We are progressing through the month of October, the month of the Rosary. Sadly, some feel uncomfortable with this repetitive prayer but they do so because they are not able to appreciate its actual relevance for the current world we are living in.
What is this ancient yet ever new prayer? Pope Benedict XVI gives us a succinct yet thorough reply during the address he gave on October 10, 2010.
“The Rosary is a biblical prayer, completely interwoven with Sacred Scripture. It is a prayer of the heart in which the repetition of the Hail Mary orients one’s thought and affection towards Christ, and thus one confidently supplicates his Mother and ours. It is a prayer that aids meditation on the Word of God…”.
For St Pio of Pietrelcina, the Holy Rosary is the best weapon that Christians have to overcome temptations. But why is the Rosary so powerful in defeating the evil powers of darkness and restoring in God’s grace Christ’s faithful?
Blessed John Paul II gives the answer in his apostolic letter on the Holy Rosary Rosarium Virginis Mariae. According to the Pope, “the most important reason for strongly encouraging the practice of the Rosary is that it represents a most effective means of fostering among the faithful that commitment to the contemplation of the Christian mystery”.
Mary gives us the right attitude of how to contemplate God’s saving actions in our life story. In front of God’s will in her life she chose to hold all these experiences in her heart so as to contemplate them in the presence of her Lord. No wonder St Luke twice repeats the phrase “kept all these things … in her heart” (Luke2:19, 51). How could Mary see God’s loving hand guiding her had she not treasured the great things the Lord has done for her? (Luke1:49).
Let us make the Rosary our daily prayer, fully confident in the Lord that in regularly contemplating the mysteries of Christ under the assuring maternal intimacy of Mary, we not only experience God’s consolation for us but, in return, are changed into consoling presences for the afflicted, the suffering and the needy ones who are struggling around us!