Sunday, October 25, 2015

Give up your Rosary, that’s what’s giving you such a headache

* October 25 – Consecration of Toledo’s Cathedral to Mary (Spain, 1075)  * “Give up your Rosary, that’s what’s giving you such a headache” ----- A Moment with Mary --

Une Minute avec Marie
An initiative of the Mary of Nazareth Association

October is the Month of the Rosary. This year A Moment with Mary has chosen to dedicate each daily meditation to the holy Rosary that Pope Benedict XII (d.1730) called: "The supreme remedy for errors and vices."

October 25 – Consecration of Toledo’s Cathedral to Mary (Spain, 1075) 

“Give up your Rosary, that’s what’s giving you such a headache”

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Similarly, not a few clever people and learned scholars may occasionally try to dissuade you from saying the Rosary, proud and critical people, I mean. They would rather you said the seven penitential psalms or some other prayers …

If you consult even some people who live lives of prayer in the world, but who have never tried the Rosary, they will not only not encourage it but will turn people away from it to get them to learn contemplation, as if the Rosary and contemplation were incompatible…

Your closest enemies will attack you all the more cruelly because they are within you. I mean the powers of your soul and your bodily senses, the distractions of the mind, distress and uncertainty of the will, dryness of the heart, exhaustion and illness of the body—all that will combine with the evil spirits to say to you, "Give up your Rosary, that’s what’s giving you such a headache. Give up your Rosary, there is no obligation under pain of sin… You can say it tomorrow when you are more in the mood." And so on.

The daily Rosary has so many enemies that I look upon the grace of persevering in it until death as one of the greatest favors God can give us. Persevere in it and your fidelity will be rewarded with the wonderful crown which is prepared for you in heaven.

Saint Louis de Montfort
In The Secret of the Rosary §149 and 150 (excerpts)

The month of October, a month when we especially like to pray to the Blessed Virgin Mary, is traditionally called the Month of the Rosary. The holy Rosary is composed of twenty decades. Each decade is recited in honor of a mystery in the life of Christ and that of Our Lady. It is customary to recite five decades at a time while meditating on one set of mysteries. We usually pray one specific set on each day the week in the following way:

- On Monday and Saturday we pray the Joyful Mysteries: The Annunciation, The Visitation, The Nativity, The Presentation of Jesus, and The Finding of Jesus in the Temple.
- On Tuesday and Friday we pray the Sorrowful Mysteries: The Agony of Jesus, The Scourging, The Crowning with Thorns, The Carrying of the Cross, and The Crucifixion and Death of Jesus.
 - On Wednesday and Sunday we pray the Glorious Mysteries: The Resurrection, The Ascension, The Descent of the Holy Spirit, The Assumption of the Virgin Mary, and The Coronation of the Virgin Mary.
- On Thursday we pray the Mysteries of Light: The Baptism of Jesus, The Wedding at Cana, The Proclamation of the Kingdom of God, The Transfiguration, and The Institution of the Holy Eucharist.

The feast of Our Lady of the Rosary is celebrated on October 7th. This feast was instituted by Pope Pius V in 1573, to thank the Virgin Mary for the victory of Lepanto (1571).