October is the month of the Rosary

The Rosary is a powerful prayer to which popes, saints, and Catholics over the centuries have turned for miraculous help in seemingly impossible situations. As a devotion, the Rosary is deeply ingrained in our Catholic identity. 

The prayer that leads to prayer. Prayer is key to a close relationship with God but it’s difficult to raise heart and mind to him when we are distracted. The gentle repetition in the Rosary is meant to still our minds and direct our hearts to communion with God. This meditative prayer places our focus on God and not on the world. 

A connection to the Gospels. The mysteries of the Rosary describe the events of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. By praying the Rosary, we visit these events as they are told in Scripture. To invert St. Jerome’s famous quote, knowledge of Scripture is knowledge of Christ. 

The prayer of virtue.We are all called to be holy and virtuous, but what does that look like? Praying the Rosary and meditating on the lives of Jesus and Mary gives us strong models of virtuous lives, from Mary’s obedience during the Annunciation and her fortitude during the crucifixion, to Jesus’ entire life of virtue – justice, temperance, and courage, in particular. Regular Rosary meditation opens us to the graces needed to acquire those very virtues.

 

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