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The Roses of Mary

October is the month of the Holy Rosary. It It is a meditative prayer on the life of Jesus through the eyes of His Mother. Catholics are encouraged to pray it daily.

At present, the Rosary is still a very mighty weapon against evil and confusion. It refers both to a beautiful devotion and to the prayer beads. It is a meditative prayer on the life of Jesus through the eyes of His Mother. 

As we reflect on the significant events of the journey of Jesus, we ask Him, through our Blessed Mother’s intercession, to give us the grace so that we may live in a way pleasing to Him. We experience our own share of the joyful, sorrowful, glorious and luminous phases of our pilgrimage on earth and pray for the desire to allow Him to be at the center of all these. 

The repetition of the Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be and the Fatima Prayer in every decade helps us enter into the appropriate disposition of heart-to-Heart and mind-to-Mind communication with the Lord. Even though it seems to be a routine, it is a dynamic awakening of one’s mindfulness to the presence of the Lord, through the serene yet powerful prodding of the Virgin Mary. 

Pope Pius XII wrote in his Encyclical Ingruentium Malorum (In the Face of Approaching Evils), “the recitation of identical formulas, repeated so many times, rather than rendering the prayer sterile and boring, has on the contrary the admirable quality of infusing confidence in him who prays, and brings to bear a gentle compulsion on the motherly heart of Mary.” 

The Rosary is often described as an effective intercessory prayer. Pope John XXIII said, “The Rosary is a magnificent and universal prayer for the needs of the Church, the nations and the entire world.”   

Like our Blessed Mother, may we ponder on the life of our Lord with faith, believing that in our own search for meaning, we experience hope and joy as we obey the Father’s will for us. 

In an address at the Basilica of St. Mary Major in May 2008, Pope Benedict XVI said, “May Mary help us to welcome within ourselves the grace emanating from these mysteries, so that through us, we can ‘water’ society, beginning with our daily relationships, and purifying them from so many negative forces, thus opening them to the newness of God. The Rosary, when it is prayed in an authentic way, not mechanical and superficial but profoundly, it brings, in fact, peace and reconciliation. It contains within itself the healing power of the Most Holy Name of Jesus, invoked with faith and love at the center of each ‘Hail Mary.’” 

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