World Mission Rosary Intentions: December 6 – 19, 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 Saint Thomas Aquinas, the Patron Saint of Schools and against Lightning, may come to the aid of those affected by the recent lighting strike in South Africa. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Africa.

Disaster (Lightning Strike)(November 26, 2010)Map of South Africa. Extract from Fire from lightning strike kills 7 at nursery party in South Africa: “A fire caused by a lightning strike killed seven people — including a 4-year-old child — at a nursery school Christmas party in South Africa, a government minister said Saturday. Forty others were injured when the lightning struck a tent set up outside the school in KwaZulu-Natal Friday afternoon, sparking a fire, said Bonginkosi Meshack Radebe, minister of social development in the province. Earlier reports said the deaths were caused by the lightning. At least 29 of those injured remained in the hospital Saturday night, including 23 in critical condition. Eleven of the injured are children, Radebe said. Two parents, two teachers, a gardener and a nursery school director also were killed, said Mashu Cele, a spokeswoman for Radebe. The government set up meetings with psychologists for the children and their families, and also is offering to pay for all medical and hospital bills.”  Read more: Lightning strike kills 7 at nursery school party in South Africa, Lightning kills seven at South Africa nursery party.

Saint Thomas Aquinas (Patron of Schools and against Lightning) (Feast Date: March 7)Extract from SAINT THOMAS AQUINAS Doctor of the Church (1225-1274): “The great Saint Thomas was born of noble parents at Aquino near Naples in Italy, in 1225; his century was replete with great names and Christian works, yet he dominates it by the power of his thought and the perfection of his works. In his childhood he was the provider for the poor of the neighborhood during a famine; his father, meeting him in a corridor with the food he had succeeded in taking from the kitchen, asked him what he had under his cloak; he opened it and fresh roses fell on the ground. The nobleman embraced his son and amid his tears, gave him permission to follow thereafter all inspirations of his charity. . . .While Saint Thomas was in confinement at Rocca Secca, his brothers endeavored to entrap him into sin, but the attempt only ended in the triumph of his purity. Snatching from the hearth a burning coal, the Saint drove from his chamber the courtesan whom they had concealed there. Then marking a cross upon the wall, he knelt down to pray. Immediately, while he was rapt in ecstasy, an Angel girded him with a cord, in token of the gift of perpetual chastity which God had given him. The pain caused by the girdle was so sharp that Saint Thomas uttered a piercing cry, which brought his guards into the room. But he never related this grace to anyone save Father Raynald, his confessor, a short time before his death. Thus originated the Confraternity of the Angelic Warfare, for the preservation of the virtue of chastity.”  See PICTURE of St. Thomas Aquinas.  See also: Thomas Aquinas (Multilingual)Saint Thomas Aquinas (EN), St. Thomas Aquinas (EN), Works by St. Thomas Aquinas | Christian Classics Ethereal Library (EN), Santo Tomás de Aquino (SP),  San Tommaso d’Aquino (IT), Grand Portail Philosophie Thomas d’Aquin (FR)Tomasz z Akwinu, prezbiter i doktor Kościoła (PO).  VIDEOS: Saint Thomas Aquinas Jan 28St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Thomas Aquinas (part 1 of 4), Santo Tomás de Aquino, patrón universitario, San Tommaso d’Aquino. PRAYERS to and by St. Thomas Aquinas.

Oceania (Blue Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of  Saint Zita of Lucca,  the Patron Saint of Domestic Workers, may come to the aid of Indonesians affected by abuse in foreign nations.  May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in and from Oceania.

Disaster (Abuse of Domestic Workers) Map of Indonesia Extract from Sumiati Binti Salan Mustapa, Indonesia Maid Abuse Victim, Hospitalized After Saudi Employers Allegedly Cut Off Her Lips: “Yet another case in a disturbing rash of Saudi employers allegedly abusing foreign maids has surfaced.  According to the AFP, Indonesian-born Sumiati Binti Salan Mustapa, 23, has been undergoing treatment in the intensive care unit of King Fahd Hospital in the Muslim holy city of Medina since Nov. 8, after being burned with a hot iron by her unidentified Saudi employer. Sumiati, one of more than one million Indonesian expats living and working in Saudi Arabia, also reportedly suffered fractures and in her hands and ribs, while other reports say she had portions of her lips cut off with scissors. Didi Wahyudi, an Indonesian Consulate official, told the Jakarta Globe that a 53-year-old woman who employed Sumiati had been arrested last Thursday, and vowed justice would be served.” See also:  Indonesian maid dies after abuse in Saudi Arabia, rights group says, Indonesian Maid Abuse in Saudi Arabia ‘Isolated Case’: Saudi Minister.  VIDEO:  Indonesian workers want protection.

Saint Zita of Lucca (Patron Saint of Domestic Workers) (Memorial: April 27)Extract from Saint Zita of Lucca. “Born to a very poor but pious family. At age twelve she became a domestic servant for the wealthy Fainelli family in Lucca, Italy, a position she kept all her life; she looked at it as a way to serve God. She often gave her own food, and sometimes that of her master, to those poorer than herself, which caused her to get in frequent trouble with her employers and the other servants in the house who resented her. However, she did such a fine job she was eventually placed in charge of the house, and entrusted with its keys. Her reputation was such that Dante in the Inferno referred to the city of Lucca as ‘Santa Zita.'”  See PICTURE of Saint Zita. See also:Zita (Multilingual), THE SAINT MAID OF LUCCA (EN), St. Zita (EN), (EN), St. Zita of Lucca (EN), Zita de Lucca, Santa (SP), Santa Zita Sirvienta (1278) (SP), Santa Zita di Lucca. Patrona delle domestiche (IT), Sainte Zita de Lucques Biographie (FR), Święta Zyta, dziewica (PO). PRAYER to St. Zita.

Europe (White Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Mary, Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal,  the Patron Saint of France, may come to the aid of those affected by cocaine and other drugs in that country. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Europe.

Disaster (Drug addiction [cocaine])(November 27, 2010)Map of France. Extract from Cocaine worth £6m found in flat near Nicolas Sarkozy’s home:  “Cocaine with a street value of more than £6 million has been found at the flat of a royal neighbour of French President Nicolas Sarkozy.  Some 111 kilograms (17st) of the illegal drug was seized by police in the Paris suburb of Neuilly-sur-Seine.  Armed officers arrested two men and two women following the raid which followed a long surveillance investigation, while two more suspects are on the run. See also: French police seize large amount of cocaine from luxury apartment.

Saint Mary, Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal (Patron Saint of France) (Feast Date: November 27)Extract from Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal: “Remember, O most compassionate Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to Thy protection, implored Thy assistance, or sought Thy intercession, was left unaided.  Inspired by  this confidence, we fly unto Thee, O Virgin of virgins, our Mother;  to thee we come;  before thee we  kneel, sinful and sorrowful.  O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not our petitions, but in Thy clemency hear and answer them.  Amen;  O Immaculate Virgin Mary, Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ and our Mother, penetrated with the most lively confidence in thy all powerful and never failing intercession, manifested so often through the Miraculous Medal, we thy loving and trustful children implore thee to obtain for us the graces and favors we ask during this Novena, if they be beneficial to our immortal souls and the souls for whom we pray.”  See PICTURES of Our Lady of the Miraculour Medal. See also:  Miraculous Medal (Multilingual), Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal and PRAYERS (EN), Perpetual Novena In Honor Of Our Lady Of The Miraculous Medal (EN)Feast of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal (EN), NUESTRA SEÑORA DE LA MEDALLA MILAGROSA (SP), Beata Vergine della Medaglia Miracolosa (IT),
27 novembre : Fête de Notre-Dame de la Médaille Miraculeuse (FR), Przesłanie teologiczne Medalika (PO), Cudowny Medalik (PO).  VIDEOS: SAY THE MIRACLE PRAYER Our lady Miraculous Medal, Our Lady of Miraculous Medal, Miraculous MedalPart 2 The Miraculous Medal, Nuestra Senora de la Medalla MilagrosaMadonna della Medaglia Miracolosa, LA MEDAGLIA MIRACOLOSACudowny Medalik i św. Katarzyna Laboure. PRAYERS: The Miraculous Medal, .La Novena e la Supplica (IT), Prière à Notre Dame de la médaille miraculeuse (FR), Nowenna do MB Cudownego Medalika (PO).

America (Red Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of Saint Thomas More, the Patron Saint of Politicians, may come to the aid of those affected by violence in the wake of the elections and the cholera epidemic in Haiti.  May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in America.

Disaster (Election Violence)Map of Haiti Extract from Protests, fraud charges roil Haiti elections:  “Haiti’s elections ended in confusion on Sunday as 12 of the 18 presidential candidates denounced “massive fraud” and demanded the polls be annulled and street protests erupted over voting delays and problems. . . .Voters’ frustration at not being able to cast their ballots due to organizational problems at many polling stations in the capital Port-au-Prince boiled over into street protests. At least one polling station was trashed by one angry group. . . .’Look what our government spends its money on,’ said Abellar Sony, brandishing a fistful of unused ballot papers at a polling station near the Cite Soleil slum. Children played with unmarked ballot papers, scattering them in the air. The CEP acknowledged “some problems” and said it was trying to resolve them after the turbulent presidential and legislative elections went ahead amid a raging cholera epidemic and political tensions. ‘We denounce a massive fraud that is occurring across the country. … We demand the cancellation pure and simple of these skewed elections,’ the 12 presidential candidates said in a statement read to reporters at a Port-au-Prince hotel. . . . . Violence, including ambushes of campaign caravans, random gunfire and attacks by rioters against Nepalese U.N. peacekeepers, whom some Haitians accuse of bringing in the cholera, killed several people in the run-up to the vote.”  See alsoHaiti election valid despite ‘irregularities’, says OAS, Haiti election valid despite ‘irregularities’, says OAS,In Haiti, election day chaos casts shadow over hopeful voters, Haitian Candidates Call to Void Election ,  Protest of Haiti election results: ‘We will set the country on fire’,  Haiti election protesters rampage, torch building.  PICTURES: Chaos at the Polls in Haiti,  VIDEOS: Observers play down fraud in Haiti’s election , Protesters set fires in Haiti after election announcements.

Saint Thomas More. (Patron Saint of Politicians) (Feast Date: June 22)Extract from St. Thomas More:  “A wit and a reformer, this learned man numbered bishops and scholars among his friends, and by 1516 wrote his world-famous book “Utopia”. He attracted the attention of Henry VIII who appointed him to a succession of high posts and missions, and finally made him Lord Chancellor in 1529. However, he resigned in 1532, at the height of his career and reputation, when Henry persisted in holding his own opinions regarding marriage and the supremacy of the Pope. The rest of his life was spent in writing mostly in defense of the Church. In 1534, with his close friend, St. John Fisher, he refused to render allegiance to the King as the Head of the Church of England and was confined to the Tower. Fifteen months later, and nine days after St. John Fisher’s execution, he was tried and convicted of treason. He told the court that he could not go against his conscience and wished his judges that ‘we may yet hereafter in heaven merrily all meet together to everlasting salvation.’ And on the scaffold, he told the crowd of spectators that he was dying as ‘the King’s good servant-but God’s first.’ He was beheaded on July 6, 1535.” See PICTURE of Saint Tomas More. See also: Thomas More (Multilingual), Thomas More (ML), St. Thomas More (EN), The St. Thomas More Website (EN)SAINT THOMAS MORE MARTYR, CHANCELLOR OF ENGLAND—1535 (EN), Santo Tomás Moro (More) (SP),SANTO TOMÁS MORO (SP), San Tommaso Moro (IT), SAINT THOMAS MORE Martyr (1487-1535) (FR)Święci męczennicy Jan Fisher, biskup, i Tomasz More (PO). St. Thomas More EWTN AUDIO FILES. VIDEOS: St Thomas More 1 of 12, A Man for All Seasons – Trial (1 of 3), Santo Tomás Moro 1 de 12. PRAYERS to St. Thomas More.

Asia (Yellow Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of Saint Aldegundis, the Patron Saint against Wounds and Sudden Death, may come to the aid of those affected by the stampede at the water festival in Cambodia.  May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Asia.

Disaster (Stampede at Water Festival)(November 22, 2010) Map of Cambodia Extract from .Stampede in Cambodia Leaves Hundreds Dead. More than 300 people were killed and hundreds more were injured in a stampede at an annual water festival in Cambodia that the prime minister on Tuesday called the nation’s worst tragedy since the murderous Khmer Rouge regime more than three decades ago. . . .Hundreds of people tried to escape over a short suspension bridge. Many died of suffocation, were crushed underfoot, or were electrocuted by loose wires. Many drowned when they leapt from the suspension bridge into the water. ARTICLES: Cambodia stampede kills at least 375 at festivalOfficial: 347 dead in Cambodian stampede.  PICTURES: Cambodia festival stampede kills 345. VIDEOS: Hundreds killed in Cambodian festival stampedeDeath toll in Cambodia stampede now at 375, Stampede in Cambodia kills hundreds, Cambodian monks bless dead after night of horror, Cambodia stampede bridge reopens.

Saint Aldegundis (Patron Saint against Wounds and Sudden Death (Feast Date: January 30) Extract fromAldegundis, Saint: “She was nearly related to the Merovingian royal family. Her father and mother, afterwards honored as St. Walbert and St. Bertilia, lived in Flanders in the province of Hainault. Aldegundis was urged to marry, but she chose a life of virginity and, leaving her home, received the veil from St. Amandus, Bishop of Maastricht. Then she walked dry-shod over the Sambre, and built on its banks a small nunnery, at a desert placed called Malbode. This foundation afterwards, under the name Maubeuge, became a famous abbey of Benedictine nuns, though at a later date these were replaced by canonesses.”See PICTURE of Saint Aldegundis. See also:Aldegonde (Multilingual), Saint Aldegundis (EN), Aldegundis, Santa (SP), Santa Alda (Aldegonda) (IT), Sainte Aldegonde (FR), Święta Adelgunda (PO).


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