The Most Holy Rosary of Our Lady

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Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary

Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary

The Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary

A Crown of Roses About Her Most Immaculate Heart

Second only to the most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the Rosary of our Blessed Lady is, without question, the “highest” and “most exalted” form of Catholic prayer, and this due to the fact that we meditate on the central mysteries of Christ’s life, death and resurrection, through, with and in the Immaculate Heart of Mary, she who “ kept all these [mysteries], pondering them in her heart” (Lk 2:19).  Moreover, it appears as though this exalted form of Christian prayer was prophetically announced in the Old Testament Book of Ecclesiasticus (or Sirach), Chapter 24, Verse 18, where “Created Wisdom,” a figure of the Blessed Virgin Mary, states the following of herself: “I am the mother of fair love, and fear, and knowledge, and holy hope.”  This single passage certainly seems to be a most appropriate description of each of the four sets of mysteries, as the Joyful Mysteries can be characterized as expressive of the fair love of our Lord and our Lady; the Sorrowful Mysteries teach us to fear the re-crucifixion of Christ through the commission of sin; the Luminous Mysteries shed the light of knowledge on the public mysteries of Christ’s three-year ministry; and, finally, the Glorious mysteries teach us to hold onto the holy hope that this set of mysteries sets before the eyes of our soul.

Certainly, saints, popes and mystics have all spoken as highly as possible of this most salutary form of prayer.  We do well to briefly examine just a few of the many wonderous things that have been said of the Holy Rosary, by some of the greatest popes, clergy, religious and laity alike, who, through their devotion to this most holy prayer, were capable of attaining, for themselves and others, great and lofty degrees of holiness and  sanctification:

“Continue to pray the Rosary every day.”
Our Lady of Fatima to Sister Lucia

“Never will anyone who says his Rosary every day be led astray. This is a statement that I would gladly sign with my blood.”
Saint Louis de Montfort

“You shall obtain all you ask of me by the recitation of the Rosary.”
Our Lady to Blessed Alan de la Roche

“Give me an army saying the Rosary and I will conquer the world.”
Pope Blessed Pius IX

“If you persevere in reciting the Rosary, this will be a most probable sign of your eternal salvation.”
Blessed Alan de la Roche

“The greatest method of praying is to pray the Rosary.”
Saint Francis de Sales

“When the Holy Rosary is said well, it gives Jesus and Mary more glory and is more meritorious than any other prayer.”
Saint Louis de Montfort

“The Holy Rosary is the storehouse of countless blessing.”
Blessed Alan de la Roche

“One day, through the Rosary and the Scapular, Our Lady will save the world.”
Saint Dominic

“If you say the Rosary faithfully unto death, I do assure you that, in spite of the gravity of your sins, ‘you will receive a never-fading crown of glory’ (1 St. Peter 5:4).”
Saint Louis de Montfort

“You must know that when you ‘hail’ Mary, she immediately greets you! Don’t think that she is one of those rude women of whom there are so many—on the contrary, she is utterly courteous and pleasant. If you greet her, she will answer you right away and converse with you!”
Saint Bernardine of Siena

“Recite your Rosary with faith, with humility, with confidence, and with perseverance.”
Saint Louis de Montfort

“The Rosary is the most beautiful and the most rich in graces of all prayers; it is the prayer that touches most the Heart of the Mother of God…and if you wish peace to reign in your homes, recite the family Rosary.”
Pope Saint Pius X

“Never will anyone who says his Rosary every day become a formal heretic or be led astray by the devil.”
Saint Louis de Montfort

“Even if you are on the brink of damnation, even if you have one foot in hell, even if you have sold your soul to the devil as sorcerers do who practice black magic, and even if you are a heretic as obstinate as a devil, sooner or later you will be converted and will amend your life and will save your soul, if—and mark well what I say—if you say the Holy Rosary devoutly every day until death for the purpose of knowing the truth and obtaining contrition and pardon for your sins.”
Saint Louis de Montfort

“The Most Holy Virgin in these last times in which we live has given a new efficacy to the recitation of the Rosary to such an extent that there is no problem, no matter how difficult it is, whether temporal or above all spiritual, in the personal life of each one of us, of our families…that cannot be solved by the Rosary. There is no problem, I tell you, no matter how difficult it is, that we cannot resolve by the prayer of the Holy Rosary.”
Sister Lucia dos Santos, Fatima seer

“When you say your Rosary, the angels rejoice, the Blessed Trinity delights in it, my Son finds joy in it too, and I myself am happier than you can possibly guess. After the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, there is nothing in the Church that I love as much as the Rosary.”
Our Lady to Blessed Alan de la Roche

“‘Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee!’ No creature has ever said anything that was more pleasing to me, nor will anyone ever be able to find or say to me anything that pleases me more.”
Our Lady to Saint Mechtilde


In each well-prayed Rosary, the Mother truly unites her most beautiful and all-powerful voice to ours, making of our prayer a truly pleasing and fragrant offering unto each of the persons of the Most Holy Trinity.  In it, the Father rejoices in receiving sublime consolation from His creation through the Immaculate Heart of the Mother of His Son; the Son eagerly presses to His Most Sacred Heart all hearts that have been entrusted and offered to Him by His Most Holy Mother; the Spirit, or the Divine Advocate, is irresistibly drawn to each soul in whom His well-beloved spouse, the created Advocate – Mary – has made her dwelling.  Finally, it goes without saying that our Spiritual Mother leaps with joy each and every time she is greeted, by one of her many beloved children, in the same manner that she was greeted by St. Gabriel, who, in announcing to her the exalted vocation to which she had been called by God, greeted her with that sweet “Ave.”  Thus, after the supremely perfect glory and honor offered to God in the Liturgical celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, it would not be an exaggeration to state that the Holy Trinity receives its greatest adoration, glorification, gratitude, supplication and expiation from those individuals who, through, with and in the Immaculate Heart of Mary, the masterpiece of God’s creation and the treasury of God’s greatest graces, allow themselves to be transformed ever more perfectly into Christ’s image and likeness through their meditation on the Salvific mysteries of Christ’s life, death and resurrection, as they repeat the words of the Angelic Salutation.

The Rosary involves both meditative and vocal prayer, and quite often leads one into a passive state of contemplation, whereby the soul ceases to be active and rather rests in the peace, love and presence of God Himself.  We must understand the distinction between meditation and contemplation.  The former involves activity on our part; that is, as we meditate on any of the 20 mysteries of the Rosary, we simultaneously pray out loud to Our Lady, rendering unto her the praise and veneration that is Her due, and asking her to exercise her maternal mediation on our behalf. Contemplative prayer, on the other hand, is a free gift bestowed upon an individual who is properly disposed to receive this gift.  We prepare ourselves precisely by performing the activities of both vocal and meditative prayer.  Contemplation can be defined as the passive, phenomenological experience of the soul resting in the presence of God.  Moreover, it should be noted that we do not pray in order to receive this free gift of contemplative prayer; God may or may not choose to impart this gift upon a soul, knowing, in His perfect Wisdom, precisely what each individual soul needs at any given time.  Rather, we, having committed ourselves to the Blessed Virgin, have promised to stay united to her Most Immaculate Heart, and this is accomplished through, with and in the recitation of her prayer, the Most Holy Rosary, and active meditation on the sacred mysteries of our salvation.

As we read above, countless saints, mystics and popes have hailed the Rosary of our Blessed Mother the single most salutary and efficacious of devotions after Holy Mass, and the Mother of God herself has come from heaven to reveal the treasures of grace hidden in the Rosary.  In every single Church-approved apparition of Our Lady during the 20th Century, she admonishes us to pray this, her prayer.  Despite what has already been stated, we might still be wondering why the Rosary, in particular, is so powerful.  The answer is quite simple: not unlike our mysterious Lord, Who is, simultaneously, profoundly simple and infinitely profound, so too is the prayer of the Holy Rosary.  It is so simple that the youngest of children can be taught to pray it; yet the mysteries that are meditated upon are, in all truth and without the least exaggeration, “mysteries” in the strictest sense of the word; that is, they are truths belonging to the Sacred Deposit of Faith that surpass the finite, limited human mind’s ability to grasp their full import.  In truth, these mysteries are literally inexhaustible.  It is precisely for this reason that such brilliant minds as those of Aquinas and John Paul II were capable of speaking of the inestimable value the repeated recitation of the ”Angelic Salutation” while meditating upon the mysteries of God’s salvific plan for humanity.

As Catholic Christians, the Most Holy Rosary of Our Lady truly is among the most powerful of weapons we possess as we wage war with Satan for souls.  The prayer of the Rosary can, quite literally, alter world events:  it can prevent world wars, put an end to the silent holocaust of abortion, bring about the conversion of even the most hardened of sinners and enemies of Holy Mother Church, and, most importantly, hasten the promised “Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary” in the world, thereby ushering in the new era, the new springtime for the Church and the world, with all of creation returning to the perfect glorification of the Lord, its creator.

Moreover, the daily prayer of the Holy Rosary is absolutely integral to the living of one’s total consecration to Mary, as is the wearing of Our Lady’s religious habit or garment of the Brown Scapular (truly the “religious habit” of those souls consecrated to Our Lady and her service) for it is simultaneously the chain that (1) binds us to Mary’s Most Immaculate Heart, whose Heart beats in a perfect union of love with the Sacred Heart of Christ Jesus, her Son and her God; (2) and it is additionally the chain that shall forever bind Satan, or Lucifer, in the everlasting lake of fire, thereby preventing him from prowling throughout the world in his endless effort to bring souls created by God and for God to ultimate ruin.   Thus, the Rosary can be thought of as the “key” that unlocks the door of and gains us entrance into the glorious temple and refuge of Mary’s Immaculate Heart. One who is consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary should, in keeping with one’s total dedication and gift of self to Mary Immaculate through their solemn act of consecration, commit him/herself to the praying of at least five decades of the Rosary daily.  Ideally, we should strive to pray an entire 15 or 20 decade Rosary daily.

Finally, the Rosary holds a place of particular importance in these most difficult times through which we are living; specifically, that period of time spoken of in the last book of Sacred Scripture, the Book of Revelation.  For, as the Eternal Father’s demand for Divine Justice escalates, and chastisements increase in frequency, duration and intensity, the Holy Rosary shall become our only refuge and our sole source of strength, endurance and survival.

The Traditional Dominican Rosary

The traditional Dominican Rosary of Our Lady is composed of five sets of ten small beads, separated by 5 large beads.  Each bead on the small set of 10 represents one “Hail Mary.”  The “Our Father” is prayed on the large beads.

Meditation on the Mysteries of the Holy Rosary constitute the “heart” of this devotion.  Traditionally, there were three sets of Mysteries; the Joyful, the Sorrowful and the Glorious.  Toward the end of his pontificate, Blessed Pope John Paul II made a marvelous contribution to the history of the Rosary by adding a fourth set of mysteries, the “Mysteries of Light,” or the “Luminous Mysteries.”

 The five Joyful Mysteries, traditionally prayed on Monday and Saturday:

 1. The Annunciation; 2. The Visitation; 3. The Nativity; 4. The Presentation of Our Lord in the Temple; 5. The Finding of Jesus in the Temple. 

 The five Sorrowful Mysteries, traditionally prayed on Tuesday and Friday:

 1. The Agony in the Garden; 2. The Scourging at the Pillar; 3. The Crowning with Thorns; 4. The Carrying of the Cross; 5. The Crucifixion. 

The five Glorious Mysteries, traditionally prayed on Wednesday and Sunday:

1. The Resurrection; 2. The Ascension; 3. The Decent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost; 4. The Assumption of Mary, Body and Soul, into Heaven; 5. The Coronation of Mary as Queen of Heaven and Earth. 

The five Luminous Mysteries, now prayed on Thursday: 

1. The Baptism of Jesus; 2. The Wedding at Cana; 3. Proclaiming the Kingdom of God; 4. The Transfiguration; 5. The Eucharist.

How To Pray The Rosary

(1) Begin by making the “Sign of the Cross” with the Crucifix in hand. While holding the Crucifix, recite the Apostles Creed: “I believe in God the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried; He descended into hell; the third day He arose again from the dead; He ascended into Heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty; From thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Holy Catholic Church, the Communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.”

(2) On the first bead recite the Our Father: “Our Father Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy Name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.”

(3) On the three small beads recite the Hail Mary for an increase in the supernatural virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity: “Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.”

(4) Recite the Glory Be: “Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.”

(5) Call to mind the Mystery, then on the large bead recite the Our Father.

(6) On the ten small beads recite the Hail Mary while meditating on the mystery.

(7) Recite the Glory Be.

(8) After the Glory Be, recite the Fatima Prayer: “O my Jesus, forgive us our sins. Save us from the fires of hell. Lead all souls into heaven, especially those in most need of thy mercy.”

(9) Repeat steps 5-8 until you have completed the five decades of the Rosary.

(10) Conclude the Rosary by praying the Salve Regina: “Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness, and our hope; to Thee do we come, poor banished children of Eve; to Thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears.  Turn, then, most gracious Advocate, Thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this, our exile, show unto us the most blessed fruit of Thy womb, Jesus, O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.”


Renee Bondi: Heroic Witness of Hope in Christ & the Transformative Power of Praise

A life filled with excitement.
A future filled with hope.
A tragic accident.
End of story? Hardly…
It’s just the beginning.

Renee Bondi of Bondi Ministries

Renee Bondi of Bondi Ministries

Be Inspired by This Truly Amazing Woman of God, Who Has Allowed the Lord to Transform Her Tragedy Into His Triumph!  Click Here to purchase Renee’s latest book, “Still, I Will Praise!”

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At age 29, Renée Bondi was engaged to be married and had a beautiful singing voice, a thriving career as a music teacher, and a loving family. But then one night a bizarre accident shattered her spine and left her quadriplegic. Her life changed forever. Renée lost not only all use of her hands and legs, but also her singing voice — she could barely speak above a whisper. Unwilling to accept that her life was over, Renée searched her heart and sought the Lord for direction. Although there were many dark days, Renée continued to persevere.

Against all odds and all physicians prognosis, Renée’s voice was miraculously restored with a crystal clear, angelic sound. Renée harnessed her talents to inspire and give hope to others.

An incredibly gifted Christian singer before her accident, Renée has augmented her gifts to include a dynamic speaking ability that grabs her audiences. Whether performing a powerful concert or sharing her profound and victorious story that includes paralysis and a life confined to a wheelchair, those who hear Renée are uplifted and mesmerized by her angelic voice, music and messages. Most importantly, all who hear Renée are encouraged to pursue a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

When Renée addressed our 2010 Christian Women’s Conference, a remarkable “aura” came over our audience as she unfolded her story and gave testimony to God’s direction for her life. The audience went from curious attentiveness, to compassion, to eagerness for more, more, more — to incredible anticipation for the rest of the story — finally a resounding cheer as Renée‘s message came to an extraordinary peak and all stood in spontaneous applause and God-directed praise. What a moment that was!

Sue Rogers, Director Christian Women’s Conference, Lincoln Christian University




"Still, I Will Praise," by Renee Bondi

“Still, I Will Praise,” by Renee Bondi

Still, I Will Praise is not a how-to manual but a collection of real-life stories from Renée and others who have found joy in trusting God through times of insecurity, grief, loss and loneliness.

In her typical transparent and heartfelt manner, Renée presents her journey of learning to give thanks to God in every situation. Drawing from biblical characters and personal experiences, Renée depicts the challenges and rewards of living a life surrendered to the Lord.

This book might not change your circumstances, but it will certainly renew your perspective and refresh your heart, your mind and ultimately, your attitude.


The Fifteen Promises of Our Lady to Those Who Recite Her Holy Rosary

Our Lady of the Rosary

Our Lady of the Rosary

Frequent recitation of Our Lady’s Most Holy Rosary is a great sign of predestination; which is simply to say that it is a tremendous particular grace which both our Lord and our Lady have freely bestowed upon a soul as a most effective means to the end of sanctification.  Our Lady laments the fact that more souls do not cooperate with God’s Will for their sanctification by using this particular treasury of grace.  There is a beautiful prayer which many persons pray immediately prior to their recitation of the Holy Rosary that reveals the “treasures of grace hidden in the Rosary:”

Our Lady of Fatima, You have deigned to come to Fatima to reveal to the three shepherd children the treasures of grace hidden in the Rosary.  Inspire my heart with a sincere love for this devotion, in order that by meditating on the mysteries of our Redemption, which are recalled in it, I may be enriched by its fruits, and obtain peace for the world, the conversion of sinners and of Russia, and the favors which I ask of you in this Holy Rosary. 

Moreover, we do well to keep in mind the tremendous promises that Our Lady has promised to all who recite her Rosary regularly, with devotion.  The 15 Promises, as given by Our Lady to Blessed Alan de la Roche, are as follows:

The 15 Promises for Those who Recite the Rosary

  • Whoever shall faithfully serve me by the recitation of the rosary, shall receive signal graces.
  • I promise my special protection and the greatest graces to all those who shall recite the rosary.
  • The rosary shall be a powerful armor against hell, it will destroy vice, decrease sin, and defeat heresies.
  • It will cause virtue and good works to flourish; it will obtain for souls the abundant mercy of God; it will withdraw the heart of men from the love of the world and its vanities, and will lift them to the desire of eternal things. Oh, that souls would sanctify themselves by this means.
  • The soul which recommends itself to me by the recitation of the rosary shall not perish.
  • Whoever shall recite the rosary devoutly, applying himself to the consideration of its sacred mysteries, shall never be conquered by misfortune. God will not chastise him in His justice, he shall not perish by an unprovided death; if he be just he shall remain in the grace of God, and become worthy of eternal life.
  • Whoever shall have a true devotion for the rosary shall not die without the sacraments of the Church.
  • Those who are faithful to recite the rosary shall have during their life and at their death the light of God and the plenitude of His graces; at the moment of death they shall participate in the merits of the saints in paradise.
  • I shall deliver from purgatory those who have been devoted to the rosary.
  • The faithful children of the rosary shall merit a high degree of glory in heaven.
  • You shall obtain all you ask of me by the recitation of the rosary.
  • All those who propagate the holy rosary shall be aided by me in their necessities.
  • I have obtained from my Divine Son that all the advocates of the rosary shall have for intercessors the entire celestial court during their life and at the hour of death.
  • All who recite the rosary are my sons, and brothers of my only son Jesus Christ.
  • Devotion of my rosary is a great sign of predestination.

Faith the Size of a Mustard Seed

mustard seedHe replied, “Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you” (Mt 17:20).

St. Thomas Aquinas, the Angelic Doctor of the Church, defines faith as both a theological, infused virtue, which simply cannot be had without the Lord first having freely given it to us.  Additionally, faith is an authentically human act of the intellect assenting to divinely revealed truths that comprise the Sacred Deposit of Faith, by command of the Will.  Yet, the human will would not move the intellect to assent to these truths without first being inspired or moved by the Spirit of God, which acts on the will.  Thus, while it is true to say that every act of faith is simultaneously an act of both God and man, working together, as it were, we must realize that the Lord is the one Who initiates this process.  Faith is one of three Theological, infused virtues, the other two being Hope and  Charity.  It is not possible for human persons to cultivate these virtues from a purely natural standpoint; rather, they begin as free gifts of God, that we are called to cultivate.

About Joe Ott

Joe Ott 2Joe Ott has been a Western Massachusetts resident his whole life. Raised in Northampton and Ashfield, where he attended and graduated from Mohawk Trail Regional High School in 1974, Mr. Ott now resides in Springfield with his wife, Linda. Mr. Ott has worked at Calvin Coolidge Nursing and Rehabilitation, in Northampton, for the past twenty-seven years.  He considers himself blessed to have worked in the Recreation Department for the greater portion of his tenure there.

Ott returned to his Catholic faith in 1995. He had a profound experience while venerating the Pilgrim Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Depicted in the image is Mary carrying the Christ-child in her womb. At one point during his veneration of this image, he placed his hand on that section of the image, and, at that moment, electricity traveled throughout his whole body.  In retrospect,  he now understands that it was through the profound intercession of Our Lady, Spiritual Mother of Humanity, that he was brought back to her Divine Son, Jesus, and His Mystical Body, the Church.

A logical consequence of this experience was a significant deepening of his devotion to both Mother Mary and her prayer, the Holy Rosary.  Thus, having consecrated his life to Jesus through Mary, he prayed about how to best serve Our Lord and His Most Holy Mother, Mary.  He knew he was being called to place his abilities and talents at their service, for the greater glory of God and for the salvation of souls.  Having been schooled in professional radio broadcasting,  and having volunteered at the Radio Reading Service for over 15 years, the Lord inspired him to begin a Rosary-based radio program.  Having been directed to WACE AM 730, Joe has been leading Our Lady’s Holy Rosary on the airwaves for over a decade on his radio program, “Cause of Our Joy.”  Moreover, he has been afforded the tremendous opportunity to interview countless Catholic Christian missionaries, from every walk of life, whose many and varied apostolates have served as a great source of inspiration to Joe and, without doubt, to his numerous, faithful listeners.

Recently, he has been shown, specifically through the intercession of St. Dominic, that he is being called to further this apostolate via the internet. Recognizing himself as an unworthy servant of the Lord, he has made it his mission to respond wholeheartedly to whatever promptings and inspirations that the Spirit places on his heart, in order to most effectively, by the grace of God, be used as an instrument in the hands of the Almighty to bring honor to Mother Mary by allowing himself to be imbued with her maternal spirit of a deep, supernatural love for the countless lost sheep, who have wandered so far from the sheepfold, having become victims of sin, vice and error, in these times of great confusion.  It is Joe’s ardent desire to lead these beautiful, yet lost souls to Jesus, the Good Shepherd, through, with and in His Holy Mother Mary.

Welcome to “Cause of Our Joy!”

Our Lady of Good Counsel

Our Lady of Good Counsel

The phrase, “Cause of Our Joy,” refers specifically to the Blessed Virgin Mary, who, on account of her exalted status as the Theotokos, or the “Mother of God,” is the reason for our hope and joy, for it is she who was chosen to be the immaculate pathway by which the Eternal Word of God, the Second Person of the Most Holy Trinity, would enter into space and time, assume a true human nature, and forever graft that human nature to His divine nature, thereby beginning the work redemption.  This salvific work was brought to completion of the altar of the cross, where Christ freely offered Himself, in our place, as the immaculate lamb of sacrifice, bearing our burdens, atoning for our transgressions against God, and bringing about the full reconciliation between God and humanity.  The lance that was thrust into His Sacred Side by the Roman centurion, Longinus, resulted in a torrent of blood and water, which gushed forth from His Sacred Heart as a fount of Divine Mercy, thereby giving birth to the two most fundamental sacraments of the Church; namely, the cleansing waters of Baptism, and the Precious Blood of Christ of the New and eternal Covenant between God and Man. Thus, the Most Holy Eucharist, wherein we partake of the food and spiritual nourishment of Christ’s very body and blood, enables us to become by grace what Christ is by nature: divine.  This, then, is the exalted vocation of every Christian; to participate in the Triune life of God through, with and in Christ, as members of His Mystical Body.