World Mission Rosary Intentions: December 6 – December 19, 2011

World Mission Rosary Intentions

December 6 – December 19, 2011

Servants of Saint Camillus Disaster 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

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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. Terese of the Andes, Patron Saint of those who are Sick, may come to the aid of those suffering from typhoid fever in Zimbabwe. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Africa.

Disaster (Typhoid Fever) Map of Zimbabwe in Africa. Extract from ZIMBABWE: Typhoid spreads amid water shortage, : “A shortage of clean water and adequate sanitation in one of the most populous townships in Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital, have caused an outbreak of typhoid. Experts warn it could herald the resurgence of cholera. The Director of Health Services for Harare Municipality, Prosper Chonzi, told IRIN that 36 people were being treated for typhoid at the Beatrice Infectious Diseases Hospital, just outside the capital, and more than 200 suspected cases have been reported. No deaths have so far been linked to the outbreak and health authorities have indicated that they have adequate medical supplies to treat those infected. However, Chonzi said his department was on “red alert” and may be forced to ban public gatherings and close schools in affected areas. Typhoid and cholera are both bacterial diseases transmitted by consuming contaminated food or water, but cholera has a much shorter incubation period and is more deadly. Zimbabwe suffered a cholera epidemic that claimed over 4,000 lives and infected nearly 100,000 people between 2008 and 2009. Most of the typhoid infections have occurred in the highly populated township of Dzivarasekwa, where untreated sewage flows in the streets, creating ideal conditions for the disease to spread. While talking to IRIN, Farai Mbizi, a Dzivarasekwa resident, pointed to a group of children skipping across flowing sewage just a few metres from where the adults were selling vegetables. ‘It is not surprising that there should be a typhoid outbreak because we are living in an extremely unhygienic and dirty environment,’ Mbizi said.” See also: VIDEOS: Typhoid spreads in Zimbabwe, Typhoid fever, Feature — Typhoid. Read about the CTF/SOS DRS latest response to Disasters in Africa.

Saint Teresa of the Andes (Patron Saint of those who are Sick) (Feast Date: April 12, July 13 – Carmelites) Extract from Teresa de Jesús “de los Andes” (1900-1920) virgin, Discalced Carmelite Nuns: “Juanita possessed an enormous capacity to love and to be loved joined with an extraordinary intelligence. God allowed her to experience his presence. With this knowledge he purified her and made her his own through what it entails to take up the cross. Knowing him, she loved him; and loving him, she bound herself totally to him. Once this child understood that love demonstrates itself in deeds rather than words, the result was that she expressed her love through every action of her life. She examined herself sincerely and wisely and understood that in order to belong to God it was necessary to die to herself in all that did not belong to him. . . . In making her first Communion she received from God the mystical grace of interior locutions, which from then on supported her throughout her life. God took over her natural inclinations, transforming them from that day into friendship and a fife of prayer. Four years later she received an interior revelation that shaped the direction of her life. Jesus told her that she would be a Carmelite and that holiness must be her goal. With God’s abundant grace and the generosity of a young girl in love, she gave herself over to prayer, to the acquiring of virtue and the practice of a life in accord with the Gospel. Such were her efforts that in a few short years she reached a high degree of union with God. Christ was the one and only ideal she had.”See PICTURE of Saint Terese of the Andes. See also:April 12, July 13 – Saint Terese of the Andes: Patron Saint of Those who are Sick and Young People, VIDEO: Teresa de los Andes Part 1 A. Prayer to Saint Teresa of the Andes.

Oceania (Blue Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of  St. Camillus de Lellis, the Patron Saint of the Sick, may come to the aid of those affected by the nursing home fire in Australia.  May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Oceania.

Disaster (Nursing Home Fire) Map of Australia Extract from Sydney nursing-home fire death toll rises to nine: “A 90-year-old woman has died following a suspected arson attack at a Sydney nursing home, bringing the death toll from the fire to nine. Police said Neeltje Valkay died in hospital on Tuesday morning. The fire engulfed the nursing home in Quakers Hill early on Friday morning. . . . Dozens of other nursing home residents were injured in the fire and several remain in a critical condition in hospital. Three of the victims died at the scene and six more in hospital.” See also: Sydney nursing home fires leave four dead, Victims of nursing home blaze farewelled. VIDEOS:  Court over fatal care home fire in Sydney, Sydney nursing home fires leave four dead.

Saint Camillus de Lellis (Patron Saint of the Sick (Feast Dates: July 14, July 18) Extract from Saint Camillus de Lellis: “Saint Camillus de Lellis’ life is the story of a belligerent, self-centered youth who thought he could take on the world, but he could not break from his addictions. His story shows how the habit of sin had dragged him to the very dregs of society…and would have plunged him straight into Hell if he had not found the strength to pull himself out by grabbing hold of the crimson Pillar of Salvation. For it was the Cross, and the pitiful Figure nailed to it that finally broke through the darkness and shone its light of love and mercy into that sea of addiction and misery, drawing the soul of Camillus de Lellis to safety. It was at the foot of the Cross where he found a forgiveness so complete and a grace so powerful that it lifted him from the grasp of Satan and set him on the road to sanctity. And it was the Cross that gave him the stamina to persevere in a great, but difficult, mission until his dying day.” See PICTURES of Saint Camillus de Lellis. See also:July 14, July 18 – Saint Camillus de Lellis: Patron Saint of those who are Sick, Hospitals, Hospital Workers, Nurses and Physicians, NOVENA to St. Camillus de Lellis.

Europe (White Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of  Saint Mary, Our Lady of  Pompeii, the Patron Saint of  Italy, may come to the aid of those affected by mud slides in that country.  May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Europe.

Disaster (Mud Slides) Map of Italy Extract from Saponara, Italy Mudslides Leave Several Dead In Sicily: “Torrential rain battered eastern Sicily on Wednesday, where mudslides have killed at least three people and muddy torrents have swept away cars and washed out bridges, authorities said. A mudslide in the hamlet of Saponara, near the Sicilian port city of Messina, fatally struck a 10-year-old boy Tuesday as his family fled their home. Much of Italy’s terrain is landslide-prone, and many have built homes on steep hillsides in defiance of warnings by geologists. Muddy torrents of water rushed through the Messina area, sweeping along cars as if they were toys and knocking down part of an elevated roadway. Heavy rains also lashed Calabria, the southern Italian region across from Sicily. State railways said washed out railway bridges, landslides on track and flooding caused suspension of service on some routes. About 100 soldiers were sent in to Saponara, one of the worst hit towns, to rescue residents stranded in flooded homes or vehicles, Italian news reports said. . . . With Italy now slashing spending to cut deficit and devote resources to reviving the economy and prevent financial disaster, the plan to build a bridge has fallen by the wayside. ‘A dramatic national emergency is before our eyes,’ said Stella Bianchi, the center-left Democratic Party’s point person on the environment. ‘We are paying a painful price for years of errors, culpable lack of attention’ and excessive building, she said in a statement.’ See also: Three dead in Italy after heavy flooding. VIDEO: Water, mudslides kill three in Northern Italy, Dramatic Mudslides in Italy. CTF/SOS DRS Latest Response to European Disasters

Saint Mary, Our Lady of Pompeii (Patron Saint of Italy) (Feast Date: May 8, First Sunday in October.)
Extract from Our Lady of Pompeii – Marypages: “A young girl from Naples, Fortuna Agrelli, was suffering from a painful, incurable disease. She had been given up by the most celebrated physicians. On February 16, 1884, the afflicted girl and her relatives commenced a novena of Rosaries. The Queen of the Holy Rosary favoured her with an apparition on March 3rd. Mary, sitting upon a high throne, surrounded by luminous figures, held the Divine child on her lap, and in her hand a Rosary. The Virgin Mother and the holy Infant were clad in gold-embroidered garments. They were accompanied by St. Dominic and St. Catherine of Siena. Fortuna marveled at the beauty of Mary and asked her as “Queen of the Rosary,” for her cure. Mary replied that, since she had called her by a title that was so pleasing to her, she could not refuse her request; she then told her to make three novenas of the rosary to obtain all she asked for. The child was indeed cured, and soon after Mary appeared to her again saying: “Whosoever desires to obtain favors from me should make three novenas of the prayers of the Rosary in petition and three novenas in thanksgiving.” This is how the Rosary Novena devotion to Mary originated. In 1883, a sanctuary was built for the image and consecrated in 1891. Many miracles are attributed to the intercession of Our Lady of Pompeii. The image of Our Lady of Pompeii represents Our Lady of the Rosary as Queen of Heaven. She and her Son, Jesus, are handing out Rosaries to Saint Dominic and Saint Catherine of Siena. The Pompeii portrait is derived from the Eastern icon style of the 6th century.” See PICTURE of Our Lady of Pompeii. See also: May 8, First Sunday in October – Saint Mary, Our Lady of Pompeii: Patron Saint of Italy (Multilingual),  Bartolo Longo(Multilingual), Shrine of the Virgin of the Rosary of Pompei (Multilingual), Our Lady of Pompeii (EN), Our Lady of Pompeii(EN)A PRAYER TO OUR LADY OF POMPEII.

America (Red Beads)                                          

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of  St. Solange of Bourges, the Patron Saint against Drought,  may come to the aid of those affected by drought in Mexico.  May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in America.

Disaster (Drought) Map of Mexico Extract from  Americas Drought disaster hits Mexico:At least five states in Mexico’s northwest say they are on the verge of disaster following the worst drought in living memory. On Thursday the Mexican Government formally declared five other states disaster zones and began sending emergency aid. The states warned that not only are the crops suffering, but there is a serious danger that bushfires could devastate large areas. . . . Cattlemen across the vast northern frontier say they have never known it so dry. Some parts of the region have not seen a drop of rain since last August. . . . The Mexican Government has already given five states in the northwest access to an emergency fund of almost $400m after declaring their disaster zones. . . . Now at least five other states say they are weeks away from being in the same position. Even supplies of drinking water are dangerously low and the dry spell has turned the region into a vast tinderbox. Government officials say they are deeply worried about the prospect of bushfires. Unless we get rain soon, one told me, there will not be much left apart from dust.” See also: Drought hits water supply for 2.5 million, Record drought puts heat on future of monarch butterflies. VIDEO: Mexico suffers worst drought in 70 years, Drought reduces number of monarch butterflies migrating to Mexico. CTF/SOS DRS Recent Response to Disasters in America: Haiti, Chile.

Saint Solange of Bourges, Patron Saint of Drought Relief (Feast Date: May 10) Extract from St. Solange: “St. Solange was born in Bourges, France, in the mid 9th century. As a deeply religious child, Solange took a vow of chastity at the age of seven. One day about the year 880, while caring for her family flock, Bernard of the Count of Poitiers was captured by her beauty and purity. He made advances but she resisted. Bernard tried to take her by force on his horse but she resisted and fell from the horse. Angered by her resistance, Bernard finished the job that the fall had started with his sword. A Medieval legend has it that St. Solange then rose after being beheaded by her assailant and carried her head in her hands to the Church of St. Martin-du-Cros. In 1281, an altar was erected in her honor in the cemetery of that Church. A field where she used to pray was named after her — ;’The Field of St. Solange.’ Because of the field, St. Solange is called upon as the patron saint of drought relief.” See PICTURE of Saint Solange. See also: May 10: Saint Solange of Bourges, Patron Saint of Drought Relief (Multilingual).

Asia (Yellow Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of  St. Florian, the Patron Saint against Floods, may come to the aid of those affected by flooding in Thailand. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Asia.

Disaster (Flooding) Map of Thailand Extract from Thai Flood Victims Face Challenges Returning Home: “Thailand’s historic floods are now slowly receding. But in Bangkok, scores of evacuees are reluctant to go home. As the government discusses how to compensate flood victims for their losses, residents who are facing the task of rebuilding their lives speak out. At the height of the floods, the Chaeng Wattana evacuation center in Thailand’s capital housed over 3,800 people.  . . . “Some people have gone home only to find that there’s still water in their area. The water is stinky, and they have no money or equipment, and so they came back here and asked if they could stay a while longer,” said Det. . . . ‘I don’t know about the future because I have not had time to think about it that much. My main concern is about money. Very few members of my family are working and I don’t know where I’m going to get all the money to repair the house,’ said Sunan. Thailand’s costliest floods so far have totaled at least $320 million. Many neighborhoods have been flooded for weeks, the stagnant water mixing with sewage and trash. . . . ‘Basically, as far as we can guess of the almost 20 million houses around Bangkok and in central Thailand which were affected by this flood, only about less than one percent are insured for flood, and mostly have no coverage for flood,’ said Jeerapan Assavathanakul, with the General Insurance Association. Sunan said she would have just stayed in her flooded home had her mother not been ill, and she’s eager to get her life back together. . . . ‘ See also: After Floods, Thailand Now Must Deal With Deadly Snakes and Crocodiles, Thailand factory output slumps on severe flooding, More aid needed in flood-hit Thailand, Thailand’s surreal industrial park: crocodiles but no chips.
VIDEOS: Floods douse southern Thailand. CTF/SOS DRS Response: 2011-10 Floods in Thailand, Pakistan.

Saint Florian (Patron Saint of  Floods) (Feast Date: May 4) Extract from: Saint Florian of Lorch: “Third century officer in Roman army stationed in modern Austria. Military administrator of the town of Noricum, and a closet Christian. Said to have stopped a town from burning by praying and throwing a single bucket of water on the blaze, and thus his association with firefighters and those who protect us from fire, including chimney sweeps. When ordered to execute a group of Christians during the persecutions of Diocletian, he refused, and professed his own faith. Martyr.” See picture of St. Florian. See also: May 4 – Saint Florian: Patron Saint against Floods, Fires, Water Dangers (Multilingual), St. Florian’s PRAYER.


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