A Month Dedicated To Our Lady Of The Rosary

Mary Statue SJB TrimmedIn a cold cave in a Palestinian backwater, she cradled her newborn. After a long, hard journey, despite the strain of a first and unexpected pregnancy, she joyfully welcomed the child Messiah. In creating a cradle for God, the circle of her arms changed this lost, sorrowful world forever.

Years later, on that horrible Friday, she stood by her son in the final moments of his agony. Betrayed and abandoned by his friends, abused and condemned for daring to speak of a loving God, he was hung on a tree. Mary of Nazareth completed the journey with her son to the bitter end. Before the body was consigned to a cave, she cradled his broken body one last time.

The mother of God becomes the daughter of God. The God she welcomed into the world now welcomes her into His. The Christ who held her hand as a boy now takes her hand and leads her to the dwelling place of His Father. Her son, her lullaby that rocked the Christ child to sleep, the lullaby she whispered as she said goodbye, now comforts this confused, lost, angry world. She who gave life to the Christ child is now reborn in Christ’s resurrection.

I believe the prayer you just read, freely composed by Caryll Houselander, speaks of the mystery of the devotion the Church invites us to pray during the month of October, the rosary.

Saint John Paul II, in his 2002 letter On the Most Holy Rosary, described the rosary as an “exquisitely contemplative prayer.” It starts with Mary’s human experience, and it encourages us to learn from our own. Another insight this well-known saint offered is that “each mystery of the Rosary, carefully meditated, sheds light on the mystery of man” and our pursuit of holiness.

In the Joyful Mysteries, contemplating Christ’s birth, we learn the sanctity of life; contemplating the household of Nazareth, we learn the original truth of family by God’s plan.

According to the Mysteries of Luminous Mysteries, listening to the Master’s public teachings, we are enlightened to enter the Kingdom of God.

In the Sorrowful Mysteries, following Christ to Calvary, we learn the meaning of salvific suffering.

And according to the Glorious Mysteries, contemplating Christ and Mary in glory, we see the good toward which we are called if we allow ourselves to be healed and transformed by the Holy Spirit.

Allow this month to be a time to grow in your appreciation of this great devotion. The contemplative praying of the rosary can result in a deeper understanding of ourselves and the marvelous blessings we have received. Consider joining us during the month of October at Saint John Bosco as we pray the rosary on weekday mornings after the 7:30 am Mass.

Here are some insights from the website of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on praying the rosary.

Question – How has your perception of the rosary changed over the years?

October 1st, 2014 |