CVS Meta - 2018-11-09 - The Decalogue and the Rosary

Author Recorded Friday November 9th, 2018

This episode of Meta explains my Decalogue Rosary method, and gives a few brief examples of how to do an examination of conscience based on the Ten Commandments combined with the Twenty Mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary. There are 200 meditations in a full Rosary, but I limit my discussion to 10 meditations, for the sake of time.

CVS Meta - 2018-11-09 - The Decalogue and the Rosary

Author Recorded November 4th, 2018



These YouTube transcripts are generated automatically and are therefore unformatted and replete with errors.
meda as you know my name is David I am the creator and host of CBS in today's episode of Mehta I'm going to talk about the Decalogue and the rosary because when I pray the rosary I used the Decalogue with the Ten Commandments as a way of not only counting the ten Hail Marys of each decade would have also doing an examination of conscience by going through and looking at my day my week or my month or my year or my whole life in the context of each of the Ten Commandments and putting that into the context of the life of Jesus as described by the particular mystery that's being meditated upon as you know there are four categories of mysteries the joyful the luminous the sorrowful and the glorious and they have five mysteries each making a total of twenty mysteries so those twenty mysteries when combined with the Ten Commandments gives you a total of 200 meditations which are very rich very complex because you have your whole life to reflect upon as well as the life of Jesus Christ so it is centered on the mysteries it is centered on the life of Christ but by examining our own meager attempt to be a follower of Christ we can make an examination of conscience and this can really be brought into sharp relief by placing it into these scenes these twenty colorful scenes in the life of Jesus and Mary but before I get into the actual meditations and give up just a handful of examples I want to just touch on some of the other salient features of my particular way of saying the rosary for those of you that aren't familiar with st. Louie de Mol for he did say in his famous book the secret of the Rosary that you are free to make your own method of reciting the Rosary even though there are several methods already available and he makes available several methods that as long as yours in a good way in a holy way and you're meditating on the mysteries of Jesus and Mary then you can choose whichever method pleases you or you can make your own method the point is to meditate on those mysteries so that really is the point and if you want to come up with your own way st. Louie them all for encourages you to do that and the church encourages you to do that so the Rosary begins typically with the sign of the Cross the Creed one our Father and three Hail Mary's which are said for the three theological virtues of faith hope and charity and I do all of that but the way that I frame my three Hail Marys is a little bit different from what you find in the typical presentation of how to pray the rosary before my three Hail Marys I have three little phrases which are connected to the theological virtues but I say I believe help my unbelief for the first Hail Mary and then for the second Hail Mary I say I hope help my own hope and finally I prefixed the third Hail Mary with the phrase and I love help my unloved so again I'm keeping within tradition by associating these three Hail Mary's in the introductory prayers with a theological virtues of faith hope and charity but I emphasize the need I have for help because I'm a weak and helpless sooner I need more I need more grace even though I do believe even though I do hope even though I do love my love is imperfect my hope is imperfect and my belief is imperfect so I need a lot of help so I emphasize that when I say my three Hail Marys so having said the three Hail Marys for the theological virtues I continue as is traditional with the glory be and I say the Fatima prayer which is optional but which I enjoy which I include from here of course we start getting into the mysteries themselves and the way that I give my intention is a little bit different from what you'll encounter on other recitation of the Rosary in as much as I always give the same for every mystery it's a very broad Universal intention which is really a dual intention asking for the conversion of all sinners and the release of all the holy souls in purgatory and I add on the set prayer of Saint Gertrude the great she was a mystic of the 13th century and her spirituality was marked by a nuptial theology meaning that she put a lot of emphasis on the fact that she is the Bride of Christ and that the church is the Bride of Christ and that each individual Catholic is the Bride of Christ the prayer if you're not familiar with st. Gertrude's prayer for the holy souls in purgatory I'll recite it for you now it goes as follows Eternal Father I offer thee the most precious blood of thy divine son Jesus in union with the masses sent throughout the world today for all the holy souls in purgatory for sinners everywhere for sinners in the universal Church those in my own home and within my family amen this prayer originally ended after the holy souls of purgatory and it's the church that expanded it to include the conversion of sinners to complement the relief of the holy souls in purgatory and the tradition of the church is that a thousand souls are released from purgatory whenever this prayer is recited in a devote and pious manner so that's a wonderful promise is it necessarily the case that every time you recite this prayer a thousand souls are literally released from purgatory no of course not we don't have certainty for any of these promises that are attached to private revelation the church never obliges us to believe any private revelation at all but it's a pious belief if there's no harm in believing it that's what the church has declared in the case of the Saint Gertrude prayer the Saint Gertrude prayer has enjoyed the approval of the church and the church is expanded on that prayer to include the conversion of sinners so we know we can be confident that this is a good and pious devotion a good prayer the prayer of Saint Gertrude the great so I include it in my universal intention which begins in my own words I desire the true and lasting conversion of all sinners and the quick release of all the holy souls in purgatory and then I go on to recite the st. Gertrude prayer you may feel with such a generalized and universal intention that you are missing out on some of the resolution the finer details and the concrete realities may be someone close to you is suffering from illness or old age or is out of work or having financial problems or maybe you have someone in particular in mind that struggling with purity or that's struggling with addiction but the reality is when you give a general intention you're drawn naturally to think of all the particular cases that are relevant today what's on your mind today who's on your mind today who is in need today what are your weaknesses today what are you struggling with today what do you need today it's very natural to fill in all the details with what's on your mind is just gonna come flooding out of your mind anyway so you're not missing out by being in general giving a universal intention so before actually saying each Hail Mary in each decade of each rosary that I pray I'll insert a little phrase that introduces the commandment in question so for the first Hail Mary in the decade it will be the first commandment for the second Hail Mary it will be the second commandment and so on and so forth down to the tenth Hail Mary and the tenth commandment so I have a particular way of phrasing my intention for these 10 commandments and they're based on a combination of st. Augustine and st. Thomas Aquinas where they divide the Ten Commandments into two and three groups so if I combine those two approaches with the division into two and the division into three I get six divisions and those six divisions are the love of God in thought word and deed and the love of neighbor for God's sake in thought word and deed okay so there were two tablets the first three Commandments are the love of God in thought word indeed and so on the second tablet of Moses we have the remaining seven which pertain to the love of neighbor for God's sake the love of neighbor in thought in Word and in deed and it just so happens that the love of neighbor in thought is further subdivided into two and the love of neighbor in deed is subdivided into four so four plus two plus one makes seven so you have your seven commandments pertaining to the low of neighbor so what I have done is I've gone through the Catechism of the Catholic Church and just picked out sort of the salient keyword of the salient virtue that I find described in that section that deals with the last seven Commandments and I've used these as intentions and I'm asking God to give me these virtues I'm asking him to make me indeed obedient peaceful chaste and just I'm asking God to make me inward honest and I'm asking God to make me in thought pure and holy these are the seven virtues where I am able to place my emphasis in terms of intention with regard to the Ten Commandments in my examination of conscience now for the first three Commandments which deal with the love of God in thought word indeed I simply mirror the 7 Commandments because my emphasis on the Ten Commandments has to do with love there's only one commandment that commandment is love and that one commandment can be so divided into the two Commandments love of God and love of neighbor as Jesus said and I also draw on the fact that Jesus said what you do to the least of these you do to me and what you failed to do for the least of these my brethren you fail to do for me we can't put a cloak on the back of God he's invisible he's non material he's pure spirit he's not cold we can't put a meal on his table he's not hungry she's fulfillment itself we can't visit him in prison because God is not in prison he's free he is freedom itself so we rely on neighbor to fulfill the commandments we really have to emphasize the love of neighbor and this is what Jesus came to do he took on her flesh to show us how to love our neighbor what does it mean to be a neighbor Jesus came in the flesh to show us what does it mean to be great it means service it means service to your neighbor for God's sake so that's how I came up with these seven key words so for each of the Ten Commandments I have a little reminder for myself a little intention before I say two Hail Mary so they go like this I'll just recite them for you now number one for the love of God and thought make me pure and holy - for the love of God in word make me honest three for the love of God indeed make me obedient peaceful chaste and just four for the love of neighbor make me indeed obedient five for the love of neighbor make me indeed peaceful six for the love of neighbor make me indeed chaste seven for the love of neighbor make me indeed just eight for the love of neighbor make me inward honest nine for the love of neighbor make me in thought pure and ten for the love of neighbor make me in thought holy so the reason I ask God to make me pure and holy in order to arrive at the love of God and thought is because of the ninth and tenth commandments that are reflected in the six fold symmetry of the Decalogue there is an intimacy which is wholesome and legitimate that is the intimacy that we should desire first and foremost with our loving creator and as a shadow of that a reflection of that an analogy of that great intimacy we have perhaps a spouse a real concrete spouse with whom we are allowed to be commanded to be intimate but it must be a legitimate and wholesome intimacy not an illicit intimacy a forbidden intimacy and it's the same with the 10th commandment but here we're not dealing with intimacy we're dealing with power and that's why we're not to covet our neighbor's ox or I guess today we could say not to covet our neighbors tractor or our neighbors bank account or our neighbors high position in the corporate world or whatever whatever this power is that we covet we're not to covet it in an illicit way of course all power is good to the extent that it really is power it comes from God and that's why we should seek first and foremost to rely on the power of God Almighty and to lean on that power to desire that power and to want to partake of that power the first commandment is reminding us that if we are not seeking intimacy and power from God if we're seeking it from a wooden Idol or if we're seeking it from an idol of flesh whether that's the silky smooth flesh of our neighbor's wife or the rough and hairy flesh of our neighbor's ox we're not to cover it that sort of intimacy and that sort of power so much for the first commandment and the 9th and 10th Commandments which are a shadow or a reflection of that first commandment so you can see here the mirroring that's going to go throat the Ten Commandments so let's just move along quickly here for the love of God in word make me honest this is so straightforward as to not require an explanation if we're committing blasphemy if we're throwing around the word Jesus like it's the f-word and if we're saying I swear to God this and I swear to God that when we don't even believe in God this is an abuse of language it's not the communication of truth it's not honest it is a damnable sin and the reflection on the horizontal axis obliges us to be honest with our words and to not make false oaths and not to engage in any sort of deception with language because there's so many forms of deception that we use our relationships with people people we know people we love and people that we don't know that we'll never even meet but we design very clever marketing campaigns and very clever word games to bring us advantage in this world and there's a lot of communication that is not godly it's not holy it's not wholesome it is evil so it is forbidden and this is where the eighth commandment is drawing our attention really to the second commandment we have to keep the name of the Lord sacred so moving along now the third commandment for the love of God indeed make me obedient peaceful chaste and just so obviously this will be reflected in the for subsequent commandments the love of neighbour indeed so why am I asking God to make me obedient peaceful chaste and just in connection with the third commandment how does that help me love God indeed well as I said before it's because of the way that we love our neighbor for God's sake the fourth commandment talks about respecting Authority this will always involve a certain submissive and loving obedience to those who are in legitimate authority whether it's parents whether it's teachers whether it's police officers whoever God has given legitimate authority on this earth we owe them obedience and one good example is the Pope we need to be docile in our sickness of obedience to our Holy Father the Pope now it goes without saying that if we're not obedient to God we're not going to be fulfilling the third commandment which has to do with the Sabbath how can we enter into the perfect rest of God that Sabbath of God if we don't obey Him it's not possible so this obedience is a key component obviously of the third commandment and the fifth commandment for the love neighbor make me indeed peaceful the fifth commandment has to do not only with murder which of course he's explicitly mentioned in the Ten Commandments in the Old Testament but Jesus goes one step further and talks about hating your enemy hating your neighbor even this is a violation of the fifth commandment so obviously if we hate neighbor we don't love God this is very clear the New Testament talks about this explicitly and so the third commandment we can't enter into the peace the rest of God the Sabbath of God if we hate our neighbor and we certainly can't enter into the Sabbath if we hate God for angry at God so so much for the fifth commandment the sixth commandment for the love of neighbour make me indeed chaste now the Old Testament is full of imagery of God being betrayed by his bride Israel we Christians are the new Israel were the wild olive branch that's grafted onto the natural domestic olive plant of the chosen people the Jews but we are subject to this same criticism we are a doll at risk because we are adulterous there's a strong connection made if you read for example Hosea the prophet and other prophets and all throughout the Old Testament and the new God is emphasizing this fact that if you are not faithful God of course does remain faithful but if if we are not faithful to God we have violated our covenant our covenants plural because there are many covenants but that final covenant with Jesus Christ really seals the deal and Jesus Christ takes the sixth commandment one step further again and he talks about lusting after women with our eyes so there's a connection here between the ninth commandment and the sixth commandment it starts with a thought it starts with an idea and that works itself up into action so he first David sees Bathsheba and he has thoughts about her and he covets her he violates the ninth commandment and it doesn't take much once he consents to that it doesn't take much before he's actually in bed with her so chastity indeed we need to put it bluntly Cupid in our pants and that starts with respecting the ninth commandment which as we said he is connected with the first commandment so we're always going to come back to it we're always going to come back to the first commandment keep the love of God in thought pure and holy always and this brings us to our final commandment the seventh commandment for the love of neighbor make me indeed just so this idea of Justice giving everyone what is there do so in the case of God that is to give God worship and in particular on the Sabbath we have to give him worship this is the third commandment so the seventh commandment obviously fits in with the third commandment the seventh commandment is a prohibition against stealing thievery robbery and ill-gotten gains through whatever means whether it be borrowing and there not returning or whatever the case may be but the idea here is just as we give people what is their due and it first and foremost of course is to give God what is his due and that is our love our service our worship our time our thoughts our words our deeds if you love me God says time and time again if you love me keep my Commandments so that's just a brief overview of how I use the Ten Commandments and that six fold division of the commandments to frame each of my Hail Marys in each decade of the Rosary so let's go through a couple of examples I want have time to cover all 200 obviously but let's just see how far we can get with some of them so let's start with the first commandment and the second joyful mystery the first commandment for the love of God and thought make me pure and holy I'm going to pair this with the second joyful mystery the visitation first of all let's set the scene with the mystery itself I think it's important to recognize that there are four main characters in this scene of the visitation we've got Mary pregnant by the holy spirit her spouse so she's got little Jesus inside of her and she goes off to see her cousin who's also pregnant so into this scene we're going to bring the first commandment love of God and thought so I enter into this scene with the first commandment in mind and there are four aspects to be considered now I don't think about this in this level of depth consciously while praying the rosary that would make my rosary 12 hours long right we have to think about the rosary when we're not praying the rosary you need to meditate for example when you're on the bus going to work or when you're driving to work or when you're in shopping or when you're cooking dinner you can think about these things in my case it's not an imposition from without it's a it's a hunger and a desire from within to think about the 10 commandments think about the 20 mysteries think about how they interact think about myself think about my need for grace think about all the Grace's I have received so it's a self-imposed meditation outside of the rosary that I just spontaneously engage in because I love God and I want to love God and so that if I love God I have to keep the commandments and if I'm going to keep the commandments I need to know the commandments and if I want to know the commandments I need to look at the lives of Jesus and Mary and the Saints and those are the mysteries the 20 mystery so it all works wonderfully together the examination of conscience the Ten Commandments and the mysteries of the rosary so all of this to say that I don't go through all of this meticulously consciously and explicitly in my mind as I'm praying the rosary you can't you don't have time but we can flesh these ideas out and then when we do pray the rosary those meditations the ideas salient points and things you've been thinking about things you've been contemplating and by the grace of God spontaneous ideas will arise and these meditations can become very rich and very fruitful now I have to admit that I've been very slow over the past nine years of trying to say the Rosary I've been very slow to bear fruit with my daily rosary but at least now I'm in the habit of saying it at least now I've got a system where I can develop these ideas outside of my prayer time and it really is enjoyable for me to think these ideas so all of that time is connected with that 25 minutes of praying the rosary every day it may only be 25 minutes on your knees but you're also meditating during the rest of your day so I think that's something to bear in mind so anyway all of that to say that the third component of this meditation is to bring yourself into the scene so when I bring myself into the scene there are four aspects that I emphasize the first aspect is worship it's the love of God this is number one so you see Jesus Christ for example in the visitation in the womb of Mary I worship that fetus in the womb of Mary in the presence of Saint Elizabeth and st. John the Baptist I worship Him I love him this is after all the whole point it's the first commandment it is the only commandment so always number one love and worship the second aspect I like to think about is gratitude giving thanks okay because I have received a lot of graces I've received the grace of conversion I'm able to love God and thought and I thank Jesus as a fetus in the womb Mary I thank him that I'm able to love God and thought because it's only by the grace of God that I'm able to love God in thought so I have gratitude that's the second aspect the third aspect is sorrow or contrition the little Jesus fetus in the womb of Mary and the visitation scene I tell him that I'm sorry I know that my sins have kept me from being present at the visitation I know that my sins with respect to for example my love of God and thought I haven't loved God and thought as I should my thoughts have made my belly God when's my next meal my thoughts have made my eyes God what is the next pleasure I can see as I look around this beautiful world my thoughts have made myself God just through egomania narcissism vanity selfishness and pride my thoughts have made pretty much everything god but God so the sorrow is not feigned it's not a pretense it's real we know that we have kept ourselves from entering into this relationship with the fetus Jesus in the womb of Mary at the visitation in this particular example and we can see how rich this meditation can be this examination of conscience can be we want to get closer to Jesus and that means getting closer to these mysteries in the Rosary there are reality these are not fables that were invented these are realities that were lived and we have access to them and we have access pre-eminently through the Most Holy Rosary so that's what we're doing and the fourth aspect is petition asking asking for more grace in particular the grace to correspond with all the abundant Grace's that I have already received that is essential so these four aspects will always be the case but they will come to life in different ways in the context of that combination of that particular commandment with that particular mystery so in the case of the visitation and the first commandment for example when I think about that first aspect of worship I think about worshipping literally the fetus Jesus in the wool of Mary in the presence of Saint Elizabeth and Saint John the Baptist and this of course will naturally bring us to Thanksgiving that adoration and that praise will bring us right away to Thanksgiving we thank God naturally for all the graces that that gave to all of humanity that historic moment of the visitation and it's important to remember that part of that Thanksgiving is giving thanks for being present and desiring to be more present every time that you meditate on this particular mystery in this case the visitation that thankfulness is facilitating meditation on this particular scene wouldn't you want to enter more deeply into this meditation when we pay our respects when we give what is due this is justice when we give what is doing we'll give thanks that will bring us closer to God and that will bring us closer in this case to the God that is a fetus and the womb of Mary visiting Elizabeth okay so we need to think about this that we're really drawing ourselves in closer to God in these concrete real situations in Salvation history it's so exciting so there's a lot that we can get out of these meditations I've only just barely touched on this first example but I think you get the idea let's just quickly do the same thing with the second commandment and the presentation for the love of God inward make me honest if we think about the presentation if we set up the scene Joseph and Mary are at the temple and they're handing over the firstborn son as is prescribed by Moses in the law they have to actually give their firstborn to the church they've given him to God through the temple that child is no longer in the custody of the parents this is very very dramatic and it's only by redeeming the child it's only by paying by buying back the child that they get the child back and they're not even guaranteed to get the child back but they are able to offer Redemption and of course God being merciful he has a sliding scale for the rich in the poor and so the Holy Family are a poor family so they just have two turtledoves that they offer in exchange and they get their son back so they've given their son who is God back to God it's a really beautiful symbolism in the presentation it's something that will bear much fruit if we meditate upon this rich rich mystery of the presentation in the generosity and the humility of God how he lowers himself and how he allows himself to be a babe given over into the hands of men very very humbling so we're on the second commandment which has to do with the love of God in Word and the petition is to be made more honest and of course when we place ourselves in this scene once again we go through those four aspects of worship Thanksgiving contrition and petition and we can see yet again how we have failed in our use of language the tongue is a flame and it sets fire so quickly to everything that we touch with our words as st. James so eloquently put it we can harness the biggest beasts and we can control them but we can't control our little fiery tongue it is amazing really how out of control we are with our words and how quickly these ideas can spread and out of the treasure of the good heart we bring forth good things and out of the treasure of the evil heart we bring forth evil things so it's very plain to see that this is a very delicate commandment and in the context of the presentation we can really do a powerful examination of conscience to come to terms with the graces we've received to thank God for communication even if we just meditate how do we form our thoughts where do these words come from how do they become manifest in the movements of our tongue it really is wonderful there's a lot to give thanks for here but unfortunately there's a lot to be sorry for - and if we always bear in mind that the graces that we have cooperated with bring us closer to the infant Jesus being handed over at the presentation and then being handed back to Mary and the tension in that moment and then the release of the tension and immense joy when the child has handed back even though it was maybe only a momentary embrace where the priests held the child I'm sure the longing and the the desperation stirred the hearts of Joseph and Mary and so we want to get close to Jesus in this scene we want to experience that and so we're thankful for the graces that we have bonded with that we have cooperated with and we're very sorry for those Grace's that we've neglected that we haven't correspond it with it's easy to see where we've failed with our tongue and with our mouth and with our words and with our communication with our emails with our texts with things we've said things we haven't said the way we've said it it's easy to see the regrets there's so many some famous Saints somewhere said that I have never regretted keeping silent but I've often regretted speaking it's so hard to keep silent we can see an example in some of the later mysteries of Jesus holding his tongue keeping silent and he's keeping silent now in this mystery he's keeping silent until the fifth joyful mystery but there's a lot of food for thought in this second commandment meditation on the presentation and I urge you to dig deeper but I'm gonna keep moving along here in the first luminous mystery the baptism of Christ and the third commandment which is the love of God indeed where I ask God to make me obedient peaceful chaste and just so we have the baptism of Christ in the Jordan by John the Baptist and I just want to mention I think this is an opportune time to mention here that if you listen to my rosaries whether it's just the Joyful Mysteries that are emphasized or it's just the Luminous Mysteries that are emphasized or the sorwful or the glorious i always mention each and every one of the twenty mysteries in order because there's a chronology here in the life of Jesus and Mary from the visitation all the way through to the coronation of Mary in heaven you can see the chronology play itself out in the New Testament even though the assumption and the coronation are not explicitly in Scripture they are implicitly contained in Scripture and they are in the sacred deposit of faith in the form of sacred tradition and so we can know with certainty there's just as much certainty about the dogma of the Assumption as there is about the dogma of the Annunciation even though one is explicitly in Scripture and the other is not so I just wanted to mention that that I do give a few moments for each of them even though I don't have a decade of Hail Marys in which to meditate on the mysteries I do make mention of them and give a little moment at least to string it together in that chronology always emphasizing the chronology that it is one life of Christ it's one in the same and there is an unfolding of these mysteries one from the other and so much in between for example in between the finding of the Child Jesus in the temple and the baptism of Christ we jump from age 12 to age 30 approximately so there's a lot there and we can use that as one example to say how rich it is how many books would it take to tell everything as st. John says in his gospel there's nothing wrong with having a pious and devote speculation about what happened during the hidden years of Christ what happened and some of these scenes where we don't have explicit speculation by the Saints we can think about it we can think about each and every moment that is not chronicled in the sacred deposit of faith we're free to explore that with our imagination as long as we have love and respect as long as we keep the Ten Commandments while we're doing and we strive to love God as st. Agustin said love God and do what thou wilt the Satanists would pick this up and drop the God part and just say do it thou wilt which is so close and yet so far from the wholesome teaching of the saint so we were talking about the baptism of Christ we have John the Baptist again and I picture the Jordan on a sparkling sunlit day and Jesus long hair dripping with the water as his head emerges from his baptism and the light breaking from the clouds in the sky is really one of those slow-motion scenes that's almost surreal with the quality of the sparkling light in the water and the crystal clarity of it all and of course the point of my Decalogue rosary examination of conscience is to desire that you want to enter into that scene to want to participate in that the reality of that that scene is distant from us we are not able to enter into it because of our disobedience it's the same thing with our hatred and our anger that's keeping us from Christ in his baptism we need to be peaceful we need to repent of our unpeaceful Ness we need to ask God for his peace it's the same thing with chastity and with justice we need to acknowledge our shortcomings and acknowledge the price that we are paying right now for our shortcomings and we need to desire to enter more deeply into this mystery of the baptism of Christ so let's move on now to the proclamation of the kingdom which is the third luminous mystery and the fourth commandment here the fourth commandment is going to focus on the love of neighbor and in particular obedience so the fourth commandment explicitly mentions obedience to parents and by extension the church teaches that all legitimate Authority must be obeyed this particular mystery the proclamation of the kingdom I have a couple of different scenes that come to mind and a couple of my favorites are the Sermon on the Mount with the Beatitudes and this sort of thing proclaiming the kingdom in that setting with people gathered around quietly listening to him and one of the other favorite scenes probably my most favorite scene for the proclamation of the kingdom is the calming of the storm when he's sleeping and they're all panicking and they wake him up and say aren't you worried and Jesus calms the storm that's one of my favorite scenes to picture so in the context of the fourth commandment with obedience we obviously can see a connection with obedience in that scene with even the wind and the rain and the waves obeying Jesus Christ this was astonishing to those who witnessed it obviously and wouldn't you like to enter into that scene wouldn't you like to be there just like all of the scenes where he's proclaiming the kingdom there's so much richness and depth of detail and experience there to draw on in terms of meditation is just mind-boggling and so wouldn't you like to enter into those scenes all of those scenes enter into the life of Christ of course it's easy to say yes I do want to enter into the life of Christ we'll see how you feel when we get to the sorrowful mysteries so I think it's pretty obvious how we were all fall short on obedience and this sort of thing let's just move along now to the fifth commandment and the fifth luminous mystery the institution of the Eucharist just as another example the fifth commandment for the love of neighbor make me indeed peaceful this is the prohibition against murder unjust killing and you can read in the Catechism of all the nuanced applications of the fifth commandment and all the commandments but here in this meditation on the institution of the Eucharist how can we make a connection with this peacefulness which is antithetical to hatred and murderous nests well what it reminds me of immediately is Judas we can see Judas the hypocrite sitting at the table with the twelve and planning to betray our Lord so Judas is not at peace with his companions here a table because he's not at peace with himself obviously and he's not at peace with himself because he's not at peace with God and this is obvious because he's planning on betraying God here for 30 pieces of silver so peace we can see the piece in the Beloved Disciple John leaning on the breast of Jesus at the institution of the Eucharist the Last Supper as we enter into this scene I think we can give thanks to Jesus for the Eucharist in a special way because we Catholics partake of the Eucharist knowingly openly freely and rationally and we know what we're doing and we have a great appreciation for that so the thankfulness will flow the word very word itself Eucharist means Thanksgiving so we are in a position to give Thanksgiving as part of our worship already it's just a natural thing we're given that gift in the liturgy the public worship of God and we also of course will feel sorry for our sins this is also part of the liturgy the mass one of the first things we do in the mass is express our contrition or sorrow for sin and of course we ask through petition to receive more grace and to correspond with that grace and to be forgiven for our sins and to enter into the Eucharist and to be one with the Eucharist when the priest says the body of Christ and we say all men we are saying that yes I am the body of Christ I am entering into communion with the god man Jesus Christ as I consume the host so this is a mystery to deep mystery Christ and His Church are one and so I need not dwell on the peacefulness of this we're entering into the peace of God rendering into the Sabbath it's on the Sabbath that we are obliged to celebrate the liturgy the public worship of God and we are commanded to take the Eucharist at least once a year and we're encouraged to take communion frequently even every day so the peacefulness of that if you haven't experienced the Eucharist you need to avail yourself of the church so that you can partake of the sacrament of the sacraments the Eucharist I encourage you to do that and so when you're meditating on the fifth Hail Mary of the decade that fifth commandment the love of neighbor and that peacefulness and that lack of hatred that lack of anger that lack of vengeance we're getting healed by the Eucharist and so this combination of the fifth commandment and the fifth Luminos mystery there's obviously a lot to be gleaned from the richness of these ideas and these realities we our faith does not terminate in ideas it terminates in the realities that those ideas describe moving along now the six commandment the love of neighbor for the love of neighbor make me indeed chaste so we're going to pair this with the scourging at the pillar this happens to be a pretty good combination because the scourging of the pillar typically is associated with chastity it's the sort of thing if you look in the Middle Ages people scourging themselves it often was in order to foster chastity and it was done out of contrition and sorrow for sins against purity so during the sixth Hail Mary of the scourging on the pillar mystery I find it very poignant to be worshiping this God who I have tied to a pillar and I am ripping his flesh off with a whip with pieces of bone and metal and glass tied to these six cords and I'm ripping his flesh off the god man Jesus Christ is being tortured by me because of my lack of chastity it's very very easy to enter into the scene so the worship of this God will be mingled with a lot of regret with a lot of sorrow for sin and the thankfulness it comes naturally to because I thank God why I'm amazed God that you didn't just kill me as I was tying up to the pillar and torturing you I can't believe he didn't just instantly just blink and snuff me out how did you have the patience to wait 2,000 years for me to be born baptized and then stray from you for 25 years and then come back you know the patience of God is unbelievable I am really moved by the Sorrell mysteries and so the worship the Thanksgiving the sorrow for sin obviously the contrition and the petition the users flow so naturally and all intermingle together so easily during the sorrowful mysteries all the sorrowful mysteries so moving along I will talk now about the seventh commandment for the love of neighbor make me indeed just so here we have the commandment against stealing and we have the carrying of the cross the fourth sorrowful mystery that is the example that I'm going to use and again we're gonna apply all 10 commandments to all 20 mysteries but I don't have time to go through them all so I'm just really briefly touching on 10 examples but the caring of the cross we can picture this scene the Stations of the Cross paint a nice picture and we can picture the the weight of the cross and what I like to do is to imagine that I am the one that gave him his cross I'm the one that loaded up his cross I'm the one that adds weight to his cross with each and every sin and all of these sort of mysteries we can use these sorts of images where we are responsible directly responsible for the torture and suffering and death of Jesus Christ because of our sins all 10 commandments have been violated by each and every one of us and it's not hard to come up with very touching betrayals of our Lord the physical pain is one thing but it's the betrayal he loved me into existence and I betrayed him I made him sweat blood in the garden i scourging him at the pillar i crowned him with thorns I mocked him and spat in his face and now I'm making him carry the cross and I'm getting ready to crucify him this is so easy for me to picture that I am directly responsible it's not psychotic it's not neurotic it's not a fantasy it's not delusional it's not paranoid it's reality it is reality it's the easiest reality for me to grasp among the twenty mysteries the five sorrowful mysteries are the easiest for me to grasp if I were a saint then I probably would enjoy the Joyful Mysteries or the Luminous Mysteries or the Glorious Mysteries the most but I'm a sinner I'm a despicable selfish satanic sinner so I enjoy the sorrowful mysteries the most because that's the role that I've played in Salvation history I'm the bad guy but the good news is I have repented by God's grace so I could go on but let's continue now with the first glorious mystery the resurrection and I'm pairing this with the eighth commandment for the love of neighbor make me inward honest I really start to see the hope of redemption the image that I like to use for the resurrection one of strongest and most powerful images that I conjure up is of course the cave where they placed the dead body of Jesus in the tomb of Saint Joseph of Arimathea but when a picture is the Shroud of Turin if you haven't looked into it I really recommend you look into it is a very fascinating so I picture this really intense pulse of light that was emitted from the body of Christ when his soul came back in to his glorified body he was floating up above the stone slab and the burial cloth was hovering around his body as the light penetrated it and made that change in pigmentation which is unlike anything that any scientist has ever seen I picture this sort of atomic explosion as Christ's soul comes into his glorified body in the resurrection and I think about that every time I'm at the consecration at the mass when the priest says the words this is my body that triggers that resurrection moment and I see that light in my mind's eye just poof a pulse of light exploding and I'm being irradiated by that I'm being healed by that I'm getting Grace's from that I'm entering into communion with Christ even before I take the precious body blood soul and divinity into my mouth I'm getting touched by the light of God in that moment at the moment of consecration so I meditate on the resurrection in that way and I connect it with not only the consecration of the Eucharist I connected with my conversion my one time conversion in 2009 from atheism but more importantly in my moment to moment conversion and these moments of conversion I connect with the Eucharist also in a very special way that they are significant contributing factors these infinite graces of the mass st. Teresa Avila said it only takes one Camino to make a saint well I've had so many communions and I'm not a saint it's not because the grace isn't there it's because I'm not corresponding with the grace so again this fourfold aspect of worship Thanksgiving contrition and petition you can see the pattern where I'm going with that we want to enter into the scene of the resurrection we want to be part of that reality we want to be united with Christ in that now sadly we're going to have to go through the sorrowful mysteries also but we end up with the Glorious Mysteries we end up somewhere really wonderful if we persist to the end so moving along now to the ninth commandment for the love of neighbor make me in thought pure this for the sake of example I'm just going to use the third glorious mystery which is the descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost so if we think about coveting our neighbor's wife if we think about all the times that we have indulged in impure thoughts it's a very prominent theme I think in all of our lives this idea of sex it's very prominent and it's hard to shake off and of course sex is good we shouldn't deny sex or shouldn't deny the beauty of the human form but we should also be very very cautious because we have to be pure in our love in the way we think about our neighbor because we have to be pure in the way that we think about God the way that we love God ultimately the real intimacy is to be had with God and here below lawfully in a wholesome manner we can have intimacy with a lawful spouse and different degrees of intimacy with different people in the friendship there's a wholesome kind of intimacy it won't involve sexual intimacy obviously that's forbidden but there are other forms of intimacy and they're all good if they're done in the right way in the right context and in a way that is permitted by purity so with the descent of the Holy Spirit and the love of neighbor and thought being pure at the center of the Apostles we picture the holy and pure mother of God and the flames of the Holy Spirit the spokes of Mary and we see this perfect purity and holiness in that disposal relationship between God and man this really is what we're all striving to enter into is that perfect holy pure relationship of spouse bride and bridegroom we are the bride like Mary and the bridegroom is God the Holy Spirit and so we want to enter into this scene we want the truth that the Holy Spirit brings we want the purity that the Holy Spirit brings we want the holiness that the Holy Spirit brings and so we will of course strive to enter into that and we will sincerely regret the sins that prevent us from entering into this reality of Pentecost it is a reality and so we come to my final example which I'll just quickly touch on the tenth commandment for the love of neighbor make me in thought holy and we'll use the example of the fifth glorious mystery the coronation of Mary in heaven by the Most Holy Trinity so to be holy is to be set aside to be different to rely on only legitimate sources of power first and foremost being of course God who is power itself and Jesus Christ who is power incarnate is still incarnated when he crowns Mary in heaven so when we're thinking about holiness when we think about relying on the power of God and only on legitimate sources of power on this horizontal dimension a relationship with people with our neighbors we think about the coronation of Mary we want to enter into that glorious state of affairs where we have a perfect relationship with our spouse because of the purity because of the honesty because of all the other ten commandments have been fulfilled the holiness comes naturally this is the crowning glory of the ten commandments is the holiness it's the love of God and the love of neighbor for God's sake exclusively it's seeking and loving the will of God and doing the will of God naturally and easily as Mary did Mary is the example of what we are to strive to achieve as human beings as Saints she is the highest Saint there's so much to meditate on here there's so much to talk about it's literally endless the amount of fodder for thought and meditation when we combine the 10 commandments with the 20 mysteries of the rosary and we enter in ourselves we become that third element in the meditation and we give the four aspects of prayer we give the praise and worship we give Thanksgiving gratitude and we give the sorrow for sin the contrition and we give the petition asking for all good things then we enter in ever closer to the mysteries of the life of Jesus and Mary now if you listen carefully to my recordings of the Rosary that I've published you'll hear crackling sounds of a fireplace in the background and as I pray the rosary in my little home's Rhine I have three candles burning typically and some incense burning on a charcoal disc so all of this fire imagery represents God it represents the fire of Hell it represents the fire of purgatory and it represents the fire of heaven it's all the same fire it's one in the same fire there's only one reality and that reality is fire that reality is the fire of God's love the holy spirit so in order to enjoy God we need to be properly oriented and those who are oriented away from God are suffering the most painful and agonizing and sorrowful regrets and angers and frustrations whereas those of us who strive to be oriented toward God will enjoy the pains and the sufferings of purgatory and eventually the pure joy of the fire of heaven so let's strive to enter into God's Sabbath let's strive to please God in every way by keeping all the commandments let's strive to love God and to love neighbor for God's sake so that's it take care god bless we'll talk soon take care god bless we'll talk soon

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