World Mission Rosary Intentions – May 24 – June 6, 2010

“When the World Mission Rosary is completed, one has embraced all continents, all people in prayer.”–Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

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General Rosary Intention: That the Lord in His Divine Mercy – through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary – may build up His Kingdom, make these mysteries a reality in our lives, strengthen us in our common mission, and come to the aid of those for whom we pray.

Africa (Green Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Joseph of Cupertino,  the Patron Saint of Air Travelers, may come to the aid of those affected by the air crash in Libya. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Africa.

Disaster (Air Crash)Map of Libya.  Extract from Child survives Tripoli air crash: A child aged about 10 is the only survivor of a plane crash at Tripoli airport in Libya which killed more than 100 people. Libyan officials say the child is Dutch and is being treated in hospital for injuries including broken bones.  Dutch officials say 61 of their nationals were killed in the crash.  The plane, belonging to the Libyan airline Afriqiyah Airways, crashed as it arrived from Johannesburg, South Africa. The cause is not yet known. See also Jet Crashes in Libya; Boy Is Said to Be Sole Survivor, Libya crash survivor ‘doing well’, and Miracle crash boy returns to Netherlands.

Saint Joseph of Cupertino (Patron Saint of Air Travelers)(Memorial: Sept. 18) Extract from Joseph of Cupertino:  “Joseph’s father, Felice Desa was a poor carpenter who died before the boy was born. Creditors drove his mother, Francesca Panara, from her home, and Joseph was born in a stable. Starting at age eight, he received ecstatic visions that left him gaping and staring into space. He had a hot temper, which his strict mother worked to overcome. . . .He applied to the Capuchins, was accepted as a lay-brother in 1620, but his ecstasies made him unsuitable for work, and he was dismissed. Abused by his family, he continued his prayers, and was accepted as an oblate at the Franciscan convent . . . he became a cleric at 22, a priest at 25. Joseph still had little education, could barely read or write, but received such a gift of spiritual knowledge and discernment that he could solve intricate questions. His life became a series of visions and ecstasies, which could be triggered any time or place by the sound of a church bell, church music, the mention of the name of God or of the Blessed Virgin or of a saint, any event in the life of Christ, the sacred Passion, a holy picture, the thought of the glory in heaven, etc. Yelling, beating, pinching, burning, piercing with needles – none of this would bring him from his trances, but he would return to the world on hearing the voice of his superior in the order. He would often levitate and float (which led to his patronage of people involved in air travel), and could hear heavenly music.  For 35 years he was not allowed to attend choir, go to the common refectory, walk in procession, or say Mass in church. . . . But Joseph retained his joyous spirit, submitting to Divine Providence. See also ST. JOSEPH OF CUPERTINO: THE DUNCE—1603-1663, Picture of St. Joseph of Cupertino, videos: Saint Joseph of Cupertino Sep 18Who is this strange flying priest? Joseph of Cupertino of course, The Reluctant Saint The Life of St. Joseph of Cupertino Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, and Prayer to Saint Joseph of Cupertino.

Oceania (Blue Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Eligius, the Patron Saint of Miners, may come to the aid of those affected by the landslide in Indonesia.  May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Oceania.

Disaster (Landslide)Map of Indonesia.  Extract from: Landslide kills 4 Indonesian gold miners: “JAKARTA, Indonesia – A landslide in Indonesia’s Aceh province has killed at least four gold miners in a mountainous village. A local official says another miner was found in critical condition Tuesday while rescuers are searching for the sixth victim a day after the landslide hit the village of Panton Luas. Secretary of the local government Alizan Ismail says the group of about seven miners were resting when the earth came tumbling down, burying them in a nearby pit. He says one miner survived unhurt. Ismail believes the landslide was caused by loose ground because of recent earthquakes.”

Saint Eligius (Patron Saint of Miners) (Feast Date:  Dec. 1) Extract from Saint Eligius: “Noted for his piety, hard work and honesty, Eligius was generous to the poor, ransomed slaves (including Saint Tillo of Solignac), built churches, a monastery at Solignac, France, and a major convent in Paris. It was said that you could easily find his house by the number of poor people there that he was caring for. Counselor to and diplomat for King Dagobert I. Friend of Saint Ouen of Rouen with whom he formed a small religious society… Miracle worker with the gifts of clairvoyance and prophecy; . . . . He has become the traditional patron of all smiths, metal workers, and craftsmen. See also:  St Eligius (Eloi or Eloy) –December 1.   See picture of Saint Eligius.

Europe (White Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Casimir, the Patron Saint of Poland, may come to the aid of those affected by flooding there and elsewhere in Europe. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Europe.

Disaster (Floods)Map of Poland Extract from:Central Europe flash flood death toll reaches sevenWARSAW, May 18 (Reuters) – Two more people died in flash floods in Poland and one in Slovakia on Tuesday, bringing the death toll in central Europe to seven, as several days of heavy rains hit the region. See also: Floods continue in southern Poland, Four dead, many evacuated as floods sweep central Europe, Floods worsen in central Europe, Auschwitz closed.  See videos: Four dead and many homeless as floods hit Eastern Europe, Deadly floods hit Eastern Europe.  See pictures:  Flood and state of emergency in Northeast-Hungary – CNN iReport.

Saint Casimir (Patron Saint of Poland) (Feast Date: March 4). Extract from SAINT CASIMIR King of Poland (1458-1483):  Casimir, the second son of Casimir III, King of Poland, was born in 1458. From the custody of a very virtuous mother, Elizabeth of Austria, he passed to the guardianship of a devoted master, the learned and pious John Dugloss. His innocence and piety soon ripened into the practice of heroic virtue. The young prince fasted, wore a hair shirt, slept upon the bare earth, prayed by night, and watched for the opening of the church doors at dawn. He became so tenderly devoted to the Passion of Our Lord that at Mass he seemed quite rapt out of himself; his charity to the poor and afflicted knew no bounds. His love for our Lady he expressed in a beautiful hymn, familiar to us in English as “Daily, Daily, Sing to Mary”. At the age of 25, sick with a long illness, he foretold the hour of his death, and chose to die a virgin rather than accept the life which the physicians held out to him in the married state. The miracles wrought by his body after death  fill an entire volume. The blind saw, the lame walked, the sick were healed, and a dead girl was raised to life. At one time the Saint in glory, seen in the air by his army, led his Catholic countrymen to battle and delivered them by a wondrous victory from the schismatic Russian hosts.”  See Prayer of St. Casimir and ŚWIĘTY KAZIMIERZ PATRON POLSKI  I LITWY.

America (Red Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of Saint Mary, Our Lady of the Cape, the Patron Saint of Quebec, may come to the aid of those affected by Sinkholes in Quebec and elsewhere. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in America.

Disaster (Sinkhole) Map of Quebec. Extract from:  Quebec Sinkhole Victims’ Bodies Found – CBS News:  “Authorities said they have found the bodies of all four members of a family who went missing after their house was swallowed by a gaping sinkhole northeast of Montreal. Authorities said the family was in their basement cheering on the Montreal Canadiens in their Stanley Cup playoff ice hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins when the massive landslide hit Monday night in Saint-Jude, a town of 1,000, near the Yamaska River. See also:  4 missing after home falls in sinkholeand 4 family members found in sunken home.

Saint Mary, Our Lady of the Cape (Patron Saint of Quebec) Extract from Our Lady of the Cape:  “The three men swore an oath that what they had seen had truly taken place, and their statement is stored on parchment in the library of the sanctuary to this day. Pierre Lacroix’s testimony reads: “…After praying for a while, I looked up at the statue of the Blessed Virgin which was facing directly towards me. As I did so, I saw most distinctly the statue with its eyes wide open in a most natural manner. .. I examined this closely without saying anything. Then Vicar-General Desilets, leaving his place on my right, went across to Fr. Frédéric and I heard him say, ‘Do you see it?’  ‘Yes:’ he said. ‘the statue has its eyes open, hasn’t it? But can this really be true?’ I then told them that I had seen the same thing. And I make this solemn declaration believing it in conscience to be true and knowing that it has the same force and effect as if made upon oath. After the miracle of the ice bridge and the apparition of the statue, pilgrims started to converge on Cap de la Madeleine. Fr. Frédéric immediately began a mission to preach the name of the Blessed Virgin throughout the nation, and in 1902 he encouraged the diocesan bishop to install the Oblate Missionaries of Mary Immaculate to supervise the pilgrimages and to be stewards of the shrine.” See video: Our Lady of the Cape, andNovena Prayer to Our Lady of the Cape.

Asia (Yellow Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Michael the Archangel,  the Patron Saint of Police and Security Forces, may come to the aid of those affected by the ongoing rebel attacks in India.  May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Asia.

Disaster (Rebel Attacks)Map of India. Extract from: India Maoists rebels ‘kill many’ in bus attack : Maoist rebels have attacked a bus in central India and killed at least 20 people, including civilians and police officers, according to officials. The rebels apparently detonated a mine under the bus in Chhattisgarh state’s Dantewada district. . . Dantewada was the scene of the rebels’ deadliest attack last month, when 76 people were killed. Thousands of people have died in their decades-long fight against the state. See also the video: Bus attack kills dozens in India.

Saint Michael the Archangel (Patron Saint of Police and Security Forces) (Feast Date:  Sept. 29) Extract from St. Michael the Archangel: “Leader of the army of God during the Lucifer uprising. Devotion is common to Muslims, Christians and Jews, and there are writings about him in all three cultures. Considered the guardian angel of Israel, and the guardian and protector of the Church. ”See picture of Saint Michael the Archangel, Prayers to St. Michael, and videos:Michael the Archangel, Saint Michael, Prince of Light.

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