When I first had my re-conversion to the Faith through Medjugorje, I began praying the Rosary especially for Our Lady's intentions. This came purely from my heart and, although this may just be meant for me, I thought I'd share it with my forum friends. Any encouragement to prayer for Our Lady's intentions couldn't hurt, right?
Our Lady asks us to pray for her intentions. I know of pilgrims who offer up their sorrows and impossible situations entirely to Mary, in exchange for her intentions. They make a deal: they pray for Her intentions, and She prays for theirs!!The Joyful Mysteries of the RosaryThe Annunciation - "I offer up this decade especially for the visionaries, priests, and promoters of Medjugorje."
I began to offer this decade up for the visionaries of Medjugorje, because it occurred to me that Our Lady herself was a visionary! She was visited by the Angel Gabriel! She must know exactly how the visionaries feel. I offered up one Hail Mary of this decade for each visionary by name and also Fr. Jozo and Fr. Petar. I later added those associated with spreading the Medjugorje message. The Visitation – “I offer up this decade especially for the sick and suffering and the Holy Souls in purgatory.”
This decade is traditionally for an increase of charity to one’s neighbor, in the way that Mary went to help Elizabeth. Our Lady asked us to pray for the sick and the souls in purgatory. Since these two intentions go hand-in-hand and helping them is an act of charity, it just seemed natural. Sometimes I pray especially for those who are depressed or lonely. The Nativity – “I offer up this decade for the families of the world.”
I think this one is self-explanatory.The Presentation of Jesus – “I offer up this decade for priests, consecrated religious, and the youth.”
This mystery reveals the great obedience of Mary and Joseph, Simeon, and Anna – all in their own particular vocation. Priests and religious are often tempted by unfaithfulness to their vows, so I pray for them especially during this decade, that they be given the grace to remain obedient. I also added the youth in this decade, because Ivan’s mission is to pray for priests and youth. Often I think of certain young people who need prayers and offer up a Hail Mary for them by name. The Finding of Jesus in the Temple – “I offer this decade up in honor of St. Joseph. St. Joseph, please pray with me for the unbelievers, married couples, engaged couples, those who have not yet met, for all pregnant mothers, especially those who are considering abortion, and for an end to abortion and the culture of death.”
I am not sure why I started offering up this decade in honor of St. Joseph – maybe because he is mentioned in the mystery and how much he must have suffered the loss of Jesus those three days. He is the patron of the family, so I began to ask him to pray with me for things that affect the family. I also offer this decade for unbelievers, that they may have the joy of finding Jesus in their hearts!
I hope this may help some of us continue to pray for Our Lady’s intentions!!! Thank you for letting me share this! God bless you all!
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