What if you could pray the greatest and most pleasing prayer for God, would you want to know it? Would you think it was a prayer of eloquence? Maybe in an ancient archaic language? Or is it only for the scholars who can discover it?
All of these are wrong. The prayer I am speaking of is the rosary. A humble prayer from the heart of the contrite and sinful. A prayer for the most humble and innocent as well as the most revered. This is a prayer that we can be sure is heard in the presence of God for saints and sinners have attested to its wonders.
One of the seers of Fatima, Sister Lucia said that “There is no problem, I tell you, no matter how difficult it is, that we cannot solve by the prayer of the Holy Rosary.” Whata wonderful prayer.
As Catholics, we all know and have had pounded into our heads to pray the rosary and all its importance but, in reality, do we that often in our busy lives stop and pull out a set of beads and start praying? In the hustle and bustle of life do we do this? It’s hard to remember to do. Many days I struggle with remembering to pray the rosary every day. I may have a lofty goal set of praying three rosaries a day but can barely get through one. Why should we, in our busy lives pray the rosary?
Let’s take a look at one of the greatest Marian devoted saints, St. Louis de Montfort. He wrote many treatises on Marian devotion and puts things so simply sometimes as to a little child. In his smaller work, The Secret of the Rosary, St. Montfort says that we should pray all 15 mysteries of the rosary daily. Wow! In this way we as Christians can reflect on the entire life of Christ throughout our day and meditate on it through the two greatest prayers of all time that add up to make the rosary: the Our Father and the Hail Mary.
What is so special about these prayers that equates into our rosary? There are two colors of roses involved here. You may ask, why switch to flowers? I promise I have a point here! In St. Montfort’s work, he accounts this story: “Brother Alphonsus Rodriguez, of the Company of Jesus, used to say his Rosary so devoutly that he often saw a red rose come out of his mouth at each Our Father and a white rose at each Hail Mary. The roses were equal in beauty and fragrance, and only different in color.”
We can think that the white roses exemplify the purity that we receive through devotion to Christ and prayer or maybe the garments that have been washed by the blood of Christ after our own resurrection into Heaven. Maybe the red roses symbolize our own sins that we are presenting before God in prayer. We ask the Blessed Virgin to “pray for us sinners” on each bead for she, alone among the creations, was without sin.
St. Montfort: “The complete Rosary is a large crown of roses that we place on the heads of Jesus and Mary. The rose is the queen of flowers. Similarly, the Rosary is the rose of devotions and therefore the principle devotion.”
So, my brothers and sisters in Christ, will you in the Spirit of God pick up your rosary and pray? Present your petitions before the feet of God by the intercession of His Mother.
The rosary is a great benefit for not just our own souls, or for praying for others, but it is a weapon against the devil. As Pope Pius IX said, “If I had an army saying the Rosary, I could conquer the world” The rosary, second to the Mass, is the most powerful weapon of the Church.
The rosary is, as Pope Leo XIII said, “the remedy for all our evils, the root of all our blessings” We can, through the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, create shockwaves throughout the world and throughout Holy Mother Church. Returning the Holy Church to the fullness of tradition, rejecting modernism, healing schisms; all through prayer.
Please, every day pray the rosary for the good of your soul, for the souls of others, the souls in purgatory, the Holy Father and the Church, the world we live in and for an increase in vocations.
To Jesus through Mary!