FR BROOM'S BLOG: TWENTY FIVE THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE MOST HOLY ROSARY
ARTICLE: Observing the month of the Holy Rosary
FROM THE MAILBAGVIA A MOMENT WITH MARY: Why pray the Rosary? (I)
October is the month of the Rosary. Pope Benedict XVI explained why we should pray the Rosary:
"The Rosary is not a practice relegated to the past, like prayers of previous eras we might think of with nostalgia. On the contrary, the Rosary is enjoying a new springtime."
"The Rosary is undoubtedly one of the most eloquent signs of love that the young generations nourish for Jesus and his mother Mary."
"In today's world, which is so fragmented, this prayer helps us to place Christ at the center, as did the Virgin who meditated
"When reciting the Rosary, we relive the important and meaningful moments of salvation history; we visit anew the stages of Christ's mission."
"With Mary, we turn our heart to the mystery of Jesus. Jesus is placed at the center of our life, of our time,
VIA A MOMENT WITH MARY: Why pray the Rosary? (II)
Pope Benedict XVI addressed this question by giving these intentions:
"May Mary help us to welcome within ourselves the grace emanating from these mysteries, so that through us she might "irrigate" society, beginning with our daily interactions, and purifying it from so many negative forces by opening it to the newness of God."
"Prayed in an authentic way, not in a superficial way, the Rosary indeed brings peace and reconciliation. It contains within itself the healing power of the Most Holy Name of Jesus, invoked with faith and love at the heart of each Ave Maria."
"The Rosary, when it is not a mechanical repetition of traditional formulas, is a biblical meditation that makes us retrace the events of the Lord's life in the company of the Blessed Virgin, preserving them, like her, in our heart."
"Let this good habit never stop. Let it continue even with greater zeal, that, at the school of Mary, the lamp of faith may shine ever more brightly in the heart of Christians and in their homes."
VIA A MOMENT WITH MARY: An Especially Effective Weapon
Remember that Sister Lucia (one of the three visionaries of Our Lady of Fatima (1917 in Portugal) confided the following to Father Fuentes on December 26, 1957: "The Blessed Virgin has given a new efficacy to the recitation of the Holy Rosary. There is no problem, I tell you, no matter how difficult it is, that we cannot resolve by the prayer of the Holy Rosary."
The earliest victory on record won by the Rosary was a victory against the Cathars. It took place on September 12, 1213, in Muret, France. This victory was fought by 800 French knights called by Pope Innocent III and led by Simon de Montfort. They faced an army of 34,000 Cathars assisted by Spaniards led by Peter II of Aragon. Throughout the battle, Saint Dominic prayed the Rosary in the church of Muret. The victory was spectacular: only 8 were reported killed on the French side against 10,000
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