October 3rd

The month of October is a month dedicated to the Holy Rosary.  The Rosary is a beautiful devotion which combines two forms of prayer: vocal prayer and meditation.  While vocal prayers make up the body of the Rosary, meditation upon the mysteries of the life, death and resurrection of Christ makes up the “soul” of the Rosary.  In order to derive the most benefit from the recitation of the Rosary, meditation on the mysteries is vital.

The Rosary is a most effective way to show our love for Jesus and Mary.  It is a devotion offered in honor of Our Blessed Mother, but it is profoundly Christ-centered.  This devotion in honor of Our Lady causes us to meditate on her Divine Son.  Mary always leads us to Jesus.

As we meditate upon the mysteries of the Rosary, we can think of the example that Jesus and Mary are for us.  We are called to follow Our Lord, and no one followed Him more faithfully than Mary; therefore, she too is a model of virtue for us.  Simply by praying the Rosary, we already imitate Mary who kept all the things that Our Lord did in her heart and meditated upon them continuously.  (cf. Luke 2:9)

Praying the Rosary regularly is a great way to deepen our love for Jesus and Mary.  Meditating often on the mysteries of our salvation our hearts are inspired with gratitude for all that God has done for us.

The Rosary is also a very powerful spiritual weapon.  The Rosary was given by Our Lady to Saint Dominic as a weapon to battle the Albigensian heresy.  St. Pius V attributed the victory at Lepanto (a victory which saved Rome from the Ottoman Empire) to the Rosaries that had been offered for that intention.  He instituted a Feast day in honor of Our Lady: the Feast day of Our Lady of Victory.  That Feast day was re-named the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary by Pope Paul VI.  We celebrate Our Lady of the Rosary on October 7th.

Through the recitation of the Rosary we can obtain many graces and blessings for ourselves and for others.  Through the Rosary we can commend our families, friends and loved-ones to the most powerful protection of Our Mother and Our Queen.  Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us!

God bless,

Father White