St. Joseph and "Mary's Blueprint"
Is the Year of St. Joseph preparing the way for the renewal of the Archconfraternity of the Most Holy Rosary and the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary? Ad Jesu per Mariam
Some 800 years ago, St. Francis of Assisi, upon locking eyes with Jesus on the San Damiano crucifix;
“Lord, what do you want me to do?” he asked. “Show me what you want me to do with my life.”
“Francis, go and rebuild my church which, as you see, is falling down.”
Some 800 years ago, the Spaniard, St. Dominic, had what might be called a parallel Marian experience to defeat the Ablbigensian heresy.
St. Michael, Pope Pius IX and St. Joseph
In 1867 Spanish mystic, Venerable Philomena, expresses to St. Michael that she would honor his request to make his greatness known if he and the Immaculate Virgin Mary would protect Pope Pius IX from leaving Rome paving the way for the 1870 proclamation of St. Joseph as the Patron of the Universal Church. (Chapter V)
“This new Trinity (Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Immaculate Heart of Mary and St. Michael the Archangel) must be blessed and glorified on earth as is the unity of the Three Divine Persons in Heaven; blessed is the nation, blessed is the country ... which will be inflamed with this devotion!"
(Jesus to the Spanish mystic, Venerable Philomena, in 1867)
The Queen of the Most Holy Rosary and St. Joseph
A swine chewing on a rosary in 1867 led to the reestablishment of the Confraternity of the Most Holy Rosary. By 1879 a bigger church was required and stones to be brought across the St. Lawrence to build it. As providence would have it, the winter was warm.
From the Feast of St. Joseph to the Solemnity of the Annunciation; the prodigy of the ice bridge (aka the "Bridge of Rosaries") at Cap-de-la-Madeleine; the seeds of the Rosary Shrine formally pronounced in 1888.
Enrolment in the Archconfraternity of the Most Holy Rosary reestablished at Canada's National Marian Shrine.
In 2017, on the Feast of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, Bishop Pierre-Olivier Tremblay, then rector of Canada's National Marian Shrine, authorizes the Marian Devotional Movement to reestablish enrolment in the Confraternity of the Most Holy Rosary. By 2020 the "Bridge of Rosaries" spans the globe with well over 1000 cities and towns represented; nearly 40,000,000 Hail Marys per year unleashing a torrent of grace.
The Year of St. Joseph Prepares the Way
On December 4th, 2020, Fr. Lawrence Lew, O.P., Promoter General of the Rosary, and the Marian Devotional Movement begin discussing "Mary's Blueprint" - Establishing the Rosary Archconfraternity at Marian Shrines throughout the world beginning with Guadalupe, Fatima and Lourdes.
On December 8th, 2020, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and the 150th anniversary of the proclamation by Pope Pius IX naming St. Joseph as the Patron of the Universal Church, Pope Francis proclaims the Year of St. Joseph.
Stained glass window from St. Dominic’s Church in Washington, D.C. Photo by Fr. Lawrence Lew, O.P.
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Remember, O most chaste spouse of the Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who asked for your help and sought your intercession was left unaided.
Full of confidence in your power, I hasten to you and beg your protection. Listen, O foster father of the Redeemer, to my humble prayer, and in your goodness hear and answer me. Amen.