|I looked for sympathy, but there was none; for
comforters, and I found none. (Psalm 69:21)
PRAY IT AGAIN, SAM
My mom has prayed the daily rosary for as long as I can
remember. We used to say it together as a family. At home, she always used a large wooden
rosary she had owned for many years.
After we kids had moved away, she started praying with the devoted group of parishioners
who said a rosary after each weekday mass. At church, she began using a new set of plastic
rosary beads she kept in her purse. An elderly gentleman named Sam led the prayers, and
the others faithfully responded.
The count of "Hail Marys" through five mysteries everyday was always
accurate except for the third decade. Here, as my mom fingered the last "Hail
Mary" bead, Sam would always say one more "Hail Mary" and naturally
everyone would give the "Holy Mary" response. "There he goes again,"
she'd think to herself as he began the "extra" prayer. "Why does he always
say eleven 'Ave Marias' in the third decade?"
That pattern continued for several years until one day when my mom left her
purse in the car and had to borrow a pair of rosaries from the lady sitting next to her.
Lo and behold, this time when my mom fingered the final "Hail Mary" bead of the
third decade, Sam dutifully followed with the "Glory Be."
This prompted my mom to do something she otherwise wouldn't have thought of: to
check the rosary beads in her purse - that set only contained nine beads in the third
A plenary indulgence is granted for those who piously exercise the Way of
the Cross, actually moving from station to station where they are legitimately erected and
while mediating on the passion and death of our Lord ("Enchiridion of
Indulgences," No. 63).
Today is the day we remember Judas betraying the Lord.
Ask the Lord for forgiveness for all your sins.
Father, in your plan of salvation your Son Jesus Christ accepted the cross and
freed us from the power of the enemy. May we
come to share the glory of his resurrection, for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy
Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen