The Glorious Mysteries
"It is impossible to meditate with devotion upon the mysteries of the Rosary and live in a state of sin." - Saint John Vianney - Sermon for the Feast of the Rosary.
"The Rosary without meditation is like a body without a soul." - Saint Louis de Montfort - The Secret of the Rosary.
"In my meditation a fire shall flame out." Ps. 38:4.
"Mary kept all these words, pondering them in Her heart." Lk. 2:19.
"Her ways are beautiful ways, and all her paths are peaceable. She is a tree of life to them that lay hold on her: and he that shall retain her is blessed." Prov. 3:17-18. "I love them that love me: and they that in the morning early watch for me, shall find me. With me are riches and glory, glorious riches and justice. For my fruit is better than gold and the precious stone, and my blossoms than choice silver. I walk in the way of justice, in the midst of the paths of judgment. That I may enrich them that love me, and fill their treasures." Prov. 8:17-21. "And he that honoreth his mother is as one that layeth up a treasure." Ecclus. 3:5. "Now therefore, ye children, hear me: Blessed are they that keep my ways. Hear instruction and be wise, and refuse it not. Blessed is the man that heareth me, and that watcheth daily at my gates, and waiteth at the posts of my doors. He that shall find me, shall find life, and shall have salvation from the Lord: But he that shall sin against me, shall hurt his own soul. All that hate me love death." Prov. 8:32-36.
The Resurrection: "If Christ be not risen again, your Faith is vain ... If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable." (1 Cor. 15:17,19). If Christ be not in the Blessed Sacrament, then we Catholics are the most miserable of men. For if He be not in the Host, then we are no more than idolaters adoring a piece of bread, and we cannot be saved. "But now Christ is risen from the dead," (vs. 20), and Christ is in the Blessed Sacrament and "in Christ all shall be made alive" (vs. 22); "he that eateth Me, the same also shall live by Me." (Jn. 6:58). This is our Faith, "the mystery of our Faith" that Christ truly is in the Blessed Sacrament. "Lord, increase our Faith" in Thy Real Presence, and we pray for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope, and do not love Thee in the Most Blessed Sacrament.
The Ascension: "I go to prepare a place for you." (Jn. 14:2). What kind of place? Well, Saint Paul says, "Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither hath it entered into the heart of man, what things God hath prepared for them that love Him." (1 Cor. 2:9). This should give us a great desire for Heaven knowing that Christ has prepared us a place so great it cannot be dreamed or imagined. A place of eternal happiness. Who would not wish always to be happy? In this life, happiness and sorrow are mixed. In the next life, it will either be complete happiness or complete sorrow. But Heaven is prepared for those that love God. "O my Beloved, Who art also my God, make my heart a flame of pure love for Thee."
The Descent of the Holy Spirit: "Wisdom will not enter into a malicious soul, nor dwell in a body subject to sins." (Wis. 1:4). The Holy Spirit does not dwell in a soul which is not in the state of grace. On the day of Pentecost Peter said to them, "Do penance, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ, for the remission of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost." (Acts 2:38). And that day about three thousand souls entered into the state of grace and the friendship of God. "They had compunction in their heart ... and received His word, were baptized; and there were added in that day about three thousand souls." (Acts 2:37,41). The Lord increased daily together such as should be saved. (Acts 2:47). Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Thy faithful, and enkindle in them the fire of Thy love.
The Assumption: "Because Thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; nor wilt Thou allow Thy faithful one to see corruption." (Ps. 15:10). These words were spoken of Christ. Yet, who was His most perfect image? None other than His Mother. And She imitated Him perfectly in all things. At His birth, the first words He spoke to Her were these: "Mother, become like unto Me ..." Did Our Lady pass through death? Yes, since She followed Him in all things and to more perfectly resemble Him, She died also. This She revealed to Venerable Mary of Agreda. And since His sinless Body saw no corruption, neither did Hers. Rejoice O Virgin Mary, rejoice a thousand times! What joy to the angels and Saints at the arrival of their Queen. What joy to God the Father, to see His beloved Daughter; to the Son, to see His beloved Mother; and to the Holy Spirit, to see His beloved Spouse. Holy Virgin Mary, pray for us.
The Coronation: Mary is crowned Queen of Heaven and earth, of angels and men. In Heaven Mary is honored as She should be, yet on earth how few honor Her as they ought. Nevertheless, as She promised, there is always at least a remnant of true Christians who honor Her on earth. Bad Christians despise Her, heretics insult and ridicule Her. Even though She has said, "All generations shall call Me blessed," (Lk. 1:48), still many souls grievously offend Her causing them to be lost, as She made known to Sister Lucy. "There are many souls whom God condemns for sins committed against Me, that I have come to ask reparation." Mary is crowned Queen of Heaven and we will one day join Her if we make our Five First Saturdays in reparation to Her, for She promises to assist with the graces necessary for salvation all those who do so. Queen of Heaven, pray for us.