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The Rosary page will look at the history of the Rosary, the miracles caused by the Rosary, and the absolute necessity of the Rosary for our spiritual lives today. It will also present an ever-changing series of meditations to help us pray and meditate the Rosary in the manner that Our Lady wishes. With time, the meditations will encompass all age groups, young and old; all the various circumstances of life that we encounter daily. It will strive to bring the Rosary alive and make it relevant to our daily lives.
THE ROSARY Fr. Garrigou-Lagrange (taken from the book The Mother of the Savior and Our Interior Life)
Posted August 30, 2013
THE ROSARY: A SCHOOL OF CONTEMPLATION
From among the many customary devotions to Our Lady, such as the Angelus, the Office of the Blessed Virgin, the Rosary, we shall speak especially of the last one, in so far as the Rosary prepares us for and leads us up to contemplation of the great mysteries of salvation. After the Holy Mass, it is one of the most beautiful and efficacious forms of prayer, on condition of understanding it and living it.
It sometimes happens that its recitation—reduced to that of five mysteries—becomes a matter of routine. The mind, not being really gripped by the things of God, finds itself a prey to distractions. Sometimes the prayer is said hurriedly and soullessly. Sometimes it is said for the purpose of obtaining temporal favors, desired out of all relation to spiritual gain. When a person says the Rosary in such a way, he may well ask himself in what way his prayer is like that of which Pope Leo XIII spoke in his encyclicals on the Rosary, and about which Pope Pius XI wrote one of his last apostolic letters.
It is true that to pray well it is sufficient to think in a general way of God and of the graces for which one asks. But to make the most out of our five mysteries, we should remember that they constitute but a third of the whole Rosary, and that they should be accompanied by meditation—which can be very simple—on the Joyful, Sorrowful and Glorious Mysteries, which recall the whole life of Jesus and Mary and their glory in Heaven.
The Three Great Mysteries of Salvation
The fifteen Mysteries of the Rosary, thus divided into three groups, are but different aspects of the three great mysteries of our salvation: the Incarnation, the Redemption, Eternal Life.
The mystery of the Incarnation is recalled by the joys of the Annunciation, the Visitation, the Birth of the Savior, His Presentation in the Temple and His finding among the doctors. The mystery of the Redemption is recalled by the different stages of the Passion: the Agony in the Garden, the Scourging, the Crowning with Thorns, the Carrying of the Cross, the Crucifixion. The mystery of eternal life is recalled by the Resurrection, the Ascension, Pentecost, the Assumption of Our Lady and her crowning as Queen of Heaven.
Thus, the Rosary is a Credo: not an abstract one, but one concretized in the life of Jesus Who came down to us from the Father and Who ascended to bring us back with Himself to the Father. It is the whole of Christian dogma in all its splendor and elevation, brought to us that we may fill our minds with it, that we may relish it and nourish our souls with it.
This makes the Rosary a true school of contemplation. It raises us gradually above vocal prayer and even above reasoned out or discursive meditation. Early theologians have compared the movement of the soul in contemplation to the spiral in which certain birds—the swallow, for example—move when they wish to attain to a great height (Cf. St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica, IIa IIae, q. 180, art. 6. The spiral movement lifts itself up to God progressively by the consideration of the different mysteries of salvation, all of which lead to Him). The Joyful Mysteries lead to the Passion, and the Passion to the door of Heaven. The Rosary well understood is, therefore, a very elevated form of prayer which makes the whole of dogma accessible to all.
The Rosary is also a very practical form of prayer for it recalls all Christian morality and spirituality by presenting them from the sublime point of view of their realization in Jesus and Mary. The Mysteries of the Rosary should be reproduced in our lives. Each of them is a lesson in some virtue—particularly in the virtues of humility, trust, patience and charity.
There are three stages in our progress towards God
1. The first stage is to have knowledge of the final end, whence comes the desire of salvation and the joy to which that desire gives rise. This stage is symbolized in the Joyful Mysteries, which contain the good news of the Incarnation of the Son of God Who opens to us the way of salvation.
2. The next stage is to adopt the means—often painful to nature—to be delivered from sin and to merit Heaven. This is the stage of the Sorrowful Mysteries.
3. The final stage is that of rest in the possession of eternal life. It is the stage of Heaven, of which the Glorious Mysteries allow us some anticipated glimpse.
The Rosary is therefore most practical. It takes us from the midst of our too human interests and joys and makes us think of those which center on the coming of the Savior. It takes us from our meaningless fears, from the sufferings we bear so badly, and reminds us of how much Jesus has suffered for love of us and teaches us to follow Him by bearing the cross which divine providence has sent us to purify us. It takes us finally from our earthly hopes and ambitions and makes us think of the true object of Christian hope—eternal life and the graces necessary to arrive there.
The Rosary is more than a prayer of petition. It is a prayer of adoration, inspired by the thought of the Incarnate God, a prayer of reparation in memory of the Passion of Our Savior, a prayer of thanksgiving that the Glorious Mysteries continue to reproduce themselves in the uninterrupted entry of the elect into glory.
The Rosary and Contemplative Prayer
A more simple and still more elevated way of reciting the Rosary is, while saying it, to keep the eyes of faith fixed on
the living Jesus, Who is always making intercession for us and Who is acting upon us in accordance with the mysteries of His childhood, or His Passion, or His glory. He comes to us to make us like Himself. Let us fix our gaze on Jesus, Who is looking at us. His look is more than kind and understanding: it is the look of God, a look which purifies, which sanctifies, which gives peace. It is the look of our Judge and still more the look of our Savior, our Friend, the Spouse of our souls. A Rosary said in this way, in solitude and silence, is a most fruitful communication with Jesus. It is a conversation with Mary, too, which leads to intimacy with her Son.
We sometimes read in the lives of the Saints that Our Blessed Lord reproduced, in them, first His childhood, then His hidden life, then His apostolic life, and finally His Passion, before allowing them to share in His glory. He comes to us in a similar way in the Rosary and, if the Rosary is well said, it is a prayer which gradually takes the form of an intimate conversation with Jesus and Mary. It is easy to see how saintly souls have found in it a school of contemplation.
It has sometimes been objected that one cannot reflect on the words and the Mysteries at the same time. An answer, that is often given, is that it is not necessary to reflect on the words if one is meditating on or looking spiritually at one of the Mysteries. The words are a kind of melody, which soothes the ear and isolates us from the noise of the world around us, the fingers being occupied, meanwhile, in allowing one bead after another to slip through. Thus, the imagination is kept tranquil and the mind and the will are set free to be united to God.
It has also been objected that the monotony of the many repetitions in the Rosary leads necessarily to routine. This objection is valid only if the Rosary is said badly. If well said, it familiarizes us with the different mysteries of salvation and recalls what these mysteries should produce in our joys, our sorrows, and our hopes. Any prayer can become a matter of routine—even the Ordinary of the Mass. The reason is not that the prayers are imperfect, but that we do not say them as we should—with faith, confidence and love.
The Spirit of the Rosary as St. Dominic Conceived It
To understand the Rosary better it is well to recall how St. Dominic conceived it under the inspiration of Our Lady at a time when southern France was ravaged by the Albigensian heresy—a heresy which denied the infinite goodness and omnipotence of God by admitting a principle of evil which was often victorious. Not only did Albigensianism attack Christian morality, but it was opposed to dogma as well—to the great mysteries of creation, the redemptive incarnation, the descent of the Holy Ghost, the eternal life to which we are called.
It was at that moment that Our Blessed Lady made known, to St. Dominic, a kind of preaching till then unknown, which she said would be one of the most powerful weapons against future errors and in future difficulties. Under her inspiration, St. Dominic went into the villages of the heretics, gathered the people, and preached to them the mysteries of salvation —the Incarnation, the Redemption, Eternal Life. As Mary had taught him to do, he distinguished the different kinds of mysteries, and after each short instruction he had ten Hail Marys recited—somewhat as might happen even today at a Holy Hour. And, what the word of the preacher was unable to do, the sweet prayer of the Hail Mary did for hearts. As Mary had promised, it proved to be a most fruitful form of preaching. The first fruit of the Rosary was the victory of Simon of Montfort over the Albigensians, obtained while St. Dominic implored Mary's help in prayer.
If we live by the prayer—of which St. Dominic's preaching is the example—our joys, our sorrows, and our hopes will be purified, elevated and spiritualized. We shall see that Jesus, Our Savior and Our Model, wishes to make us like Himself, first communicating to us something of His infant and hidden life, then something of His sorrows, and finally making us partakers of His glorious life for all eternity.
THE FIFTEEN PROMISES OF MARY to those who recite the Rosary
1. Whoever shall faithfully serve me by the recitation of the Rosary, shall receive signal graces.
2. I promise my special protection and the greatest graces to all those who shall recite the Rosary.
3. The Rosary shall be a powerful armour against Hell, it will destroy vice, decrease sin, and defeat heresies.
4. It will cause virtue and good works to flourish; it will obtain for souls the abundant mercy of God; it will withdraw the hearts of men from the love of the world and its vanities, and will lift them to the desire of eternal things. Oh, if only souls would sanctify themselves by this means.
5. The soul, which recommends itself to me by the recitation of the Rosary, shall not perish.
6. Whoever shall recite the Rosary devoutly, applying himself to the consideration of its sacred mysteries, shall never be conquered by misfortune. God will not chastise him in His justice, he shall not perish by an unprovided death; if he be just, he shall remain in the grace of God, and become worthy of eternal life.
7. Whoever shall have a true devotion for the Rosary shall not die without the sacraments of the Church.
8. Those who are faithful to recite the Rosary, shall have, during their life and at their death, the light of God and the plenitude of His graces; at the moment of death, they shall participate in the merits of the saints in Paradise.
9. I shall deliver from Purgatory those who have been devoted to the Rosary.
10. The faithful children of the Rosary shall merit a high degree of glory in Heaven.
11. You shall obtain all you ask of me by the recitation of the Rosary.
12. All those who propagate the Holy Rosary shall be aided by me in their necessities.
13. I have obtained from my Divine Son that all the advocates of the Rosary shall have for intercessors the entire celestial court during their life and at the hour of death.
14. All who recite the Rosary are my sons, and brothers of my only Son Jesus Christ.
15. Devotion to my Rosary is a great sign of predestination.
(Given to St. Dominic and Blessed Alan de la Roche)
THE HOLY ROSARY BY SAINTS & POPES
(posted August 22, 2013)
BLESSED POPE PIUS IX: When a visitor was being shown the priceless collection of treasures in the Vatican, he asked Pope Pius IX what was the greatest treasure in the coffers of the Vatican. He was thinking of the many jeweled gold chalices, the art collections of some of the world's greatest artists, etc. The Pope reached into his pocket and pulled out his Rosary beads, saying: "This is the greatest treasure that the Church has in its possession."
POPE PIUS XI states: "The Rosary is a powerful weapon to put the demons to flight and to keep oneself from sin . . . It serves admirably to overcome the enemies of God and of religion . . . If you desire peace in your hearts, in your homes, and in your country, assemble each evening to recite the Rosary. Let not even one day pass without saying it, no matter how burdened you may be with many cares and labors."
ST. LOUIS-MARIE DE MONTFORT writes: The devils as they were being exorcized from a possessed man, cried out: "The Mother of Jesus Christ is all-powerful and she can save her servants from falling into Hell. We have to say, however reluctantly, that not a single soul who has really persevered in her service, has ever been damned with us. We fear her more than all the other saints in Heaven put together and we have no success with her faithful servants. Now that we are forced to speak, we must also tell you this: nobody who perseveres in saying the Rosary will be damned, because she obtains for her servants the grace of true contrition for their sins and, by means of this, they will obtain God's forgiveness and mercy." (St. Louis de Montfort, Secret of the Rosary, 33rd Rose).
POPE LEO XIII says: "Among the different ways of praying, there is none more excellent than the Rosary. It condenses into itself all the worship that is due to Mary. It is the remedy for all our evils, the root of all our blessings."
POPE LEO XIII writes: "The Rosary is the most excellent form of prayer and the most efficacious means of attaining eternal life. It is the remedy for all our evils, the root of all our blessings. There is no more excellent way of praying."
"May the Christian nations cling more and more to the practice of the Rosary, to which our ancestors had recourse as an ever‑ready refuge in misfortune, and a glorious proof and pledge of Christian faith and devotion. We have desired and desire nothing more ardently than that fervor of the faithful in performing this devotion should not languish, but should remain ever firm . . ." (Pope Leo XIII)
POPE ST. PIUS X point out that: "Of all prayers the Rosary is the most beautiful and the richest in graces; of all it is the one which is most pleasing to Mary, the Virgin Most Holy. Therefore, love the Rosary and recite it every day with devotion: this is the testament which I leave unto you, so that you may remember me by it."
BLESSED POPE PIUS IX states: "Among all the devotions approved by the Church, none has been so favored by so many miracles as the Rosary devotion."
ST. PADRE PIO says emphatically that: "The Rosary is the weapon!"
BLESSED POPE PIUS IX insisted: "Give me an army saying the Rosary and I will conquer the world!"
In her 1957 interview with Father Fuentes, Sister Lucia said. "Father, ... God is giving two last remedies to the world. They are the Holy Rosary and devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. These are the last two remedies, which signify that there will be no others. The third reason is because, in the plans of Divine Providence, God always, before He is about to chastise the world, exhausts all other remedies."
Let us add to these quotes the words that Our Lady spoke to St. Dominc as part of the 15 Promises to those who recite the Rosary: "You shall obtain all you ask of me by the recitation of the Rosary!" .
In 1830, Our Lady complained to Saint Catherine Labouré, when she said, "They do not pray the Rosary well!" These are Our Lady's words! Saint Catherine said that she remembered those words for the rest of her life, like a thorn in her heart.