As Catholics, we are very blessed to be members of the Church that duly honours and respects the Mother of Our Lord and Saviour. However we must admit that many of us, even ‘cradle Catholics’, do not really know and appreciate the profound role that Mary plays in the life of the Church. There are even a few groups, among them Christians, who claim that Catholics ‘worship’ Mary.
Mary was born to be the Mother of the Saviour of the world, the spiritual mother of all men and women, and the holiest of God’s creatures. In Mary all human nature is exalted. The Blessed Virgin occupies a unique place in the history of salvation, and she has the highest mission ever commended to any creature! Mary grew of age “treasuring these things in her heart” (Cf. Luke 2:51). Her simple, total dedication to God made her His “highly favoured daughter.”
This month, we’ll be going from house to house either to regular families or lapse Catholics to pray the Rosary. Why the Rosary? To be formed and moulded into Christ with the same loving care that Christ himself received from Mary. But how does Mary form and mould us? By the mysteries of the life of her Son and by the lesson of her own humble, loving and docile attitude before the majesty of God.
Praying the Rosary with Mary does not have to be a solo event. Catholics come together as a family or as a community to ponder the mysteries and to advance in our affection for our Mother. Through our Mother’s eyes, we get to see our Saviour’s love for each one of us.
When we commit to praying the Rosary, Mary walks with us through the scriptures through our meditation, through all our joys and sorrows and sings with us the ‘magnificat’ of our life.
If we begin to walk with Mary each day, our lives will be radically different as she leads us to her Son. Our devotion to Mary will not only be good for our souls but for our bodies – the temple of the Holy Spirit. When we love Mary and the Rosary, we will experience the conversion of our heart.
Go to Mother Mary and pray the Rosary every day for our nation, for the protection of human life and the restoration of family life.