The Rosary is a traditional vocal prayer loved by countless saints and encouraged by the Church. It is a prayer and devotion that has changed the lives of many.
St. John Paul II’s Apostolic Letter, Rosarium Virginis Mariae, was promulgated on 16 October 2002, just a couple of years before his death. He referred to devotion to the Rosary as a “genuine training in holiness” that guided Christians in the contemplation of the great mysteries of our Faith. The Rosary has been a unique weapon in spiritual warfare and especially in praying for peace throughout the world.
The Rosary is also a great defender of family life at a time when divorce, “gay marriages”, contraception and abortion have caused disunity, diluted family values and disrupted the sanctity and beauty of the family.
It is essential that we pray the Rosary for peace in the world and for the family; but more than anything, the Rosary guides us on our journey to holiness. What gives meaning to our life? To know that God loves us and wants us to know and love Him in return, to love one another, to serve Him and to join Him in heaven.
The Rosary serves as a guide and constant reminder of how our lives must be shaped by our desire to be more and more like Christ. Our Mother quietly shares this truth with us in the movements of the Rosary through the Mysteries of Christ’s life, death, and resurrection and helping us to be conformed ever more closely to Christ until we attain true holiness.
The Rosary is capable of healing the wounds in our family, whether caused by violence or the breaking up of the family unit. It is not a mindless rote prayer. It is a prayer that focuses on Christ by seeing through the eyes of His Mother who is also Our Mother.
As you begin your journey with the Rosary, be sure to read through meditatively, so that you can truly understand the fruits of this great spiritual weapon.
Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.