity. Saul was a Jew of the tribe of Benjamin, born in Tarsus, the capital of Cilicia, and a Roman citizen. He was a student of the Pharisee rabbi Gamaliel and surpassed all his peers in zeal for the Jewish law and their traditions, which he thought to be the cause of God. Saul of Tarsus became one of the most fierce enemies and persecutors of Christians. He was one of the conspirators in the martyrdom of the holy deacon Stephan. He was suddenly converted on the road to Damascus when our Lord appeared to him in His resurrected glory (Acts 9:1-9). In other words, Saul, a blasphemer and a persecutor was made an apostle, and chosen to be one of the principal instruments of God in the conversion of the world. From a fierce persecutor, he became the great Apostle of the Gentiles. He made three missionary journeys which brought him to Asia Minor and southern Europe, and made many converts. Fourteen of his Epistles are found in the New Testament. He was beheaded in Rome around 66 A.D., and his relics are in the Basilica of St. Paul. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You!St. Paul, Pray for Us! To Jesus through Mary!Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠January 25, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
1/25/202431 minutes, 54 seconds
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January 24, 2024, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: In today’s Gospel (Mark 4:1–20), Christ Jesus tells the parable of the sower. A man goes out to sow and throws the seed on the path, on rocky soil, on thorny soil, and finally on good soil. There are different types of soil, which apply symbolically to ourselves. God is a farmer, sowing the seed of His word and His love on the path, the rocks, and the thorns, pouring out His love on those who are least likely to respond. As Bishop Barron writes, "God’s love is irrational, extravagant, embarrassing, unreasonable, completely over the top." Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary!Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠January 24, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
1/24/202432 minutes, 13 seconds
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January 23, 2024, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: This week we continue praying for the unity of the Christians and the legal protection of unborn children. All human beings are created in the image and likeness of God. All of us are called to His eternal and loving company in Heaven. No one is excluded. However, through their willingness and actions, many decide to reject the Truth and exclude themselves. God is the model on which all human beings are created. He looked upon himself and wished that other beings would share in His joy. We participate in the greatness of our Creator, His intelligence, and loving nature. This manner of creation brings us to understand the dignity of every human being. A person might be born with a disability or may suffer disability through injury or disease, but these deprivations do not affect his essential dignity. One day, all the human imperfections will be healed and they will enjoy forever the beatific vision that we all long for. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary!Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠January 23, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
1/23/202433 minutes, 15 seconds
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January 22, 2024, Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: Today is the Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children. Parishes, schools, or religious formation programs may celebrate the Mass for the dignity of human life, giving thanks to God for the gift of human life. It's a simple truth: It is better to be alive than never have been in existence. As a result, we worship and love the Giver of this gift. This love is what moves us to protect the life of the unborn or any who might be unjustly treated. We are also led to protect women who might feel tempted or forced to commit abortion, as we know the devastating consequences that abortion will have in their lives. We have to do everything we can to convince the many perpetrators of abortion — medical personnel, pro-abortion activists, and politicians — of their errors, so they repent and change their ways, both for their benefit and for the benefit of society. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary!Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠January 22, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET  
1/22/202431 minutes, 32 seconds
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January 21, 2024, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary:When Jesus passes by, we have to respond. The first four apostles — Peter, Andrew, James, and John — immediately responded to the call of the Lord, as we read today in the Gospel (Mark 1:14–20).Jesus is passing by every day. He never ceases calling us by our names, because He wants our healing on Earth and our salvation for eternity. "Repent, and believe in the gospel."Now is "the time of fulfillment," as he proclaimed. We are meant to see ourselves in Peter and Andrew, in James and John."Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men."  Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary!Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠January 21, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
1/21/202431 minutes, 44 seconds
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January 20, 2024, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: The message of salvation has been historically spread by the Holy Spirit working through the apostles, saints, and the faithful in the Church. This proves the power of God. Had the message of salvation been spread and promulgated by powerful men, the cry would soon go up on all sides and people would say: "This religion is the invention of the upper class; it is a clever plan of the upper classes to keep the poor and humble workers in subjection." Starting with the apostles and martyrs, it was the poor and working classes — many simple fishermen of Galilee — who spread Christ's message, and who suffered imprisonment and death at the hands of the educated and upper classes for so doing. It’s a historical fact, proven year after year, that Christ erected an institution, the Catholic Church, against which the gates of hell, the power of all the enemies of our salvation, have been incapable of prevailing, despite their countless attempts of destruction from outside and inside during twenty centuries. The divine guidance and help of Christ is with His Church, and it will be with it forever. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary!Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠January 20, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
1/20/202430 minutes, 58 seconds
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January 19, 2024, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: Thousands of Americans gathered today in Washington, DC for the 51st annual March for Life, the second in a post-Roe America. The faithful showed support for the right to life — a life-affirming culture that respects the inherent dignity of all human life. The theme this year ‘With every woman, for every child’ focused on the need to care for both mother and child during the nine months of pregnancy and in the years after. Pregnancy care centers and maternity homes across the country exist to provide support for women facing unexpected pregnancies so that no mother ever feels alone or without support on her journey. The annual March for Life is the world’s largest annual human rights demonstration. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary!Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • January 19, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
1/19/202429 minutes, 54 seconds
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January 18, 2024, Holy Rosary (Luminous Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: This week in the Gospel we see Christ Jesus curing many, including a man with a withered hand (Mark 3:1–6) as well those who had diseases and were pressing to touch him (Mk 3:7-12). The unclean spirits were falling before him shouting, "You are the Son of God." These healings signified the arrival of the kingdom of God. His person was an entirely new way of ordering things — based on unconditional love and kindness. This way of life made demons crazy and awakened the opposition of the powers of that time — the Pharisees and the religious establishment. Our Lord permitted all of that darkness to crush Him. But then, on the third day, He would rise again from the dead in the power of the Holy Spirit, swallowing up the darkness of the world. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary!Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York •⁠ January 18, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
1/18/202430 minutes, 9 seconds
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January 17, 2024, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: Tomorrow, Thursday, January 18, 2024, is the National Prayer Vigil for Life. It is held on the eve of the March for Life each January at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. Thousands of pilgrims and participants pray for an end to abortion and a greater respect for all human life. The 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. prayer events on January 18 and the 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 a.m. Mass on January 19 will be televised by EWTN and live-streamed on the Basilica’s webpage. “A prayer for life is urgently needed, a prayer that will rise throughout the world,” Pope Saint John Paul II wrote. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary!Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will. + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • January 17, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
1/17/202430 minutes, 19 seconds
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January 16, 2024, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: "Glorify God in your body," as the Holy Spirit tells us through St. Paul in his letter to the Corinthians (1 Cor 6:13c-15a, 17-20), as we read yesterday. The first teaching emphasizes avoiding immorality, particularly sexual immorality. "Our body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within us," St. Paul wrote. Dark forces in our society have promoted evil ideologies that push the idea that our body is for pleasure. Moreover, according to this view, one's gender can be chosen. It’s all about going against the Divine and the Holy Spirit. We all know the destructive consequences of sin. "You are not your own. For you have been purchased at a price," Paul said. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary!Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will. + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠January 16, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
1/16/202428 minutes, 51 seconds
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January 15, 2024, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: We pray for the end of racism and discrimination. Today in the U.S., on the third Monday in January, is the federal holiday of civil rights leader Luther King Jr Day. It honors the life and legacy of this iconic figure of the civil rights movement during the 1950s and 1960s. King’s fight against discrimination and segregation changed American history and gave hope to millions for a future of equality. His March on Washington, on August 28, 1963, and his “I Have a Dream” speech was an inspiring moment. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr stated, “I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” King’s call for racial equality is echoed in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. “Created in the image of the one God and equally endowed with rational souls, all men have the same nature and the same origin. Redeemed by the sacrifice of Christ, all are called to participate in the same divine beatitude: all therefore enjoy an equal dignity.”  (CCC 1934). As St. Augustine wrote, “An unjust law is no law at all,” while St. Thomas Aquinas stated, "An unjust law is a human law that is not rooted in eternal and natural law. Any law that degrades human personality is unjust." In U.S. tradition, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is honored along with another non-Catholic Abraham Lincoln, and two Catholics, Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠January 15, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
1/15/202431 minutes, 24 seconds
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January 14, 2024, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: Today’s Gospel (St. John 1:35-42) gives an account of the vocation of the first four Apostles who found Christ Jesus, the Lamb of God, and decided to follow him. This event was the beginning of vocations, a movement of holiness that will last until the end of the world. The Church of Christ consists of men with a sinful human nature, yet it is assisted by divine aid. Another momentous fact is Christ's choice of the Apostles among "the lowly and the humble to confound the wise." (1 Corinthians 1:27). The first four Apostles were simple fishermen from Galilee, not men of education or any social standing in their communities. He could have converted and chosen some of the more highly educated scribes of Jerusalem, some of the many philosophers in Greece, or even Roman senators. But he did not. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠January 14, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET⁠
1/14/202429 minutes, 16 seconds
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January 13, 2024, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: In today’s Gospel (Mark 2:13–17), Christ Jesus calls Matthew to become his disciple. "As he passed by, he saw Levi, son of Alphaeus,sitting at the customs post.Jesus said to him, “Follow me.”And he got up and followed Jesus.While he was at table in his house,many tax collectors and sinners sat with Jesus and his disciples;for there were many who followed him." The Lord just simply said, "Follow me." It was an explosion of grace. As Bishop Barron said, "Grace, by definition, comes unbidden and without explanation." "Just as creation is ex nihilo, so conversion is a new creation." As Erasmo Leiva-Merikakis comments, "The deepest meaning of Christian discipleship is not to work for Jesus but to be with Jesus." Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠January 13, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
1/13/202429 minutes, 57 seconds
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January 12, 2024, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: Evil or the devil camouflages well in its environment. We notice this in our secular society. In the Book of Genesis, it was the infamous figure of the serpent. That animal insidiousness was unnoticed by Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Our progenitors thought the serpent was benign. Pope Francis warns that "the devil is a master tactician and shapeshifter able to instill doubt."In the biblical account, the prohibition imposed on Adam and Eve of eating from that tree "was God’s way of preserving them from the presumption of omnipotence, of making themselves masters of good and evil, which is temptation, a bad temptation even now. In the episode of The Fall, we learn that the most dangerous threat to the human heart is pride, which is the beginning of all evil. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠January 12, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET   
1/12/202428 minutes, 28 seconds
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January 11, 2024, Holy Rosary (Luminous Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary:Soon, we will begin Lent, a season that commemorates the forty days Jesus spent in the desert, enduring temptations. There, Our Lord did not engage in dialogue with the Evil One.He responded using the words of Holy Scripture, the word of God.Christ never conversed with the devil; He chased him away."When temptation comes, never talk. Close the door, close the window, close your heart. In this way we defend ourselves from this seduction," Pope Francis said."The Bible explains to us that evil does not begin in man in a clamorous way when an act is already manifest, but much earlier when one begins to fantasize about it, to nurse it in the imagination and thoughts, and ends up being ensnared by its enticements," the pope cautioned.Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠January 11, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
1/11/202429 minutes, 51 seconds
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January 10, 2024, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary:In today’s reading (Mk 1:29-39), we see Jesus curing many who were ill or possessed by demons.The Son of God went throughout Galilee preaching and driving out demons.As we read on Tuesday, these demons knew who was Jesus (Mk 1:21-28). But He was not permitting them to speak because they knew Him.“What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth?Have you come to destroy us?I know who you are–the Holy One of God!”Jesus rebuked him and said, “Quiet! Come out of him!” Christ was able to cast out unclean spirits. But this is not our case. Moreover, we must never argue with the devil, as Pope Francis recently reminded us. "The devil is a deceiver. Never talk to him, because he is smarter than all of us and will make us pay," he said. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠January 10, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
1/10/202430 minutes, 23 seconds
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January 9, 2024, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: The Holy Virgin said in one of her revelations that with prayer and fasting, we can detain wars and natural catastrophes. The Lord listens to our prayers. In the New Testament, several passages highlight this. “We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly person who does his will.” (John 9:31) “For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” (Peter 3:12) “And if we know that he hears us — whatever we ask — we know that we have what we asked of him.” (John 5:15) God listens and He is ready to answer, all you have to do is ask. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York ⁠• January 9, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
1/9/202431 minutes, 14 seconds
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January 8, 2024, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: We always should have our eyes very open to see what God is up to. The three kings from the East — the magi — evoke us the importance of spiritual alertness as they watched the night sky for divine signs. Once they saw the star, they moved, teaching us to move. They showed us to expect opposition when we walk the divine path. They spoke to Herod about the birth of the new King, and the wicked monarch used that information to destroy the light of the world. The wise men gave baby Jesus their precious gifts: frankincense (divine worship), myrrh (suffering Christ), and gold (denoting kingship). In the same way, we offer the very best of ourselves to the Lord. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠January 8, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
1/8/202426 minutes, 42 seconds
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January 7, 2024, Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: Today, January 7th, the Catholic Church traditionally celebrates the Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord — the second epiphany, or manifestation, of the Lord when the entire Holy Trinity intervened. In some places, this solemnity is transferred to Monday, January 8th. The Baptism of the Lord marks the end of the Christmas season. Then, ordinary time starts, until Lent, which this year will begin earlier: on February 14th, Ash Wednesday, and Valentine’s Day. At Christ's baptism, the heavens were opened and He was proclaimed the "Beloved Son" of the Father. At our Baptism, heaven is opened to us and we became the adopted sons of God. At His Baptism Jesus prayed; after our Baptism, we must pray to avoid actual sin. Jesus, who was sinless, did not need the baptism of John. The lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, the Word made flesh took the baptism of repentance because He laid aside his glory and humbly joined us in our sinfulness, standing with us, assuming our burden. The Son of God freely humbled Himself at the hand of John the Baptist before commencing his earthly ministry. And by His baptism in the Jordan, Christ manifested His humility and dedicated Himself to the redemption of man. He took upon Himself the sins of the whole world and buried them in the waters of the Jordan. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠January 7, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET⁠
1/7/202427 minutes, 22 seconds
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January 6, 2024, Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: Today’s Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord commemorates the visit of the magi to worship the baby Jesus as narrated in the Gospel of Matthew: "Behold, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, ‘Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star at its rising and have come to do him homage.’" The word “epiphany” comes from the Greek epiphainen, which means "to manifest," or “make known.” The Feast of the Epiphany celebrates the revelation of Jesus, the Son of God, to the world. "Jesus is the Savior of the world. He comes not just for one group of people but for all. The magi, or kings, or astrologers, or seekers from the East, stand in for all the peoples of the earth," says Bishop Robert Deeley. "They represent all the people, including ourselves, who have found their way to Christ, who have found in him the meaning of their lives, and the light which guides them.  They also represent the inner hope of the human spirit showing that it strives for the meaning that Jesus brings to life." The Catechism explains the Epiphany this way: "The Epiphany is the manifestation of Jesus as Messiah of Israel, Son of God and Savior of the world. The great feast of Epiphany celebrates the adoration of Jesus by the wise men (magi) from the East, together with his baptism in the Jordan and the wedding feast at Cana in Galilee. In the magi, representatives of the neighboring pagan religions, the Gospel sees the first-fruits of the nations, who welcome the good news of salvation through the Incarnation." Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • January 6, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
1/6/202431 minutes, 35 seconds
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January 5, 2024, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary:Most people do not know what they fundamentally want in life, or if they do, they lack the courage and determination to pursue a clear goal. Many spend their earthly existence looking for solutions and end up frustrated. Reflecting on this, Christ Jesus asked two of John the Baptist’s disciples (John 1:35–42), "What are you looking for?" This is an existential question for all of us. The correct answer should be to live united, in communion and friendship with the Creator of the Universe. In other words, holiness and eternal life. The pursuit of holiness and eternal life offers a simple and definitive response. It is an unambiguous approach to our challenging and temporary dwelling on earth. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠January 5, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
1/5/202427 minutes, 12 seconds
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January 4, 2024, Memorial of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Holy Rosary (Luminous Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: Today, on the eleventh day of Christmas, we celebrate the Memorial of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, the first native-born American to be canonized a saint. Born in New York in 1774, Elizabeth Ann Bayley married William Seton and they had five children. After her husband's death from tuberculosis, she converted from the Episcopal faith to Catholicism. She founded the American Sisters of Charity, a community of teaching sisters that began Catholic schools throughout the United States, especially helping with the education of underprivileged children. Elizabeth Ann Seton also laid the foundation of the American parochial school system and opened orphanages in Philadelphia and New York City. She died at Emmitsburg on January 4, 1821, was beatified by Pope St. John XXIII in 1963, and was canonized by Pope St. Paul VI in 1975. We meditate on these words of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, "What was the first rule of our dear Savior's life? You know it was to do His Father's will. Well, then, the first end I propose in our daily work is to do the will of God; secondly to do it in the manner He wills; and thirdly, to do it because it is His will. I know what is His will by those who direct me; whatever they bid me do, if it is ever so small in itself, is the will of God for me. Then, do it in the manner He wills it." Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You!St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Pray for Us! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠January 4, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
1/4/202433 minutes, 1 second
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January 3, 2024, Feast of The Most Holy Name of Jesus, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: Today, on the tenth day of Christmas, we honor the Most Holy Name of Jesus, which means Savior. Moreover, the month of January has traditionally been dedicated to the Holy Name of Jesus. This devotion to the Holy Name is deeply rooted in the Sacred Scriptures, especially in the Acts of the Apostles. God Himself gave this name to express His mission and the purpose of His existence. We read in the New Testament how the angel Gabriel revealed that name to Mary: “You shall call His name Jesus.” “His name was called Jesus, which was called by the Angel before He was conceived in the womb.” Luke 2:21. To St. Joseph, the angel not merely revealed the name but explained its meaning: “You shall call His name Jesus, for He shall save His people from their sins.” The name of Jesus is a name of love, hope, and joy. Whenever we pronounce it, we ought to bow our heads, as the very name reminds us of the greatest favor we have ever received, salvation. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • January 3, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
1/3/202428 minutes, 11 seconds
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January 2, 2024, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: When the fullness of time came, the Father sent Christ Jesus, so that we might receive adoption as sons, as St. Paul reminded us in this letter to the Galatians (Gal 4:4-7) yesterday. This way, the Lord saved us from the slavery of sin. "So you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son then also an heir, through God." "As proof that you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying out, Abba, Father!" This January 8th, on the feast of the Baptism of the Lord, we will renew our promises of the Baptism. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You!Blessed Virgin Mary, Pray for Us! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠January 2, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
1/2/202428 minutes, 25 seconds
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January 1, 2024, Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: Today, on New Year's Day, we celebrate the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God, our Lady's greatest title. The title “Mother of God” goes back to the third or fourth century. The Greek term Theotokos (“The God-bearer”) was officially consecrated as Catholic doctrine at the Council of Ephesus in 431. It became the first Marian dogma. At the end of the Council of Ephesus, crowds of people marched through the streets shouting: “Praised be the Theotokos!” This Catholic doctrine is based on the doctrine of Incarnation, as expressed by St. Paul: “God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law” (Galatians 4:4). The Catechism of the Catholic Church (721) explains this: "Mary, the all-holy ever-virgin Mother of God, is the masterwork of the mission of the Son and the Spirit in the fullness of time. For the first time in the plan of salvation and because his Spirit had prepared her, the Father found the dwelling place where his Son and his Spirit could dwell among men. In this sense, the Church's Tradition has often read the most beautiful texts on wisdom in relation to Mary. Mary is acclaimed and represented in the liturgy as the "Seat of Wisdom." On this day the Catholic Church also celebrates the World Day of Peace, a tradition established by Pope Paul VI and confirmed by Pope John Paul II. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You!Blessed Virgin Mary, Pray for Us! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠January 1, 2024, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
1/1/202426 minutes, 21 seconds
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December 31, 2023, Feast of the Holy Family, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: Today, on the Seventh Day of Christmas, we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family of Joseph, Mary, and Jesus. The Church instituted this feast to present the Holy Family as the patron and model of all Christian families. Today is also the feast day of every family. The devotion to the Holy Family was born in Bethlehem. The shepherds went to adore the Child Jesus and, at the same time, they gave honor to His family. Later, similarly, the three wise men came from the East to adore and give honor to the newborn King with gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh that would be safeguarded by His family. Christ Himself was the first devotee of His family. He showed His devotion to His mother and foster father by submitting Himself, with infinite humility, to the duty of filial obedience towards them. St Bernard of Clairvaux said in this regard, "God, to whom angels submit themselves and who principalities and powers obey, was subject to Mary; and not only to Mary but Joseph also for Mary’s sake. God obeyed a human creature; this is humility without precedent. A human creature commands God; it is sublime beyond measure." Marriage is a sacrament that establishes a family. The children must learn how to obey and love their parents in thought, word, and action, just as Christ was obedient to the Virgin Mary and Joseph — the guardian and administrator of the divine family of Nazareth. And every Christian family must do their best to live in harmony and prayer. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You!Holy Family, Pray for Us! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠December 31, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
12/31/202327 minutes, 35 seconds
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December 30, 2023, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: At Christmas, we learn to be witness to the truth. To be a witness is to be a martyr. As soon as Christ was liturgically born, the Church presented St. Stephen, St. John, and the Holy Innocents, as witnesses. We all are born in baptism to become Christ. At that moment, our eternity begins. We are compelled to be witnesses every hour and every day. Only in Heaven, we will comprehend this mystery. The Evil One whispers into man’s ear to abandon the truth and experience an earthly journey based on pleasures, honors, power, and money. The fallen angel knows how to destroy us. He applies his supernatural intelligence to lie and confuse us. But we the Christian people know that submission and humility are the answer. The merciful love of Christ is the answer! Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You!Holy Innocents, Pray for Us! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • December 30, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
12/30/202330 minutes, 14 seconds
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December 29, 2023, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: Professing the Christian faith demands the heroism of the martyrs. On the day after the solemnity of Christmas, we celebrated today the feast of St. Stephen, the first martyr who was stoned in Jerusalem during the first persecution against the nascent Church. St. Stephen was the first to follow in the steps of Christ with martyrdom. Like the divine Master, he died forgiving and praying for his executioners (cf. Acts 7:60). During the first four centuries of Christianity all the saints venerated by the Church were martyrs. There is "the white army of martyrs" (martyrum candidatus exercitus) whose death was not a reason for fear and sadness, but of spiritual enthusiasm. For believers, the day of death, and even more so, the day of martyrdom, is the "passage" to immortal life, it is the day of the final birth. If Jesus had not been born on earth, men would not have been able to be born for heaven. Because Christ was born, we can be "reborn." And if we analyze in depth the mystery of Christmas, we see how the Child Jesus would save humanity by dying on the cross. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You!Holy Innocents, Pray for Us! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠December 29, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
12/29/202328 minutes, 13 seconds
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December 28, 2023, Feast of the Holy Innocents, Martyrs, Holy Rosary (Luminous Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: Today, on the Fourth Day in the Octave of Christmas, the Church celebrates the Feast of Holy Innocents, Martyrs. We remember the mass murder of the small children in the neighborhood of Bethlehem put to death the by wicked monarch Herod. Precious in the sight of God, these innocent victims bear witness to Christ who was persecuted from the time of His birth by a world which would not receive Him. The Holy Innocents saved the Child Jesus from death by King Herod by the shedding of their blood. The Holy Innocents are the special patrons of small children, who can please the Christ Child by being obedient and helpful to parents. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You!Holy Innocents, Pray for Us! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • December 28, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
12/28/202328 minutes, 36 seconds
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December 27, 2023, Feast of St. John, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: Today, on the third day of Christmas, the universal Church honors the apostle and evangelist St. John (d. 101), the beloved disciple of Jesus and author of the fourth Gospel, three Epistles, and the Apocalypse. He is the evangelist of the divinity of Christ and His fraternal love. On Christmas Day, we read his passages on the pre-existence of the Word, who by His Incarnation became the light of the world and the life of our souls. Born in Bethsaida, son of Zebedee and Salome, and brother to St. James the Greater, both of whom were fishermen. The two were called by Jesus to be disciples as they were mending their nets by the Sea of Galilee. With James and Peter, he witnessed the Transfiguration. At the Last Supper, he leans on the Master's breast. At the foot of the cross, Jesus entrusts His Mother to his care. John's pure life kept him very close to Jesus and Mary for years to come. He was the only one of the Apostles who did not forsake the Savior in the hour of His Passion and Death. He was brought to Rome and, according to tradition, was cast into a caldron of boiling oil by order of Emperor Domitian, but he was miraculously preserved unhurt. John was then exiled to the island of Patmos, where he wrote the Apocalypse or Revelation. Afterward returned to Ephesus where he founded many churches in Asia Minor and passed away in peace at about ninety-four years old. "My dear children, love one another," was his message. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You!St. John, Pray for Us! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠December 27, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
12/27/202330 minutes, 9 seconds
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December 26, 2023, Feast of St. Stephen, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: Today, on the Second day in the Octave of Christmas, the Catholic Church celebrates the Feast of St. Stephen, the first Christian martyr. His story comes from the Acts of the Apostles. Stoned outside the city wall of Jerusalem two years after the death of Christ, he died like his Master praying for his executioners. He was one of the seven deacons who helped the apostles; he was "filled with faith and with the Holy Spirit," and was "full of grace and strength." With Stephen, the Doctors of the Church emphasize the imitation of Christ even unto the complete gift of self. Stephen is usually pictured in deacon's vestments, holding the symbol of martyrdom, a palm branch. To be a witness is to be a martyr like Christ. By establishing the feast on the day after Christmas the Church draws an even closer comparison between the disciple and the Master. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! St. Stephen, Pray for Us! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York
12/26/202332 minutes, 7 seconds
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December 25, 2023, Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: We rejoice today by celebrating the Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord, the Birth of Jesus Christ, and the First Day in the Octave of Christmas. Christmas time begins on December 24 with the first Vespers of the feast and ends on the feast of the Baptism of Christ, January 7th. On a day like this two thousand years ago, the Eternal Word was made flesh and dwelt among. For us and our salvation, the Messiah descended upon earth. The longings of the patriarchs and prophets were finally fulfilled. The Solemnity Day of Christmas is a feast full of joy. The Son of God became man to bring the light into our sinful world covered with darkness since our forefathers decided to separate themselves from the Divinity. He gave us a share in his divine life. Today, with the shepherds we hurry to the manger and adore the Incarnate Son of God. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • December 25, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
12/25/202331 minutes, 15 seconds
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December 24, 2023, Fourth Sunday of Advent & Christmas Eve, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: Today is the Fourth Sunday of Advent and Christmas Eve. Through the shorter Advent season this year, we have prepared for Jesus’ first and second coming. John the Baptist and the Immaculate Mother appeared throughout the season announcing and foretelling the coming of the King of Glory. We hear today in the Gospel that Christ, the Son of God and the Second Person of the Trinity, is conceived after the Fiat of Mary. The Blessed Mother is the new Ark of the Covenant between God and mankind. God humbles and humiliates Himself by adopting human nature to form an alliance with us — poor sinful souls. He comes to save us from the slavery of sin and the power of darkness. Emmanuel, God with us, descends to us to open the gate of eternal paradise — closed since our first parents fell into sin. Today, on Christmas Eve, Psalm 24 is the theme of the vigil: Lift up your gates, O princes, Open wide, eternal gates, That the King of Glory may enter in. . . . With great joy at home, we ponder these great mysteries of the Holy Night, with the giving of gifts, Christmas carols, and special prayers contemplating with amazement the birth of the Savior. At midnight we attend Mass, rejoicing because the Light of the World has come today. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠December 24, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
12/24/202331 minutes, 38 seconds
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December 23, 2023, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries) | Prayer for Peace

Friends of the Rosary: This year marks the 800th anniversary of the first Nativity scene established by St. Francis of Assisi in a cave in the Italian town of Greccio. The saint staged the Nativity in the year 1223 as a way to spread the story of Christmas. St. Francis wanted to highlight the amazement, joy, and humility of the Lord in the grotto of Bethlehem. The spirit of sobriety and humility of the Nativity contrasts with the consumerism that corrodes the meaning of Christmas. “The Nativity scene was created to bring us back to what matters: to God who comes to dwell among us. It helps us understand what matters and also the social relationships of Jesus in that moment, the family, Joseph and Mary, and loved ones, the shepherds,” Pope Francis said. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠December 23, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
12/23/202330 minutes, 59 seconds
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December 22, 2023, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries) | Prayer for Peace

Friends of the Rosary: In today's reading, Luke 1:46-56, we hear the Magnificat — the Virgin Mary's hymn to praise the Lord. "My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;my spirit rejoices in God my savior.for he has looked upon his lowly servant.From this day all generations will call me blessed:the Almighty has done great things for me,and holy is his Name.He has mercy on those who fear himin every generation.He has shown the strength of his arm,and has scattered the proud in their conceit.He has cast down the mighty from their thronesand has lifted up the lowly.He has filled the hungry with good things,and the rich he has sent away empty.He has come to the help of his servant Israelfor he remembered his promise of mercy,the promise he made to our fathers,to Abraham and his children forever."Mary's whole being is ordered to glorify and give honor to God. She wants nothing for herself. As Bishop Barron says, "Since God needs nothing, whatever glory Mary gives to him returns to her benefit, so that she is magnified in the very act of magnifying him. In giving herself away fully to God, Mary becomes a superabundant source of life; indeed, she becomes pregnant with God." "This act of magnifying and being magnified is the key to understanding everything about Mary, from her divine motherhood to her Immaculate Conception and Assumption to her mission in the life of the Church." Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠December 22, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
12/22/202329 minutes, 49 seconds
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December 21, 2023, Holy Rosary (Luminous Mysteries) | Prayer for Peace

Friends of the Rosary: Worldly pursuits are far from providing lasting fulfillment. A journey of faith looking for the light of Christ is needed to avoid falling into despair and hopelessness. And we have to ask for divine grace in prayer. Embracing the light of God leads to a transformation of the heart and mind. And transformation — which is a process of becoming more Christ-like — is necessary for healing and salvation. Through the sacraments, we will nurture and spread the light and the merciful love of God. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠December 21, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
12/21/202328 minutes, 45 seconds
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December 20, 2023, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries) | Prayer for Peace

Friends of the Rosary: Advent and Christmas are a time for spiritual enlightenment and renewal. The light of Christ comes to defeat the darkness of sin, despair, and confusion. With His eternal word, the Savior of the world provides the clarity and direction needed against the world's evil powers. The deeper we go in our friendship with Jesus the fullest we will experience the sense of life. Jesus Christ, in His teachings, emphasized this (John 10:10,) "I came that they may have life and have it abundantly." Only through the divine gift of grace, we are drawn into this light and life. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠December 20, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
12/20/202328 minutes, 33 seconds
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December 19, 2023, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries) | Prayer for Peace

Friends of the Rosary: Only in God do we find the light of life. Our minds and souls are illuminated by Him, who is the ultimate source of all life and light. The Gospel of John states, "In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind" (John 1:4). Life and light emanating from God are intrinsic to His nature. In a world clouded by sin, confusion, and despair, God provides the clarity, truth, and direction we need. This is what we celebrate at Christmas: the light guiding us toward a deeper understanding of our purpose and life in its fullest sense. The fullness of life that includes peace, joy, and fulfillment can only be found in a relationship with Jesus Christ. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠December 19, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET  
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December 18, 2023, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries) | Prayer for Peace

Friends of the Rosary:Serving Christ Jesus is a cause for joy. Yesterday, we celebrated Gaudete Sunday, meaning Rejoice Sunday. And as Christmas draws near, the Church emphasizes the joy which should be in our hearts. The Lord will come again in His glory to lead them into His kingdom.In the chant of the Magnificat (Lk 1:46-48, 49-50, 53-54), the Blessed Mother proclaimed, “My soul rejoices in my God.” “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked upon his lowly servant.”St. Paul (1 Thes 5:16-24) invited us to “rejoice always.” To be joyful, we have to give thanks all the time and pray without ceasing. This is the way of the Divinity. Authentic Christian joy emerges by the grace of God when we are closer to our Lord and build together the Kingdom of Heaven. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You!John the Baptist, Pray for Us! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠December 18, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
12/18/202325 minutes, 19 seconds
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December 17, 2023, Third Sunday of Advent, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries) | Prayer for Peace

Friends of the Rosary: Today, on the Third Sunday of Advent, we are invited, in the words of St. Paul (1 Thes 5:16-24), to: "Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing.In all circumstances give thanks,for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.Do not quench the Spirit.Do not despise prophetic utterances.Test everything; retain what is good.Refrain from every kind of evil." In the second reading (John 1:6–8, 19–28), we are told that John the Baptist "was sent from God", and he came "for testimony, to testify to the light." and to "make straight the way of the Lord." Friends, we are meant to be preserved for the coming of Christ, who is light from light, true God. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You!John the Baptist, Pray for Us! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠December 17, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
12/17/202332 minutes, 56 seconds
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December 16, 2023, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries) | Prayer for Peace

Friends of the Rosary: The Son of God came from Heaven, healing and forgiving people, and even sacrificed His own life in atonement for our sins. But Christ Jesus was rejected and insulted.As we read yesterday in Matthew 11:16-19, they said: 'He is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.' The evil powers of the world and the majority of political and religious leaders condemned God to death on the cross.Is that different today?The time is short until the end of all ages.Mary is warning us about the gravity of the situation worldwide, with a rampant ongoing offense to the Creator. She is stopping the fury of God. Once and for all, we must truly convert and embrace the eternal truth, avoiding twisting reality to our convenience. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠December 16, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET  
12/16/202333 minutes, 33 seconds
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December 15, 2023, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries) | Prayer for Peace

Friends of the Rosary: While imprisoned and tortured in a small Carmelite monastery's dungeon in Toledo, Spain, the 16th-century mystic Saint John of the Cross (1542-1591) wrote poetry filled with love and joy. He vividly described the soul's journey from dark night to mystical union with the Absolute Being. Saint John of the Cross endured much suffering, often at the hands of other Catholic prelates. It deepened his devotion to Christ's Passion. He faced humiliation, suspicion, and mistreatment. His response was to embrace the crucifix and break a dependence on the things of this world. When asked by Christ what reward he desired for his work, John famously replied, 'To suffer and be despised for Thee.' Only at life's end, after years of unjust suffering, was he recognized as a holy man. Saint John's life exemplifies that humiliation is often the path of the Cross. True endurance of life's hardships is possible only in communion with Christ Jesus. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You!St. John of the Cross, Pray for Us! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠December 15, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
12/15/202333 minutes, 24 seconds
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December 14, 2023, Memorial of St. John of the Cross, Holy Rosary (Luminous Mysteries) | Prayer for Peace

Friends of the Rosary: Today, the Catholic Church celebrates the Memorial of St. John of the Cross (1542-1591), a 16th-century Spaniarch Carmelite mystic and priest best known for reforming his order together with Saint Teresa of Avila, and for writing the classic spiritual treatise "The Dark Night of the Soul." A great contemplative and spiritual writer, he also wrote "The Ascent of Mount Carmel," "The Spiritual Canticle", and "The Living Flame of Love."  Honored as a Doctor of the Church since 1926, he is sometimes called the "Mystical Doctor," as a tribute to the depth of his teaching on the soul's union with God. Born in 1542 in Fontiveros near the Spanish city of Avila, as young he spent several years working in a hospital for the poor. He had been practicing severe physical asceticism even before joining the Carmelites and got permission to live according to their original rule of life, which stressed solitude, silence, poverty, work, and contemplative prayer. John received ordination as a priest in 1567. He was the spiritual director and confessor of the Carmelite nun Teresa of Avila. She persuaded him to remain in the order and help her in the reform of the Carmelites. Their reforming movement of the "Discalced Carmelites" grew quickly, but also met with severe opposition from opponents of the strict observance, who seized John and imprisoned him in a tiny cell. His ordeal lasted nine months and included regular public floggings along with other harsh punishments. Yet it was during this very period that he composed the poetry that would serve as the basis for his spiritual writings. John managed to escape from prison in August of 1578, after which he resumed the work of founding and directing Discalced Carmelite communities. Suspicion, mistreatment, and humiliation had characterized much of his time in religious life, but these trials are understood as having brought him closer to God by breaking his dependence on the things of this world. Only near the end of his life had St. John's monastic superior recognized his wisdom and holiness. Though his reputation had suffered unjustly for years, this situation reversed soon after his death. When Our Lord asked him what reward he would ask for his labors, John answered: "To suffer and to be despised for Thee." He died of a very painful skin infection disease, erysipelas, in December 1591, while embracing the crucifix. St. John of the Cross was beatified in 1675, canonized in 1726, and named a Doctor of the Church in the 20th century by Pope Pius XI. In a letter marking the 400th anniversary of St. John's death, Pope John Paul II – who had written a doctoral thesis on the saint's writings – recommended the study of the Spanish mystic, whom he called a "master in the faith and witness to the living God." In Sayings of Light and Love, 26-27, St. John of the Cross wrote: "Mine are the heavens and mine is the earth. Mine are the nations, the just are mine, and mine the sinners. The angels are mine, and the Mother of God, and all things are mine, and God himself is mine and for me, because Christ is mine and all for me. What do you ask, then, and seek my soul? Yours is all of this, and all is for you. Do not engage yourself in something less or pay heed to the crumbs that fall from your Father's table. Go forth and exult in your Glory! Hide yourself in it and rejoice, and you will obtain the supplications of your heart." Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You!St. John of the Cross, Pray for Us! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠December 14, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
12/14/202330 minutes, 8 seconds
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December 13, 2023, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries) | Prayer for Peace

Friends of the Rosary: The Aztecs had dark beliefs in their pagan religious center of Tenochtitlan. They offered human blood to their divinity by killing people. They thought that sacrifices were necessary to keep the sun moving across the sky and preserve their lives, otherwise, the world would end. We despise these barbaric beliefs today. However, many dominant ideologies in our secular society are also very destructive. They may not kill the body, but they are intended to kill the soul, which is much worse, as Christ Jesus revealed. The Spanish conquistadors arrived and established Christianity in the old Mexico. Over two decades, the Franciscan missionaries in charge had little success in converting the indigenous people. Many Aztecs didn’t trust the Spaniards and did not want anything from them. The situation was only getting worse. Supernatural intervention was needed. The Holy Trinity sent the Blessed Virgin. She appeared to Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin as a mestiza woman — a mix of indigenous and European descent. The Heavens chose as their messenger a macehual Indian, that is, of a lower social class, only above the slaves. Seven years before the apparition of the Virgin Mary, he received the sacrament of baptism, and along with his wife, the sacrament of marriage. His wife, María Lucía, passed away in 1529, prompting Juan Diego to turn his life to God by attending Mass and catechism lessons at a Franciscan church in Tlatelolco. He lived with his uncle Juan Bernardino, an elderly man. On December 9, 1531, as Juan Diego was on his way from his home in Tulpetlac to the Franciscan missionary’s church in Tlatelolco, the unexpected happened. Mary appeared to him, speaking in the native language of Náhualt. Juan Diego's gravely ill uncle, Juan Bernardino, would be cured; a shrine would be built on the same spot at Tepeyac, and nine million Mexicans would convert to the true faith. The course of history was changed forever. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You!Our Lady of Guadalupe, Pray for Us! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠December 13, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
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December 12, 2023, Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries) | Prayer for Peace

Friends of the Rosary: Today, the Catholic Church celebrates the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Our Lady appeared to an Indian convert named Juan Diego on December 9, 1531, in a miracle that changed history. She left a marvelous portrait of herself on the mantle of Juan Diego. And She told him: "Am I not here who am your Mother? Are you not under my shadow and protection? Am I not the fountain of your joy? Do not grieve nor be disturbed by anything." This miraculous image has proved to be ageless and is kept in the shrine built in her honor, the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Within ten years of the appearance of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the entire Mexican people, nine million, converted to Christianity. In 1910, Our Lady of Guadalupe was declared Patroness of Latin America, and in 1945 Pope Pius XII declared Her to be the Empress of all the Americas. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You!Our Lady of Guadalupe, Pray for Us! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠December 12, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
12/12/202330 minutes, 58 seconds
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December 11, 2023, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries) | Prayer for Peace

Friends of the Rosary: Christ Jesus came to bring order to chaos. The powers of the world — dominated by darkness — sentenced the Author of Life and the Creator of All Things to death on the cross. Today, twenty centuries later, they continue to reject Christ and His followers. In the Western Hemisphere, those secular powers engineer ideologies and false doctrines that, sadly, a vast number of people adopt. The Son of God defeated death and sin with His resurrection. His victory is eternal and His words will never pass away. In yesterday’s second reading (Mark 1:1-8), we heard the words written by Mark, who accompanied Peter in his travels until Rome. His opening line “The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ the Son of God” is a statement of who is truly the conqueror and messenger of the good news — evangelium or Gospel in Greek. Christ is Lord. Neither the Roman Emperor at that time nor today’s leaders of the nations have power over the King of the Universe. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You!Our Lady of Loreto, Pray for Us! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • December 11, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
12/11/202331 minutes, 44 seconds
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December 10, 2023, Our Lady of Loreto (Glorious Mysteries) | Prayer for Peace

Friends of the Rosary: As our journey of conversion continues and we prepare to celebrate the nativity of Christ, on this Second Sunday of Advent we also celebrate the Memorial of Our Lady of Loreto. The title of Our Lady of Loreto refers to the holy little house in Nazareth in which Mary was born and took place the Annunciation — the Incarnation when the Word became Flesh. Tradition says that a band of angels took the house from the Holy Land and transported it first to Tersato, Dalmatia in 1291, then to Recanati, Italy in 1294, and finally in the 14th century to Loreto, in the Adriatic Sea coast of Italy, where the Shrine of Loreto has been for centuries. The large basilica is one of the most famous shrines of Our Lady in Europe. One of the ancient statues of “Black Madonnas” is found here. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You!Our Lady of Loreto, Pray for Us! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠December 10, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
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December 9, 2023, St. Juan Diego, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries) | Prayer for Peace

Friends of the Rosary: On December 9th, we celebrate St. Juan Diego, the indigenous Aztec pagan convert whose encounter with the Virgin Mary in 1531 began the devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe. Juan Diego was hurrying to Mass to celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. In the native Aztec dialect, a radiant heavenly woman announced herself as the “ever-perfect holy Mary, who has the honor to be the mother of the true God.” “I am your compassionate Mother, yours and that of all the people that live together in this land,” she continued, “and also of all the other various lineages of men.” She asked Juan Diego to request the local bishop. “I want very much that they build my sacred little house here” — a house dedicated to her son Jesus Christ, on the site of a former pagan temple, that would show him to all Mexicans and exalt him throughout the world. The Mexico City basilica and the tilma of Juan Diego — the traditional cloak-like garment he was wearing containing the flowers until he had reached the local bishop — has become one of the world's most-visited Catholic shrines. St. John Paul II beatified St. Juan Diego in 1990 and canonized him in 2002. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You!St. Juan Diego, Pray for Us! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠December 9, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET  
12/9/202334 minutes, 25 seconds
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December 8, 2023, Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: Today, December 8th, is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. On this feast, we celebrate with great joy God’s gift to humanity in Mary. From the very moment of her conception, in the womb of her mother Anne, Mary received the grace of salvation in Christ. She was conceived free from original sin. The Holy Virgin was granted this extraordinary privilege because of Her unique role in history as the Mother of God. In 1854, Pope Pius IX's in the solemn declaration of "Ineffabilis Deus” proclaimed the dogma of the Immaculate Conception. "The most Blessed Virgin Mary was, from the first moment of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege of almighty God and by virtue of the merits of Jesus Christ, Savior of the human race, preserved immune from all stain of original sin." The Church of Christ holds Mary as a model for all humanity in Her holiness and Her purity in her willingness to accept the Plan of God for her. Mary’s Fiat — “Let it be done to me according to Thy Word,” — in response of the Angel Gabriel’s greeting, is the response required of all Christians to God’s Plan. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • December 8, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
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December 7, 2023, Holy Rosary (Luminous Mysteries) | Prayer for Peace

Friends of the Rosary: The well-known hymn “Joy to the World,” captures the essence of Advent beautifully: Joy to the world, the Lord has comeLet Earth receive her KingLet every heart prepare Him roomAnd Heaven and nature sing. "I am the light of the world," Christ Jesus revealed. And the best person we can turn to for help during the time of waiting Advent is Mary Our Mother. She awaited the day of His birth with with prayerfulness, purity, and whole-hearted submission to God's will. Her preparation was complete. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠December 7, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET   
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December 6, 2023, St. Nicholas of Myra, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries) | Prayer for Peace

Friends of the Rosary: Today, the Catholic Church celebrates the Optional Memorial of St. Nicholas of Myra, one of the most popular saints in the Western world. He was born in Lycia in Asia Minor (modern-day Turkey) and was a 4th century saint and Bishop of Myra. He was know for practicing spiritual and corporal works of mercy, helping the poor and disadvantaged, and working tirelessly to defend the faith. Popular legends has made St. Nicholas, or Sinterklaas, into today's Santa Claus, a jolly, white-bearded man from the North Pole who who captivates children with promises of gifts on Christmas Eve.The story of Saint Nicholas came to America in distorted fashion. The Dutch Protestants carried a popularized version of the saint's life to New Amsterdam, portraying Nicholas as a Nordic magician and wonder-worker. Our present-day conception of Santa Claus has grown from this version. We Catholic should think of Nicholas as a saint, a confessor of the faith and the bishop of Myra. His relics are still preserved in the church of San Nicola in Bari; an oily substance, known as Manna di S. Nicola, which is highly valued for its medicinal powers, is said to flow from them. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠December 6, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
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December 5, 2023, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries) | Prayer for Peace

Friends of the Rosary: Advent is a spiritual journey to prepare us for the arrival of Christ. The meaning of the word advent is arrival. Preparation makes the solemnity of the Nativity (Christmas) more meaningful. Easter has Lent and Christmas has Advent.  The four Sundays leading up to Christmas are an invitation to reflect on the holy event of the birth of baby Jesus and why He came back. In the Old Testament, the prophet Isaiah, in 9:2, explained it. "The people walking in darkness have seen a great light." The light of the world.  Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠December 5, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET   
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December 4, 2023, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries) | Prayer for Peace

Friends of the Rosary: Advent is the time for a fresh start. We are invited to strengthen our friendship with Christ Jesus by setting time aside for Him. God becomes man — one of us, dwelling with us in our daily lives. His light flows into our sinful existence to illuminate it and remind us of the need to live in the service of others. By remembering Christ’s first coming at Bethlehem, our mind is directed to Christ’s Second Coming at the end of time. And as we don’t know when our Lord is coming we must be vigilant and watchful. On this Monday of the first week of Advent, we pray the Joyful Mysteries. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • December 4, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
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December 3, 2023, First Sunday of Advent, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries) | Prayer for Peace

Friends of the Rosary: Today, it starts the new Liturgical Year and it commences with the First Sunday of Advent. We open a season fit for a renewed commitment to the faith and to welcome the message of the Holy One. It's a rich and intense time for prayer as well as an awakening in our Christian life, which puts us in vigilant waiting: we wait for the Lord who is coming. We should prepare to receive the mystery of the Word Incarnate, the true Light who enters the world through the immaculate womb of Mary. This light flows out into our dark, obscure, sinful lives to illuminate them, so that we can become the light that illuminates the world. Also, today is the feast day of St. Francis Xavier. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠December 3, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET  
12/3/202330 minutes
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December 2, 2023, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries) | Prayer for Peace

Friends of the Rosary: The first 24 days of December are filled with celebration and preparation. The readings in the Gospel focus on the people of the Old Testament awaiting the Messiah, John the Baptist, heralding the way for Christ and the Blessed Virgin Mary and her maternal preparations. We are getting ready for Christmas. However, too often material preparations make us lose sight. Through Advent, we prepare for the coming of the Christ Child. Advent, which starts tomorrow, is a season of waiting and longing. We reflect on the incredible love and humility of our God in taking the flesh of the Virgin Mary. Essentially, we prepare a peaceful place in our hearts wherein our Savior may come to dwell. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • December 2, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
12/2/202330 minutes, 52 seconds
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December 1, 2023, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries) | Prayer for Peace

Friends of the Rosary: This Sunday we start the liturgical season of Advent, represented by the liturgical color purple—a symbol of penance and the sorrow of a contrite heart. After the 22 days of Advent, we will begin the Christmas season, with the liturgical color of white or gold—a symbol of joy, purity, and innocence. The Pope's intentions for this month go to people living with disabilities, so they may be at the center of attention in society, and institutions may offer inclusive programs. This month of December is dedicated to the Immaculate Conception, whose solemnity day is December 8th. The main feasts of Advent are: St. Francis Xavier (December 3),St. John Damascene (December 4),St. Nicholas (December 6),St. Ambrose (December 7),Immaculate Conception (December 8),St. Juan Diego (December 9),Our Lady of Loreto (December 10),St. Damasus I (December 11),Our Lady of Guadalupe (December 12),St. Lucy (December 13),St. John of the Cross (December 14),St. Peter Canisius (December 21),St. John of Kanty (December 23). Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠December 1, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET   
12/1/202330 minutes, 7 seconds
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November 30, 2023, Feast of St. Andrew, Apostle, Holy Rosary (Luminous Mysteries) | Prayer for Peace

Friends of the Rosary: On November 30, Catholics worldwide celebrate the feast of St. Andrew, apostle and martyr. A fisherman from Bethsaida and brother of Simon Peter, St. Andrew spread Christianity in Russia and Asia Minor in the first century. He was crucified by the Romans in Greece on an X-shaped cross, which is now his distinctive symbol as well as the symbol of Scotland, of which he is the patron. St. Andrew demonstrated his love for his brother as well as his apostolic zeal when, convinced that Jesus was the Messiah, he sought out St. Peter. "Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, was one of the two who heard John and followed Jesus. He first found his own brother Simon and told him, ‘we have found the Messiah.’ Then he brought him to Jesus." (Jn. 1:40-42) Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You!St. Andrew, Pray for Us! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠November 30, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
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November 29, 2023, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries) | Prayer for Peace

Friends of the Rosary: In Christ, we are well protected. Haters of the faith can pursue, mock, and insult us. The Evil one can twist people, and even family members, against us. We can be imprisoned, as is happening in many countries hostile to Christianity. In the Western hemisphere, ideologies can question the sanctity of life while attacking Christian families, marriages, and children. But the Creator of the Universe is with us until the end of times. As we read today in the Gospel, in Luke 21:21-19: “You will be hated by all because of my name,but not a hair on your head will be destroyed.By your perseverance, you will secure your lives.” Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • November 29, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
11/29/202330 minutes, 4 seconds
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November 28, 2023, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries) | Prayer for Peace

Friends of the Rosary: The end of the world will be preceded by fake prophets — the Anti-Christ — and huge tribulations in the form of wars, earthquakes, and famines. We even will see signs coming from the sky performed by the Anti-Christ. Christ Jesus revealed this in the Gospel, as we read today in Luke 21:5-11."See that you not be deceived,for many will come in my name, saying,'I am he,' and 'The time has come.'Do not follow them!When you hear of wars and insurrections,do not be terrified; for such things must happen first,but it will not immediately be the end."Then he said to them,"Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.There will be powerful earthquakes, famines, and plaguesfrom place to place;and awesome sights and mighty signs will come from the sky."As Bishop Barron writes today, "Though Jesus did not immediately return, the old world was over, broken, compromised, its destruction now just a matter of time." Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You!St. Catherine Labouré, Pray for Us! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠November 28, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
11/28/202331 minutes, 12 seconds
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November 27, 2023, Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries) | Prayer for Peace

Friends of the Rosary: Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal is commemorated today. We recall when Our Lady appeared to St. Catherine Labouré and revealed to her the images of the miraculous medal. In the year 1830, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to St. Catherine Labouré, a Daughter of Charity in Paris, and told her that God had a mission for her. The Holy Virgin held her hands outstretched in the manner of a loving mother. On her fingers were rings with gems that emitted rays of light. She told St. Catherine: "These rays symbolize the graces I shed upon those who ask for them. The gems from which rays do not fall are the graces for which souls forget to ask." Framing the image in an oval were the words, "O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee." St. Catherine then saw an image of an M upon which was a cross. Underneath the M was Our Lord's heart crowned with thorns and Our Lady's heart pierced by a sword. Surrounding this image were 12 stars. Upon the globe at her feet, Mary stood atop the serpent's head. The Blessed Virgin instructed St. Catherine to have a medal made of these images, and she promised many graces to all who wore it. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You!St. Catherine Labouré, Pray for Us! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠November 27, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
11/27/202330 minutes, 14 seconds
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November 26, 2023, Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries) | Prayer for Peace

Friends of the Rosary: Today, as every year on the last Sunday of the liturgical year, the Catholic Church observes the solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe — also known as the feast of Christ the King. This celebration, on the last Sunday before the first Sunday of Advent, was instituted a century ago by Pope Pius XI. In his 1925 encyclical Quas Primas, Pius XI rightly wrote that "men must look for the peace of Christ in the kingdom of Christ." "As long as individuals and states refused to submit to the rule of our Savior, there would be no really hopeful prospect of a lasting peace among nations." Three years earlier, the Soviet Union was created in Russia, an explicitly secular state that would aggressively persecute believers in the coming decades. Later in the century, we would see the mass murder incited by communist and national socialist regimes, the World War II catastrophe, the destruction caused by ideologies, the genocides, abortion, and multiple other disgraces over the human race, all as consequences of a life established without faith in the living God. In this solemnity, we revere Christ as King. And we rejoice in acknowledging that Christ has necessarily supreme and absolute dominion over all things created. "His is the kingdom of love — the kingdom of those who give their lives for the salvation of others," said Pope Francis. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • November 26, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
11/26/202328 minutes, 42 seconds
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November 25, 2023, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries) | Prayer for the innocents in Gaza and Israel

Friends of the Rosary: Christ Jesus is the living God that dwells with us until the end of times. Secularism rejects this universal truth, which is the foundation of human existence. Instead organizes life as if God didn't exist. It proposes a way of life that leaves God out of man's thinking and living. As an antidote to secularism, Pope Pius XI established in 1925 the feast of Christ the King, today known as the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, which we will celebrate tomorrow Sunday. We effectively proclaim Christ's royalty over individuals, families, and nations. And ask Him to hurry up by coming to help us! Our Lord, come! Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠November 25, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
11/25/202331 minutes, 23 seconds
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November 24, 2023, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries) | Prayer for the innocents in Gaza and Israel

Friends of the Rosary: As we are reading today in the Gospel (Lk 19:45-48), Jesus entered the temple area and proceeded to drive out those who were selling things, saying to them: "It is written, My house shall be a house of prayer, but you have made it a den of thieves." At that time, the temple was the economic, political, and religious center of life. It was the dwelling place of God on earth. As the Messiah, Christ Jesus was trying to turn the temple into a place of prayer. Fearing for their economical and political power, the chief priests, the scribes, and the leaders of the people, rejected Jesus' message.By cleansing the temple, Jesus noted that our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit. And the dwelling place of God is in the bodies of the followers of Jesus. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠November 24, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET   
11/24/202328 minutes, 53 seconds
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November 23, 2023, Thanksgiving Day, (Luminous Mysteries) | Prayer for the innocents in Gaza and Israel

Friends of the Rosary: Today, the dioceses of the United States celebrate Thanksgiving Day as a sign of American unity and thanksgiving to God who has given us great gifts. In 1621, colonists in New England gave communal thanks and praise to God for his abundant mercies and blessings. This became a tradition and in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln instituted Thanksgiving Day as a legal holiday. He wanted Americans to celebrate the holiday as a sign of unity and thanksgiving to God, "as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens." There is no American holiday that so closely resembles the sacrament of the Eucharist — which means Thanksgiving. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠November 23, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
11/23/202330 minutes, 15 seconds
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November 22, 2023, Memorial of St. Cecilia, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries) | Prayer for the innocents in Gaza and Israel

Friends of the Rosary: Yesterday, we reflected on the Feast of the Presentation of Mary, marking an early commencement of the Advent season. The Universal Church of Christ inaugurates its new liturgical year on the first Sunday of December. Advent points us both toward Christ’s Second Coming in glory at the end of time and also toward Christmas, the celebration of His first coming. Advent urges us to stay awake and vigilant, and and prepare for that great Day of the Lord. It’s also an invitation to recognize His presence already with us while building together the Kingdom of Heaven. Our salvation is achieved in the community by exercising the grace of faith. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠November 22, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
11/22/202333 minutes, 22 seconds
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November 21, 2023, Memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries) | Prayer for the innocents in Gaza and Israel

Friends of the Rosary: Today, we celebrate the Memorial of the Presentation of Mary. Liturgically, the cycle of these three Marian feasts: the Birthday of Our Lady (September 8), the Holy Name of Mary (September 12), and her Presentation in the Temple (November 21) precedes the first three feasts of our Lord: the birth of Christ on Christmas (December 25), the Holy Name of Jesus (January 3), and His Presentation in the Temple (February 2). According to the tradition, after an angel had revealed her pregnancy, Anna is said to have vowed her future child Mary to the Lord. At the age of three Mary was transferred to the temple. Here she received her nourishment from the hand of an angel. In the East, the feast is known as The Entrance of the Mother of God into the Temple. It has been celebrated since the eighth century. We meditate today’s Mary’s presentation as a preparation for the approaching season of Advent. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠November 21, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
11/21/202333 minutes, 31 seconds
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November 20, 2023, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries) | Prayer for the innocents in Gaza and Israel

Friends of the Rosary: In the Parable of the Talents, in Matthew 25:14–30, that we read yesterday, Christ Jesus invited us to rediscover the gifts and graces we have received from the Lord and put them in the service of others. It’s not about hiding those talents and burying them underground. That’s faith in action. That’s the way to carry on the plan of God. And mind you, the Lord will reward our efforts in our present, earthly life. “For to everyone who has,more will be given and he will grow rich;but from the one who has not,even what he has will be taken away.And throw this useless servant into the darkness outside,where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.” Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠November 20, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
11/21/202329 minutes, 45 seconds
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November 19, 2023, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries) | Prayer for the innocents in Gaza and Israel

Friends of the Rosary: We hear today Sunday the Parable of the Talents, in Matthew 25:14–30, which teaches us about responsibly using the gifts and opportunities we have been given by the Lord. This parable tells of a master who was leaving his house to travel, and, before leaving, entrusted his property to his servants. According to the abilities of each man, one servant received five talents, the second received two, and the third received only one. Friends, we are put on Earth to work for the Kingdom of Heaven. We learn that our Holy God is rewarding those who put considerable effort into bettering their lives and the lives of those in their community. Life is all about serving others and being faithful and diligent in doing so. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠November 19, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
11/19/202332 minutes, 6 seconds
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November 18, 2023, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries) | Prayer for the innocents in Gaza and Israel

Friends of the Rosary: Today Saturday's feast is dedicated to the Basilicas of St. Peter and St. Paul, at the Vatican and in the Ostian Way, in Rome, where both apostles were martyred. The two holy tombs are a glory of Christendom. The Eternal City has two principal churches, St. Peter's and St. John Lateran, the mother of all churches on earth, and the church to the bishop of Rome. This celebration of today expresses the universal character of the Roman Church. From all lands, Christians made pilgrimages to it as the rock of faith and the foundation of the Church. From the perspective of the liturgy, the two churches honored today are prime examples connoting the heavenly Jerusalem. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You!To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠November 18, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
11/18/202331 minutes, 41 seconds
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November 17, 2023, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries) | Prayer for the innocents in Gaza and Israel

Friends of the Rosary: In today’s Gospel (Lk 17:26-37), Jesus says that the days of his Second Coming will be like the days of Noah. "As it was in the days of Noah,so it will be in the days of the Son of Man;they were eating and drinking,marrying and giving in marriage up to the daythat Noah entered the ark,and the flood came and destroyed them all." In Noah’s time, sin was dominant. Humans decided to ignore God. It was a mess. A flood came and a righteous man built a giant boat, an ark, in the middle of the desert.Representatives of all the animal species, as well as Noah and his family, went on board. Salvation affected the whole of creation. Noah was a prophet sent by God and his ark to the temple and the Church of Salvation.The tribulation will take place before Jesus comes for the second time. No one knows when that event will take place. As Christians, we have to be vigilant and live in a state of grace. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You!St. Gertrude Pray for Us! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠November 17, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET  
11/17/202333 minutes, 8 seconds
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November 16, 2023, Holy Rosary (Luminous Mysteries) | Prayer for the innocents in Gaza and Israel

Friends of the Rosary: Today we read in the Gospel (⁠Lk 17:20-25⁠) how Christ Jesus responded to the Pharisees regarding the Kingdom of Heaven: "The coming of the Kingdom of God cannot be observed,and no one will announce, 'Look, here it is,' or, 'There it is.'For behold, the Kingdom of God is among you." Today, we also honor Saint Gertrude the Great (1256-1302), a Benedictine German nun and one of the great mystics of the Middle Ages. She was favored by visions of our Lord and has left an account of them in her books The Herald of Divine Love, The Life and Revelations, and Spiritual Exercises. St. Gertrude introduced the devotion to the Sacred Heart, which four centuries later, St. Margaret Mary spread throughout the Church. She accepted the illness and pain of her final years in a spirit of personal sacrifice. Ave Maria! Jesus, I Trust In You! St. Gertrude Pray for Us! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠⁠November 16, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET⁠  
11/16/202329 minutes, 50 seconds
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November 15, 2023, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries) | Prayer for the innocents in Gaza and Israel

Friends of the Rosary: In His journey to Jerusalem, as He was traveling through Samaria and Galilee, Christ Jesushealed ten lepers, but only one of them, a Samaritan, thanked Him, glorifying God in a loud voice. As we read in the Gospel today (Lk 17:11-19), Jesus said,“Ten were cleansed, were they not? Where are the other nine? Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?” Then he said to him, “Stand up and go; your faith has saved you.” Friends, our faith, our belief that we are laborers in the Lord’s vineyard, is healing and saving us every day from our dysfunctions and sins. We are rich in faith. God knows our tribulations and miseries and to combat that He is sending us abundance in grace and faith. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • November 15, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
11/15/202328 minutes, 25 seconds
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November 14, 2023, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries) | Prayer for the innocents in Gaza and Israel

Friends of the Rosary:The readings in the Gospel are preparing us for the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, this November 26th. Christ's reign is still under attack by the evil powers, even though they were defeated by Jesus' Sorrowful Passion – that we pray today.Until everything is subject to Him, and this sinful world passes, the pilgrim Chruch will continue suffering. That's why we pray for the return of Christ. "Our Lord, come!"Secularism tries to organize a life as if God did not exist, leaving the Divinity out of man's thinking and living. But we the faithful proclaim Christ's royalty over individuals, families, society, governments, and nations.Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠November 14, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
11/14/202330 minutes
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November 13, 2023, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries) | Prayer for the innocents in Gaza and Israel

Friends of the Rosary: Yesterday's reading highlighted the critical importance of living ever vigilant, with our lamps lit. Our Lord described what happened at a Jewish wedding festival and how five foolish virgins were excluded from the nuptials. This parable of the wedding feast, as told by our Lord, describes the kingdom of God and forewarns that many Christians will be excluded from the heavenly and eternal nuptials. On receiving the sacrament of baptism, Christians start on the road to heaven; they receive the Lord's invitation to the heavenly nuptials, but this is only the beginning. We are called to prepare ourselves by living according to the law of God for the moment when the call will go forth, and each individual's fate will be decided. We have received the fullness of God's revelation and have been offered a special place in his marriage festival. Behaving with negligence will make us lose this golden opportunity. Aided by God's grace, it is up to us now to decide! Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠November 13, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
11/13/202328 minutes, 6 seconds
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November 12, 2023, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries) | Prayer for the innocents in Gaza and Israel

Friends of the Rosary: Today, in Sunday's reading, we reflect upon the Parable of the Ten Virgins, also known as the Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins or the Parable of the Ten Bridesmaids (Matthew 25:1–13). Ten virgins await a bridegroom; five have brought enough oil for their lamps for the wait, while the oil of the other five runs out. The five virgins who are wise and are prepared for the bridegroom's arrival are rewarded, while the five who went to buy further oil miss the bridegroom's arrival and are disowned. While the foolish virgins are away trying to get more oil, the bridegroom arrives. The wise virgins then accompany him to the celebration. The others arrive too late and are excluded from the event. The parable has a clear theological meaning: be prepared for the Day of the Judgement and the entrance into the Kingdom of Heaven. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠November 12, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
11/12/202328 minutes, 43 seconds
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November 11, 2023, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries) | Prayer for the innocents in Gaza and Israel

Friends of the Rosary: We might have peace in our souls, but the enemy is always in attack mode. We're fighting a continuous battle with the Evil One. Like many saints before us, we too are discovering the traps set by the enemy. In the case of this servant, the attacks often occur during the night while sleeping. One valuable lesson learned from these battles is to never engage. If cornered, respond only with prayers. St. Faustina Maria Kowalska recommended the following: "When I see his great fury, I stay inside the stronghold; that is, the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus." Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠November 11, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
11/11/202325 minutes, 17 seconds
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November 10, 2023, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries) | Prayer for the innocents in Gaza and Israel

Friends of the Rosary: The Spirit of the Truth dwells within us. Therefore, we have to behave accordingly to this revelation. In the words of St. Paul in 1 Cor 3:9c-11, 16-17, we're God's building, as we read yesterday. "Do you not know that you are the temple of Godand that the Spirit of God dwells in you?If anyone destroys God's temple,God will destroy that person;for the temple of God, which you are, is holy." Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You!Virgin of Almudena Pray for Us! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠November 10, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
11/10/202330 minutes, 30 seconds
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November 9, 2023, Holy Rosary (Luminous Mysteries) | Prayer for the innocents in Gaza and Israel

Friends of the Rosary: Today, November 9th, the Catholic Church celebrates the Feast of the Dedication of the St. John Lateran Basilica, the cathedral of the Diocese of Rome and the oldest church in the West. It was built in the time of Emperor Constantine — when Christians were granted freedom to practice their religion — and consecrated by Pope Sylvester in 324. Also called the Church of Holy Savior or the Church of St. John Baptist, the Lateran Basilica is "the mother and mistress of all churches of Rome and the world".  This solemnity recalls that the temple of stones is a symbol of the living Church, the Christian community. We celebrate the mystery of God's desire to build a spiritual temple in the world, a community that worships him in spirit and truth (cf. John 4:23-24). Also, today, is the feast — and a major holiday — of the Virgin of Almudena, patron saint of Madrid, Spain. People in Madrid venerate the image of the Virgin of Almudena, a medieval statue of the Virgin Mary that protected the city against the Muslim forces in the 11th century. The Cathedral of Madrid is dedicated to the Virgin under this title. From this city, we pray today's Rosary. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You!Virgin of Almudena Pray for Us! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠November 9, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
11/9/202328 minutes, 8 seconds
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November 8, 2023, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries) | Prayer for the innocents in Gaza and Israel

Friends of the Rosary: The Creator has endowed each of us with unique talents, even though we are united as one Body in Christ. We are strongly encouraged to employ these talents to collaboratively advance the Kingdom of Heaven here on Earth. St. Paul articulated this concept in his letter to the Romans, one of the passages we've recently studied (Romans 12:5-16ab). "We, though many, are one Body in Christand individually parts of one another.Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us,let us exercise them:if prophecy, in proportion to the faith;if ministry, in ministering;if one is a teacher, in teaching;if one exhorts, in exhortation;if one contributes, in generosity;if one is over others, with diligence;if one does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness." Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York November 8, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
11/8/202328 minutes, 49 seconds
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November 7, 2023, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries) | Prayer for Peace in Israel and Gaza

Friends of the Rosary: Even the smallest thing does not happen on earth without the Will of God. St. Faustina Maria Kolwalska, the mystic nun and the apostle of the Divine Mercy, wrote this on September 3, 1937, the first Friday of the month. During Holy Mass, she became united with God, and Jesus gave her to know that revelation. "After having seen this, my soul entered into an unusual repose; I found myself completely at peace as to the work in its full extent," she wrote. We pray the today's Rosary in Madrid, Spain. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠November 7, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
11/7/202325 minutes, 10 seconds
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November 6, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET

Friends of the Rosary: Today's Rosary was recited on October 28, 2023, at St. Catherine of Siena parish, in Greenwich, Connecticut, before the Holy Mass celebrated in remembrance of Maria Blanca, who entered the Glory of Heaven, two years ago. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • November 6, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET  
11/6/202323 minutes, 10 seconds
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November 5, 2023, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries) | Prayer for Peace in Israel and Gaza

Friends of the Rosary: The Pharisees in Jesus’ day were used to point out the sins of people and their lack of holiness. The woman caught in adultery and the prostitute who washed the feet of Jesus are two examples of Pharisees exposing the sins of people. Jesus responded by neither condemning nor threatening them with God’s wrath and punishment. Rather, He forgave both women and set them free from their accusers. These Pharisees were no different to modern-day Pharisees who are quick to point out people’s sins and demand they live disciplined. But Jesus wants mercy, not sacrifice. In today's Sunday's reading (Mt 23:1-12) we see how Christ Jesus condemns the Pharisees for placing high expectations on people. He said, "Do and observe all things whatsoever they tell you, but do not follow their example. For they preach but they do not practice." To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York "You have but one master, the Christ. The greatest among you must be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, but whoever humbles himself will be exalted."Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! • ⁠November 5, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
11/5/202330 minutes, 58 seconds
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November 4, 2023, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries) | Prayer for Peace in Israel and Gaza

Friends of the Rosary: We are not here to please others nor to demand attention that we might think we deserve. Let others show us consideration when they genuinely feel it. As Christ Jesus said (Lk 14:1, 7-11), "When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet, do not recline at the table in the place of honor. A more distinguished guest than you may have been invited by him, and the host who invited both of you may approach you and say, 'Give your place to this man,' and then you would proceed with embarrassment to take the lowest place. Rather, when you are invited, go and take the lowest place so that when the host comes to you he may say, 'My friend, move up to a higher position. Then you will enjoy the esteem of your companions at the table." "For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted." Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • November 4, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
11/4/202331 minutes, 44 seconds
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November 3, 2023, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries) | Prayer for Peace in Israel and Gaza

Friends of the Rosary: The saints understood the secret of an earthly life well spent in God’s grace and friendship. Moreover, later, they would be rewarded by entering the glory of heaven. Yesterday, we celebrated the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed when all Souls — who are today in the purifying suffering of Purgatory — will join one day in the company of saints. St. Paul reminded us in yesterday’s reading (Rom 6:3-9): “We were indeed buried with Christ through baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might live in newness of life.” For if we have grown into union with him through a death like his, we shall also be united with him in the resurrection.We know that our old self was crucified with him, so that our sinful body might be done away with, that we might no longer be in slavery to sin.” Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠November 3, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
11/3/202332 minutes, 19 seconds
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November 2, 2023, All Souls’ Day, Holy Rosary (Luminous Mysteries) | Prayer for Peace in Israel and Gaza

Friends of the Rosary: Today is the Commemoration of the All the Faithful Departed, All Souls' Day. Yesterday, Solemnity of All Saints, we rejoiced about those who entered the glory of heaven. Today, we pray for those who are in the purifying suffering of Purgatory awaiting the day of the heavenly glory, when they will join the company of saints. The Catechism explains this mystery: "All who die in God's grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation; but after death they undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven." "The Church gives the name Purgatory to this final purification of the elect, which is entirely different from the punishment of the damned." During Mass, the priest remembers the faithful departed who have fallen asleep in the Lord, imploring God to grant them a place of happiness, light and peace. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You!All Saints, Pray for Us! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠November 2, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
11/2/202326 minutes, 54 seconds
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November 1, 2023, Solemnity of All Saints, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries) | Prayer for Peace in Israel and Gaza

Friends of the Rosary: Today is the Solemnity and the festival of All Saints. The Church celebrates all the saints, canonized, beatified, known and unknown, including the multitude of those who are in heaven enjoying the beatific vision to God. All saints lived on earth lives like our own; some of the saints could be our own relatives. They were baptized, marked with the sign of faith, they were faithful to Christ's teaching and they have gone before us to the heavenly home whence they call on us to follow them. The Gospel of the Beatitudes, that we read today, shows the road that they followed. We acknowledge therefore our universal call to holiness. But what must we to do in order to join the company of the saints in heaven? We must follow Christ, devoting ourselves to the glory of God and the service of our neighbor. As the Catechism states, "Heaven is the ultimate end and fulfillment of the deepest human longings, the state of supreme, definitive happiness." (CCC 1024). "This perfect life with the Most Holy Trinity—this communion of life and love with the Trinity, with the Virgin Mary, the angels and all the blessed—is called "heaven." It's the vision, described in the Revelation, "of all nations and tribes standing before the throne and in sight of the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands, proclaiming Him who redeemed them in His Blood." From November 1 to the 8th, we pray for the Faithful Departed. Today, we can pray the Litany of the Saints. We can make it really special by chanting it while reading an explanation of this litany. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You!All Saints, Pray for Us! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • November 1, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
11/1/202329 minutes, 21 seconds
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Oct 31, 2023, All Hallows’ Eve, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries) | Prayer for Peace in Israel and Gaza

Friends of the Rosary: Today is Halloween which simply is the eve of All Saints Day. In other words, it’s a feast day of Catholic origin, which means All Hallow’s Eve, that is, All Saints Eve, or Vigil of All Saints. Hallows is the Old English term for saints. It is the evening before one of the major feasts of the year, All Saints Day, celebrated on November 1st. It’s the day when the living (the Church Militant) honor all the dead in Christ: the saints in heaven (the Church Triumphant) as well as all the holy souls detained in purgatory on their way to heaven (the Church Suffering). Halloween has been twisted by our secular society, associating it with the likes of witches, goblins, and gremlins. But Halloween and its association with the dead does find its roots in Catholicism. In the seventh century, Pope Boniface IV consecrated the ancient Roman Pantheon to the saints of the Church, especially to all the martyrs. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III transferred the feast to November 1st and has been celebrated as such ever since. So we Catholics can celebrate Halloween as a holy party that culminates in worship in Mass, regardless if we see this feast quite different from the original. This week, after All Saints Day — a holy day of obligation, we will observe November 2nd the commemoration of the Faithful Departed (or All Souls Day), in Spanish la conmemoración de los Fieles Difuntos. We will remember those who are in purgatory and pray for them. All the souls in purgatory will go to heaven after their final purification and preparation. Our prayers can assist them in this transitory state. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠October 31, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
10/31/202330 minutes, 17 seconds
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Oct 30, 2023, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries) | Prayer for Peace in Israel and Gaza

Friends of the Rosary: To recognize God as our Father, we must love our neighbor. Fraternal charity can be expressed as material and spiritual assistance, as well as through encouraging words and kind gestures. And all of us can offer prayers for our fellow human beings. Any material or spiritual assistance provided to a neighbor out of genuine charity is, in essence, given to God. And whatever is given to God is an investment in the eternal treasures of heaven. As adopted children of God, we will receive many blessings and graces in our earthly life when we faithfully express our fraternal love. Living a life of love and kindness can bring spiritual and emotional fulfillment. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠October 30, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
10/30/202330 minutes, 2 seconds
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Oct 29, 2023, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries) | Prayer for Peace in Israel and Gaza

Friends of the Rosary: In today Sunday's Gospel, we get a crystal clear answer from Jesus about the pathway we should follow in our earthly pilgrimage: "You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul,and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment.The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments." Out of his infinite goodness, Christ Jesus wished to share His eternal kingdom of happiness with mankind. He revealed to us that the love of our neighbor is an essential part of our obligations toward Him. If we do not recognize our neighbor as our brother, we do not recognize God as our Father and we do not love him. As St. John puts it: "Anyone who says 'I love God' and hates (does not love) his neighbor is a liar" (1 Jn.3: 20). Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You!Saints Simon the Zealot and Jude Thaddeus, Pray for Us! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠October 29, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
10/29/202332 minutes, 19 seconds
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Oct 28, 2023, Feast of Sts. Simon and Jude, Apostles, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries) | Prayer for Peace in Israel and Gaza

Friends of the Rosary: Every October 28th we celebrate the Feast of the glorious Apostles Saints Simon the Zealot and Jude Thaddeus. They may be paired together because they both preached the Gospel in Mesopotamia and Persia. St. Simon the Zealot is represented in art with a saw, the instrument of his martyrdom. St. Jude Thadeus is the author of a short Epistle which forms part of the New Testament. He is invoked in desperate situations and impossible and lost causes because his letter stresses that the faithful should persevere in the environment of harsh, difficult circumstances. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You!Saints Simon the Zealot and Jude Thaddeus, Pray for Us! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • October 28, 2023, Second Anniversary: Rosary and Mass for María Blanca in Greenwich, Connecticut. All invited! • ⁠October 28, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
10/28/202332 minutes, 30 seconds
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Oct 27, 2023, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries) | Prayer for Peace in Israel and Gaza

Friends of the Rosary: Those who have been entrusted with more by God will be held to an even higher standard. This Christian teaching, expressed by Our Lord in Lk 12:39-48, is especially relevant today, given the war in Holy Land and Ukraine. It means that those who have been given greater responsibilities, such as leaders or people in positions of authority, will be held accountable in the presence of God for how they have used their power and influence. The biblical passage of “Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more,” serves as a reminder for us to be mindful of the ways in which we use our blessings. We always have to strive to use them in a way that aligns with God’s will and promotes the well-being of others. It is a call to humility, gratitude, and responsible stewardship.We hold today, Friday, Oct. 27, a day of prayer and fasting for peace in Gaza and Israel, following the call of Pope Francis.  Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • October 27, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
10/27/202329 minutes, 46 seconds
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Oct 26, 2023, Holy Rosary (Luminous Mysteries) | Prayer for Peace in Holy Land

Friends of the Rosary: Pope Francis called for a day of prayer and fasting on Friday, Oct. 27 for peace in Gaza and Israel, amid the ongoing Israel-Hamas war. "It will be a day of penance to which I invite sisters and brothers of the various Christian denominations, those belonging to other religions, and all those who have at heart the cause of peace in the world, to join in as they see fit," the Pope said. A prayer vigil will take place today Thursday at 6 p.m. in St. Peter’s Square, where the faithful will join the pope to participate in "an hour of prayer in a spirit of penance to implore peace in our time, peace in this world." The tradition of a Holy Hour goes back to 1674 when Jesus appeared to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque and instructed her to spend an hour every Thursday meditating on his sufferings in the Garden of Gethsemane. As Catholic News Service explains, typically, a Holy Hour is done in adoration before the Blessed Sacrament; however, a Holy Hour can be done at any time and anywhere — in your home, in a church, or even outside in nature. During a Holy Hour, you can read Scripture, listen to worship music, journal, spend time in contemplation, or simply sit and talk with God. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠October 26, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
10/26/202331 minutes, 13 seconds
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Oct 25, 2023, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries) | Prayer for Peace in Holy Land

Friends of the Rosary: Jesus said to his disciples (Lk 12:39-48): "Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more." God has given each of us unique talents, resources, and opportunities in life. And with the blessings and gifts that God has entrusted to us, come great responsibility. We are obliged to use these blessings wisely and for the greater good. The passage of the Gospel teaches us that those who have been given much, whether it be wealth, knowledge, influence, or any other form of abundance, are expected to use these gifts in a way that honors God and benefits others. We are called to be good stewards of what we have been given, recognizing that everything ultimately belongs to God. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠October 25, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
10/25/202329 minutes, 1 second
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Oct 24, 2023, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries) | Prayer for the End of Hostilities in Israel and Gaza

Friends of the Rosary: In today’s Gospel (Lk 12:35-38), Lord Jesus is calling us to be vigilant for the Second Coming, which will take place "at an unexpected hour." Therefore, we await his arrival in glory with His angels. Come, Lord Jesus! In the Acts of the Apostles, the angel addressed the disciples as were looking up at heaven as they saw Jesus ascending. "Why do you stand looking up toward heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven." We cultivate our faith to remain vigilant on his arrival, keeping our lamps lighted up. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You!St. John Paul II, Pray for Us! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠October 24, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
10/24/202328 minutes, 2 seconds
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Oct 23, 2023, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries) | Prayer for Peace in Holy Land | Today at 7:30 pm ET

Friends of the Rosary: Today in the reading (Luke 12:13-21), Jesus told the parable of a successful rich man who forgets the importance of serving God first. "Thus will it be for the one who stores up treasure for himself but is not rich in what matters to God." Bishop Barron writes: "No matter how good, how beautiful a state of affairs is here below, it is destined to pass into nonbeing. That sunset that I enjoyed last night—that radiantly beautiful display—is now forever gone. It lasted only a while. That beautiful person—attractive, young, full of life, creative, joyful—will eventually age, get sick, break down, and die." The teaching here is that we must redirect our attention to the things meant to be eternal. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You!St. John Paul II, Pray for Us! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠October 23, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
10/23/202331 minutes, 11 seconds
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Oct 22, 2023, Feast of St. John Paul II, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries) | Prayer for the End of Hostilities in Israel and Gaza

Friends of the Rosary: Today, Sunday, October 22nd, on the Day of the Lord, we remember the charismatic Pope Saint John Paul II, an extraordinary testimony of holiness.In the light of events in the Holy Land, we remember how John Paul II successfully encouraged dialogue with the Jews and with the representatives of Muslins and other religions, whom he several times invited to prayer meetings for peace, especially in Assisi.His love for young people brought him to establish the World Youth Days. At the same time, his care for the family was expressed in the World Meetings of Families, which he initiated in 1994.He promulgated the Catechism of the Catholic Church and instituted the Luminous Mysteries. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You!St. John Paul II, Pray for Us! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠October 22, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
10/22/202330 minutes, 57 seconds
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Oct 21, 2023, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries) | Prayer for the End of Hostilities in Israel and Gaza

Friends of the Rosary: When we are persecuted, the Holy Spirit will guide us in what to say and how to behave. This is the promise of Christ Jesus that we find in today's Gospel (Luke 12:8–12). Divine help is essential for our daily lives, especially as we often become ensnared by false ideas and distractions. It's crucial that we remain vigilant in recognizing the snares and lies of the Devil, which can poison our minds and lead us to speak against the Truth.Jesus said:"Everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but the one who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven." Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠October 21, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
10/21/202331 minutes, 19 seconds
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Oct 20, 2023, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries) | Prayer for the End of Hostilities in Israel and Gaza

Friends of the Rosary: In today’s Gospel (Luke 12:1–7), Jesus tells us: "Even the hairs of your head have all been counted. Do not be afraid. You are worth more than many sparrows." He also instructs us: "I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body but after that can do no more. I shall show you whom to fear. Be afraid of the one who after killing has the power to cast into Gehenna; yes, I tell you, be afraid of that one." In Jesus Christ, we are connected to the very power of God, to that which is here and now creating the universe, as Bishop Barron commented. Through the lens of our faith, we see that have no reason to be worried. As St. John Paul II said to all the world, "Be not afraid!". Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠October 20, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
10/20/202330 minutes, 22 seconds
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Oct 19, 2023, Holy Rosary (Luminous Mysteries) | Prayer for the End of Hostilities in Israel and Gaza

Friends of the Rosary: Do we perceive the world through our senses or through faith? Perceiving through our senses can sometimes provide a distorted view of human existence and universal truths. Our primary orientation should be rooted in faith. Faith incorporates reason, as it aligns with the Creator's intellect. Furthermore, faith can lead to unexpected and powerful outcomes. This is why Jesus proclaimed, "Amen, I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you." Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You!St. Luke, Pray for Us! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠October 19, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
10/19/202330 minutes, 1 second
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Oct 18, 2023, Feast of St. Luke the Evangelist, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries) | Prayer for the End of Hostilities in Israel and Gaza

Friends of the Rosary: Today, October 18th, is the Feast of St. Luke, the author of the third Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles. Native of Antioch in Syria and a practicing physician, he was converted by St. Paul, who accompanied him on a considerable part of his missionary journey. Luke's Gospel, which St. Jerome called "Paul's Gospel,” is the Gospel of the Merciful Heart of Jesus. It emphasizes the fact that Christ is the salvation of all men, especially of the repentant sinner and of the lowly. To St. Luke's Gospel, we owe most of our knowledge of Christ's childhood and some precious details about our Lady. He recalled for us the stable of Bethlehem and the details of the hidden life which Mary pondered in her heart. He also preserved some of the most touching of our Lord's parables, for example, those of the lost sheep and the prodigal son, as well as the canticle of the Magnificat. According to tradition, he was an artist, He painted the Blessed Virgin's portrait. St. Luke did not personally know our Lord, and like St. Mark, the author of the second Gospel, he is not included among the apostles. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You!St. Luke, Pray for Us! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠October 18, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
10/18/202329 minutes, 28 seconds
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Oct 17, 2023, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries) | Prayer for the End of Hostilities in Israel and Gaza

Friends of the Rosary: “Many are invited, but few are chosen,” told us Christ Jesus — as the Gospel of Matthew narrated in last Sunday's reading (Mt 22:1-14). This means that we all, baptized and non-baptized, believers and worldly people, are invited to live up to the glory of God. The Sacred Heart of Jesus full of merciful and forgiving loves reaches everyone. Even the unrighteous are preferred by Christ. That’s how his unfathomable divine mercy works. St. Faustina Marie Kowalska explained it in her powerful diary. But mind you, if we continue rejecting His mercy, we will face His justice, and we might face then eternal damnation, the unbearable flames of hell. It’s not a threat. It’s a consequence of our disobedience and rejection of grace. In Sunday’s reading, Our Lord said: “Bind his hands and feet, and cast him into the darkness outside, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.” Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You!St. Teresa of Avila, Pray for Us! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York
10/17/202331 minutes, 51 seconds
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Oct 16, 2023, Feast of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries) | Prayer for the End of Hostilities in Israel and Gaza

Friends of the Rosary: One of the saints we honor today is St. Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647-1690), a French nun chosen by Our Lord to spread devotion to his Sacred Heart, at a time when Protestantism and the Jansenism heresy tried to separate Catholics from the true faith.Our Lord appeared to her often, usually as the Crucified Christ. In this revelation of the Sacred Heart to the nun, Christ Jesus made known His burning desire to be loved by all men. Margaret Mary communicated Our Lord's wish that the faithful receive Holy Communion on the first Friday of each month and observe the Feast of the Sacred Heart on the Friday after the octave of Corpus Christi. Through her apostolate of devotion to the Sacred Heart, many sinners have repented and found grace with God. Many pilgrims to St. Margaret Mary's tomb have sought and obtained favors. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You!St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, Pray for Us! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠October 16, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
10/16/202330 minutes, 16 seconds
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Oct 15, 2023, Feast of St. Teresa of Avila, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries) | Prayer for the End of Hostilities in Israel and Gaza

Friends of the Rosary: Today, the Church celebrates the Memorial of St. Teresa of Avila, also known as Teresa of Jesus, a sixteenth-century Spanish mystic. Together with her close collaborator, the priest and writer later canonized as Saint John of the Cross, she founded the Order of Discalced Carmelites – “discalced,” meaning barefoot, symbolizing a life of poverty, contemplation, and simplicity. The reform met with fierce opposition but resulted in the founding of 30 monasteries during her life. Her most well-known works include "The Interior Castle" and "The Way of Perfection," both of which are classics of Christian spirituality. In her writings, she focused on the importance of prayer, contemplation, and the mystical experience of God. As a child, Teresa felt captivated by the thought of eternity and the vision of God granted to the saints in heaven.  Teresa had always been accustomed to contemplate Christ's presence within her after receiving him in the sacrament of Holy Communion. Teresa had always bad health. She accepted her dramatic final illness as God's chosen means of calling her into his presence forever. “O my Lord, and my spouse, the desired hour is now come,” she stated. “The hour is at last come, wherein I shall pass out of this exile, and my soul shall enjoy in thy company what it hath so earnestly longed for.” St. Teresa of Avila died on Oct. 15, 1582. She was canonized in 1622, along with three of her greatest contemporaries: St. Ignatius Loyola, St. Francis Xavier, and St. Philip Neri. In 1970, Pope St. Paul VI proclaimed St. Teresa as one of the first two woman Doctors of the Church, along with 14th-century Dominican St. Catherine of Siena. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You!St. Teresa of Avila, Pray for Us! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠October 15, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET  
10/15/202332 minutes, 28 seconds
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Oct 14, 2023, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries) | Prayer for the End of Hostilities in Israel and Gaza

Friends of the Rosary: Refusing to acknowledge our sins from the depths of our hearts is a huge misfortune. Confession of sin is necessary for our own healing and the healing of our society. That’s what makes us truly worthy as human beings. The hatred of war is the mark of the Beast. The angel of darkness wants to divide us as much as possible, even to the point of killing each other. He does everything so we don’t see each other as our sisters and brothers. Our sins brought Jesus Christ and today we are denying Him again by going to war. Demons, in the form of terrorist militants, committed barbaric murder a week ago. They prompted a revenge mindset and as a result of it, innocent civilians will die as “collateral damage” in Israel and Gaza. We have to defend ourselves but cannot behave as indirect collaborators of the power of darkness. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You!Our Lady of Fatima, Pray for Us! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠October 14, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
10/14/202331 minutes, 49 seconds
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Oct 13, 2023, Our Lady of Fatima's Miracle of the Sun, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries) | Prayer for the End of the War in Israel and Palestine

Friends of the Rosary: Our Lady of Fatima visited the three shepherds for the last time on October 13, 1917, and as promised, she provided a convincing sign about her apparitions. Francisco, Jacinta, and Lucia; ages 10, 9 and 7, along with a crowd of 70,000 witnessed how suddenly the clouds separated and the sun appeared between them in the clear blue, like a disk of white fire. They could look at the sun without blinking and while they gazed upward, the huge ball danced and plunged in a mighty zigzag course toward the earth. The crowd was terrified, fearing this was the end of the world. However, the sun reversed course and returned to its normal place. All of this took place in ten minutes. After realizing they were not doomed, the crowd began ecstatically laughing, crying, shouting and weeping. Many discovered their previously drenched clothing to be perfectly dry. The whole phenomenon would be known as “The Miracle of the Sun.” Our Lady asked for prayer and sacrifice to save souls, with particular emphasis on reciting of the Rosary and devotion to her Immaculate Heart. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You!Our Lady of Fatima, Pray for Us! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠October 13, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
10/13/202330 minutes, 33 seconds
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Oct 12, 2023, Our Lady of Pillar, Holy Rosary (Luminous Mysteries) | Prayer for the End of the War in Israel and Palestine

Friends of the Rosary: Jesus sent His disciples two by two to spread the Word and build the Kingdom. Last week, we read about it in the tenth chapter of Luke’s Gospel (LUKE 10:1–12 ). “Jesus appointed seventy-two other disciples whom he sent ahead of him in pairs to every town and place he intended to visit.” We do missionary work together, in community. As we belong to one another, we need to gather people around us. We are not meant to live and evangelize alone, unless we freely chose a life in solitude. As apostles of Christ, we walk, support, pray, and challenge one another. We are a missionary Church! Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You!To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York
10/12/202330 minutes, 47 seconds
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Oct 11, 2023, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries) | Prayer for the End of the War in Israel and Palestine

Friends of the Rosary: We read in the Gospel today that one of the disciples asked the Lord to teach to pray just as John the Baptist taught to his followers. And Christ Jesus revealed the key prayer for our Christian pilgrimage on earth (Lk 11:1-4): "When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name, your Kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread and forgive us our sins for we ourselves forgive everyone in debt to us, and do not subject us to the final test." When we say “Father, hallowed be your name,” we pray that God might be honored above all. “Your Kingdom come.” We envision among us a kingdom characterized by peace, forgiveness, and compassion.  “Forgive us our sins for we ourselves forgive everyone in debt to us.” Our incapacity to forgive damages our capacity to enjoy a fulfilling life. Jesus, I Trust In You!To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York
10/11/202330 minutes, 28 seconds
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October 10, 2023, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries) | Prayer for the End of the War in Israel and Palestine

Friends of the Rosary: In wars we see the worse aspect of human beings. We became like wild animals forgetting that life is a free gift from the Creator. This Sunday, when the war in Israel and Palestine broke out, we read on the Gospel the parable of the tenants who refused to give the landowner the fruits of the harvest, to the point of beating and killing servants and even the landowner’s son. At the root of the conflicts, there are always ungratefulness and greediness. Ungrateful men and women fall into the illusion of thinking that they don’t need the divine love nor his salvation. May Mary, whose soul glorifies the Lord, help us to be gratitude and spread the light especially among world leaders. Jesus, I Trust In You!To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • October 10, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
10/10/202332 minutes, 11 seconds
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October 9, 2023, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries) | Prayer for the End of the War in Israel and Palestine

Friends of the Rosary: Today, Columbus Day in the U.S., we continue witnessing with sorrow the explosion of violence, and increased hatred and division, in Israel and Gaza, along with the horror and anguish of 130 innocent Israelis kidnapped by Hamas terrorists. There are too many casualties and injured people (over 1,200), which both Israelis and Palestinians have to deal with. The sacred places in the Holy Land, particularly in Jerusalem, are at risk, as well. We ask the Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of Peace, to inspire world leaders to put an end to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • October 9, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
10/9/202329 minutes, 44 seconds
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October 8, 2023, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries) | Prayer for the End of the War in Israel and Palestine

Friends of the Rosary:Today, Sunday, the Day of the Lord, we pray for the end of violence in Israel and Gaza, after terrorists and evil-doers of Hamas launched an unprovoked attack and took innocent hostages. Our heart is with the relatives of the victims and the kidnapped families who are experiencing hours of anguish and terror. We all have to repent for offending the Creator and recognize the Lordship of Christ, the only way to go to God the Father.  Fake or incomplete conceptions of Divinity, ideologies, and devilish doctrines end up bringing misery and loss of innocent lives. War is a defeat of humanity. The Rosary Network community prays hard for the end of this new war in the Holy Land. We ask for the intercession of Mary, Queen of Peace. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You!Our Lady of the Rosary, Pray for Us! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York
10/8/202330 minutes, 59 seconds
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October 7, 2023, Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary:Today, October the 7th, is the Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary, a feast instituted by Pope St. Pius V in thanksgiving for the naval victory over the Turks at the battle of Lepanto on this day in the year 1571, a favor due to the recitation of the Rosary.Pope St. Pius V and all Christians prayed the Rosary, which at that time was called the Psalter of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This victory saved Europe — and the world — from being overrun by the forces of Islam. All families are invited to rediscover the beauty of this "contemplative and Christocentric prayer, inseparable from the meditation of Sacred Scripture. As Pope Benedict XVI said, "This is the prayer of the Christian who advances in the pilgrimage of faith, in the following of Jesus, preceded by Mary.” Successively, popes have urged the faithful to pray the Rosary to bring down God’s blessing on the Church and His people. Today’s memorial is a festival of thanksgiving for the countless benefits bestowed on Christendom through the Rosary of our blessed Queen, Mary, Help of Christians.Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You!Our Lady of the Rosary, Pray for Us! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠October 7, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
10/7/202332 minutes, 3 seconds
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October 6, 2023, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: Most of the souls in hell are those who disbelieved that there is a place for the dammed. This is what St. Faustina Kowalska wrote in her diary after having a vision of hell. “I, Sister Faustina Kowalska, by the order of God, have visited the abysses of hell so that I might tell souls about it and testify to its existence.” In October 1936, she was led by an angel to what she called the “chasms of hell,” which she described in her diary as a place of “great torture.” ”Fire penetrates the soul without destroying it — a terrible suffering. “Despite that darkness, the devils and the souls of the damned see each other and all the evil, both of others and their own.” St. Faustina was shown different levels of hell. “There are caverns and pits of torture where one form of agony differs from another,” Faustina recorded in her diary. ”There are special tortures destined for particular souls. These are the torments of the senses. Each soul undergoes terrible and indescribable sufferings related to the manner in which it has sinned.” The vision of Faustina was meant to save souls, as the divine is giving us yet another chance to stop sinning and seek conversion before it’s too late. In the matter of heaven, hell, and salvation there is not very much room for speculation. The Scriptures are clear in their teaching and furthermore, it has been the unanimous teaching of the church and the witness of saints and mystics that many are damned and few are saved. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You!St. Faustina Kowalska, Pray for Us! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠October 6, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
10/6/202333 minutes, 24 seconds
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October 5, 2023, Memorial of St. Faustina Kowalska, Holy Rosary (Luminous Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: One of the saints we honor today is the Polish nun Faustina Kowalska, the apostle of the Divine Mercy. In 1931, Jesus Christ appeared to Faustina as the King of Divine Mercy. He chose her to deliver to the modern world the message of the merciful love of the Divinity for all people, especially sinners. Christ asked her to have a picture painted of Him as she saw him — clothed in white, with red and white rays of light streaming from his heart. The rays represent the blood and water that flowed from the side of Jesus on the cross. Under the image are the words, "Jesus, I trust in you." The painting of the Divine Mercy soon became a focus for devotion. At first, the sisters in her own convent as well as Church theologians didn’t believe Faustina. She was an uneducated peasant girl after all. Jesus told Faustina that He loved her obedience and that His will would be done in the end. Faustina recorded in her diary the appearances of Jesus. The diary was translated into English and published in 1987 with the title Divine Mercy in My Soul. In addition, the first Sunday after Easter was declared Divine Mercy Sunday. Canonized by St. John Paul II, in 2000, Faustina preached very well the message of Jesus to draw all people into his merciful heart of love. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You!St. Faustina Kowalska, Pray for Us! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠October 5, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
10/5/202330 minutes, 41 seconds
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October 4, 2023, Memorial of St. Francis of Assisi, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: Today is the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi (1182-1226), founder of the Franciscan Order. He was the first person recorded to receive the stigmata — the five wounds of Christ. At the age of 20, he decided to abandon everything for Christ embracing complete poverty and taking the Gospel as his rule of life. Out of humility, Francis never accepted the priesthood and remained a deacon all his life. St. Francis loved all of God’s creatures. He is represented with birds and animals. Many parishes have a Blessing of animals or pets on this day. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You!St. Francis of Assisi, Pray for Us! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York
10/4/202325 minutes, 19 seconds
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October 3, 2023, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: When we deeply offend the Author of Life, there are two possible solutions, as Cardinal Raniero Cantalamessa wrote in his book "The Power of the Cross." The first is the path taken by Judas, who cried. "I have sinned in betraying innocent blood" and then went out and hanged himself (Mt 27:4ff). The other is the path taken by Peter who went out and "wept bitterly" (Mt 26:27) and then, having experienced the power of repentance, showed others the way of salvation and resolutely cried out to the crowd, "Repent!" Many people refuse to confess their sins. Furthermore, they do not feel any sorrow. We read in the Revelation (Rev 9, 20-21): "The rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands nor give up worshiping demons and idols of gold and silver and bronze and stone and wood, which cannot see or hear or walk, nor did they repent or their murders of their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts." Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠October 3, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
10/3/202331 minutes, 28 seconds
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October 2, 2023, Feast of the Guardian Angels, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: Today, October 2nd, is the Feast of the Guardian Angels, a celebration in the Christian tradition that honors the belief in guardian angels. Every human soul has a Guardian Angel who watches over and protects us from both spiritual and physical evil. They guide us to Heaven only if we desire it since they cannot act directly upon our will or intellect, as  St. Thomas Aquinas wrote. The Old and the New Testaments show this truth. The Lord Jesus was strengthened by an angel in the Garden of Gethsemane and an angel delivered St. Peter from prison in the Acts of the Apostles. Christ Jesus makes the existence and function of guardian angels explicit when He says, in today's reading (Matthew 18:10): "See that you despise not one of these little ones: for I say to you, that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father who is in heaven."  In saying this Jesus points out that all people, even little children, have a guardian angel, and that the angels are always in Heaven, always looking at the face of God throughout their mission on earth, which is to guide and protect us throughout our pilgrimage to the house of our Father. In Heaven our guardian angels, though no longer needing to guide us to salvation, will continually enlighten us. The prayer to the guardian angels is encouraged. It has been present in the Church since at least the beginning of the 12th century: Angel of God,my Guardian dear,to whom His lovecommits me here,ever this daybe at my side,to light and guard,to rule and guide.Amen. St. Bernard of Clairvaux wrote: "Let us affectionately love His angels as counselors and defenders appointed by the Father and placed over us. They are faithful; they are prudent; they are powerful; Let us only follow them, let us remain close to them, and in the protection of the God of heaven let us abide." This day is an opportunity for believers to reflect on and express gratitude for the guidance and protection we receive from their guardian angels. We view our guardian angels as a source of comfort, guidance, and protection, recognizing and appreciating the role these celestial beings play in our lives. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You!Guardian Angels, Pray for Us! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠October 2, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
10/2/202331 minutes, 54 seconds
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October 1, 2023, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: Today, the Sunday liturgy supersedes the Memorial of St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face (1873-1897), more popularly known as "the Little Flower." This French Carmelite nun, patroness of all foreign missions and patroness of France, and declared a Doctor of the Church by Pope St. John Paul II, died of consumption at the age of 24. The Little Flower attained a very high degree of holiness by carrying out her ordinary daily duties with perfect fidelity, having a childlike confidence in God's providence and merciful love, and being ready to be at the service of others at all times. She also had a great love of the Church and a zeal for the conversion of souls. She prayed especially for priests. Her interior life is known through her autobiography called Story of a Soul. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You!St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus Pray for Us! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York
10/1/202331 minutes, 59 seconds
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September 30, 2023, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: Pope St. John Paul II in 1994 urged Catholics to make the prayer to St. Michael a regular part of their lives. The prayer, composed by Pope Leo, states: St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil; May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; And do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the divine power of God, cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen. St. Michael the Archangel is there for us in the day of battle, which is every day. In our diocese of Bridgeport, in Connecticut, the prayer is recited at the end of every Mass, per the Bishop's decision. Devotion to St. Michael has been with the Church from the beginning. We invoke him for protection. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You!St. Michael, St. Gabriel, and St. Raphael Pray for Us! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠September 30, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
9/30/202332 minutes, 56 seconds
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September 29, 2023, Feast of Sts. Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, Archangels, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: Today, we celebrate the Feast of the Archangels Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael. Believing in the existence of the spiritual, that Sacred Scripture calls “angels” is a truth of faith. Angels are pure, non-corporeal heavenly spirits, on a higher order than human beings. They do not depend on matter for their existence or activity. The name angel means servant or messenger of God. They are distinct from saints, which men can become. Angels have intellect and will, and are immortal. St. Michael (Who is like God?, in Hebrew) is the prince of the heavenly host. He was the archangel who fought against Satan and all his evil angels. He is the protector of all humanity from the snares of the devil. His name appears in Scripture four times, twice in the Book of Daniel, and once each in the Epistle of St. Jude and the Book of Revelation. From Revelation, we learn of the battle in heaven, with St. Michael and his angels combatting Lucifer and the other fallen angels (or devils). We invoke St. Michael to help us in our fight against Satan; to rescue souls from Satan, especially at the hour of death. He is usually pictured as a strong warrior, dressed in armor and wearing sandals. St. Gabriel (God is my strength) announced to Zachariah the forthcoming birth of John the Baptist, and to Mary, the birth of Jesus. He was the angel chosen by God to be the messenger to announce the mystery of the Incarnation. His greeting to the Virgin, “Hail, full of grace,” has become the constant prayer of all Christian people. St. Raphael (God has healed) is the archangel who took care of Tobias’ blindness on his journey in the Book of Tobit. His mission was as a healer and fellow traveler with the youthful Tobias. He is also identified with the angel in John 5:1-4 who descended upon the pond and bestowed healing powers. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You!St. Michael, St. Gabriel, and St. Raphael Pray for Us! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • September 29, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
9/29/202334 minutes, 28 seconds
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September 28, 2023, Holy Rosary (Luminous Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: We read last week (Lk 8:1-3) how Jesus was journeying from one town and village to another proclaiming the Good News and being accompanied by the Twelve Apostles and some women. Among them, "Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, Joanna, the wife of Herod's steward Chuza, Susanna, and many others who provided for them out of their resources." Christ Jesus overturned the social conventions of the rabbis of that time and added female disciples. Furthermore, He spoke to the woman at the well, engaged with the Syro-Phoenician woman, and forgave the woman caught in adultery. And the first witnesses of the Resurrection are women. St. Paul famously wrote that in Christ, "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free person, there is not male and female." In light of the kingdom of God, there are no differences. As Bishop Barron wrote, "Given all of this, can we see these women disciples as forerunners of all of the great women who have followed Jesus over the centuries? Can we see them as prototypes of Teresa of Avila, Joan of Arc, Clare of Assisi, Thérèse of Lisieux, Teresa of Kolkata, Katharine Drexel, Edith Stein, and Dorothy Day?" Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠September 28, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
9/28/202331 minutes, 52 seconds
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September 27, 2023, Memorial of St. Vincent de Paul, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: A friend of a friend, Jeff Smith, who recently passed away victim of cancer at the age of 51, left his friends with this insightful message: “Stop wasting your time searching. Spend your time learning to love others more perfectly and accept the great gifts that Jesus wants to give you.” Jeff also emphasized: “Start acting on the Truth that God has already placed in your heart.” A wise message indeed: learn to love in a more perfect manner! "As we live in God, our love grows more perfect" (1 John 4:17) Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠September 27, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
9/27/202329 minutes, 15 seconds
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September 26, 2023, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: In today's reading (Lk 8:19-21), Christ Jesus says: 'My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and act on it.' Is he dismissing His own mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary? Not at all. What the Son of God is saying is that our own family should not be our ultimate priority. God is the cornerstone of our lives. Christ Jesus is our mission, without any other attachments. Mind you, by following Jesus, we properly set our values and honor our family—truly loving our wives, husbands, kids, and relatives. This way, we all build the Kingdom of God and walk together to Heaven. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠September 26, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
9/26/202331 minutes, 21 seconds
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September 25, 2023, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: Yesterday's parable of a landowner hiring laborers and paying them equally regardless of their amount of work was a demonstration of the unfathomable mercy of God, rather than a reflection on equal rights. Any saint, whether known or unknown, who endeavors to share the love of God with their neighbors, profoundly grasps the essence of this parable. Furthermore, such an individual finds joy in understanding that life is about desiring the good for others. Ultimately, the Lord, who embodies perfect and pure love, illuminates our deficiencies in love. Heaven represents the epitome of love, and our earthly journey is a preparation in terms of love. As St. Catherine of Siena eloquently stated, "The way to Heaven is Heaven." Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You!St. Padre Pio, Pray for Us! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠September 25, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
9/25/202330 minutes, 8 seconds
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September 24, 2023, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary:The prophet Isaiah reminded us that God's ways are not our ways. We have to read through these lenses in today's reading (Matthew 20:1-16A). The Divinity's vision of justice differs from ours. The parable of the landowner who goes out to hire workers at different hours and pays each the same wage shouldn't disturb us.When the owner contends, "Am I not free to do as I wish with my own money? Are you envious because I am generous?", should prompt us to thank God for His goodness and generosity.  Today's vineyard parable should give us new hope and courage. It may be the sixth, ninth, or even the eleventh hour of our life but we can still earn heaven if we listen to God's call and set to work diligently in His vineyard. We just need to be loyal to Him. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You!St. Padre Pio, Pray for Us! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠September 24, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
9/24/202331 minutes, 31 seconds
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September 23, 2023, Memorial of St. Padre Pio, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: Today is the Memorial of St. Pius of Pietrelcina (1887-1968), more popularly known as Padre Pio. For fifty years, this contemporary saint was a much sought-after spiritual advisor, confessor, and intercessor at the monastery of San Giovanni Rotundo, in Italy, now a point of pilgrimage. His life was devoted to the Eucharist and prayer. And despite his notoriety, he often said, "I only want to be a poor friar who prays." While praying before a cross on September 20, 1918, Padre Pio received the stigmata. He is the first priest ever to be so blessed. He was able to read the consciences of those going to confession with him. He was reportedly able to bi-locate, levitate, and heal by touch. Padre Pio founded the House for the Relief of Suffering, a hospital that serves 60,000 a year, in 1956. Today there are over 400,000 members worldwide in prayer groups begun by Padre Pio in the 1920s. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You!St. Padre Pio, Pray for Us! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠September 23, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
9/23/202329 minutes, 30 seconds
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September 22, 2023, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: Grace is given to each of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift, St. Paul wrote in his letter to the Ephesians (Eph 4:1-7, 11-13), as we read yesterday in the Gospel. To the holy ones, Christ equips them for building up His mystical body, the universal Church. Apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers are provided with the knowledge to spread the Eternal Truth. Consecrated religious people and lay people like us are all urged to live, in Paul’s words, "with humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love, striving to preserve the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace: one Body and one Spirit." We all share the apostolic mission of building up together the Kingdom of Heaven by evangelizing those who haven’t received the gift of the faith. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You!St. Matthew, Pray for Us! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠September 22, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
9/22/202329 minutes, 58 seconds
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September 21, 2023, Feast of St. Matthew, Holy Rosary (Luminous Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: Today is the feast day of the Apostle and Evangelist St. Matthew. He had a hateful profession to the Jews, a tax collector for the Roman enemy until he got the call of Christ. One day, while seated at his table of books and money, Jesus looked at Matthew and said: "Follow me." These two words made him rise, leaving his money to follow Christ. Jesus changed the name of the new apostle into Matthew, which means "Gift of God." The Jews were surprised to see Jesus with a publican, a tax collector. The Son of God explained that he had come "not to call the just, but sinners." The Gospel of Matthew was written to convince the Jews that their anticipated Messiah had come in the person of Jesus. Matthew preached in Egypt and Ethiopia and further places East, having a martyr's death. St. Matthew's call from Christ "Follow me" means that we are all called to belong to the family of God. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You!St. Matthew, Pray for Us! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠September 21, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
9/21/202332 minutes, 44 seconds
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September 20, 2023, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries)

• September 20, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET• The Audio Podcast of this Rosary is Available Here Now! Friends of the Rosary: Christ Jesus raised the son of a widow in a city called Nain, as we read in the New Testament yesterday (Luke 7:11-17). In this passage, we see the fear and desperation in this poor widow. At that time there was no social safety net, no insurance, and no guaranteed income for a widow. Without her husband and her only son, she was condemned almost to starvation, unless their neighbors would support her. Jesus’ heart was moved with pity. And then He showed His power and dominion over the living and the dead. It also was an anticipation of His resurrection. The bystanders were fearful, seeing their world turned upside-down. This is also the reaction of the women at the tomb on Easter Sunday morning. As Bishop Barron wrote, "An evangelization that isn’t a little scary is an inadequate evangelization." Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You!To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • September 20, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
9/20/202330 minutes, 30 seconds
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September 19, 2023, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: To say “Christ is Lord” means to submit to His lordship, to freely enter into his dominion. It is like saying, in the words of St. Paul, Jesus Christ is my Lord, the very reason for my existence. We live for Him and no longer for ourselves. Today, the radical contradiction is between living for the Lord and living for oneself. And living for oneself means spiritual death. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You!To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York
9/19/202330 minutes, 39 seconds
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September 18, 2023, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: It's Christ who lives in each and every one of us. He acts on us. We belong to Him. It's not my mind, my will, or my desires, as our secular society imposes. "It's your life, you decide, you choose, it's all about finding your voice," we hear today. It's excessive self-regarding,  justification, and protection of the ego. Bishop Barron says that "everything in our culture militates against this [our belonging to Christ]. And this is why Christianity is struggling in our world today." The whole Revelation that Christ gave is perfectly well expressed in St. Paul's letter to the Romans (Rom 14:7-9) we read is illuminating: "Brothers and sisters: None of us lives for oneself, and no one dies for oneself. For if we live, we live for the Lord, and if we die, we die for the Lord; so then, whether we live or die, we are the Lord's. For this is why Christ died and came to life, that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living."   "In many ways, the whole Bible, the whole of revelation, is summed up in this statement. When we live in this little world, we remain stuck in a kind of permanent adolescence; when we live for the Lord, we enter into the adventure of being truly human," explains Bishop Barron. This is the treasure buried in the field. We don't belong to ourselves. We serve something bigger than our little ego and things that satisfy our ego (wealth, pleasures, honors, power). When we discover that God lives within us we come to life. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You!To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠September 18, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
9/18/202331 minutes, 2 seconds
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September 17, 2023, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: In today Sunday's reading (Mt 18:21-35), Christ Jesus illustrates to us the importance of forgiving our brother and showing mercy. Mercy is the characteristic of God, for God is love. And the divine mercy leads to the forgiveness of sins. Through the forgiveness of our sins and the sacrament of reconciliation, we are restored in divine friendship. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠September 17, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
9/17/202329 minutes, 23 seconds
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Sept 16, 2023, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: Yesterday in the New Testament (Jn 19:25-27), we read how Jesus, nailed to the Cross, looked to His mother and the disciple whom He loved. He said to Mary, "Woman, behold, your son," and then to John the Apostle, "Behold, your mother." And from that hour, the disciple took her into his home. In entrusting Mary to John, Christ Jesus was, in a real sense, entrusting Mary to all those who would be friends of Him down through the ages. The Immaculate Mary is the Mother of God and the Mother of Humanity. And as a good mother, she is actively working restlessly for her children. We meet Jesus through Mary. Our Protestant brothers should recognize this scriptural truth, receiving the joy of Mary. Our Queen of all the saints is our "life, sweetness, and our hope," as we say every day in the Salve Regina. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You!Our Lady of Sorrows, Pray for Us! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠September 16, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
9/16/202329 minutes, 7 seconds
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September 15, 2023, Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: Today is the Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows, also known as Our Lady of Seven Dolors, Our Lady of Dolors, or Nuestra Señora de los Dolores, in Spanish. This feast, which dates back to the 12th century, is dedicated to the spiritual martyrdom of Mary, Mother of God. It focuses on Mary's intense suffering during the passion and death of Christ. In her suffering as co-redemtrix, Mary reminds us of the tremendous evil of sin and shows us the way to true repentance. The Devotion to the Seven Sorrows refers to the seven swords that pierced the Heart of Mary, as she stood at the foot of the Cross on which Jesus hung. This Memorial Day is after the feast of the Holy Cross to show the close connection between Jesus' Passion and Mary's Sorrows. These are the seven sorrows of Mary: The prophecy of Simeon, (Luke 2:25-35) The flight into Egypt, (Matthew 2:13-15) Loss of the Child Jesus for three days, (Luke 2:41-50) Mary meets Jesus on his way to Calvary, (Luke 23:27-31; John 19:17) Crucifixion and Death of Jesus, (John 19:25-30) The body of Jesus being taken from the Cross (deposition from the Cross), (Psalm 130; Luke 23:50-54; John 19:31-37) The burial of Jesus, (Isaiah 53:8; Luke 23:50-56; John 19:38-42; Mark 15:40-47) Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You!Our Lady of Sorrows, Pray for Us! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠September 15, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
9/15/202333 minutes, 8 seconds
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September 14, 2023, Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, Holy Rosary (Luminous Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: Today is the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, the instrument of our redemption and our glorious sign of victory over evil and all the demons around our lives. As humans, we are sealed with the Sign of the Cross. We belong to Christ. This day is also called the Triumph of the Cross, Elevation of the Cross, or Holy Cross Day. Observed in Rome since the seventh century, the feast commemorates the recovery of the Holy Cross, which had been placed on Mount Calvary by St. Helena. When Moses lifted up the bronze serpent over the people, it was a foreshadowing of salvation through Jesus when He was lifted up on the Cross. We identify with Christ on the Cross, taking up His Cross and following Him. Constantly, we made the Sign of the Cross to keep close to God. Our strength and protection is the Sign of the Cross. Friends, when we make the Sign of the Cross we give our entire self to God. The Sign of the Cross will help us to fix our mind, soul, heart, body, will, and thoughts to God. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • September 14, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
9/14/202331 minutes, 21 seconds
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September 13, 2023, Sixth Apparition of Our Lady of Fatima, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: We remember today the sixth apparition of Our Lady of the Rosary in Fatima, Portugal. It took place on September 13, 1917, and this is how Sister Lucia, one of the three shepherds described it in her memoirs [Fourth Memoir (1941-12-08)]: "As the hour approached, I set out with Jacinta and Francisco, but owing to the crowds around us we could only advance with difficulty. The roads were packed with people, and everyone wanted to see us and speak to us. There was no human respect whatsoever. Simple folk, and even ladies and gentlemen, struggled to break through the crowd that pressed around us. No sooner had they reached us than they threw themselves on their knees before us, begging us to place their petitions before Our Lady. Others who could not get close to us shouted from a distance: — For the love of God, ask Our Lady to cure my son who is a cripple! Yet another cried out: — And to cure mine who is blind! — To cure mine who is deaf! — To bring back my husband, my son, who has gone to the war! — To convert a sinner! — To give me back my health as I have tuberculosis! and so on. All the afflictions of poor humanity were assembled there. Some climbed up to the tops of trees and walls to see us go by, and shouted down to us. Saying yes to some, giving a hand to others and helping them up from the dusty ground, we managed to move forward, thanks to some gentlemen who went ahead and opened a passage for us through the multitude. Now, when I read in the New Testament about those enchanting scenes of Our Lord’s passing through Palestine, I think of those which Our Lord allowed me to witness, while yet a child, on the poor roads and lanes from Aljustrel to Fatima and on to the Cova da Iria! I give thanks to God, offering Him the faith of our good Portuguese people, and I think: “If these people so humbled themselves before three poor children, just because they were mercifully granted the grace to speak to the Mother of God, what would they not do if they saw Our Lord Himself in person before them?” Well, none of this was called for here! It was a distraction of my pen, leading me away where I did not mean to go. But, never mind! It’s just another useless digression. I am not tearing it out, so as not to spoil the notebook. At last, we arrived at the Cova da Iria, and on reaching the holmoak we began to say the Rosary with the people. Shortly afterwards, we saw the flash of light, and then Our Lady appeared on the holmoak. — Continue to pray the Rosary in order to obtain the end of the war. In October Our Lord will come, as well as Our Lady of Dolours and Our Lady of Carmel. Saint Joseph will appear with the Child Jesus to bless the world. God is pleased with your sacrifices. He does not want you to sleep with the rope on, but only to wear it during the daytime. — I was told to ask you many things, the cure of some sick people, of a deaf-mute… — Yes, I will cure some, but not others. In October I will perform a miracle so that all may believe. Then Our Lady began to rise as usual and disappeared." Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York   • ⁠September 13, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
9/13/202330 minutes, 59 seconds
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September 12, 2023, Memorial of the Most Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: Today, we observe the Memorial Day of the Most Holy Name of Mary, inviting everyone to reflect upon all the graces received through the intercession and mediation of the Blessed Mother. This feast originated in Spain in the sixteenth century, in thanksgiving to Our Lady for the battle victory for Christian Europe against the Muslim Turks.The feast of the Holy Name of Mary follows that of her Birthday, as the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus follows Christmas. In accordance with Jewish custom, Our Lady’s parents named her eight days after her birth and were inspired to call her Mary. The Hebrew name of Mary, Miryãm, (in Latin Domina) means lady or sovereign; this Mary is by virtue of her Son’s sovereign authority as Lord of the World. We call Mary Our Lady as we call Jesus Our Lord, and when we pronounce her name we affirm her power, implore her aid, and place ourselves under her protection. In this regard, Pope Benedict XVI wrote about the Most Holy Virgin:“If you follow Mary, you will not stray; if you pray to her, you will not despair; if you turn your thoughts to her, you will not err. If she holds you, you will not fall; if she protects you, you need not fear; if she is your guide, you will not tire; if she is gracious to you, you will surely reach your destination.” Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York
9/12/202331 minutes, 20 seconds
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September 11, 2023, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: With tributes, moments of silence, and tearful words, we are remembering today the families of the victims of the 9/11 attacks. Twenty-two years ago, nearly 3,000 people were killed when hijacked planes crashed into the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon, and a Pennsylvania field. Evil terrorists, brainwashed by dark ideologies and ideas, killed innocent Americans. The impact of 9/11 is still felt in every corner of the United States. On that day, the vast majority united as one country, one nation, one people, as it should always be. With emotional prayers, we remember all the good people who sacrificed for others in the defense of freedom and truth. United in prayer! Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • September 11, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
9/11/202325 minutes, 21 seconds
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September 10, 2023, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: Today's society attempts everything in its power to erase the meaning of sin. Sin just seems like another way of behaving. In this context, the necessary Christian correction of our brothers when they fall looks like an extravagance. Christianity seems like just another perspective, and sacraments are perceived as an extremely radical solution. In this Sunday’s Gospel (St. Matthew 18:15-20), we learn about our obligation to encourage erring brothers to give up their sinful ways. We must offer advice and encouragement when it is needed, and correction in private where that is possible. And as active members of Christ's mystical body, we correct with kindness and charity those who fall into sin. Christ Jesus wants us to fulfill this obligation as part of our apostolic mission on earth. We are obliged to help our fellowmen on the road to heaven by giving them a good example of a truly Christian way of living. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠September 10, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
9/10/202331 minutes, 38 seconds
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September 9, 2023, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: Jesus Christ respects our independence and free will but also wants to dwell in us and become the Lord of our lives, encouraging us to be perfect. In last Thursday's reading (LUKE 5:1–11), Jesus climbed into Peter's boat without asking permission. It was an invasion of grace. As Bishop Barron wrote, "When Jesus moves into the house of the soul, the powers of the soul are heightened and properly directed." "This commandeering of nature by grace does not involve the compromising of nature but rather its perfection and elevation." Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠September 9, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
9/9/202332 minutes, 35 seconds
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September 8, 2023, Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: Today, we celebrate the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, conceived and born immaculate and full of grace. Through her, all grace is given to men. Our Lady was born to be the mother of the Savior of the world, the spiritual mother of all men, and the holiest of God's creatures. In Mary, Queen of Heaven and of Earth, all human nature is exalted. Her nativity is one of the three birthdays in the Church Calendar: the Birth of Jesus (December 25), the Birth of John the Baptist (June 24), and the Birthday of Mary. All three were born without original sin, although Mary and Jesus were conceived without sin, and St. John was cleansed of original sin while in the womb at the Visitation of Mary. The Blessed Virgin is "Cause of our joy", as it states one of the most beautiful titles in her litany. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠September 8, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
9/8/202332 minutes, 20 seconds
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September 7, 2023, Holy Rosary (Luminous Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: What can we do when we see evil deeds or sins among our friends or family members? We never approve sin, but we must continue to regard sinners as our brothers and do all in our power to guide them back onto the right path to heaven. We can achieve this through a good example and fervent prayer for their conversion. This may not be easy for human nature, but we can be certain that God will grant us the necessary grace and strength to overcome our natural weaknesses and aversions if we strive to act with charity and genuine brotherly concern for our erring fellowmen. By acting in this way, we will not only be assisting a weak brother on the challenging journey to heaven, but we will also be ensuring our own arrival there, for God's generosity knows no bounds. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠September 7, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET   
9/7/202324 minutes, 32 seconds
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September 6, 2023, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary:September is the month of Our Lady of Sorrows, Nuestra Señora de los Dolores, in Spanish. The sorrow of the Blessed Mother was immeasurable. It was surpassed only by her love. Her love was even stronger than death. It made her able to support the cruel death of Jesus Christ. The Stabat Mater — a 13th-century Latin hymn written by Franciscan friar and poet Jacopone da Todi — focused on the sorrow of the Virgin Mary during the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. It proclaimed: "O Mother... make me feel the depth of your sorrow, so that I may weep with you. May I bear in my heart the wounds of Christ; make me share in His Passion and become inebriated by the Cross and Blood of your Son."Let's contemplate Mary's sorrows and ask her for the grace of sharing with her in the Passion of Jesus. This participation should lead us to real compassion, that is, to suffering with Jesus and Mary.  The Fathers of the Church said that the sight of Mary at the foot of the Cross makes the lesson of the Cross less hard and less bitter. Her maternal example encourages us to suffer and makes the road to Calvary easier. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠September 6, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
9/6/202331 minutes, 14 seconds
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September 5, 2023, Feast of St. Teresa of Calcutta, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: We honor today St. Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997), affectionally called "Mother Teresa. This Albanian nun received the Nobel Prize in 1979 and founded in Calcutta, India, the Missionaries of Charity in 1950, established in 30 countries today. St. Teresa of Calcutta (Kolkata) proclaimed God’s thirsting love for humanity, especially for the poorest of the poor. She was a soul filled with the light of Christ, on fire with love for Him and a burning desire “to quench His thirst for love and for souls.” “God still loves the world and He sends you and me to be His love and His compassion to the poor.” She started each day in communion with Jesus in the Eucharist and then went out, rosary in her hand, to find and serve Him in “the unwanted, the unloved, the uncared for.” She was witness to the joy of love, the dignity of every human person, and the value of little things done faithfully and with love. She experienced an interior life marked by moments of deep feeling of being separated from God, even rejected by Him, a “painful night” of her soul. This pain would lead Mother Teresa to an ever more profound union with God. Mother Teresa left a testament of unshakable faith, invincible hope, and extraordinary charity. Pope John Paul II canonized Mother Teresa for her heroic virtues and miracles. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You!St. Teresa of Calcutta, Pray for Us! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York    • September 5, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
9/5/202331 minutes, 22 seconds
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September 4, 2023, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: Reading a scroll of the prophet Isaiah in a synagogue on the sabbath day in Nazareth, where he had grown up, Christ Jesus proclaimed (Lk 4:16-30): "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord." "Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing." The anointed one came to heal and free us from slavery us sin. The infinite, unconditional love of our Trinitarian God toward His children is what fully defines us as humans. Our response as individuals cannot be other than to spread love everywhere tirelessly, the love we have inherited. Rejecting this mission results in death and everlasting darkness. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • September 4, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
9/4/202310 minutes, 21 seconds
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September 3, 2023, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: Our human logic is very different from God’s thinking, as we learn in the Gospel today (Mt 16:21-27). That’s why we have to learn the ways of the faith, which initially sound incomprehensible to us. Atheists and godless individuals try to take advantage of our limited understanding. The disciples themselves were shocked when Christ Jesus revealed to them this eternal truth. "Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. What profit would there be for one to gain the whole worldand forfeit his life? Or what can one give in exchange for his life? For the Son of Man will come with his angels in his Father's glory, and then he will repay all according to his conduct." We certainly want to abandon ourselves to Christ Jesus knowing that this is the true way to participate in the glory of Heaven. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠September 3, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
9/3/202331 minutes, 9 seconds
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September 2, 2023, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries) | Prayer from the Tenderloin District in San Francisco

Friends of the Rosary: Today, we are praying the Holy Rosary in San Francisco's Tenderloin district, an area avoided by tourists due to its reputation for drug dealing and violent crime. The Tenderloin is bordered by Geary to the north, Market Street to the south, Taylor Street to the east, and Van Ness to the west. Despite being advised against it, we felt compelled to see firsthand what was happening in this area. We prayed the Joyful Mysteries, asking the Blessed Mother for help and guidance for these poor people, abandoned by society. As you'll observe, we went unnoticed while praying with the Rosary in one hand and a cellphone camera in the other. These individuals are not criminals or dangerous; many are struggling with the effects of fentanyl and other harmful opioids, simply trying to survive while homeless. We recited a heartbreaking Rosary, reflecting on our collective failure to care for our fellow human beings. The homeless and drug addicts in the Tenderloin are enduring an agonizing struggle during their time on earth, suffering an extreme purgatory. We hope and pray that they come first in the Kingdom of Heaven. The Lord Jesus and His Mother Mary watch over us, saddened by the situation, urging us to respond with merciful love, as the human family we are. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠September 2, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
9/2/202328 minutes, 3 seconds
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September 1, 2023, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: The month of September is dedicated to Our Lady of Sorrows, whose memorial is on September 15. We also celebrate two more Marian feasts: the Nativity of Mary (September 8) and the Holy Name of Mary (September 9). The Exaltation of the Holy Cross is on September 14. The Holy Mother Church sings of the triumph of the Holy Cross, the instrument of our salvation. Also, it thanks God for the blessing of Christ dying on the Cross, which opened the gates of heaven for mankind. Other important memorials we specially like to celebrate at The Rosary Network are:St. Matthew (September 21), St. Padre Pio (September 23), St. Vincent de Paul (September 27), and Sts. Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, Archangels (September 29). Tomorrow, we will pray the Holy Rosary in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district, an area avoided by tourists due to its reputation for drug dealing and violent crime. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠September 1, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
9/1/202330 minutes, 39 seconds
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August 31, 2023, Holy Rosary (Luminous Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: We honor today two saints mentioned in the Gospels who lived in the first-century in Jerusalem at the time of Christ: Saints Joseph Arimathea and Nicodemus. Joseph of Arimathea was a wealthy member of the temple council and a secret follower of Jesus. Nicodemus was a Pharisee and member of the Sanhedrin, who defended Jesus’ cause. Saint John even says that it was to Nicodemus that our Lord said, “God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus prepared Jesus’ body, wrapped it in linen, and placed him in the tomb owned by Joseph. We continue praying the Rosary in San Francisco, California. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠August 31, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET⁠
8/31/202328 minutes, 4 seconds
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August 30, 2023, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: Our lack of trust in the Savior, Christ, damages His sacred heart, not to mention our own souls. Without faith, there can be no hope, joy, or peace. Why do our hearts continue to remain as stones of unbelief? This thought arises when you observe and pray the Rosary while walking the streets of San Francisco, as we are doing this week. Jesus said to St. Faustina Kowalska: “My child, all your sins have not wounded My Heart as painfully as your present lack of trust does — that after so many efforts of My love and mercy, you should still doubt My goodness.” Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠August 30, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
8/30/202329 minutes, 34 seconds
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August 29, 2023, Memorial Day of Passion of St. John the Baptist, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: Today, August 29th is the Memorial of the Passion of St. John the Baptist. The Church celebrated the nativity of St. John the Baptist on June 24, and today honors the martyrdom of Christ's precursor and forerunner. Besides our Lord and our Lady, John the Baptist is the only one whose birth and death are thus celebrated. Today's Gospel relates the circumstances of his execution. He had the courage to blame Herod to his face for the scandal of his illegal union with his sister-in-law Herodias, whose husband was still alive. The blessed John suffered imprisonment and martyrdom as a witness to our Redeemer. John shed his blood for the truth of Christ. Paul the apostle said: "You have been granted the privilege not only to believe in Christ but also to suffer for his sake." We pray today's Holy Rosary from San Francisco, California. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You!St. John the Baptist, Pray for Us! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠August 29, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
8/29/202331 minutes, 43 seconds
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August 28, 2023, Memorial Day of St. Augustine, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: Today, August 28, the Catholic Church honors St. Augustine, one of the most influential theologians in the history of the Catholic Church. Born in the town of Thagaste (now Souk-Ahras in modern Algeria), Augustine lived a dissolute life of sin up until his conversion — written in the autobiographical brilliant book of Confessions. He also wrote The City of God.  His mother, Saint Monica’s tears and intense prayers, along with the sermons of Saint Ambrose, the bishop and Doctor of the Church, inspired him to embrace the truth of Christ. On a visit to Hippo, Augustine was proclaimed priest and then Bishop against his will. He later accepted it as the will of God and spent the rest of his life as the pastor of this North African town. On August 28, 430, as Hippo was under siege by the Vandals, Augustine died, at the age of 76. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You!St. Augustine, Pray for Us! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • August 28, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
8/28/202331 minutes, 26 seconds
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August 27, 2023, Memorial Day of St. Monica, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: Today, we celebrate memorial of St. Monica, which is superseded by the Sunday liturgy. St. Monica (333-387), the mother of St. Augustine, was a Christian, but her husband Patricius was a pagan. Monica's virtues and prayers, converted him, and he was baptized a year before his death. Monica's tears and prayers for his son son were incessant as well. She had the joy of witnessing St. Ambrose baptize Augustine in 387. St. Monica died in Ostia, near Rome, as she and her son gazed at the sea and discoursed about the joys of the blessed. Today is also the feast of the Seven Joys of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Franciscan Crown, celebrated on August 27 by most Franciscans, and on the 26th by the Conventuals. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You!St. Monica, Pray for Us! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠August 27, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
8/27/202331 minutes, 53 seconds
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August 26, 2023, Our Lady of Czestochowa and Our Lady Health of the Sick, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: Today, we commemorate Our Lady of Czestochowa, also known as the Black Madonna. It’s traditionally believed that this icon was painted by St. Luke the Evangelist on a cypress wood panel from a table used by the Holy Family in Nazareth. The painting was discovered by St. Helen, the mother of Emperor Constantine. The icon was then enshrined in the imperial city of Constantinople, where it remained for the next 500 years. Brought to Czestochowa, in Poland in the fourteenth century, the holy image is associated with several miraculous events. Among them is the liberation of Poland from Communist rule. Pope John Paul II visited the image of Our Lady of Czestochowa four times during his pontificate. Today, the Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa attracts millions who love and honor Our Lady’s intercession. The holy painting enshrined at Czestochowa has been a lighthouse of hope during centuries of hardship and defeat. It is known as the “Black Madonna” because of the soot residue that discolors the painting. The soot is the result of centuries of votive lights and candles burning in front of the painting. Also, today is the commemoration of Our Lady Health of the Sick, celebrated on the Saturday before the last Sunday of August. This is one of the titles in the Litany to Our Lady of Loretto, and there is also a shrine dedicated to Our Lady of Health of the Sick, La Salud, in Patzcuaro, Michoacan, in Mexico. In New Mexico, she is Our Lady of Santa Fe. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You!Our Lady of Czestochowa and Our Lady Health of the Sick, Pray for Us! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • August 26, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
8/26/202331 minutes, 53 seconds
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August 25, 2023, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: Arrogance and pride are our first sins. They led us to the original sin through the disobedience of Adam and Eve. In many ways, we continue in the same manner. Many behave like little gods, deciding what is right and wrong. Consider this week’s reading (Matthew 20:1-16) where laborers hired by a landowner demanded to be paid more money than those who worked fewer hours. The landowner — the Creator of the universe — replied: ‘My friend, I am not cheating you. Did you not agree with me for the usual daily wage? Take what is yours and go. What if I wish to give this last one the same as you? Or am I not free to do as I wish with my own money? Are you envious because I am generous?’ Thus, the last will be first, and the first will be last.” The ways of God are not our ways. His deeds are perfect and eternal. Questioning Him with our impoverished minds and sinful condition is absurd. We should surrender and ask Him to take care of everything! Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • August 25, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
8/25/202331 minutes, 45 seconds
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August 24, 2023, Memorial of St. Bartholomew, Holy Rosary (Luminous Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: Today, August 24th, is the Feast of the apostle St. Bartholomew, also known as Nathaniel. He was a doctor in Jewish law and a seeker of the truth. As a close friend of St. Philip the Apostle, he had the opportunity to see Christ. He recognized the Savior immediately as the Son of God. On that initial meeting, Jesus uttered the glorious compliment: "Behold, an Israelite indeed in whom there is no guile!" After the Resurrection, St. Bartholomew was favored by becoming one of the few apostles who witnessed the appearance of the risen Lord on the sea of Galilee (John 21:2). After having received the gifts of the Holy Spirit on the first Pentecost, Bartholomew evangelized Asia Minor, northwestern India, and Greater Armenia. Here, while preaching to idolaters, he was arrested and martyred. The Armenians honor him as the apostle of their nation and they proudly claim they were the first Christian State. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You!St. Bartholomew, Pray for Us! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠August 24, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
8/24/202330 minutes, 24 seconds
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August 23, 2023, Memorial of St. Rose of Lima, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: Today, the Catholic Church celebrates the Memorial of St. Rose of Lima (1586-1617), the first canonized saint in the Americas. Inspired by the example of St. Catherine of Siena, Rose became a Dominican lay tertiary and devoted herself to works of active charity while living a life of extreme austerity. Hers was a life heroic in virtue and penance. Through the practice of penance, she expiated the evils perpetrated by the conquerors in their lust for gold. St. Rose of Lima suffered repeated attacks from the devil, painful bodily ailments, and from her family, scoldings and calumnies. All this she accepted serenely, remarking that she was treated better than she deserved. She experienced the comforting companionship of her holy guardian angel and of the Blessed Virgin. Rose of Lima died at the age of 31, on August 24, 1617, praying, "Lord, increase my sufferings, and with them increase your love in my heart." Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You!St. Rose of Lima, Pray for Us! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠August 23, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
8/23/202331 minutes, 12 seconds
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August 22, 2023, Memorial of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: Eight days after celebrating Mary's Assumption into Heaven, we commemorate the Memorial of the Queenship of Mary. This feast is a prolongation of the celebration of the Assumption. Down through centuries, Popes, Doctors, and Fathers of the Church have given authoritative expression to the truth of the Queenship of the Holy Virgin. This title is applied to the Mother of God since she is closely associated with the redemptive work of her Son — "The King of kings and Lord of lords" — and the Mediatrix of all graces. In October 1954, Pius XII, by his encyclical letter of October 11, 1954, following a unanimous desire of the faithful, instituted the Memorial of the Queenship of Mary. The same union of Mary with Christ Jesus is the fountain of the efficacy of her motherly intercession in the presence of the Son and of the Father. Pius IX wrote in his Apostolic Constitution Ineflabilis Deus: "More than all the angels and all the saints has God ineffable freely endowed Mary with the fullness of the heavenly gifts that abound in the divine treasury; and she, preserving herself ever immaculately clean from the slightest taint of sin, attained a fullness of innocence and holiness so great as to be unthinkable apart from God Himself, a fullness that no one other than God will ever possess." Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • August 22, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
8/22/202330 minutes, 56 seconds
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August 21, 2023, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: Following yesterday’s story of the pagan Canaanite woman (Mt 15:21-28), who was granted the cure for her daughter because of her deep faith, we continue reflecting on the mystery and power of prayer. Very often our specific requests to God are not for our good. In that case, the eternal God might not grant what would result in our disadvantage. However, if our prayer is sincere and persevering, we shall always receive an answer — one that is better than what we asked for. We shouldn’t doubt God’s mercy. Who are we to question God’s mercy? The earthly death of our loved one ended up bringing out virtues in us that they would otherwise never have had the occasion to practice. We cultivate these virtues for eternal life. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • August 21, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
8/21/202330 minutes, 16 seconds
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August 20, 2023, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: In today’s Sunday reading (Mt 15:21-28), we see the Canaanite woman as a model of deep-seated faith and trust in Christ’s power and goodness. The Canaanite woman sees God in Jesus Christ (“Lord, Son of David’) and asks for a miracle. She opens herself to Him, insists on the Lordship of Jesus, and her daughter is healed from that hour. “O woman, great is your faith. Let it be done for you as you wish,” Jesus said to her. Prayer is adoration, thanksgiving, and petition. It is necessary to persevere in our prayers of petition before Christ grants our requests. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • August 20, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
8/20/202331 minutes, 15 seconds
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August 19, 2023, Fourth Apparition of Fatima, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: On August 19th, 1917, the Virgen Mary appeared at Valinhos, distant about half a mile from the Village of Aljustrel and from the Cova de Iria, in Fatima. That was the fourth apparition. On August 13th, the three shepherds were arrested by the Administrator of Ourém, the district in which Fátima was located. This Administrator or Mayor, Artur Santos, was an apostate Catholic and high Mason. The Blessed Mother asked Jacinta, Francisco, and Lucia to return to the Cova da Iria on the 13th and to continue praying the Rosary every day. She promised that in the last month, in October, she would perform a huge miracle. And then looking very sad, she concluded: "Pray, pray very much, and make sacrifices for sinners; for many souls go to Hell because there is no one to sacrifice themselves and to pray for them". Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You!Our Lady of Fatima, Pray for Us! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • August 19, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
8/19/202331 minutes, 11 seconds
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August 18, 2023, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: Today, Jesus Christ speaks in the Gospel of Matthew (Mt 19:3-12) about the mystery and sacrament of marriage. The reading couldn't be more relevant, considering the attempts of evildoers and their collaborators to destroy Christian lawful marriages and families. ”From the beginning, the Creator made them male and female and said: For this reason, a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, man must not separate." The Son of God also warns that not everyone is prepared to marry. "Some are incapable of marriage because they were born so; some, because they were made so by others; some because they have renounced marriage for the sake of the Kingdom of heaven." Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • August 18, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET   
8/18/202332 minutes, 16 seconds
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August 17, 2023, Memorial of Our Lady of Knock, Holy Rosary (Luminous Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: Today, along with the Irish people, we commemorate the Memorial of Our Lady of Knock. We celebrate the apparition of Our Lady, St. Joseph, St. John the Evangelist, the Lamb, and a Cross on an altar on the wall of the parish church in the village of Knock in County Mayo in Ireland, on August 21, 1879. The apparition was described as follows: "Our Lady was wearing a large, brilliant crown and clothed in white garments. On her right was Saint Joseph, his head inclined toward her and on her left Saint John the Evangelist. To the left of Saint John was an altar on which stood a cross and a lamb. Standing only a few feet off the ground, the Blessed Virgin wore a white cloak and was described by witnesses as being incredibly beautiful. She wore a bright golden crown, and appeared to be praying with her eyes looking toward heaven with her arms bent in front of her with her palms facing inward." Fifteen parishioners witnessed the apparition for two hours as they recited the Rosary. Although it was daylight when the apparition began, the weather turned for the worse and it began to rain heavily. However, the area around the apparition appeared unaffected, as the ground remained dry as long as the vision lasted. Our Lady did not speak, and the gable of the church where the manifestation was made was covered with a cloud of light. Saint Joseph also wore white robes and stood on the Virgin’s right. He inclined his head respectfully toward the Blessed Virgin. Saint John the Evangelist wore a miter and appeared to be preaching as he held a book in his left hand. For over 140 years, the Knock Shrine has welcomed pilgrims and visitors to this sacred place, sanctified by Mary's apparition.The Knock Shrine has been officially recognized as an international Eucharistic and Marian Shrine by Pope Francis, through the Pontifical Council for New Evangelization in March 2021. The Rosary comprises the main portion of the devotion. The shrine is therefore appropriately called the Rosary Shrine. Devotion to St. Joseph has always emphasized his role as the protector of the Holy Family. Unique to the Apparition is the presence of the Lamb of God upon the altar, a visual presentation of the gift and mystery of the Eucharist. St. John the Evangelist stands between Our Lady and the altar and Lamb. It is his Gospel that refers to Jesus as the Lamb of God. He appears to be preaching on the Eucharistic altar, Cross, and Lamb that is at the very center of the apparition. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You!Our Lady of Knock, Pray for Us! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • August 17, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
8/17/202330 minutes, 28 seconds
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August 16, 2023, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: Heaven and Earth are two dimensions united by the divinity and humanity of Jesus Christ. In Our Lord, everything visible and invisible meet. As St. John wrote in his first letter: "We are from God." "Love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God." "God sent His only Son into the world so that we might live through Him." God abides in us. In today's reading (Mt 18:15-20), we witness the merging of these two dimensions. Jesus said to His disciples: "Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Again, amen, I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything for which they are to pray, it shall be granted to them by My heavenly Father. For where two or three are gathered together in My name, there am I in the midst of them." Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠August 16, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
8/16/202330 minutes, 58 seconds
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August 15, 2023, Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: Today, the Catholic Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a Holy Day of Obligation. In 1950, Pope Pius XII defined the dogma of the Assumption in these words: "The Immaculate Mother of God, the ever-virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heaven." This belief, dated back to the apostles themselves, became Catholic doctrine and the Assumption was declared a truth revealed by God. In the early days of Christianity, the "Memory of Mary" was celebrated. In the seventh century, it began to be celebrated in Rome under the title of the "Falling Asleep" ("Dormitio") of the Mother of God. Centuries later, it would become the feast of the “Assumption of Mary.” From the beginning, it was clear that there were no relics of Mary to be venerated. Mary had died in the presence of the apostles and they buried the body in Jerusalem. But her tomb, when opened later, was found empty. Her body did not remain in the state of death, neither was it dissolved by decay. The apostles concluded that the body was taken up into heaven. It was not fitting that the flesh that had given life to God himself should ever undergo corruption. The location of the empty tomb soon became a place of pilgrimage. Today, the Benedictine Abbey of the Dormition of Mary stands on the spot. All the feast days of Mary mark the great mysteries of her life and her part in the work of redemption. Her divine motherhood is celebrated both at Christmas and a week later, on January 1st, on the feast of the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. The Immaculate Conception, on December the 8th, shows her fullness of grace from the first moment of her existence, completely untouched by sin. This feast marks the preparation for her divine motherhood. The Assumption is God's crowning of His work as Mary ends her earthly life and enters eternity. It gives us hope that we, too, will follow Our Lady when our life is ended. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • August 15, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
8/15/202331 minutes, 45 seconds
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August 14, 2023, Memorial of St. Maximilian Mary Kolbe, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: Today, the Memorial of St. Maximilian Mary Kolbe (1894-1941), Polish priest and martyr, is celebrated by the Universal Church. Maximilian Mary Kolbe founded the Militia of the Immaculate Mary, a movement of Marian consecration that undertook an intense apostolic mission in Europe and Asia. The friars of the Militia of the Immaculate Mary utilized modern printing and administrative techniques to "win the world for the Immaculata". They launched a daily newspaper with a circulation of 230,000, a monthly magazine with a circulation of over one million, and a shortwave radio station. Maximilian was a true "apostle of the mass media" and a ground-breaking theologian. He further developed the Church's understanding of Mary as a "Mediatrix" of all the graces of the Trinity, and as an "Advocate" for God's people. In 1941, the Nazis imprisoned Father Maximilian in the Auschwitz death camp. There he offered his life for another prisoner and was condemned to slow death in a starvation bunker. On August 14, 1941, his impatient captors ended his life with a lethal injection. Pope John Paul II canonized Maximilian as a "martyr of charity" in 1982 and proclaimed him the "Patron Saint of Our Difficult Century." St. Maximilian Kolbe is considered a patron of journalists, families, prisoners, the pro-life movement, and the chemically addicted. Also, today in the evening, the Vigil Mass for the Assumption is celebrated. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠August 14, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
8/14/202331 minutes, 47 seconds
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August 12, 2023, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: Christ Jesus sent His disciples to the lake knowing that they would meet a dangerous storm, as we read today in the Gospel (St. Matthew 14:22-33). He wanted to strengthen their faith and prove his trust and confidence in Christ. He intended to come to them at the right moment, working two miracles — walking on the water and calming the storm. They ended up declaring that Jesus was the Messiah, the Chosen of God. The lesson for everyone is that while we trust in Christ, all goes well, but when our faith weakens we get drowned in the waters of our world. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York
8/13/202329 minutes, 51 seconds
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August 12, 2023, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: With faith, nothing is impossible. Our problem lies in our lack of faith. Christ Jesus conveyed this message to His disciples when they struggled to expel a demon from a possessed boy, as recounted in today's Gospel of Matthew (Mt 17:14-20). He stated: "Amen, I say to you if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you." Jesus urges us through His disciples to exercise our faith. St. Paul reminds us that "we walk by faith, not by sight." We observe the world around us through conventional categories—political, cultural, and economic. We might be driven by instinct. However, by nurturing our faith daily, we can reach a point where the beauty of the Spirit predominates in our lives because the Divine will grant us the grace to perceive it. Instinct and sensory perceptions will unravel, and we will comprehend that we are wired for God. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • August 12, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
8/12/202334 minutes, 48 seconds
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August 11, 2023, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: Let’s reflect for a second even from a contemporary perspective what Saint Lawrence presented as the “treasures of the Church” to Emperor Valerian when he was summoned before the executioners. He showed up with a handful of crippled, poor, and sick men, and when questioned, replied that ‘These are the true wealth of the Church.’ (He was immediately sent to his death, being cooked alive on a gridiron.) Christ came to cure the sick — physically and spiritually ill people — and those trapped in sin. In all cases, every one of us is well represented by the sick, the needy, and the marginalized, just like St. Lawrence said. It’s critical to separate sin from sinners, be doctrinally pure, and not fall into the traps of darkness. Sadly, some prelates are becoming confused by our contemporary society’s attempt to erase the distinction between sin and sinners, not being able to avoid infiltration into the universal church. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You!St. Lawrence, Pray for Us! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • August 11, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
8/11/202331 minutes, 41 seconds
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August 10, 2023, Feast of St. Lawrence, Holy Rosary (Luminous Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: Having died a martyr for Christ, St. Lawrence is the patron of deacons, chefs, and firefighters. Around the time of his feast day, the night sky is lit with bright lights, wrote Vatican News. The phenomenon is related to the passing of a meteorite swarm left by a comet. For folk tradition, these lights are “falling stars”, tears St. Lawrence shed during his martyrdom. The testimony of this holy martyr, born in Spain in the first half of the 3rd century, is marked by piety and charity. In AD 258, Emperor Valerian issued an edict: all bishops, priests, and deacons must be put to death. Saint Lawrence, other deacons, and Pope Sixtus II were apprehended. The Pope was killed on 6 August. At first, the emperor offered to spare Lawrence’s life, in exchange for his handing over of "the treasures of the Church." Lawrence is said to have presented the emperor with the sick, the needy, and the marginalized. These, he said, are the treasures of the Church. Four days later, on August 10, Saint Lawrence would be martyred, being burnt on a gridiron. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You!St. Lawrence, Pray for Us! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York
8/10/202333 minutes, 32 seconds
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August 9, 2023, Memorial St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: Today, the Universal Church celebrates the Memorial of St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (1891-1942), also known as St. Edith Stein. She was born of Jewish parents in 1891 in Breslau (now Wroclaw, Poland), becoming an influential and brilliant philosopher following her extensive studies at major German universities. Edith Stein was captivated by reading the autobiography of Teresa of Avila. She would imitate Teresa by becoming a Discalced Carmelite, taking the name Teresa Benedicta of the Cross. After her conversion to Catholicism, she became a major force in German intellectual life. She was arrested by the Nazi regime in 1942 when she was living in a Carmelite monastery in Echt, Netherlands. Along with all Catholics of Jewish extraction, she was transported by cattle train to the death camp of Auschwitz. Teresa Benedicta and her sister Rosa, also a Catholic, died in a gas chamber in Auschwitz on August 9, 1942. Pope John Paul II beatified Teresa Benedicta in 1987 and canonized her in 1998. In the month of August, we celebrate two martyrs of Auschwitz, St. Maximilian Kolbe, and St. Teresa Benedicta. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You!St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, Pray for Us! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • August 9, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
8/9/202331 minutes, 16 seconds
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August 8, 2023, Memorial of St. Dominic, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: Today, we celebrate the Memorial Day of St. Dominic of Guzman (1170-1221), who received the Holy Rosary from the Virgin Mary as a means to combat the destructive heresy of the Albigensian in the twelve century. He crushed the heresy and led many souls to piety and to religious life. The Spaniard priest St. Dominic also founded the Order of Preachers —the Dominicans — in the year 1215. At that time, it was an innovative order since instead of manual labor, as practiced by the Cistercian monks, he required his friars to work with their minds by preaching and teaching. Alongside the Franciscans, the Dominicans became the most powerful Order in medieval times, giving the Church illustrious preachers — St. Vincent Ferrer, Sts. Thomas of Aquinas and Pius V, among others— and contributed immeasurably to maintaining the purity of the faith. St. Dominic, to whom popes and saints have consistently attributed the origin and spread of the holy rosary, had a saint mother, Juana de Aza. During pregnancy, Dominic’s mother dreamed she was carrying in her womb a little dog that held a burning torch between its teeth; and when she had given birth, it set the whole world on fire. St Dominic died at Bologna on August 6, 1221. He was canonized three years later by Pope Gregory IX. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • August 8, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
8/8/202332 minutes, 51 seconds
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August 7, 2023, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: The Transfiguration of the Lord — that we celebrated yesterday — is one of the proofs of the divinity of Jesus Christ. This event also shows us what we can be as a reflection of His love: saints. We will all be transformed into the light of Christ for eternity. As the Transfiguration points forward to the sufferings Jesus is about to experience, it is meant to strengthen our faith for the challenges we will endure temporarily in life. It’s a momentary glimpse of heaven to sustain us as we face the challenges of this life. Let’s reflect upon how the divine hand is at work to strengthen us on the road that will bring us into the infinite and endless joy of heaven. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • August 7, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
8/7/202331 minutes, 31 seconds
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August 6, 2023, Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: Today, August 6th is the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord. This commemoration anticipates the glory of heaven, where we shall see God face to face. Three witnesses chosen by Jesus — Peter, James, and John — saw in Mount Thabor in Israel that our Lord’s face and clothes become dazzling with light, and Moses and Elijah appear. Moses and Elijah represent the two principal components of the Old Testament: the Law and the Prophets. Moses was the giver of the Law, and Elijah was considered the greatest of the prophets. A cloud  covered Him and a voice from heaven said: "This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to Him!" On the mountain, the three core disciples saw the glory of God’s Kingdom shining out of Jesus. They also learn that Jesus himself is the complete Word of God. The Catechism explains that Christ’s Transfiguration aims at strengthening the apostles’ faith in anticipation of his Passion: the ascent onto the 'high mountain' prepares for the ascent to Calvary. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠August 6, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
8/6/202333 minutes, 26 seconds
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August 5, 2023, Our Lady of Snow, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries) | Prayer for the WYD in Lisbon

Friends of the Rosary: We celebrate today the memorial day of Our Lady of Snow (la Virgen Blanca, in Spanish), a feast related to the Basilica of St. Mary Major, one of the illustrious churches in Rome. This feast commemorates the miracle of the snowfall that occurred during the night of August 4-5 in the year 358 on the site where the basilica now stands. According to tradition, the Virgin Mary appeared in a dream to two faithful Roman Christians, the patrician John and his wife, as well as to Pope Liberius (352-366), asking that a church be built in her honor on the site where snow would fall on the night of August 4-5. The basilica was completed about a century later by Pope Sixtus III (432-440), after the Council of Ephesus in 431 during which Mary was declared to be the Mother of God. Congratulations to all the women named Blanca o Maria Blanca (white, in Spanish). Also today we join in our prayer Pope Francis and all the participants in WYD in Fatima. They all faithfully prayed the Joyful Mysteries. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You!Our Lady of Snow, Pray for Us! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠August 5, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
8/5/202331 minutes, 4 seconds
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August 4, 2023, Memorial of St. John Vianney, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries) | Prayer for the WYD in Lisbon

Friends of the Rosary: Almost 30,000 pilgrims and 61 bishops from the U.S. are participating in the World Youth Day (WYD) gathering in Lisbon, Portugal. Quoting St. John Paul II, Bishop Robert Barron, one of the key figures of the U.S. delegation, said to the pilgrims: “Jesus Christ is the beginning and the end, the Alpha and the Omega; he is the king of the new world; he is the secret of history; he is the key to our destiny. He is the mediator, the bridge, between heaven and earth. He is more perfectly than anyone else the Son of Man because he is the Son of God, eternal and infinite. He is the son of Mary, blessed among all women, his mother according to the flesh, and our mother through the sharing in the Spirit of his mystical body.” "It is his name that we proclaim to the ends of the earth and throughout all ages." Bishop Barron — in the picture — invited pilgrims to share with others the real Jesus. "When you preach the real Christ, not a watered-down Christ, it lights a fire in people. and they want to know more." Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You!St. John Vianney, Pray for Us! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠August 4, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
8/4/202332 minutes, 23 seconds
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August 3, 2023, Holy Rosary (Luminous Mysteries) | Prayer for the WYD in Lisbon

Friends of the Rosary: As the effects of secularization on belief and practice are deepening, we continue praying along with the participants in the World Youth Day (WYD) in Lisbon, Portugal, this week Pope Francis urged a gathering of bishops, priests, deacons, consecrated persons, seminarians, and pastoral workers in Lisbon to stay in the boat with Jesus and revive their restless enthusiasm for spreading the Gospel. "This is not the time to stop and give up, to drag the boat to shore or to look back," said the Holy Father, acknowledging the discouragement that can be experienced by Catholic leaders in secularizing societies. The pope delivered an encouraging message in his homily for Wednesday vespers, or evening prayer,  gathered in the church of Lisbon’s iconic Mosterio dos Jerónimos. Pope Francis spoke on the importance of adoration, saying Catholics are lost without Jesus. "Priests, bishops, consecrated men and women, laypeople have to recover the prayer of adoration. It’s to be in silence, before the Lord," Pope Francis urged. "Follow the example of St. Teresa of Calcutta, who, despite being involved in so many things in life, never gave up adoration even at times when her faith wavered and she wondered if it was all true or not." "When you preach the real Christ, not a watered-down Christ, it lights a fire in people," Bishop Robert Barron said to tens of thousands of young people at a World Youth Day gathering in Lisbon, Portugal. He added: "Jesus Christ: You have heard him spoken of; indeed the greater part of you are already his: You are Christians. So, to you Christians I repeat his name, to everyone I proclaim him: Jesus Christ is the beginning and the end, the Alpha and the Omega; he is the king of the new world; he is the secret of history; he is the key to our destiny. He is the mediator, the bridge, between heaven and earth. He is more perfectly than anyone else the Son of Man because he is the Son of God, eternal and infinite. He is the son of Mary, blessed among all women, his mother according to the flesh, and our mother through the sharing in the Spirit of his mystical body." Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠August 3, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
8/3/202333 minutes, 9 seconds
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August 2, 2023, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries) | Prayer for the WYD in Lisbon

Friends of the Rosary: Today, we join in our prayer the hundreds of thousands of young people participating in World Youth Day (WYD) 2023 in Lisbon, Portugal, a faith event that began on August 1 and will last until this Sunday, August 6th. A high number of youngsters witness that true faith is still alive despite the decline in the practice of religion in our secularized world. The high turnout is a sign of hope. Pope Francis’ prayer intention for the month of August is for World Youth Day (WYD). Pope Francis explained in a promotional video — see it on our rosarynetwork.com website — why he chose the theme "Mary arose and went with haste" for this WYD. "Because as soon as Mary knew she was going to be the mother of God, she didn’t stay there taking a selfie or showing off. The first thing she did was to set out on a journey, in haste, to serve, to help. You too have to learn from her to set out on a journey to help others," he explained in the video. Pope Francis shared that he hopes to see "a seed for the world’s future" in Lisbon. "A world where love is at the center, where we can sense that we are sisters and brothers. We are at war; we need something else. A world that is not afraid of witnessing the Gospel. A joyful world — because if we Christians have no joy, we are not credible, no one will believe us." The video concludes with a prayer: "Let us pray that the World Youth Day in Lisbon will help us young people to set out on the journey, witnessing the Gospel with our own lives." Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠August 2, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
8/2/202331 minutes, 37 seconds
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August 1, 2023, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary:Christ Jesus gives us the needed grace and strength to act with charity and brotherly love toward our friends and family members trapped in sin.They might try to confuse us by rejecting any change in their behavior as everything is part of their identity. They rarely are able to see sin rooted in them.We must be very careful and, while looking at them as our brothers, we must never approve of their evil deeds or their sins.It's really challenging to put them back on the right road to Heaven.We can do this by setting a good example, and by fervent prayer for their conversion. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You!St. Ignatius of Loyola Pray for Us! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠August 1, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
8/1/202331 minutes, 37 seconds
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July 31, 2023, Memorial Day of St. Ignatius of Loyola, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: Today, July 31st, is the Memorial of St. Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556), the founder of the Jesuits, the Society of Jesus, and the writer of the book The Spiritual Exercises. In the year 1521, a cannon ball fractured the left leg of Captain Ignatius Loyola, While he was convalescing, Ignatius read about Christ and His saints and turned wholly to God. To equip himself for Christ's service, he acquired a classical and theological education. At Paris he was joined by nine companions from that University, men of different nations, who had taken their degrees in Arts and Theology; and there at Montmartre, he laid the first foundations of the Jesuit order. Ignatius sent St. Francis Xavier to preach the Gospel in the Indies and dispersed others to spread the Christian faith in other parts of the world, thus declaring war against paganism, superstition, and heresy. The Jesuits became the shock troops of the Church in the battle against the spread of Protestantism in Europe, as well as one of the greatest foreign mission organizations that the world has known. St. Ignatius entered Heaven on July 31, 1556. Ad Maiorem Dei Gloriam! (To the greater glory of God) Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You!St. Ignatius of Loyola Pray for Us! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠July 31, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
7/31/202320 minutes, 39 seconds
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July 30, 2023, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: Our greatest discovery in life should be to find the Kingdom of Heaven. See what Jesus said to his disciples (Mt 13:44-46), as we read this Sunday in the Gospel of Matthew: “The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure buried in a field,which a person finds and hides again,and out of joy goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchantsearching for fine pearls.When he finds a pearl of great price,he goes and sells all that he has and buys it.” To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠July 30, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
7/30/202331 minutes, 20 seconds
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July 29, 2023, Memorial of Saints Martha, Mary and Lazarus, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: Today the Church celebrates the Memorial of Sts. Martha, Mary, and Lazarus — three siblings living in the town of Bethany outside of Jerusalem. Martha generously offered Jesus hospitality, Mary listened attentively to his words and Lazarus promptly emerged from the tomb at the command of the Lord. In this household of Bethany, the Lord Jesus experienced the family spirit and friendship. In the related reading of today (Jn 11:19-27), Christ reminded a critical truth to Martha: “I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and anyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” She said to him, “Yes, Lord. I have come to believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, the one who is coming into the world.” Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You!Saints Martha, Mary, and Lazarus Pray for Us! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠July 29, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
7/29/202331 minutes, 39 seconds
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July 28, 2023, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: All of the great theophanies in Christ’s life occurred during the course of prayer. After His baptism, for instance, when Jesus was praying the heavens opened and the Holy Spirit descended in the form of a dove. Likewise, it was during prayer at night that the transfiguration took place on Tabor. During the Annunciation, it was while Mary was praying that Gabriel delivered his message, and the Holy Spirit overshadowed her. On Pentecost, a small community of Christians, including the Holy Virgin and the Apostles, were praying for the coming of the Paraclete took place. Today, the same is true at Mass. Through prayer, we prepare our souls for the advent of the Spirit. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • July 28, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
7/28/202333 minutes, 42 seconds
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July 28, 2023, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: With heartened hearts, it's impossible to listen and understand the eternal truths. As Jesus said to His apostles, and we read today in the Gospel (Mt 13:10-17):"You shall indeed hear but not understand, you shall indeed look but never see." "Amen, I say to you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it." We are invited to cultivate our faith so we will be able to see with our eyes and hear with our ears. The knowledge of the mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven has been granted to us, Jesus said. And mind you: "To anyone who has, more will be given and he will grow rich; from anyone who has not, even what he has will be taken away." Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • July 27, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET   
7/27/202328 minutes, 17 seconds
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July 26, 2023, Memorial of Sts. Joachim and Anne, Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: Today, July 26th, is the Memorial of Saints Joachim and Anne, the parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and also the grandparents of Jesus. In the home of Joachim and Anne the Virgin Mary was educated to be the Mother of God. Joachim was a prominent and respected man who had no children, and he and his wife, Anne, looked upon this as a punishment from God. In answer to their prayers, Mary was born and was dedicated to God at a very early age. Our devotion to Anne and Joachim is an extension of our affection toward our Blessed Mother. The couple early became models of Christian marriage. We, too, owe a debt of gratitude to our parents for their help in our Christian formation — as long as they are able to transmit the faith! The Church invokes this saintly couple as the patron of grandparents. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You!Sts. Joachim and Anne, Pray for Us! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • July 26, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
7/26/202329 minutes, 1 second
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July 25, 2023, Feast of St. James, Apostle, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: Today, July 25th, is the Feast of St. James, the Apostle, known as Jame the Greater, to distinguish him from the other Apostle St. James, the Lesser. He is one of those that Jesus called Boanerges, “son of thunder.” With Peter and John the Evangelist, his brother, he was one of the witnesses of the Transfiguration, as later he was also of the Agony in the Garden. He was beheaded in Jerusalem in the year 42 or 43 A.D. by order of Herod of Agrippa. Jesus foretold this kind of fate when He prophesied that James and his brother John would “drink of the same chalice” of suffering as Himself, as we read in the Gospel today. St. James is the patron saint of Spain and of pilgrims. In northwestern Spain, he is venerated at Santiago de Compostela, a medieval pilgrimage site that is still very popular today. Since the ninth century, Spain has claimed the honor of possessing his relics. The pilgrimage of Camino de Santiago, “the Way of St. James” — has attracted immense crowds. The pilgrim paths to Compostella form a network over Europe, dotted with pilgrims’ hospices and chapels. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You!St. James the Apostle, Pray for Us! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York
7/25/202331 minutes, 17 seconds
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July 24, 2023, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: The eye-opening parable of the wheat and the weed (Matthew 13:24-43) that we read yesterday depicts the challenges of the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth. The Evil doer — the weed — cannot change his wicked nature. The Fallen Angels have been sinning since the beginning. They want to destroy as many souls as possible through sophisticated lies and snares. But the sinner men and women can abandon darkness and change their ways. God gives mankind every chance and every help to do this, up to his last moment of life. It’s due to the unfathomable mercy and forgiveness of Christ. No sinner will be excluded from eternal paradise because of his sins but because he did not repent while he had the opportunity. The divine patience is infinite when dealing with sinners. We must try to imitate the patience God shows toward our brothers. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • July 24, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
7/24/202334 minutes, 26 seconds
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July 23, 2023, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary:This Sunday’s reading is a masterpiece in the Gospel of St. Matthew (13:24-43): "Just as the weeds are collected and burned up with fire, so will it be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will collect out of his kingdom all who cause others to sin and all evildoers. They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears ought to hear" (Matt 13:40-43).In the parable of the weed and the wheat, Jesus revealed that the weed does not destroy the wheat. It only makes it more difficult for the wheat to grow to maturity. In other words, Christians experience that the evil influence and bad example of sinners make it more difficult to live up to the faith. God doesn’t force anyone to serve Him. And His mercy toward sinners is infinite.  The patience of the farmer in letting the weed grow on until harvest time exemplifies the infinite mercy of God toward sinners.  Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • July 23, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
7/23/202330 minutes, 2 seconds
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July 22, 2023, Feast of St. Mary Magdalene, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: Today is the Feast of St. Mary Magdalene, the “Apostle to the Apostles”, eyewitness to the Risen Christ, and the first to announce the good news of the Resurrection of the Lord before the disciples. "I have seen the Lord." She stood with Mary at the foot of the Cross and had been by the side of Mary during these agonizing hours. Mary Magdalene was from Magdala, a small fishing town on the Sea of Galilee, and she was known to be a "great sinner," a woman of the streets who heard Jesus speak of the mercy and forgiveness of God and changed her life completely. Our Lord had a special consideration and mercy for this woman, who looked for Him with anguish, suffering, and lacrimas humilitatis, as St. Anselm wrote. She has always been the example of great love and great forgiveness, one of those close to Jesus who grasped the truth of God's love for human beings and spent her life bearing witness to that love. Mary Magdalene is a good lesson for every disciple of Jesus: do not seek human securities and worldly honors, but faith in the Living and Risen Christ. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You!St. Mary Magdalene, Pray for Us! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠July 22, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
7/22/202331 minutes, 54 seconds
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July 21, 2023, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: God the Son took human nature so that we might share in the divinity. Representing all men, Christ Jesus gave perfect obedience and reverence to the Creator the Father “even unto death on a cross,” and thus merited sonship for us. God the Father created us with the intention and plan to raise us up so we can meet Him in His eternal joy and glory. The Holy Spirit — the “fruit of divine love” — came from Father and the Son to bring us perfection into the work of our sanctification here on Earth. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • July 21, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
7/21/202332 minutes, 59 seconds
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July 20, 2023, Holy Rosary (Luminous Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: Through the Incarnation, we become adopted sons of God. Through Baptism, we become members of Christ's body, His Catholic Church. And through the Sacrament of Confirmation, we are made active members of the Church. The Holy Spirit comes to us with his gifts and graces to enable us to work for the whole body of Christ, as we pray in the first Luminous mystery today. We are made true soldiers of Christ in order to save our own souls and help our all men to fight against sin and Godlessness. Advent prepares us for the coming of the Son of God to dwell as a man among us. Lent prepares us for the sufferings endured by Christ during Holy Week on our behalf. Easter is the feast of Christ's triumph over death and the certainty of our triumph and union with Christ in his eternal glory. And Pentecost crowns Christ's work among us. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠July 20, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
7/20/202328 minutes, 46 seconds
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July 19, 2023, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: If we allow ourselves to be driven solely by our earthly desires and passions, we will experience spiritual death and suffer all kinds of misery and anxiety. However, if we surrender ourselves to the guidance of the Holy Spirit we will overcome the sinful tendencies of human nature. We will find true life and spiritual fulfillment. It’s a call to live virtuously by embracing the fruits of the Spirit. St. Paul wrote about it in this letter to the Romans  (Rom 8:9, 11-13), which we recently read: "Whoever does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him." "If you live according to the flesh, you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live." Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York •⁠ July 19, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
7/19/202330 minutes, 53 seconds
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July 18, 2023, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: God wants to hear our prayers. And perseverance in pleading is necessary. It trains us spiritually and makes us more grateful. Also, praying in union with others, being submissive to God's will, has a special efficacy. "If two of you shall agree on earth about anything at all for which they ask, it shall be done for them by My Father in heaven" (Mt 18:19). Lastly, our prayer must be rooted deeply in God's holy will. There is no example more moving and convincing than that of Christ Himself during His agony in the Garden. His Father did not remove the chalice from Him. And yet our Savior's prayer was answered. He was given the strength to drink the chalice of His sorrowful passion. Our prayer should selflessly seek the good of the Kingdom of Heaven. If our prayer serves nothing more than one's own selfish interests, it might never be heard. But if prayer seeks to unite us most intimately with God, then we will realize its tremendous power. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠July 18, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
7/18/202332 minutes, 16 seconds
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July 17, 2023, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: Becoming a disciple of the Lord Jesus is a tough choice, yet the righteous decision for our soul here on Earth and in Eternity. Christ invites us to put Him at the center of our lives. This doesn't mean that we abandon our families, businesses, identity, or material possessions. All of these things are good but come second. It's a realignment of our existence. In this context, we understand today's shocking reading in Matthew's Gospel (10:34—11:1) when Jesus says: "Do not think that I have come to bring peace upon the earth.I have come to bring not peace but the sword.For I have come to seta man against his father,a daughter against her mother,and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law;and one's enemies will be those of his household. "Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me,and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me;and whoever does not take up his crossand follow after me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it,and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it." Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You!Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Pray for Us! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠July 17, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET
7/17/202327 minutes, 21 seconds
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July 16, 2023, Feast of Our Lady of the Mount Carmel, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries)

Friends of the Rosary: Today, July 16th, we celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. The origin of the devotion can be traced back to the 12th century when a group of hermits settled on Mount Carmel in present-day Israel. These hermits eventually formed the Carmelite order, dedicating themselves to a life of prayer and contemplation. The scapular, known as the "Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, became closely associated with this devotion. The faithful often wear the brown scapular as a visible sign of their devotion and an expression of trust in Mary's intercession.According to the Carmelite tradition, the Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel was presented by Our Lady to St. Simon Stock, the then-Father General on July 16, 1251. Our Lady gave St. Simon a scapular for the Carmelites with the following promise, saying: "Receive, My beloved son, this habit of thy order: this shall be to thee and to all Carmelites a privilege, that whosoever dies clothed in this shall never suffer eternal fire... It shall be a sign of salvation, a protection in danger, and a pledge of peace."Many popes and saints have strongly recommended wearing the Brown Scapular to the Catholic Faithful. Pope Pius XII  said: "The Scapular is a practice of piety which by its very simplicity is suited to everyone, and has spread widely among the faithful of Christ to their spiritual profit."  According to Church tradition, there are three conditions necessary to participate in this Privilege and share in the other spiritual benefits of the Scapular: wear the Brown Scapular, observe chastity according to your state in life, and pray the Rosary. The scapular is a sign which has been approved by the Church for over seven centuries and which stands for the decision to: - Follow Jesus like Mary:- Be open to God and to his will.- Be guided by faith, hope, and love.- To pray at all times.- To discover God present in all that happens around us. Ave Maria!Jesus, I Trust In You!Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Pray for Us! To Jesus through Mary! + Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York • ⁠July 16, 2023, Today’s Rosary on YouTube | Daily broadcast at 7:30 pm ET⁠
7/16/202324 minutes, 21 seconds