The Call to rally came to my front door one afternoon this past September. I had been chatting on the phone when the doorbell rang, so with phone in hand, I answered the door. I was met with a neighbor who was holding a large cylinder tube that was meant for me. She explained to me that her sister, Donna, told her to bring it to my door for “Anita” is to have it.
Okay. . . so what does one do when somebody is standing at your front door handing you something that you are told is meant for you?
You automatically take it. So I did!
Hmmmmm. . . I didn’t even know what I was taking!
What was in this large cylinder tube anyway?
So there I stood!
Phone in one hand,
and the “Invitation” in my other hand!
I realized my phone call with Angie had to come to an abrupt end because I was getting another “call” from Heaven. This call wasn’t reaching me through a cellphone or a landline. It went straight to my heart as an invitation from the mother of God.
America Needs Fatima
The tube was marked America Needs Fatima and I started to feel my heart sink! I had been getting emails from Robert Ritchie to participate in a Rosary Rally on Saturday, October 12th, and to sign up as a rosary captain. I remember reading these emails and thinking “Oh this invitation isn’t for me – it’s for another!”
The Blessed Mother knows I just helped coordinate a visit of the International Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Fatima to the Diocese of Rockville Centre in New York for two weeks this past July and she couldn’t be asking me to do this! Or could she?
A I sat on my couch, tube in hand. I knew what it contained. It’s my “featured image” above. This banner fell out onto my living room floor and it seemed to be a large scroll invitation from “Mama!” At my feet, lay the following question for me to ponder!
Would I lead a rosary rally as a captain on Saturday, October 12th in a public place?
Yes or No?
How does one say “no” to the Mother of God? So I said “yes” and Fr. Tony Stanganelli, Pastor of St. Brigid’s said “yes” as well to having this rosary rally on the sacred grounds of St. Brigid’s Church in Westbury, New York.
I never did this before and so “Mama” seemed to say to me, “It will be easy and let it be simple.” She would invite those who were to pray that day and all would fall into place. “No worries, Anita, no worries! Let it be Her Call.”
So It Was
I did my best in trying to reach out to parish bulletin editors, using images that would catch readers’ eyes and I spread the word as best as I could along with pulpit announcements by Fr. Tony, myself and others. I guess I trusted in Mama’s leading the way and so it was!
Saturday, October 12th
Awakening early in the morning to get ready for the day, I found the weather to be dismal and cloudy. I checked the weather on my phone and it said the sun was coming out at 1:00 pm. Hmmm, I thought, “The rally is at Noon. Oh well, Mama is in charge.” Once again I surrendered to whatever might be in regard to clouds, sun or rain.
Before leaving the house, I opened up to a passage in Divine Mercy from Notebook VI – (112)
“Come, all you lovely things of earth, which man does not cease to wonder at.
Come, adore God in your harmony, glorifying God’s inconceivable mercy.
Come, indelible beauty of all the earth, and, with great humility, adore your Creator,
For all things are locked in His mercy.
With one mighty voice all things cry out; how great is the mercy of God,
But above all these beauties, a more pleasing praise to God
Is a soul innocent and filled with childlike trust,
Which, through grace, is closely bound to Him.”
The Lovely and Innocent Come
I arrived at St. Brigid’s about an hour before Noon and so did Deb, George, Shirley and Mary Ellen to help me.
We saw Fr. Tony walk by eating his apple and he seemed to be at ease with the banner being duct taped to the old cobblestone wall so all of Post Avenue could see it as they drove and walked by.
He had two weddings that day to officiate in the afternoon. One was at 1:00 pm and another at 3:00 and yet he told us he would be getting his rosary to pray with us at Noon.
Okay, so things were progressing well! The hour of 12:00 was fast approaching and it looked like it was just going to be the small group of us.
But then the “lovely and innocent” came one by one with chairs in hand while some sat on the grass and some were in wheelchairs. Pictured above is Luz and her dad beside her. He came with blue and pink flowers to present to Mama and to pray her rosary with his daughter beside him. Another lady came with oxygen to help get her through the time she would spend with us in prayer. Another innocent soul came with his parents and it was his eyes that spoke to my heart. I could see Mama in him. She was here, not only before us in the image of her statue but she was so present in this man’s eyes as he looked at me directly into my own. “Yes, Anita make it simple and I will show you miracles.”
Praying Outside the Choir
We were praying “outside the choir” on the sacred grounds of St. Brigid’s and in this regard “America Needs Fatima” quotes the following from St. Louis Marie de Montfort from his monumental work, The Secret of the Rosary, in which he states:
“Public prayer is far more powerful than private prayer to appease the anger of God and call down His mercy, and Holy Mother Church, guided by the Holy Ghost, has always advocated public prayer in times of public tragedy and suffering.”
Where the Rosary is Recited
There was a peace and tranquility as we prayed together with Fr. Tony in our midst. There was a great sense of unity and a sense that we were answering “her call” with many others across the United States that day and also this particular weekend. “America Needs Fatima” quoted a figure of 21,145 rosary rallies taking place throughout the United States on Saturday, October 12th, 2019.
What a “blessing” to be among the “childlike” who heard their Mama call to their hearts to come and pray on the green of St. Brigid’s lawn.
Each state was lifted up by name as we prayed each decade and at the end of each mystery a bouquet of 10 roses were placed at the statue of the Blessed Mother totaling 50 stems at her feet. We were battling alongside the Mother of God for our country!
Our Lady said the following to St. Dominic:
The Rosary will be a very powerful armor against hell; it will destroy vice, deliver from sin and dispel heresy.”
The “Blessing” came in so many ways to those who came to pray. As we neared the end of our prayers of the rosary. The sun started to cast its light upon our faces and gradually the skies turned from dismal gray to a beautiful blue. The “Lovely Lady in Blue” was showing that she was pleased with the “yes” that came from everyone’s heart to her personal invitation to them.
The timing was perfect because as we neared 1:00 pm, the wedding guests started to arrive for the ceremony scheduled at St. Brigids and Fr. Tony had to slip into his next position of celebrating the nuptials of the bride and groom. Pictured above, he is giving us his blessing with “Mama” looking down upon “her priest son” who always says “yes” to her in the humblest of ways.
Deep Blue Skies
You can’t get any bluer than this as a perfect backdrop to a perfect day spent with the Mother of God and all those that love her and heard her call to their hearts to pray in such a public way united with so many others across the United States on Saturday, October 12th at Noon.
The 50 roses that were placed at her feet after the recitation of each decade were given out to each person that came to pray. Many were inspired to take their rose and place it into a crevice of the rock formation under the statue of the Blessed Mother.
As you can see, the pink and blue flowers that Luz and her dad brought nestled in his wheelchair are strategically placed there as well.
I believe “Mama” was beaming with great JOY at our presence that day.
Scripture Quote to Fit the Day
The “Parable of the Lamp” seems to fit this rosary rally perfectly and I quote from the New Jerusalem Bible:
“No one lights a lamp to cover it with a bowl or to put it under a bed.
No, he puts it on a lamp stand so that people may see the light when they come in.”
A Heartfelt Thank You to All The “Lights” Who Participated in
The Rosary Rally at
St. Brigid’s in Westbury, New York
Saturday, October 12, 2019
And a “Special Thank You” to
Fr. Tony Stanganelli
Pastor of St. Brigids, Westbury – New York
For Always Saying “Yes” to Mama!
©2019 Anita Guariglia
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Featured Image/Deb Nieves
All Other Images/Mary Ellen Fosso and Anita Guariglia
The New Jerusalem Bible