Thursday, October 9, 2008

News on the Home Front!



9 Oct 2008

+AMDG+

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Many of you have written to me, inquiring as to the current status of the Rosarians of the Poor Christ. We continue to exist in the early planning stages and are eagerly looking for your prayer, support, and expertise! Here's the latest news:

Currently, I am researching more information regarding the following Southern dioceses: Charlotte, Lexington, Knoxville, and perhaps Raleigh and/or Covington (KY). These all lie in the middle of, or adjacent to the core areas of the U.S. where the Catholic population makes up less than 1% of the total population. It is in these areas that I feel the Rosarians could do the most good!

I firmly believe in the necessity of the U.S. rural home mission apostolate, and the Rosarians would be based on the best practices and traditions of the Very Rev. William Howard Bishop, (founder of the Glenmary Home Missioners) and that of Fr. Price, ("The Tarheel Apostle" and great evangelizer of the former North Carolina Apostolate).

Fr. W. H. Bishop, as one of the earliest presidents of the National Catholic Rural Life Conference, stressed the necessity of the Church's efforts in the rural backroads of America and the Catholic back-to-the-land movement, especially during the tumultous years of the Great Depression. Today, as the economic downturn & spiritual future of our country hangs in the balance, this renewed vision is needed more and more.

Ad Jesum per Mariam!

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What's Your Mission?

-Do you have a pioneering and adventurous spirit?

-Can you "rough-it?"

-Do you desire to win souls to the one true Faith?

-Do the examples of the North American Martyrs and missionary saints inspire you?

-Do you desire to give your youth and your all to Christ through His Blessed Mother?

Then God may be calling you to convert America & serve the poor in the mountains with the Rosarians of the Poor Christ!

Ad Jesum per Mariam!

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A PRAYER FOR THE COUNTRY FAMILY

WE BELIEVE that:

Farming is a noble Christian occupation. The farm home is a most suitable place to rear a Christian family. The good earth is the greatest material gift of God to man.

WE KNOW that:
In this vocation we country people work closely with God in producingthe essential elements of life.

By making ourselves aware of the special graces and opportunities of thisway of life, and by cooperating with them, we and our families can mostreadily give glory to God and grow in holiness and happiness.

The earth returns greatest honor to God when through our care and labor,it brings forth an abundance for our family's needs and those of society, forthis generation and for those to come.

WE PROCLAIM that:

We will strive always to appreciate and hold fast to the spiritual values ofour vocation and to prevent the materialism of this age from blinding us tothem.

We will model our homes on that of Nazareth; by working, learning,playing, and especially praying together we will strengthen our faith inGod and our mutual love and unity; we will fulfill our obligation to be goodneighbors, faithful parishioners, loyal and active citizens.

We will regard our land as God's land; as stewards of His bounty we will conserve and improve it so that it will increasingly continue to give gloryto Him.

WE PRAY that:

Through God's grace we may have wisdom and strength to grow constantly in the virtues necessary for holy rural living: Faith, Hope firmly founded in knowledge of God's wisdom and providence, Love, Patience with the slow deliberate cycle of seasonsand years, Fortitude, Temperance, Compassion, Mercy, Zeal. Amen.

WE GIVE THANKS O GOD, source and giver of all things, who manifests Your infinite majesty, power and goodnessin the earth about us,we give You honor and glory.

For the sun and rain, for the manifold fruits of our fields,for the increase of our herds and flocks,we thank You.

For the enrichment of our souls with divine grace,we are grateful. Supreme Lord of the harvest, graciously accept us and the fruits of our toil, in union with Christ Your Son,as atonement for our sins, for the growth of Your Church, for peace and charity in our homes, for salvation to all. Amen.

PRAYER IN HONOR OF SAINT ISIDORE

O GOD, who taught Adam the simple art of tilling the soil,and who through Jesus Christ, the true vine, revealed yourself the husbandman of our souls, deign, we pray, through the merits of blessed Isidore, to instill into our hearts a horror of sin and a love of prayer, so that, working the soil in the sweat of our brow, we may enjoy eternal happiness in heaven, through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

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