The Greatest Weapon of our Times

October is dedicated for a month-long praying of the Holy Rosary among Catholics.  The name “Rosary” from the Latin word rosarium, “rose garden” comes from the notion of offering a bouquet of prayers to our Lady, Queen of the Holy Rosary.

According to pious tradition, Mary gave the Rosary to St. Dominic, a holy and zealous Spanish priest who religiously prayed for those who had fallen into error and gave up their Catholic faith.  He preached and labored for those unfortunate people for years even so often he was ridiculed.

 


 

 



Our Lady then appeared to him and gave him the Rosary.  She taught him how to pray it and promised that many sinners would be converted and many graces obtained.

The following promises of our Lady to St. Dominic are taken from the writings of the saint, himself.

1. Whoever will faithfully serve me by recitation of the rosary shall receive signal graces.

2. I promise my special protection and great graces to all who recite my rosary devotedly.

3. The rosary will be a very powerful armor against hell.  It will destroy vice, deliver from sin and dispel heresy.

4. The rosary will make virtue and good works flourish, and will obtain the most abundant divine mercies for mankind; it will substitute in hearts love of God for love of the world and will elevate people to desire heavenly and eternal goods.  Oh, that souls would sanctify themselves by this means!

5. Those who entrust themselves to me through the rosary will not perish.

6. Those who shall recite my rosary prayerfully, considering its mysteries, will not be overwhelmed by misfortune or die a bad death.  The sinner will be converted, the just will grow in grace and become worthy of eternal life.

7. Whoever will have a true devotion for the rosary shall not die without the sacraments of the Church.

8. Those who faithfully recite the rosary shall have during their life and at their death the light of God and the plenitude of His grace.  At the moment of death, they shall participate in the merits of the saints in paradise.

9. I will deliver promptly from purgatory the souls devoted to my rosary.

10. The true children of my rosary will enjoy glory in heaven.

11. What you shall ask through the rosary you shall obtain.

Through the centuries the Popes have encouraged the devout recitation of the rosary.  They have attached many indulgences to it.  (Indulgence applies to the healing of wounds left by sin).  The holy Fathers, especially of recent years, have pleaded for the family rosary.

A great apostle of the family rosary was Father Patrick Peyton.  He took up this crusade through the use of the media, radio, television, rallies,travel.  Fr. Peyton had been able to spread his message throughout the world; “The family that prays together stays together.”  He had been able to effectively teach and preach the family rosary.

The rosary is such a beautiful and a perfect prayer.  It combines the most sublime vocal prayers with meditation.  It begins with the Sign of the Cross, the sign of our Redemption.  Next comes the “Apostles’ Creed,” a prayer that contains all the truths and mysteries of our Catholic Faith.  The “Our Father,” composed by our Lord Himself, is a prayer full of meaning and power, a summary of the Gospel.  The “Hail Mary,” the angel’s greeting to Mary and that of the Church, is a prayer of love, praise and petition to God’s Mother and ours.  The “Glory Be” renders praise to the Blessed Trinity.

Meditation is the most important part of the rosary.  As we say the vocal prayers, we think about the chief mysteries of our Redemption.  We fix our attention on the Joyful mysteries, the Luminous mysteries, the Sorrowful mysteries or the Glorious mysteries.  According to tradition, this is the part of the rosary which our Lady took such care to explain to St. Dominic.  It is by thinking of Christ.  His joys, His ministries, His sorrows, His triumphs, that we begin to appreciate more what He has done for us, that we begin to love Him more and more and imitate Him more.  We begin to understand, too, the role of Mary has played in our Redemption.  The mysteries of the rosary bring us closer to Jesus and to Mary.

 

Our Lady loves the rosary.  It is the prayer of the simple and of the great.  Everyone can so easily pray it anywhere, anytime.  It honors God and our Lady in a special way.  When our Lady appeared to Bernadette at Lourdes, she had a rosary in her hand.  When she appeared to the three children at Fatima, she also had a rosary.  It was at Fatima that she definitely called herself by title she dearly loves, “The Lady of the Rosary.”

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