Maybe you have heard these comments in the past or have even made such comments yourself:
“The Rosary is just a string of beads.”
Although the above comments are common views about the Rosary, they actually represent gross misunderstandings of a deeply contemplative and deeply Scriptural prayer. A prayer that seeks greater intimacy of Christ and worships God alone.
was and is and all He has done and continues to do for us.
Death, Resurrection and Ascension and Glory in Heaven, with the aid of
Scripture and His Blessed Mother’s help and prayers.
all He has done for us, the more we realize how vast, limitless and infinite
His Love is! Jesus “became man to make us God” (St. Irenaeus) – to transform our humanity with His Divinity and
to raise up both our earthly lives and eternal lives to everlasting joy and
Christ is truly Present in His Word, which
is “living and effective, sharper than
any two-edged sword, penetrating even between soul and spirit, joints and
marrow, and able to discern reflections and thoughts of the heart” (Heb 4:12). This verse expresses why a Scripture passage we’ve heard hundreds of times before can suddenly
touch us in a brand new way. And why, when we pray and meditate on Scripture,
we can discern God’s will guiding us in our decisions and the particular
circumstances of our lives.
Additionally, when we pray the rosary, Mary prays with us and intercedes for us.
We can confidently put our hand in hers as we meditate on the mysteries of the
Rosary – asking her to share her remembrances, her understanding and her love
with us – knowing it was God’s will to use Mary to bring Jesus to life, and it
is still God’s will for her to help us and lead us ever closer to Him — bringing Him to life in us.
Do we take time to ponder Jesus’ life, death and resurrection each day? Whether it be one prayer, one mystery of the Rosary or a complete Rosary, let us strive to begin today, praying:
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more to the Love of God or to His Word than Mary. No one knew or loved Jesus more intimately or
experienced the love of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit more than
she. As Jesus was dying on the Cross, He
knew how much we needed Mary, so He gave her to us (through John, the Beloved Disciple) as our own Mother, asking us
to “Behold your mother” and take her into own homes (cf. Jn. 19:27). What we find if we invite Mary into our homes is that her only desire is to lead us to Jesus; and just imagine the
stories, the remembrances, and the gifts she has to share with us about her Son
and her life with Him!
model. She has gone before us as the first
Christian disciple, but every action of love given to Mary (which she received in its fullness of grace) is also meant for us
and given to us as well (to the extent of our capacity — based on our humility, desire, faith and love). For, we, too,
are called to be filled with grace and living tabernacles of God’s presence — bearing
Christ within our bodies so to give birth to Him to the world. We are called to ponder and treasure His
Words, to live in intimacy and love with Him each day, to nurture His life
within our families, to bear witness to His miracles and to the Truth of His
Words, to stand with Him unto the Cross bearing our sufferings, to be one with
the Apostles and pray for the Holy Spirit’s outpouring upon the Church, to be
united with him at death, and taken up body and soul into glory on the last