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Disclaimer: I have done research on the Rosa Mystica and have not yet been able to see if these apparitions have been approved by the Catholic Church. It seems that the Pope and Bishops have at least allowed that people may listen and abide by these messages, as they are according to the Catholic teaching. If anyone knows if these apparitions are approved, please let me know in the comments.
I'm going to purposely embarrass myself and tell you something...well, embarrassing.
I've always known who the Mystical Rose is. It is one of the beautiful titles given to Our Blessed Mother. However, I did not know who "Rosa Mystica" was. This is where I will now put a bag over my head as I continue to tell this story.
As I was browsing through the website of one of my favorite rosary parts company, I kept coming across this center titled "Rosa Mystica"; featuring a "lady" with a white veil. Who was she? What's her story? I have never heard of Rosa Mystica before. These were thoughts going through my head.
This went on for literally months. I liked the center but hesitated to buy it mainly because seeing that she was some sort of "new saint" that no one yet knew about (this is what I assumed since I didn't see a title of 'saint' given.) I also was feeling pretty lazy about Googling her story, yet I was drawn in by this center. Finally, a few weeks ago, I thought, "Ok, let's give "Rosa" a chance."
When the center arrived, I studied the center, and since I was now able to see it in person, I noticed she looked a lot like the Blessed Mother; that is, with the usual praying hands as the Blessed Mother is normally shown. Yet I still did not catch on and wondered at her white garments and what Order she was from, because obviously, she was a nun, right?
I finally got around to Googling "Rosa" as Rosa Mystica, and was surprised to see "Rosa Mystica--Mystical Rose" on the screen. Surprise---and then stupid. And then really stupid. Slap on the face and forehead, really, really stupid.
After having gotten over a little of my embarrassment, I finally read about the Rosa Mystica. What a story! I suddenly was really excited to make a rosary for the Rosa Mystica, and already I had a few ideas of what I wanted to do.
About Rose Mystica:
The story behind the Rosa Mystica goes back to 1947, where Our Lady appeared to Pierina Gilli in a small town in Northern Italy. Pierina worked as a nurse at a hospital and it was there when Our Lady appeared to her. She wore a violet gown with a white covering over her head. Her eyes looked very sad. Her heart was pierced with three big swords. She said three words only: "Prayer, Penance, Expiation." And then she was gone.
When she appeared a second time a few months later, Pierina asked her who she was. Our Lady smiled and said, "I am your Mother, and the Mother of all of you." She wanted people to practice penance for their sins, to atone for the sins against faith and morals. She also said that she wanted to 13th of each month to be dedicated as a Marian day and to say special prayers the preceding 12 days. The 13th of July was to be a day dedicated to the Rosa Mystica, the Mystical Rose.
Our Lady appeared eight times to Pierina, repeating her message of prayer, penance and expiation. Bl.Pope John Paul met personally with Pierra, blessed her and asked her for her prayers. He declared that during the month of May Our Lady be addressed as primarily the Rosa Mystica.
About the roses:
During the second apparition, the Rosa Mystica appeared this time with 3 roses in place of the three swords; a red rose, a yellow rose and a white rose.
The white rose represents the spirit of prayer, the red rose represents the spirit of sacrifice, and the yellow rose the spirit of penance and conversion.
I found it interesting that in one of the appartitions, when Pierra asked what must be done in order to fulfill the Rosa Mystica's request for prayer and penance, that Our Lady responded, "Prayer!" She then added, "Penance means to accept every day all the crosses and duties too, in a spirit of penance."
I don't know about you, but I rarely do this. Am I the only one? How often do I chafe and complain that I must once more make another meal for the kids, just to again, clean it all up--only to repeat the same duty in a few hours? Or that the toliet seat must again be cleaned for little boys who don't seem to aim right, or that the same Legos are on the floor which was supposed to be cleaned up, or that not one mitten is in the mitten drawer?
I think about if I had been accepting my daily duties, my daily crosses, in a spirit of penance and mortification, how much more patient I would be.
And so this rosary is made in honor of the Rosa Mystica, the Mystical Rose, with the symbols of her message. Penance, prayer, and sacrifice!
For more information on the Rosa Mystica and her message, visit here.