Caring Bridge family and friends,
Deb began praying the Rosary in 2002 when Matthew was diagnosed with cancer. She now prays fifteen decades of the Rosary daily. I love the Rosary! I even sleep with a Rosary in my hand.(best night sleep ever....) Blessings for the entire family.
-"The rosary is the scourge of the devil." Pope Adrian VI
-Blessed Pope John XXII spoke 38 times about our Lady and the Rosary. He prayed 15 decades daily.
-"To recite the Rosary is nothing other than to contemplate with Mary the face of Christ." Rosarium Virginius Mariae, Pope John Paul II, Oct 16, 2002
"Kitty Jablonski, religious education leader for Matthew's confirmation group at St. Timothy, said the youth bonded by praying for Matthew. Deb Pafko had asked the group to pray the Rosary for her son, who was receiving chemotherapy treatments. The teens seemed uncomfortable as they began the prayer, Jablonski said. "Then suddenly, the kids engaged, and you don't often see a teenager engaged in a lot of routine prayer...For me, that felt powerful," she said. " It opened the door for the group to become a group." Another teen from the group told Jablonski that he felt by praying the Rosary he was "truly doing something for Matthew." Catholic Spirit April 28th, 2009
THE AGONY IN THE GARDEN
As his closest friends sleep, Jesus enters alone the extreme agony, fear, and distress of this night of sorrow. Desiring to be spared such great suffering, Jesus prays, "Abba, Father, all things are possible to You. Take this cup away from Me, yet not my Will, but Yours, be done." Jesus pours out his anguished heart, begging for the strength to endure the Passion and finish the cup. He places His full trust and confidence in His Heavenly Father, as He had his whole life. And in His Father's embrace he finds the strength to go on to the end. Jesus teaches us that we too find our ultimate fulfillment only in giving of ourselves to others.
*Then going out he went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives, and the disciples followed Him. Luke 22:39
Meditation: Just as Adam turned from God in a Garden, so now Jesus enters the Garden of Gethsemane to reverse Adam's disobedience and to redeem all humanity from the curse of sin and death.
Response: Lord Jesus, though You were sinless, You willingly accepted the sin of the whole world to free me from eternal death. How can I thank You?
* When he arrived at the place he said to them,"Pray that you may not undergo the test."Luke 22-40
Meditation: Jesus exhorts His apostles to pray for the strength to do God's Will as the enemy approaches.
Response: Lord, forgive me for the many times I have ignored Your Spirit's prompting. Help me to pray daily, that I may always overcome evil with good.
*After withdrawing about a stone's throw from them and kneeling, he prayed, saying, "Father, if you are willing, take this cup away from me; still, not my will but yours be done." Luke 22-42
Mediation: As a human, Jesus felt the sorrow and horror that death represents. Even so, He unites His will completely to His father's, and embraces suffering out of love for us.
Response: Lord, too often I take the easy way out. I don't choose Your Will because it is difficult. Help me to surrender my will to Yours, knowing it will result in true happiness.
*[And to strengthen him an angel from heaven appeared to him.] Luke 22-43
Mediation: In His temptation in the desert, angels ministered to Jesus. Now the Father sends an angel to help Jesus as the devil begins his final, frontal assault.
Response: Thank you, O God, for creating angels, who assist us in many hidden and wonderful ways. With their heavenly aid, may we please You always.
*He was in such agony and he prayed so fervently that his sweat became like drops of blood falling on the ground. Luke 22-44
Meditation:Adam was cursed after the Fall with "the sweat of his brow." Now Jesus sweats blood for us, to redeem us from the curse of sin.
Response: When my suffering and temptation seem unbearable, let me remember that Jesus has borne it for me, and I can rest in Him.
*When he rose from prayer and returned to his disciples, he found them sleeping from grief. Luke 22-45
Mediation: When we are distressed of broken-hearted, we seek the comfort of family and friends. Imagine Jesus' lonely sorrow as His apostles let Him down in his hour of need.
Response: O Jesus, help me to visit You often in the Blessed Sacrament and to be present to others in their hour of need, with Your loving grace.
He said to them, " Why are sleeping? Get up and pray that you may not undergo the test." Luke 22-46
Meditation: God calls me daily to pray, to abide in Him, to commune with Him. Time with Him is our greatest treasure.
Response: Lord Jesus, forgive me for the times I have let You down. Give me the fortitude to follow always the promptings of Your Holy Spirit.
*When he was speaking...Judas....went up to Jesus to kiss him. Jesus said to him, "Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?" Luke 22-47
Mediation: There is no sorrow like the rejection of a friend. Yet, how many times have I rejected the Lord, my best friend?
Response: Dear Jesus, forgive me for the times I choose my will over Yours, and push You away from me. Draw me back to You, O Lord, and fill me with Your love and grace.
*Even the friend who had my trust,/ who shared my table, has scorned me." Psalm 41:10
Mediation: Judas unwittingly fulfills the Scripture in his betrayal of Jesus.
Response: Lord, how often have I betrayed You by my actions? Even so, You have forgiven me and given me another chance. Heal me, O Lord, that I may serve You.
*Like water my life drains away;/ all my bones grow soft./ My heart has become like wax,/ it melts away within me. Psalm 22-15
Mediation: King David prophesies of Jesus' suffering, as he accepts the Father's Will in His passion and death, which will lead to His Glorious Resurrection!
Response: Jesus, You did for us what we could not do for ourselves, and You did it out of love. I receive You in my heart today. Thank you.
All glory and power to Jesus!
Jay and Deb Pafko (soon to be married 35 years)