Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen
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. Barbara, the Patron Saint of Artillery, may come to the aid of those affected by terrorist bombings in Nigeria. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Africa.
Disaster (Terrorist Bombings) (December 24, 2010) Map of Nigeria . Extract from Official: Christmas Eve bombings in Nigeria kill 31 : “Five blasts went off in the Nigerian city of Jos Friday night as residents were celebrating Christmas Eve, leaving 31 dead, a regional government official said. . . . Hassan John, a Jos resident and journalist with the media department of the Anglican Diocese of Jos, had just come out of church about 7 p.m. (1 p.m. ET) when he heard the sound of the first explosion. He rushed to the site, which he described as a beer parlor frequented by locals. ‘By the time I got there, there were women crying, people screaming. It was all chaos, people were screaming, blood everywhere.’. . . I counted eight corpses all over, seven in the building,’ John said. He added that a second blast went off within a couple of minutes after the first one. Hundreds of people from both faiths have died in violence between Christians and Muslims in Nigeria in the past decade.” See also: Explosion kills 8 in Nigeria , Christmas bombings kill many near Jos, Nigeria . VIDEOS:Clashes follow Nigeria bomb blasts , Bloody Christmas Eve in Nigeria . CTF/SOS DRS in Africa: CTF-SOS DRS Kenya .
Saint Barbara (Patron Saint of Artillery) (Feast Date: December 4)Extract from St. Barbara : “Virgin and Martyr. . . According to these narratives, which are essentially the same, Barbara was the daughter of a rich heathen named Dioscorus. She was carefully guarded by her father who kept her shut up in a tower in order to preserve her from the outside world. An offer of marriage which was received through him she rejected. Before going on a journey her father commanded that a bath-house be erected for her use near her dwelling, and during his absence Barbara had three windows put in it, as a symbol of the Holy Trinity, instead of the two originally intended. When her father returned she acknowledged herself to be a Christian; upon this she was ill-treated by him and dragged before the prefect of the province, Martinianus, who had her cruelly tortured and finally condemned her to death by beheading. The father himself carried out the death-sentence, but in punishment for this he was struck by lightning on the way home and his body consumed. . . . The legend that her father was struck by lightning caused her, probably, to be regarded by the common people as the patron saint in time of danger from thunder-storms and fire, and later by analogy, as the protector of artillerymen and miners. She was also called upon as intercessor to assure the receiving of the Sacraments of Penance and Holy Eucharist at the hour of death. . . ” See PICTURES of Saint Barbara . See also:Saint Barbara, Patron Saint of the Military, Artillery, Explosions, against Death by Artillery, Bomb Makers, St. Barbara (Multilingual), Life of Saint Barbara (EN), Santa Bárbara Virgen y Mártir (SP), Santa Bárbara (SP), Santa Barbara Martire (IT), Sainte Barbe (FR),Święta Barbara (PO). VIDEOS: Barbara, Virgin and Martyr , Dec 04 – Homily: St. Barbara , Saint Barbara Artillery Invocation . PRAYERS to Saint Barbara ,Orazione a santa Barbara martire .
Oceania (Blue Beads)
Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Urban of Langres, the Patron Saint against Storms and of Vinegrowers and Gardeners may come to the aid of those whose homes and crops were affected by Cyclone Tasha in Queensland, Australia. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Oceania.
Disaster (Cyclone Tasha –Flooding) (December 2010) Map of Australia. Extract from Queensland’s water torture far from over : “The military is helping airlift all residents of the township of Theodore to safety, as evacuation operations are put into action in a number of regions across Queensland. Emergency services officials say the situation is dire in a number of communities, some of which are experiencing their worst floods in decades. The overall damage bill has been tipped to exceed $1 billion. . . .” See also: Queensland deluge threatens homes , Australia floods bring crocodile warning . VIDEOS: Southern Queensland faces its worst ever flood , Tropical cyclone Tasha causes flooding in Australia , Severe floods hit eastern Australia,Flooding wreaks havoc in Australia, Raw Video: Days of downpours flood Australia.
Saint Urban of Langres (Patron Saint against Storms, of Vinegrowers and of Gardeners)(Feast Date: April 2)Extract from Saint Urban of Langres: “Bishop of Langres, France in 374. During a period of persecution of the Church, Urban hid for a while in a vineyard. There he converted the vine dressers, who then helped him in his covert ministry. Due to their work, and to Urban’s devotion to the Holy Blood, he developed great affection to all the people in the wine industry, and they for him.” See PICTURE of Saint Urban of Langres. See also Urban of Langres (Multilingual), Saint Urbain eveque de Langres (FR), Saint Urbain (FR).
Europe (White Beads)
Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Lucy of Syracuse, the Patron Saint against Epidemics, may come to the aid of those affected by the flu in Great Britain. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Europe.
Disaster (Flu Epidemic)(December, 2010) Map of Great Britain Extract from Flu crisis hits cancer surgery: Hospitals struggle to cope as deaths rise and Britain teeters on the brink of an epidemic: “Vital cancer operations are being cancelled as hospitals struggle to cope with soaring numbers of flu victims. Trusts have begun postponing major surgery because intensive care beds that cancer patients might need for post-operative recovery are being kept free to accommodate critically ill patients struck down by the flu virus. Experts predict that Britain is on course for the first flu epidemic in over a decade after the number of cases more than doubled in the past week. . . . There are now 460 people in intensive care, taking up around one in seven beds, up from 182 last week. Professor John Oxford, a virologist and influenza expert at St Barts and the London Hospital, said the situation was still deteriorating and added: ‘I would not be surprised if we get to epidemic levels within one week.’ The vast majority of victims have swine flu and the strain is proving particularly serious among children, pregnant women and those with underlying conditions such as asthma. See also: Flu kills 27 in Britain, spreading in Europe, Flu epidemic challenges Britain. VIDEOS: Serious flu cases on the rise in the UK, The flu and children. CTF/SOS DRS in Europe:2009-04 Earthquake (Abruzzo, It -Project St. Camillus).
Saint Lucy of Syracuse (Patron Saint Against Epidemics) (Feast Date December 13) Extract from Saint Lucy of Syracuse : “Like so many of the early martyrs, Lucy had consecrated her virginity to God, and she hoped to devote all her worldly goods to the service of the poor. But her rejected pagan bridegroom became angry and denounced Lucy as a Christian to the governor of Sicily, who ordered her to burn a sacrifice to the Emperor’s image. The guards who came to take her away found her so filled with the Holy Spirit that she was stiff and heavy as a mountain; they could not move her even when they hitched her to a team of oxen. Even with a dagger through her throat she prophesied against her persecutor. As final torture, her eyes were gouged out. She was miraculously still able to see without her eyes. To this day we see pictures of Saint Lucy holding her eyes on a golden plate. After a long and glorious combat she was finally killed with a sword thrust into her throat, about the year 304. She was honored at Rome in the sixth century among the most illustrious virgins and martyrs, whose triumphs the church celebrates, as appears from the Sacramentary of Saint Gregory, Bede, and others.” See PICTURES of St. Lucy. See also: Saint Lucy (Multilingual), St. Lucy (EN), Lucy of Syracuse (EN), Santa Lucía Virgen y Mártir (SP), Santa Lucia Vergine e Martire (IT), Sainte Lucie de Syracuse (FR), Święta Łucja, dziewica i męczennica (PO). VIDEOS: Saint Lucy Dec 13, St. Lucy, St. Lucy, Saint Lucy Montage. PRAYERS to Saint Lucy.
America (Red Beads)
Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of Saint Marguerite Bourgeous, the Patron Saint against Poverty, may come to the aid of those homeless who lost their lives in the wharehouse fire in New Orleans. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in America.
Disaster (Warehouse Fire) (December 28, 2010) Map of Louisiana, U.S.A. Extract from 8 Dead in New Orleans Warehouse Fire: “Fire broke out in an abandoned warehouse in New Orleans early today, killing at least eight homeless people who were trying to stay warm around a burning barrel. Two other people survived. The survivors who managed to escape through a window in the 9th Ward building said the blaze was ignited around 2 a.m. after people burned wood in a barrel to stay warm, Fire Chief Charles Parent told WWL-TV. Temperatures were around freezing. The bodies — so badly burned that firefighters couldn’t tell the victims’ genders — have been brought to the coroner’s office, The Associated Press reported. VIDEOS:Deadly New Orleans warehouse fire, 8 Killed by New Orleans Fire, 8 Killed in New Orleans Fire. CTF/SOS DRS in America: CTF-USA. (SOS DRS.)
Saint Marguerite Bourgeous (Patron Saint against Poverty) (Feast Date: January 12)Extract from Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys (1620 – 1698): “St. Marguerite Bourgeoys has been described as a woman of dreams and action, despite her frail health. She was known for her obedience to God and for her perseverance in carrying out His desires despite the many obstacles and hardships she faced. . . . through the inspiration of the Blessed Virgin Mary, she consecrated her life to God and became a member of the Extern Congregation of Troy, a group of women who were dedicated to teaching the poor children of the town. It was during this apostolate that she first sensed a call to missionary work. In 1652, Monsieur de Maisonneuve, founder and governor of Ville Marie (Canada) returned to France and asked Marguerite to volunteer her services to teach French and Indian children in the new settlement begun in New France. Our Lady told her, ‘Go, I will not forsake you’ which confirmed Marguerite’s call. With this assurance, Marguerite left Troy and sailed across the ocean to this new young colony. . . .Pope Pius XII beatified Marguerite Burgeoys on November 12, 1950. Pope John Paul II canonized her on October 31, 1982, making her Canada’s first woman saint.~ An excerpt from Gold in the Furnace by Jean M. Heimann copyright 2004 Quote: Our Lady’s love is like a stream that has its source in the Eternal Fountains, quenches the thirst of all, can never be drained, and ever flows back to its Source.”See PICTURE of Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys. See also:Marguerite Bourgeoys (Multilingual),Marguerite Bourgeoys (1620-1700)-biography (EN), Saint Marguerite Bourgeous (EN)Margarita Bourgeoys, Santa (SP), Santa Margherita (Marguerite) Bourgeoys (IT), Ste-Marguerite Bourgeois, fete et biographie de sa vie (FR), ŚW. MAŁGORZATA (PO). VIDEO: Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys.Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys PRAYER.
Asia (Yellow Beads)
Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Thomas the Apostle, the Patron of Pakistan, may come to the aid of the victims of the suicide bombing in that country. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Asia.
Disaster (Suicide Bombing)(December 25, 2010)Map of Pakistan Extract from Female Suicide Bomber Kills 45 In Pakistan: “A burqa-clad female suicide bomber in Pakistan lobbed hand grenades, then detonated her explosive belt among a crowd at an aid center Saturday, killing at least 45 people in militants’ latest strike against the authorities’ control over the key tribal region bordering Afghanistan. Police believed it was the first time Islamic militants have sent a woman to carry out a suicide attack in Pakistan, where the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan against al-Qaida and the Taliban insurgents continues to spill over despite Islamabad’s repeated claims of victory on its side of the porous border. The bomber, dressed in the head-to-toe burqa robes that women commonly wear in Pakistan and Afghanistan, was challenged by police at a check point, officials said. She then charged toward a group of 300 people lined up outside the food aid distribution center in the town of Khar, tossing two hand grenades before blowing herself up, officials said. The crowd was made up of people who have fled conflicts elsewhere in the area. President Barack Obama condemned the bombing as ‘outrageous.’ In a statement released in Honolulu, Hawaii, where he was spending Christmas, Obama said, ‘Killing innocent civilians outside a World Food Program distribution point is an affront to the people of Pakistan, and to all humanity.’. . . See also: Suicide bomb kills 43 in food queue. VIDEOS: 40 dead in Pakistan suicide blast, Suicide bomber kills scores at Pakistan food center. CTF/SOS DRS in Asia: Pakistan: 2010 Pakistan Floods.
Thomas the Apostle (Patron Saint of Pakistan) (Feast Date: July 3) Extract from New Advent: “At the division of the Apostles, India fell to the lot of Thomas, but he declared his inability to go, whereupon his Master Jesus appeared in a supernatural way to Abban, the envoy of Gundafor, an Indian king, and sold Thomas to him to be his slave and serve Gundafor as a carpenter. Then Abban and Thomas sailed away until they came to Andrapolis, where they landed and attended the marriage feast of the ruler’s daughter. Strange occurrences followed and Christ under the appearance of Thomas exhorted the bride to remain a Virgin. Coming to India Thomas undertook to build a palace for Gundafor, but spend the money entrusted to him on the poor. Gundafor imprisoned him; but the Apostle escaped miraculously and Gundafor was converted. Going about the country to preach, Thomas met with strange adventures from dragons and wild asses. Then he came to the city of King Misdai (Syriac Mazdai), where he converted Tertia the wife of Misdai and Vazan his son.” See PICTURES of Saint Thomas. See also: July 3- Saint Thomas the Apostle: Patron Saint of Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Construction Workers and People in Doubt (Multilingual), Thomas the Apostle (Multilingual), Apostle St. Thomas in India(EN), SANTO TOMAS, APÓSTOL (SP), San Tommaso Apostolo (IT), SAINT THOMAS Apôtre (FR), 3 lipca Święty Tomasz Apostoł (PO). VIDEOS: Saint Thomas The Apostle – Indonesia subtitle Part 01-1, St. Thomas the Apostle of India. PRAYER to St. Thomas the Apostle.