Eureka! I have re-discovered the “blog I forgot.” I have been up in the Door County Peninsula (on what I take to be a sort of retreat) for the past short sum of days. Anyway – internet connections and time have been a bit hard to come by, my apologies.
The Holy Catholic Church dedicates the month of October to Our Lady and the Holy Rosary. During this month we especially celebrate this wondrous gift of prayer, and thank God for the graces He grants us through Our Lady’s intercession. Tomorrow, we celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. So today, as it is Saturday and the day of the week we traditionally honor the Blessed Mother; I am going to devote this post to expounding on the beauty of the Holy Rosary and thanking Our Lady for this marvelous gift.
The form of the Holy Rosary with which we are usually best acquainted was given by our Blessed Mother to St. Dominic in the year 1214; however, this devotion existed in other forms for many centuries preceding 1214. It was promoted in the 15th century by the Dominican priest and theologian Blessed Alanus de Rupe (Blessed Alain de la Roche). Our Lady gave him 15 Rosary Promises:
- “Whoever shall faithfully serve me by the recitation of the Rosary shall receive signal graces.”
- “I promise my special protection and the greatest graces to all those who shall recite the Rosary.”
- “The Rosary shall be a powerful armor against Hell; it will destroy vice, decrease sin and defeat heresies.”
- 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, that souls would sanctify themselves by this means!”
- “The soul which recommends itself to me by the recitation of the Rosary shall not perish.”
- “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.”
- “Whoever shall have a true devotion for the Rosary shall not die without the Sacraments of the Church.”
- “Those who are faithful to recite the Rosary shall have during their life and at their death the light of God and the plentitude of His graces; at the moment of death they shall participate in the merits of the Saints of Paradise.”
- “I shall deliver from Purgatory those who have been devoted to the Rosary.”
- “The faithful children of the Rosary shall merit a high degree of glory in Heaven.”
- “You shall obtain all you ask of me by the recitation of the Rosary.”
- “All those who propagate the Holy Rosary shall be aided by me in their necessities.”
- “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.”
- “All who recite the Rosary are my sons, and brothers of my only Son, Jesus Christ.”
- “Devotion to my Rosary is a great sign of predestination.”
I personally have a deep devotion to Our Lady and her Holy Rosary. Whenever I pray Rosary, no matter how deep my troubles, I always find a sense of true inner peace. Whatever I take to the Blessed Mother, through the Holy Rosary, I always get an answer, even if it’s not the one I was expecting. Yeah, I know that sometimes the Rosary seems like a really long prayer, but in light of eternity, fifteen minutes is really not that much time. The Rosary is a beautiful prayer, I am profoundly grateful to our Blessed Mother for giving it to us.
For the past 6 months, I’ve been meeting with a small rosary group, every Tuesday, outside of a 150 year-old Catholic Church. With the notable exception of Sunday Mass, the Tuesday Rosary is the highlight of my week. Praying the Rosary, with 25 other fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, with the cemetery behind us, has afforded me a unique awareness of the Mystical Body of Christ. After all, 150 years ago, these Catholic American Pioneers were praying the Rosary on the very same spot. As I offer praise and thanks to God, pray for the needs of my family and friends, and ask for Eternal Rest for those whose mortal remains rest in the adjacent cemetery, I know that they are spiritually united with me in prayer in the Mystical Body of Christ. This ancient prayer is just as relevant today as it was 150 years ago, and centuries prior.
“Rosary” comes from the Latin word rosarium, which translated means: “rose garden” or “garland of roses.” When we pray the Holy Rosary, we give a spiritual bouquet of roses and flowers to our Blessed Mother. What mother doesn’t like receiving flowers? Our Lady is no different! On this Saturday, please join me and all of the faithful around the world praying this profound and beautiful prayer in giving Our Mother a gorgeous garland of spiritual blossoms.