Never will anyone who says his Rosary every day be led astray. This is a statement that I would gladly sign with my blood.”[1]

Fr. John Hardon SJ, said “If we ask how the Rosary is such a potent conduit of sanctity, the answer is that the three sets of mysteries of the Rosary are the expression of our three greatest needs.

We need to grow in gratitude for all the blessings the Lord has given us through the Incarnation of His Divine Son. The Joyful Mysteries provide us with the grounds for our deepest gratitude to the loving God.

We need to grow in patience to accept the trials and sufferings, which the Lord sends us in this valley of tears. The Sorrowful Mysteries give us the strongest motivation in the world for patiently enduring pain. God became man so that He might endure pain out of love for us. Should we not be willing to suffer out of love for Him?

We need hope as we see one creature after another disappointing us here on earth. The Glorious Mysteries are the horizon on which we can meditate and strengthen our hope of rising from the dead, of joining Our Lord and His Mother, in body and soul, in that heavenly kingdom for which we were made.

All of this, and infinitely more, are locked up in the promise of Divine blessings through the prayerful recitation of the Rosary.[2]

What a tremendous encouragement to persevere in our daily praying of this wonderful prayer.

Sr. Rosaleen Shaw OP

 

 

 

 

 

[1] St. Louis Marie de Montfort

[2] Fr. J. Hardon, except from a Conference given before St. John Paul