† The Cross of Dozule
† St. Catherine Library and Gathering Room
† Stations of the Cross
† Our Lady's Rosary Garden
† The Holy Family Statue
† Sacred Heart of Jesus Statue
† St. Francis Pine Grove
† St. Peter's Table & Terrace
Our Lady's Rosary Garden
The rosary probably began as a practice by the laity to imitate the monastic Divine Office (Breviary or Liturgy of the Hours), during the course of which the monks daily prayed the 150 Psalms. The laity, many of whom could not read, substituted 50, or even 150, Ave Marias (Hail Marys) for the Psalms. This prayer, at least the first half of it so directly biblically, seems to date from as early as the 2nd century, as ancient graffiti at Christian sites has suggested. Sometimes a cord with knots on it was used to keep an accurate count of the Aves.
The first clear historical reference to the rosary, however, is from the life of St. Dominic (died in 1221), the founder of the Order of Preachers or Dominicans. He preached a form of the rosary in France at the time that the Albigensian heresy was devastating the Faith there. Tradition has it that the Blessed Mother herself asked for the practice as an antidote for heresy and sin.
The rosary has been called the preparation for contemplation and the prayer of saints. While the hands and lips are occupied with the prayers (it can and should be prayed silently when necessary so as not to disturb others), the mind meditates on the mysteries of the Incarnation and Redemption represented by the decades. Meditation is the form of prayer by which the one who prays uses the mind and imagination to consider a truth and uses the will to love it and form resolutions to live it. In this way the heart, mind, and soul of the Christian is formed according to the Gospel examples of the Savior and His First Disciple, His Mother. In God's own time, when this purification of the heart, mind, and soul has advanced sufficiently the Lord may give the grace of contemplative prayer, that special divine insight into the truth which human effort cannot achieve on its own. more>
Our Lady Of Fatima (statue in the Rosary Garden)
On May 13, 1917, the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, appeared to the three shepherd children, Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta, in the little village of Fatima, Portugal. Our Lady requested that the children come on the thirteenth of each month at the same hour and that in the month of October she would tell them who she is and what she wanted them to do. Our Lady appeared a total of six times. Her message from God was for every man, woman, and child of our century. Our Lady of Fatima promised that the whole world would be in peace, and that many souls would go to Heaven if her requests were listened to and obeyed.
As a great sign that these apparitions truly were of God, a marvelous miracle was worked in the sky over Fatima before 70,000 witnesses on Oct. 13, 1917 at the time, date, and place that Lucy and the other children had prophesied in the name of Our Lady of Fatima.
On July 13 (two months before the miracle of the sun), our Lady stated, "... I shall come to ask for the consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart and the Communion of reparation on the First Saturdays. If my requests are heard, Russia will be converted and there will be peace. If not ... the good will suffer martyrdom; the Holy Father will suffer much." On Dec. 10, 1925, Our Lady came with the child Jesus to Lucia (who had became a Sister), in her convent cell in Pontevedra, Spain, to request the First Saturday Devotion. On June 13, 1929 at Tuy in Spain, our Lady returned to Sr. Lucia and requested the Consecration of Russia to Her Immaculate Heart.