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Most people who know me are aware that I have always dreamed of writing
a book. Well that dream has finally been fulfilled! I have written a book on the
Holy Rosary entitled Let Me Tell You About My Son. It is presently available on
The idea behind the book is that when we pray the rosary, Mary takes us by
the hand and leads us to a deeper relationship with her Son. She literally says to
us, “Let me tell you what my Son did for me, let me tell you what my Son did for you.”
The inspiration for this book came from Pope John Paul. When he
promulgated the Luminous Mysteries he pointed out how the name of Jesus
is at the very heart of the Hail Mary. He encouraged people to have a little
reflection at that point in the prayer to help them keep focused on Mystery that
is being contemplated. I took that to heart and have developed a reflection for
every one of the 203 Hail Marys’ prayed throughout the four sets of mysteries
of the rosary.
We will be making the book available to parishioners starting on the weekend
of April 14 and 15 at a cost of $10.00. Nearly half of that will cover the cost of the books, but more than $5.00 a book will be donated to our debt elimination fund, (so I will make no profit on any books sold to the parish).
I am also developing a CD and MP3 download to accompany the book. This is not an audio book, but praying the Rosary using the reflections I’ve developed. It is my hope that people will be able to pray the Rosary in the car or when taking a walk.
Whenever I pray the Rosary now, I use these reflections and it has been a great blessing to my spiritual life. I hope you will find it the same!
The book itself is a prayer book that helps us grow in our spirituality. It is also a bible study book, in that it helps you see how the Old Testament is the foundation of the New Testament. There is much about the Catholic Faith that we cannot understand if we fail to see those connections. And, finally it is a book of apologetics (the defending of the faith). Reading the book and praying the Rosary in this way will equip you to answer questions like: where’s the pope in the Bible? Why do you Catholics pay so much attention to Mary? Why
do you Catholics baptize infants? Why should I have to confess my sins to a priest? Why do you believe in the “Real Presence,” the ministerial priesthood, the necessity of going to Mass, etc?
The CD and MP3 download will not be ready for a while yet, but my hope is that you will find this book spiritually uplifting. God bless you and Happy Easter.
Fr. Jay's Homilies