Today is the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. We thought you would enjoy this short piece by Mary Lou Rosien about 'Signal Graces':
A signal grace is a type of supernatural synchronicity; A sign that
might have been missed had not the observer been paying attention. In, Our Lady’s 15 Promises for Saying the Rosary,
a signal grace is considered to be a special and unique grace that
helps to sanctify us in our particular state of life. For me, a signal
grace is often a sign.
My husband and I had been discussing changes we needed to make in our
spiritual life. We wanted to strengthen our family spiritually and my
husband admitted he was struggling with it. We happened to be
discussing this as we went out to lunch; suddenly he grinned ear-to-ear
and pointed out the window. “I was just asking the Lord how to make
this all work,” he said. Then he laughed and said, “Look at the
answer.” The car outside our window had painted on it, in bold letters,
“Have a little faith.” The Almighty also has a sense of humor. My husband immediately recognized it as a sign to him, a signal grace.
That same weekend our discussion continued. We talked about
something I had seen about expecting miracles. My husband again
admitted he had trouble with just believing something wonderful could
happen. He looked at the bumper sticker in front of us, “Expect
Miracles,” it proclaimed. We agreed that God was definitely trying to
get our attention.
That’s all signal graces are, nods in our direction or affirmations
that we made the right spiritual turn. Just like road signs give us
clarity about the direction we want to go, so signal graces point us in
the right spiritual direction. Being human, we can read too much into
signs we see, but just being aware of what God may be trying to tell us
can help us move along the correct path. May God bless you on your
spiritual travels. Watch out for those signs.
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Praying the Rosary with St. Paul by Paul Thigpen. How are St. Paul and the Rosary linked?
Mother Teresa: In the Shadow of Our Lady (excerpt) by Joseph Langford, MC. Blessed Mother Teresa was very devoted to 'Our Lady.'
Marian feast traditions thrive on remote Azores island by Brian Fraga. Our Lady of Miracles is honored.
Rosary resources and downloads from Our Sunday Visitor.