World Mission Rosary Intentions: May 7 – May 20, 2012
Servants of Saint Camillus Disastr Relief Services (SOS DRS)/Camillian Task Force (CTF)
“When the World Mission Rosary is completed, one has embraced all continents, all people in prayer.” Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen
May Jesus Bless You!
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. Patrick, the Patron Saint of Nigeria, may come to the aid of those affected by terrorist bombings in that country. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Africa.
Disaster: Terrorist Bombings Map of Nigeria Extract from: Nigeria: Explosions, Gunfire Strike BUK Chaplaincy During Catholic Mass: “An explosion on Sunday rocked an area near a theater used by Christian students for worship at the Bayero University Kano. The explosion went off while the catholic mass was going on. Abubakar Jibril, a spokesman for Nigeria’s National Emergency Management Agency, said at least three explosions had struck an old section of Bayero University’s campus in the city of Kano and its surrounding area. He said sporadic gunfire was still ongoing. Jibril said rescue officials could not reach the site as an apparent terrorist attack was still underway. ‘There was a huge explosion at the open-air theater close to the entrance of the old site of the university during a church service by Christian students,’ another security source said. Residents also reported hearing gunfire. LEADERSHIP gathered that members of the Joint Task Force had moved in to repel the attack but were engaged by the assailants in a shootout. The two sides are still engaged in gunfight, according to a source.” See also: Nigerian university hit by explosions: , Deadly attack on Nigeria police, Witness: Gunmen attack Nigeria university campus. Video: Nigeria Attack Kills at Least 15. Read about the CTF/SOS DRS latest response to Disasters in Africa.
Saint Patrick: Patron Saint of Nigeria (Feast Date: March 17) Extract from Patrick of Ireland: “Patrick was born about 390, in southwest Britain, somewhere between the Severn and the Clyde rivers, son of a deacon and grandson of a priest. When about sixteen years old, he was kidnapped by Irish pirates and sold into slavery in Ireland. Until this time, he had, by his own account, cared nothing for God, but now he turned to God for help. After six years, he either escaped or was freed, made his way to a port 200 miles away, and there persuaded some sailors to take him onto their ship. He returned to his family much changed, and began to prepare for the priesthood, and to study the Bible. . . . Patrick made his headquarters at Armagh in the North, where he built a school, and had the protection of the local monarch. From this base he made extensive missionary journeys, with considerable success. To say that he single-handedly turned Ireland from a pagan to a Christian country is an exaggeration, but is not far from the truth.” See PICTURE of St. Patrick. See also: March 17 – Saint Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland, Nigeria (Multilingual), Lorica of Saint Patrick.
Oceania (Blue Beads)
Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of Saint Agostina Pietrantoni, the Patron Saint against Poverty, may come to the aid of those affected by the poverty and pollution in Indonesia. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Oceania.
Disaster: Poverty, Illness from Pollution Map of Indonesia Extract from The poor little girl: “The poor little girl, She sits by the boulevard, Glares at the passing traffic, Hoping for a penny or two, Under the scorching heat, The blisters develop perpetually, Penetrates her soft pale skin and, Burns the chocolate colour black, Tiny droplets of salty sweat, Swivel smoothly down her face, Traces every perfect feature, And finally, stings her weary eyes, Her vision gets blurry, And she strains to look, Through the glossy frocks of hair, Dangling across the sad expression, Her shoulders heavy with grief, And tired from the pain and sorrow, Shrug helplessly, And drag her restless figure, But she saves little strength, To lift the limp, slender hand, In hope for a sip or food scraps, By the end of the day, The poor little girl, Saunters down the alley, Counting every penny she made, Her eyelids, heavy and tired, Insist her whole body to rest, Her legs start to flop, Finally the figure sags to the pavement, Her eyes shut, Her head slumps, The frocks of hair bound forth, And the light that pores through, Dances across the frail expression, But her minds’ still ticking, And her hearts’ still beating, Due for the next day.” See also: Indonesia makes big effort to reduce poverty, INDONESIA: Living with dirty water, Video: Indonesia’s water woes.
Saint Agostina Pietrantoni: Patron Saint against Poverty (Feast Date: November 13) Extract from St. Agostina Petrantoni: “Olivia, later known as “Livia”, was confirmed at age four and received first Holy Communion c. 1876. From an early age she worked in fields and tended animals. . . . She refused offers of marriage and, believing she had a vocation to religious life, traveled to Rome with her uncle. Some had suggested that she sought religious life to escape hard work. To them she is said to have replied, “I wish to choose a Congregation in which there is work both day and night.” But in Rome, she was turned away. A few months later, the Mother General of the Sisters of Charity of Saint Jeanne-Antide Thouret communicated that Livia was expected at the Generalate. She arrived in Rome, aged 22, on March 23, 1886. After postulancy and the novitiate, she received the name “Saint Agostina” and at that time had a premonition that she would indeed become a saint by that name. Sister Agostina was sent to Holy Spirit Hospital. . . . In the course of her work, Sister Agostina found a private corner of the hospital in which to pray the patients, including Joseph Romanelli, an adult male patient who harrassed her with obscenities and threatening notes. . . . . Romanelli was eventually expelled from the hospital for harrassing women who worked in the hospital laundry. He continued to harrass Sister Agostina, sending threats of ‘I will kill you with my own hands’ and ‘Sister Agostina, you have only a month to live.’ On November 13, 1894 Joseph Romanelli attacked Sister Agostina and killed her. As she was dying, she was heard only to utter words of forgiveness and invocations to Mary.” See PICTURE of St. Agostina Petrantoni. See also: Catholic.net – Agustina Livia Pietrantoni, Santa (SP), November 13 – Saint Agostina Livia Pietrantoni: Patron Saint of Abuse Victims, against Poverty (Multilingual).
Europe (White Beads)
Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Jozofat Kuncewicz, the Patron Saint of the Ukraine, may come to the aid of those affected by terrorist bombings in that country. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Europe.
Disaster: Terrorist Bombings Map of Ukraine Extract from Bombs wound 27 in Ukrainian city: “Four bombs exploded in a city in eastern Ukraine on Friday, wounding 27 people, including nine children, in what authorities described as an ‘act of terrorism’. President Viktor Yanukovich said the blasts in Dnipropetrovsk, six weeks before Ukraine plays host to the European soccer championship, represented ‘a challenge … to the whole country.’ Bomb attacks are a rare occurrence in the former Soviet republic and the blasts one after the other traumatized people in the city, one of Ukraine’s main industrial centers with a population of around 1.3 million. ‘I had just stepped out of my house when I saw people run down the street screaming ‘Explosions!’,’ said 50-year-old local journalist Tetyana. ‘There is panic in the city. People are taking their children out of schools and rushing to their homes,’ she said. Police said the bombs had been left in rubbish bins at various points in the city. ‘No-one has been detained yet,’ a police spokesman said. Authorities offered no immediate explanation on who may be responsible. But the prosecutor general’s office formally opened a criminal case classifying the blasts as an ‘act of terrorism.’” See also: Blasts in east Ukraine leave 27 injured, 27 hurt in Ukraine blasts; terror probe starts. Video: Dozens injured in Ukraine bombings.
Saint Jozofat Kuncewicz: Patron Saint of the Ukraine) (Feast Date: November 25) Extract from St. Josaphat, Bishop and Martyr: When a child, as he was listening to his mother telling him about the Passion of Christ, a dart issued from the image of Jesus crucified and wounded him in the heart. Set on fire with the love of God, he began to devote himself with such zeal to prayer and other works of piety, that he was the admiration and the model of his older companions. At the age of twenty he became a monk under the Rule of St. Basil, and made wonderful progress in evangelical perfection. He went barefoot even in the severe winter of that country; he never ate meat, drank wine only when obliged by obedience, and wore a rough hair-shirt until his death. The flower of his chastity, which he had vowed in early youth to the Virgin Mother of God, he preserved unspotted. He soon became so renowned for virtue and learning, that in spite of his youth he was made superior of the monastery of Byten; soon afterwards he became archimandrite of Vilna; and lastly, much against his will, but to the great joy of Catholics, he was chosen Archbishop of Polock. . . The great progress made by the Catholic faith so stirred, up the hatred of wicked men against the soldier of Christ, that they determined to put him to death. . . . they rushed on him, overwhelmed him with blows, pierced him with their spears, and at length despatched him with an axe and threw his body into the river. This took place on the twelfth of November 1623, in the forty-third year of his age. His body surrounded with a miraculous light was rescued from the waters.” See also: Prayer to St. Josaphat Kuntsevych, November 25 – Saint Josaphat Kuntsevych (Jozofat Kuncewicz): Patron Saint of the Ukraine (Multilingual).
America (Red Beads)
Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Frances of Rome the Patron Saint of Motorists, may come to the aid of those affected by the tragic auto accident in the Bronx Zoo. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in America.
Disaster Auto Accident in Bronx Zoo Map of America Extract from Seven Killed as S.U.V. Plunges Into the Bronx Zoo: “Seven people were killed on Sunday after a Honda S.U.V. that they were in lost control and fell several dozen feet from a Bronx River Parkway overpass, coming to rest in an area of the Bronx Zoo, law enforcement officials said. Three of the dead in the one-vehicle accident were children, said a spokesman for the Fire Department, Jim Long. All of the dead were in the Honda; the police said all the victims are from a single Bronx family. . . . Accident investigators estimated that the Honda Pilot, driven by a 45-year-old woman, was traveling at around 70 miles per hour, said a law enforcement official. . . . ‘Sometimes you come upon events that are horrific and this is one of them,’ Deputy Chief Ronald Werner, of Division 7, said at a brief news conference less than three hours after the accident. The dead included two grandparents, an 85-year-old man and his 81-year-old wife; their two daughters, 45 and 39; and three grandchildren, ages 10, 7 and 3, the police said.” See also: Bronx Zoo Crash: Officials Probe Car Accident That Killed 7, Van plunges into NY’s Bronx Zoo, killing seven. VIDEO: Seven killed in Bronx Zoo crash, 7 dead after car drives off overpass in Bronx. CTF/SOS DRS Recent Response to Disasters in America: Haiti, Chile.
Saint St. Frances of Rome: Patron Saint of Motorists and against the Death of Children (Feast Date: March 9) Extract from Saint Frances Of Rome (Optional Memorial) 1384-1440: “Saint Frances of Rome, or Francesca Busso, was born in Rome in 1384 of a noble family and at the age of 13 she was given in marriage, and had three children. She was devoted to serving the poor, using her family fortune to do so, but then her husband backed the wrong side in a battle between contenders for the papacy. They lost everything, yet she continued to serve the needy, and when her husband died after 40 years of marriage, she entered a religious congregation which she had helped found, and eventually she became its superior. She died while reciting the Office of the Blessed Virgin on March 9, 1440. She is obviously a model for housewives, widows, and religious, but how she got to be a patron of motorists is one of the mysteries of the faith.” See PICTURE of St. Frances of Rome. See also: March 9 – Saint Frances of Rome: Patron Saint of Motorists, Lay People, Widows, and Against the Death of Children (Multilingual). Prayer to Saint Frances of Rome.
Asia (Yellow Beads)
Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Mary, Our Lady of the Assumption, the Patron Saint of India, may come to the aid of those suffering in that country. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Asia.
Disaster: Suffering Map of India Extract from Inflation takes away ‘feel good’ factor, one-third of Indians ‘suffering’: Survey: “High inflation and moderate economic growth seem to have taken away the “feel good” factor for many Indians. Gallup’s Financial Wellbeing Index, released on Monday, showed that 31% of Indians rated their present and future lives as ‘suffering’ compared to 24% in 2011. Similarly, only around 13% said that they are ‘thriving’ compared to 21% a year ago. . . . . The economy has slowed down in recent months, led largely by government inaction and high interest rates, prompting many companies to postpone projects or relocated to other markets to pursue higher growth ambitions. As a result, job creation has also suffered and the pace of income growth has moderated. . . . The other notable finding was that 36% of the rural population said that they were suffering compared to 21% in urban areas. ‘Education also affects Indians’ life evaluations. The least educated are among the most likely to be suffering at the least likely to be thriving,’ said Gallup, which made public its findings on Monday. At least 62% in the education segment which had not cleared senior secondary exams said they were “struggling, compared to 56% with college and higher education. But is the economic situation improving? About 43% say it’s getting better, while 39 rated it as getting worse. . . . ‘The key factors affecting Indian citizens’ wellbeing are income, education, and employment, all linked and influenced by the workplace,’ said Gallup chairman and CEO Jim Clifton.” See also: More Indians ‘suffering’ – Gallup poll, Gallup poll finds a third of Indians ‘suffering’, CTF/SOS DRS Response to Disasters in Asia: 2011-10 Floods in Thailand, Pakistan.
Saint Mary, Our Lady of the Assumption: Patron Saint of India (Feast Dates: August 15, October 2; August 22-Octave of the Assumption) Extract fromTHE ASSUMPTION OF MARY: A BELIEF SINCE APOSTOLIC TIMES: “The Assumption is the oldest feast day of Our Lady, but we don’t know how it first came to be celebrated. Its origin is lost in those days when Jerusalem was restored as a sacred city, at the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine (c. 285-337). By then it had been a pagan city for two centuries, ever since Emperor Hadrian (76-138) had leveled it around the year 135 and rebuilt it as <Aelia Capitolina> in honor of Jupiter. For 200 years, every memory of Jesus was obliterated from the city, and the sites made holy by His life, death and Resurrection became pagan temples. After the building of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in 336, the sacred sites began to be restored and memories of the life of Our Lord began to be celebrated by the people of Jerusalem. One of the memories about his mother centered around the ‘Tomb of Mary,’ close to Mount Zion, where the early Christian community had lived. On the hill itself was the ‘Place of Dormition,’ the spot of Mary’s ‘falling asleep,’ where she had died. The ‘Tomb of Mary’ was where she was buried. At this time, the ‘Memory of Mary’ was being celebrated. Later it was to become our feast of the Assumption. For a time, the ‘Memory of Mary’ was marked only in Palestine, but then it was extended by the emperor to all the churches of the East. In the seventh century, it began to be celebrated in Rome under the title of the ‘Falling Asleep’ (‘Dormitio’) of the Mother of God. Soon the name was changed to the ‘Assumption of Mary,’ since there was more to the feast than her dying. It also proclaimed that she had been taken up, body and soul, into heaven. That belief was ancient, dating back to the apostles themselves. What was clear from the beginning was that there were no relics of Mary to be venerated, and that an empty tomb stood on the edge of Jerusalem near the site of her death.” See also: Our Lady of the Asumption: PICTURE and PRAYER, Images of Our Lady of the Assumption, Our Lady of the Assumption Novena, Asunción de la Virgen María (SP), August 15 – Our Lady of the Assumption: Patron Saint of India and South Africa (Multilingual).
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