October 30, 2016

On October 13, 1917 in Fatima Portugal was the “miracle of the sun” as promised by our Blessed Mother to the three children of Fatima, in their request for her to provide a miracle so that people would believe them.  During the “dancing of the sun” Mary told the three children that she wanted a church built under the title of Our Lady of the Rosary.  At each of the six heavenly visits at Fatima, Our Blessed Mother told the children to pray the rosary every day.  This request of heaven was not simply for the children but for all of us to “pray the rosary everyday.”  For some or maybe even for most, praying the rosary can be difficult.  The following is a quote from the APOSTOLIC LETTER ROSARIUM VIRGINIS MARIAE by St. Pope John Paul II. 

The Rosary of the Virgin Mary, which gradually took form in the second millennium under the guidance of the Spirit of God, is a prayer loved by countless Saints and encouraged by the Magisterium. Simple yet profound, it still remains, at the dawn of this third millennium, a prayer of great significance, destined to bring forth a harvest of holiness. It blends easily into the spiritual journey of the Christian life, which, after two thousand years, has lost none of the freshness of its beginnings and feels drawn by the Spirit of God to “set out into the deep” (duc in altum!) in order once more to proclaim, and even cry out, before the world that Jesus Christ is Lord and Saviour, “the way, and the truth and the life” (Jn 14:6), “the goal of human history and the point on which the desires of history and civilization turn”.

The Rosary, though clearly Marian in character, is at heart a Christocentric prayer. In the sobriety of its elements, it has all the depth of the Gospel message in its entirety, of which it can be said to be a compendium.  It is an echo of the prayer of Mary, her perennial Magnificat for the work of the redemptive Incarnation which began in her virginal womb. With the Rosary, the Christian people sits at the school of Mary and is led to contemplate the beauty on the face of Christ and to experience the depths of his love. Through the Rosary the faithful receive abundant grace, as though from the very hands of the Mother of the Redeemer.