The Rosary. What do you know about it? Have you adopted it as a spiritual weapon? If not, let’s briefly visit reasons why you should:
- It’s the Prayer of the Gospel. The prayers themselves come from the Gospels; the Mysteries to contemplate are from the Gospels.
- Saints Swear By It. The Saints are examples of how to live our lives the best we can as imperfect humans. Read quotes from Saints and Popes regarding the significance of the Rosary. One of the most poignant statements was made by Saint Louis de Montfort, “Never will anyone who says his Rosary every day be led astray. This is a statement that I would gladly sign with my blood.”
- Move Beyond Petition-Only Prayers. Sometimes we get in the habit of reaching out in prayer only when we are asking for something. Sometimes we don’t know how to pray better. The Rosary can help you move into Contemplative Prayer, defined by the Catholic Church as “a gaze of faith, fixed on Jesus” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, # 2715). It is about becoming close to God: “The Rosary, precisely because it starts with Mary’s own experience, is an exquisitely contemplative prayer… By its nature the recitation of the Rosary calls for a quiet rhythm and a lingering pace, helping the individual to meditate on the mysteries of the Lord’s life as seen through the eyes of her who was closest to the Lord. In this way the unfathomable riches of these mysteries are disclosed.” – John Paul II, Apostolic Letter, On The Most Holy Rosary
- You Can Pray it Anywhere. Don’t Have a Rosary with You? Nothing is a coincidence with God. You have 10 fingers. If you left your Rosary at home, you always have your fingers with you–or your toes. Pray it while you exercise or drive.
This is just a short commentary on the importance of the Rosary and using it as a daily spiritual weapon. There are many other places to read about the Rosary, its history, and the benefits of its prayers:
Did you know the rosary is being said as a group prayer at St. Andrew every weekday morning before Mass at 7:30AM and on weekends, 7:00AM and 9:00AM? If you already pray the Rosary, please join us. If you are new to the Rosary, please join in this dynamic prayer that will open up your spiritual life in ways you’ve never anticipated.