Wednesday, September 27, 2006

The Most Holy Rosary

The most popular devotion in the history of the Church has been the most holy rosary. On any given morning before Mass, one will find in our churches people clutching their rosaries, invoking the intercession of the Mother of God. The rosary is deeply embedded in the Catholic mentality. At the turn of the century, Pope Leo XIII established October as the month of the Rosary. He wanted the faithful to be reminded annually to persevere in the pious practice of the Rosary. This method of prayer, Pope Leo said, is so arranged as to recall all the mysteries of our salvation and to move the faithful to a great spirit of piety.
The popes of our era have earnestly exhorted the recitation of the rosary. They have taught authoritatively that the Rosary always leads us to the Lord, through Mary. Pope Pius XII called the Rosary a, "compendium of the Gospels," and urged the faithful to turn in confidence to the Virgin Mother of God. John XXIII said that the rosary is a wonderful meditation and that in saying it we: "Weave a garland of Ave Maria's, Pater Noster's, and Gloria Patri's."
Paul VI called the Rosary a Gospel Prayer, and as such, it is an unceasing praise of Jesus Christ. Pope John Paul I, in his charming way, said that the recitation of the Hail Mary's of the rosary: "sweetens the soul like a song". All know of the devotion that Pope John Paul II had for the Rosary. When I studies in Rome, I was one of a small group of priests one day that con-celebrated Mass with Pope John Paul in his private chapel. After Mass, he pressed into the hand of each priest a rosary. When he came to me he said: "Father, pray this rosary every day!" And I do!
At Saint Gianna’s, we extend the same invitation to all our members. Pray the rosary every day! I assure you that Our Lady will preserve in you always the truths of Catholic faith. She will listen to your prayers and intentions. She will protect your families and keep a watchful eye on your children. Countless blessings will flow on families that daily get on their knees, as a family, and recite the Rosary. At Fatima, Our Blessed Lady asked us to say the Rosary every day. Let us respond to that request of the Mother of God and our Blessed Mother.
Fr. Richard J. Rego, S.T.L.


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