The month of October dedicated to the Holy Rosary. According to an account by fifteenth-century Dominican, Alan de la Roch, Mary appeared to St. Dominic in 1206 after he had been praying and doing severe penances because of his lack of success in combating the Albigensian heresy. Mary praised him for his valiant fight against the heretics and then gave him the Rosary as a mighty weapon, explained its uses and efficacy, and told him to preach it to others.
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In today’s first reading from the Prophet Amos, we find a group of wealthy men living a life of luxury. They have been given much — comfort, food, wine, music, and companionship. Yet they have become too accustomed to their lifestyle. Amos calls them complacent, meaning they no longer understand that they have been abundantly blessed. They have been empowered in many ways but are abusing the gifts rather than sharing them. They are not unlike the wealthy man in the Gospel today. That man died and was cast into the netherworld, where he suffered great torment. The reality is that most of us are also like the wealthy men in these stories. We have been abundantly blessed, but we take our blessings for granted. We are complacent, and we need to snap out of it before it is too late! Ask the Holy Spirit to create in you a sense of gratitude and a desire to use your blessings for the good of others!