Father Ron’s Column
~by Father Ron Camarda
December 4, 2013: Mary, the Rosary and Christmas
Welcome! The Rosary is a prayer reflecting and meditating on Jesus and his Beloved. Who is the Beloved? We are the Beloved Daughters and Sons of God. God desires a Christmas Dance with each and every one of us. It isn’t just about Christmas day or the season. It is about each and every day of the year that seems to circle and spiral up to the heavens and beyond. We call this “kairos” time.
The Rosary is a response to what Jesus said on the cross just before he died,
“Woman, behold your son. Son, behold your Mother!” Jesus was thrilled, even in pain to give us his mother and to ask us to watch over her. It seems that Jesus entrusts all of us to His mother, “Woman, behold your sons and daughters!” Jesus asks us to literally, “Take care of Your Mother!”
The Rosary is really like having roses bloom in winter; a miracle birth. Do you remember the story of Our Lady of Guadalupe? On December 9, 1531 Mary, the mother of Jesus the “Christ” appeared to Juan Diego, a recent native convert, on Tepeyac Hill, in what is now Mexico City. She asked that Juan Diego go to his bishop and ask that a church be built there, a “house for her son.” The bishop only believed Juan Diego when he opened his cloak with the beautiful roses he collected in the winter and the image of Our Lady appeared clothed in the Sun and standing on the moon in the most beautiful Christmas lights ever displayed. God, Our Father, loves and adores the Mother of His Son. Not only does God give us the “gift” of Jesus, His Son.
It seems that Mary and Joseph are still looking for a place for their newborn son. “While they were there, the time came for her to have her child, and she gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.” The Gospel According to Luke 2:6-7
When Jesus was born on the first Christmas Day over 2000 years ago, he was wrapped in basically, scraps and rags. Our Lady of Guadalupe is the House of God for all eternity. When Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. Let it be done to me as you wish.” She said “Yes,” I will make room for God in my body, heart, life and soul.
Sadly, today we don’t even make room for babies that are in the womb. Today, millions of unborn children are slaughtered by abortion. These children are placed in garbage cans, incinerated, or used for scientific research. Over the years, God has used me to help bring healing for women and men who have participated in their children or grandchildren’s death through abortion. Naming of these innocent children and handing them to God and His Mother is a first step to being saved from the horrors of death. (Project Rachael) The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you: you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel, praising God and saying:
“Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests!”
Because Blessed Mary made room for the birth of the “Christ-Mass,” God made room for her in heaven. Our Lady of Guadalupe was wrapped in the Sun and was held up by the moon. The book of Revelation described her as, “A great sign appeared in the sky; a woman clothed with the sun, and with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. She was with child and wailed aloud in pain as she labored to give birth…The child was caught up to God and his throne. The woman herself fled into the desert where she had a place prepared by God, that there she might be taken care of.”
On Christmas day, five years ago, I was in the war and desert of Iraq where Salvation History began. I was in between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers near Babel. The weather was dreary and it wasn’t a white Christmas. We didn’t have a church building, but we did have the Eucharist. We carried Jesus in our bodies as we traversed all the dangers. On that Holy Night, we believed that Jesus was wrapped in our poor bodies in the Body and Blood of Christ. We reflected on the stars brightly shining beyond the clouds. It was the night of our dear Savior’s birth. It was the best Christmas ever!A thrill of hope
A weary world rejoices For yonder breaks, a new and glorious morn
Fall on your knees and hear the angel voices
O night divine when Christ was born!
Let us not celebrate just the birth day of Christ, but let us celebrate his entire life in his Kingdom on earth and in Heaven. Come home to the family of God. Live in the radiance of the Holy Family clothed in light and love. Let this Christmas be the best ever.
The Church believes that the Rosary is the Gift of the Sacred Scriptures. Every Mystery, every prayer, every decade contains the Whole Story of God’s love for us. God is Our Father. Mary is Our Mother. Jesus is The Son. We, the Church are the Bride. We are a family. The Rosary is a Family prayer and reflection. The Rosary is an Instrument of God’s Peace. Let us open our minds and hearts to the infinite and compassionate love of God.
MYSTERIES OF JOY
Birth of Our Lord
Presentation of Jesus by Mary and Joseph
Finding Jesus in the Temple
MYSTERIES OF LIGHT
Baptism of Jesus
Wedding Feast of Cana
Proclamation of the Kingdom (The Invitation)
MYSTERIES OF SORROW
Agony in the Garden
Crowning with Thorns
The Way of the Cross
MYSTERIES OF GLORY
Ascending to Heaven
Holy Spirit is Here!
Crowning of the Queen of Peace
Love, joy, peace,
Father Ron Moses +
Father Ron Camarda is a retired Naval Chaplain and author of “Tear in the Desert,” a powerful book containing his memoirs of life and death at the Battle for Fallujah. Father Ron appears on EWTN and recently won the Silver Medal from the Military Writers Society of America.
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Father Ron Camarda is an ordained Roman Catholic priest in the Diocese of St. Augustine and also the Archdiocese of the Military which shows you how committed and hard he has worked in his vocation. He has received numerous commendations and achievement medals and is a ten year member of the American Counseling Association.
He is also the author of the widely successful and emotionally moving book titled TEAR in the DESERT which shares his experiences in Iraq as a Chaplain in the heart of war. His journal chronicles the names of 2,000 troops he met along the way and his experience at the Marine Surgical Hospital during the battle for Fallujah that forever changed him. Even today, he remains in touch with many of the families and survivors that he came to know through this experience.
He has appeared on EWTN and has been written about in Emmanuel Magazine, The St. Augustine Catholic and many newspapers across the country have carried his story. We thank Father Ron for blessing this new website with his presence.