The Catholic Defender: The Catholic Man and the Nineveh 90 Rosary Campaign
"Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil." Ephesians 6:10-11
2017 represents the 100 year anniversary of the Fatima peace plan from Heaven when Our Blessed Mother, the Virgin Mary appeared to three shepherd children with many messages and prophecies. Here is one example:
After the two parts which I have already explained, at the left of Our Lady and a little above, we saw an Angel with a flaming sword in his left hand; flashing, it gave out flames that looked as though they would set the world on fire; but they died out in contact with the splendor that Our Lady radiated towards him from her right hand: pointing to the earth with his right hand, the Angel cried out in a loud voice: ‘Penance, Penance, Penance!’ (Sister Lucia - Vatican – The Message of Fatima, “Third Part of the ‘Secret’”)
Our Lady encouraged the importance of praying the Rosary for the conversion of sinners and this really fits in to our Deepertruth Mission by evangelizing men, by evangelizing men you evangelize families. With the families strengthened, culture can be transformed which can transform the world.
I have often told people that when you hold a Rosary in your hand, you are symbolically holding the hand of Our Lady. I have always had a feeling of security having a Rosary in my pocket. No matter where I have been, that continues to be so.
I Timothy 4:7-9 states, “Have nothing to do with godless and silly myths. Train yourself in godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. The saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance.”
Other biblical translations will say “devotion is of value in every way…” The Rosary, as a devotion certainly instill's Godliness. It is really like having a pocket bible because all of the mysteries of the Rosary come from the bible, either explicitly or implicitly.
As a spiritual tool, the Rosary can give such comfort when it is applied with faith, trust, assurance. There have been times in my life when I was hanging on by a scarlet thread. What kept me going was knowing I had someone praying for me.
It is good from time to time to look back and see where you have been, how the Lord has been there with you through everything that you endure, we are not alone, but our faith is built on the reality we are promised tomorrow.
The Rosary is also a reminder of that love coming from God, that these beads are truly beads of love. Revelation 12:17 teaches, “Then the dragon was angry with the woman, and went off to make war on the rest of her offspring, on those who keep the commandments of God and bear testimony to Jesus. And he stood on the sand of the sea.” We are in a spiritual warfare and Our Lady truly is Our spiritual Mother.
This dragon who is angered waging war with mankind, who stands on the sand of the sea, St. Peter states, “Be sober, be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking some one to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experience of suffering is required of your brotherhood throughout the world.” The Rosary, the beads of love is a great treasure because of it’s heavenly benefit.
St. Padre Pio referred to the Rosary as the “weapon” that has extraordinary power against Satan. Galations 6:10-20 states, “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the equipment of the gospel of peace; besides all these, taking the shield of faith, with which you can quench all the flaming darts of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Pray at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, and also for me, that utterance may be given me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.”
Notice St. Paul tells us to “Pray at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication.” This requires the action of the will regardless of the emotions. Sometimes prayer takes commitment, sometimes it takes dedication and work, but as a practice and discipline, prayer builds strength. St Jude agrees, Jude vs 20 states, “But you, beloved, build yourselves up on your most holy faith; pray in the Holy Spirit;” dedicated prayer builds strength and when times are tough, prayer is a lifesaver.
The Rosary as a prayer is one of supplication where we are literally praying with the Virgin Mary. When you see praying the Rosary like this, then the beads of love really becomes a faithful encounter with our Mother in heaven who is with Our Lord. As St. John accepted bringing Mother Mary into his house (John 19:27) we too have the opportunity to honor her in our home. Where Mother Mary is being honored, Our Lord Jesus is present.
It is my encouragement that we lift up all prayer for the Church, for the Pope, the Bishops in union with him and all the clergy. To pray for all the faithful, the strengthening of families and our Nation.
The Rosary is Our Ladies peace plan from heaven. The Rosary is our beads of love that points to love. God is love, “So faith, hope, love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13
The following is from the "Roman Catholic Man" web page that gives the instruction for the Nineveh 90 Challenge:
THE NINEVEH 90 CHALLENGE BEGINS FEBRUARY 13
“Consecration Day” will be on May 13, the 100th Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima.
Nineveh 90 – Ten Elements
For these 90 days, resolve to let go of repetitive sin you struggle with (e.g., masturbation, over-eating, alcohol, etc.)
Wear Brown Scapular (Scapular Medal allowed) – Akin to Sackcloth
Confession (at least once a month … immediately following grave sin)
Support System: Create or join a “Nineveh 90 Squad” of 3-8 people. Meet 1-3 times per week (in person or online). Join together with an “Accountability Buddy.” Meet daily or, at least, 3 times a week.
Join Angelic Warfare Confraternity
Holy Hour (or at least 20 minutes)
For 90 Days, Commit to …
Regular and intense exercise (this may be one of the greater challenges for many)
Seven hours of sleep is essential
No desserts & sweets
No eating between meals
No soda or sweetened drinks
No television or movies (news allowed)
Only music that lifts the soul to God
No televised sports (one per week allowed)
Limit computer time (only use for personal needs and fulfillment. May be needed for Nineveh 90 too)
54 Day Rosary Novena (Basic Training in Holiness) – February 13 to April 7
33 Day Preparation for Consecration – April 10 (Monday of Holy Week) to May 12
Marian Consecration – May 13, 2017. 100th Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima
Prayer Intention for 54 Day Rosary Novena: Personal Holiness and for the Roman Catholic Church.
Sundays and Solemnities: may be a day of relaxed discipline, but not abandoned. (Sleep in an extra hour, cream in your coffee, a dessert, a beer, a warmer shower, etc.)
Fasting: Wednesdays and Fridays (Water and Juice and bread only, if medically allowed)
NOW, is a wonderful time to, in essence, “warm up” for Nineveh 90. For example, maybe take this time to ease into your exercise program that will begin on February 13.
Please join our “Special Forces Training” FB group to receive instructions and form Nineveh 90 squads and buddies: SPECIAL FORCES TRAINING