The Rosary Can Defeat Armys, Destroy Heresies, And Convert Evil Hearts!
Fr. Robert Cooper, Louisiana – In recent years, some individuals have commented that the rosary has become an old-fashioned practice, an act of spiritual simplicity which should be forever relegated to past generations. However, we must always remember that the rosary is not a prayer of Christian initiation, but the end point, after a long journey of faith. My great grandmother could not read or write, but she would have been more effective than I am in speaking about the rosary. Her love for Mary’s chaplet was so great that she persuaded her neighbors to pray Mary’s Psalter. The rosary is not correctly appreciated if it is not lived. Why? To know the incarnated history of this devotion, it is necessary to enter silently into the many homes, hospitals and huts where, since the Middle Ages until our days, the Hail Mary has resonated, as it did the first time it was pronounced by the Angel in Nazareth or when Elizabeth’s greeting to Mary was heard in Zechariah’s house. In homes, huts, hospitals, and fields, the rosary has united heaven with the poor, the simple, the sick, with those in love with the faith brought by Christ.
Then why should people pray the rosary? Because Jesus says so: “Pray always, without ceasing.” Today it is more important than ever to pray to avoid Christianity being reduced to a simple esotericism, a simple action, in which evangelical charity becomes pure philanthropy. The rosary is an easy and simple way to discover prayer once again, which nourishes faith, because it offers us the possibility of contemplating the whole history of salvation. It reflects the original preaching of the faith. It is the contemplation of the mystery of Christ — essential, and in an atmosphere of prayer — together with Mary. Cardinal John Henry Newman described the rosary as “a creed made into a prayer.” The rosary leads us to contrast our life with God’s call to love. In this way, it is fully integrated in our life, giving transcendent meaning to our actions. By praying the rosary, with confidence, we take Mary by the hand so that she will lead us to Jesus. To her, first among believers, we pray that she make us live what she lived, namely, the experience of the presence of Christ in us and among us.
Let us make a firm commitment to pray the Rosary daily, and let us entrust ourselves to the powerful protection and intercession of our Blessed Mother, who will lead us daily to her Son.