No one can live continually in sin and continue to say the Rosary. Either he will give up the sin or he will give up the Rosary.[1]

What an incredible remark to make. And yet is it? Of course it is –  for the Rosary leads us to penetrate the Revelation of God made Man and the part that his holy Mother played in the Father’s plan for salvation.

Bishop Boyle goes on to say – Those who say the Rosary frequently and fervently will gradually grow in grace and holiness and will enjoy the special protection of Our Lady and the abiding friendship of God.”[2]

Surely we all want to grow in grace and holiness? Surely we all want to enjoy the special protection of Our Blessed Mother as well as the abiding friendship of God?

Of course, all prayer requires commitment and the praying of the Rosary is no exception. As the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches us : –

Prayer is both a gift of grace and a determined response on our part. It always presupposes effort. The great figures of prayer of the Old Covenant before Christ, as well as the Mother of God, the saints, and he himself, all teach us this: prayer is a battle. Against whom? Against ourselves and against the wiles of the tempter who does all he can to turn man away from prayer, away from union with God. We pray as we live, because we live as we pray. If we do not want to act habitually according to the Spirit of Christ, neither can we pray habitually in his name. The “spiritual battle” of the Christian’s new life is inseparable from the battle of prayer.[3]

I think the commitment of praying the Holy Rosary is of great importance. The Rosary is such an incredibly powerful prayer.

As Sr. Lúcia remarked There is no problem, no matter how difficult it is, whether temporal or above all spiritual, in the personal life of each one of us, of our families…that cannot be solved by the Rosary.”

So another good reason to start or to continue to pray the Rosary!

It may help you to say the Rosary with others – perhaps you would like to Join us Sisters through Church TV to pray the Rosary at 5.00 p.m. each day?

Sr. Rosaleen Shaw OP

 

[1] Bishop Patrick Boyle

[2] Ibid.

[3] Catechism of the Catholic Church #2765