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Our internal Blessed Family's Religious Community Rosebuds-Rosary, nicknamed GM5 (Give Me [Her] High-Five's'), can be also a practical, catechetical and devotional combined "remedy" or improvement:
- For children that may find it less "boring" than an ordinary rosary, especially when it is possible to introduce some playful or exciting adaptations for them (see our GM5 booklet for practical suggestions, meditation samples, etc.)
- For seekers of a deeper and meaningful meditational rosary, now able to slow down the repetitional portion in order to better savoring each "Hail Mary", especially the Holy Name of Jesus in each mentioning, making "room-time" for personal additions like "I love you, Lord!", Thank You, Jesus!, etc.
- For busy people who would like to pray a rosary daily, but for whom reality and anxiety make it impossible.
Our specially designed JoAnnine's rosebuds-rosary, nicknamed the "GM5" rosary, & guidelines booklet for regular or meditated use, with double counts in pairs (see pictures below, at the Photos tab) is easier for children, realistic for busy people, more meaningful for beginners, catechumens, elderly, and even provides a deep experience for ascetics.
Since a white rosebud is a beautiful symbol for Our Lady as a child, and Little Miryam as the Blessed Family's Immaculate Princess our particular devotion (see prayer at the end), we would like to combine both and present the following Rosary devotion argument and proposal:
Because a Rosary is a "bouquet of spiritual roses" originally and normally offered up to Our Lady by a group of devotees, we have decided to also offer a "bouquet of rosebuds" or a combination of both to her as a child/teen in a more flexible means for solo or communal rosary prayers, hopefully more attractable / adaptable also for teens and children. Let’s assume that each regular rosary bead is a symbol of a rose fully opened, represented by the combination of two small prayers: The "Ave" (or Hail...) plus the "Holy Mary" prayer normally repeated by others. Now, if we consider each individual prayer as a single rose-bud than we can realistically slow down, by counting and keep praying the whole decade of each Mystery in less hurry, if we pray one bead for the Hail Mary and the next bead for the Holy Mary response. Therefore counting one bead for each (10) rose-bud per mystery. Many would agree that a bouquet of fresh, high-quality rosebuds is even more beautiful and fragrant than full-blown roses,if we use that saved time to smell each prayer and better contemplate each mystery. We need to better understand the practical implications and the seriousness of St. Pope John Paul II's warnings when he said:
“The Rosary, precisely because it starts with Mary’s own experience, is an exquisitely contemplative prayer. Without this contemplative dimension, it would lose its meaning… Without contemplation, the Rosary is a body without a soul, and its recitation runs the risk of becoming a mechanical repetition of formulas, in violation of the admonition of Christ: “In praying do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think they will be heard for their many words.”” (St. Pope John Paul II). In other words, we are convinced that praying "High Fives" would be preferable than praying "Low Tens", so-to-speak, especially because our "High Fives" proposal mandatorily combine a devotional dimension with a catechetical one, trading the saved time with more spiritual "flavors and colors", becoming potentially more pleasing to Our Lady and more fruitful to us than "Low Tens" IF merely prayed mechanically. St. Teresa of Avila, the great teacher and doctor of prayer life, in similar words, insists on being more concern with the quality than the quantity.
After years of prayers and some design challenges that didn't work, our specially designed JoAnnine's Rosebuds-Rosary was finally carefully designed hybrid & simple -"egg of Columbus!"- remaining 100% whole (see pictures below) also for praying the standard Rosary or the Divine Mercy chaplet, in addition to our Blessed Family's catechetical rosebud Rosary. (please read the details after the Divine Mercy segment)
However, if daily prayer does not transform your life for better, rooting out serious sins, then pray more and/or change the way you pray, until entering/staying in a state of grace at any price and as soon as possible. The secret, as St. Teresa warned us, is that "without love for others, interior liberty and humility, real prayer is impossible." An authentic mystical experience of God supports a practical ascetic life and vice versa. Two sides of the same coin. And if we have those three pre-required conditions and intimate friendship with our Lord, then it doesn't matter much how/when/where we pray. And we will be naturally eager to pray more and work less, but work indeed, under deep Peace. Work indeed because working with God in a more creative and prayerful way, since we cannot create anything without God, but we can co-create everything "new" with Him and in Him even on a daily basis, if we are ready to face the end of our lives at any moment, regardless of age. God without man remains God, but a man without the friendship of God is nothing.
Thomas Merton, OCSO, a Trappist monk and a master of spiritual life summarized it in perfect terms using the keyword conversion: "Prayer is then not just a formula of words, or a series of desires springing up in the heart – it is the orientation of our whole body, mind and spirit to God in silence, attention, and adoration. All good prayer is a conversion of our entire self to God. Real Prayer as such (capital "P"), is like breathing from a pricelessly clean divine air, without health breathing the soul gradually enters the state of coma, without realizing it, or suddenly just die.
Therefore, seeking holiness deeply grateful for the infinite gift of the Christian Faith, pleading Mercy for us sinners and for the whole humanity until the "Final Perseverance," conscious that "for me" it could come today, through an unexpected death, is what really matters. After all, how can anyone keep pleading Our Lady's intercession with a such powerful "Hail Mary's" conclusion ("pray for us, sinners, now and at the hour of our death,") over and over again - many doing so for a lifetime! - without minimally understanding its real meaning and critical importance? Let's learn from St. Teresa of Avila, that died proudly saying: "Finally, I'm dying as a daughter of the Church." She got it! Absolutely. And packed its real meaning synthesizing her whole life into this single, intriguing, and glorious statement, like timeless dynamite against superficiality, relativism, and mental laziness, so prevalent today.
GM5= "Give-Me-Five" or "Give Me High-Five" Rosebud-Rosary is prayed according to the following five suggestions. Introductory and closing prayers are also included:
1) Five mysteries with meditations (one distinct group of 5 Mysteries per each day of the week, see the Mysteries list below, after the "1-2-3's Deal").
2) Five Offerings and/or Petitions, one per mystery
3) Five Hail Mary's per mystery (we call them "rosebuds" instead of full roses=Aves+Holy...)
4) Five Holy Mary's per mystery (we also call them "rosebuds," totaling 10 rose-buds per Mystery)
5) Five Our Father highlights, which consist of five prayers (Glory Be. Oh my Jesus..., Our Father, our indispensable ejaculatory - below - plus one free devotional ejaculatory like "The family that prays together, stays together; or asking for vocations, etc.)
Indispensable ejaculatory prayer: Oh Mary! Conceived without sin in the blessed womb of Saint Anne, please pray with your mom and dad for the salvation of our families, conversion of sinners, and (here goes each one of the five offerings or petitions).
As an easy to understand metaphoric example, especially for young parents determined to teach the Rosary devotion as soon as possible to their precious children, let's imagine the following hypothetic opportunity: Before the GM5' Blessed Family Rosary "deal!" every time parents heard a loud choir in perfect unity shouting, "Mommm! We are hungry! Let's go to McDonald's,” their only choices were to either say an unmistakably loud “Yes,” or a soft, carefully quiet, "No, honey, we have plenty of food at home.” Now, as a third and providential option, moms and dads just need to raise their hand in silence, offering our "Give me high five's" Rosary "deal": If children (already knowing the real meaning) agreed and sealed the "deal" with their hands playing "high-five" (no words necessary!) then, after or before such a "blessed" McDonald's dinner, the whole family will have the opportunity to enjoy a little prayer and playtime together, as a family. Just make abundantly clear to them, over and over again, that only the family that prays together, will be able to stay together. No "deal?" No McDonald's; it’s that simple(*)! No words are necessary! Evidently "McDonald's" here is just a symbol; it could be a video game, a nice movie, anything.
Our main Rosary model, an authentic master-symbol for this Marian Apostolate dedicated to child Mary, our Immaculate Princess, is the Rosebud-Rosary model made up with stunning 14mm round Rosebud's goldtone (antiqued) metallic beads. Yep! Each bead is a mini realistic rosebud. Take a closer look at the illustrations above and below. Your children will love to send little kisses to Our Lady, each on their own turn, just kissing one rosebud bead and then offering up one Hail Mary.
* = And say a quiet prayer: Servant of God Father Patrick Peyton, pray for us!
HERE'S THE 1,2,3 "DEAL." We challenge you:
Below, little Miryam our Immaculate Princess on her “throne,” God the Father's masterpiece, spotless human diamond, divine gift to St Anne, that she gave, with herself, completely to St. Joachim, who entrusted her to St Joseph, that gave her to Jesus, who entrusted her to St. John, and then extended her motherhood to all of us! Evidently she learned the "total gift of self" from her mom and dad:
Oh Immaculate Princess!
Precious little Miryam of papa Saint Joachim, conceived without sin in the blessed womb of mama St. Anne. In your overflowing fullness of grace we plead, please remember us as you remembered even your homemade baby-dolls, and the many kisses your mom & dad "had" to give on them -in addition to yours!- because of your... "intercession": Protect us from tragedies, especially grave sins, therefore defending us against the Evil One, and keep us in peace under your angels we beg you, we trust. United to your beloved parents please pray for us, little Princess, who have recourse to thee as adoptive brothers and sisters, that we may live a life of ongoing conversion, always within your Son's Church, as holy and joyful as possible; in your name loving and protecting every child, every grandparent, every pregnant woman, every family, until safely united with you in Paradise, forever!
Full of hope and confidence we plead, through your sweet, kind and most pure heart of a little Jewish girl forever alive within you, for the sake of your mom and dad's unforgettable ocean of tender love, prayers, and homey protection; and for the inexhaustible everlasting treasure of holy memories and consolations that they infused in the deepest reaches of your being, as an essential portion of your eternal Heaven, that God the Father rich in Mercy, through your intercession, in the blood and merits of your son Jesus Christ, our Messiah and Divine Redeemer, will indeed grant humanity a new Pentecost, with all the grace and blessings that we need to really understand the power of fraternal Unity in the Holy Spirit, and become a New Humanity, meek and humble of heart, loving and courageously faithful to the Will of God, until the last day of our lives, up to the last generation. Ad majorem Dei gloriam, Amen!
Sts. Anne and Joachim, Pray for us and our families!
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