WHY PRAY THE ROSARY?
our objective in this journey to Heaven is to become holy men and women.
This means becoming wholly like Jesus in every way, and
includes every thought we think, every word that proceeds from our mouth,
every action we perform, and every desire of our heart. It is on this journey to becoming wholly like Him that we enter
more deeply into a relationship with the Most Holy Trinity. Love is the transforming agent which enables us to turn from our
selfishness and focus our energy on loving Him alone, and expressing this
by forgiving and loving others. It is in this all-absorbing exchange of love that we enter
into the Mystery of the relationship of the Holy Trinity, and in this
process of transformation that we truly come to know the heart of Jesus
and Our Father. In essence,
the purpose of the Holy Rosary is to know, love and serve Our Lord better
by entering into a meaningful relationship with Him, which is rooted in
heart to heart communication. In
this way, as we journey toward our Heavenly home attempting to answer the
call to holiness, we take Jesus and Mary for our companions. The more time we spend in their presence
trying to understand their
virtues and the Mysteries surrounding their lives through the Holy Rosary, the
more we can become similar to these models of Christian perfection in the
way we live our lives.
Praise of Christ Jesus
learn from Sacred Scripture that all in Heaven praise Jesus Christ
unceasingly. It should be our goal then while on earth to prepare to enter
eternity by praising Him unceasingly now in all that we do and say.
The Most Holy Rosary helps us to achieve this by the very nature of
its prayers. We praise Jesus
in the Lordís Prayer, for establishing His Fatherís Kingdom on
earth. In the heart of the
Rosary, we offer Jesus continual praise with and through Our Blessed
Mother as we repeatedly pray the Hail Mary; for Jesus is the
ultimate cause of the joy in the Angelic Salutation and the greeting of
St. Elizabeth that make up the verses of this prayer.
We give Him unending praises as we conclude each decade of the
Rosary with the Glory Be prayer, which glorifies Christ as the
Second Person of the Most Holy Trinity.
Lethal Weapon Against Evil
One thing is very clear:
Christ came into this world to annihilate evil, by conquering death and
freeing mankind from the slavery of sin.
When Our Lord walked this earth He was continually faced with
spiritual warfare and temptations from the enemy, which tried to thwart
His salvation plan. Even as
He was dying, He was being tempted to come down from the Cross to prove He
was the Son of God. As
Christians continue to carry out His mission for the salvation of souls by
spreading the good news of the Gospel through our words and actions, we
encounter the same resistance from evil.
We must remain vigilant in prayer if we are to defeat the very
powers of hell. And what
weapon could be more lethal to overcome the enemy than praying the Rosary
to meditate on the life and Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ, which was
the very means God chose to crush the head of the devil.
The greatest Saints have all chosen this weapon above all others to
defeat evil in their lives, and rise to the heights of sanctity.
Prayer For Peace
For centuries, the Holy Rosary has been a successful means to bring about peace in war torn countries, and even within families and troubled homes. The effectiveness lies within the contemplation of Christ, and drawing close to the One who is the Prince of Peace. When we pray the Rosary often we are blessed with the interior peace which can only come from communication with the Divine. By encountering the living Christ we become shaped in His likeness, which empowers us with the necessary graces to bring peace and healing to others through forgiveness. As we imitate His love amongst our families and friends, in our churches, schools and work places we begin to renew His spirit of peace in these places. Eventually this has the potential to restore the face of the earth, that all may come to live in the peace and harmony that belongs to the Kingdom of Heaven. It all begins one heart at a time, joining Our Mother Mary, Queen of Peace, and her Son, the Prince of Peace in the devotion of the Most Holy Rosary.
Prayer For the Family
an era where the structure of family life has been damaged by the selfish
desires of a material oriented society, a great need arises for healing
and peace within our homes. Many
difficulties arise in communication as family members spend less and less
time with each other because work, television, internet and other outside
concerns preoccupy them. To
practice devotion to the Holy Rosary together as a family counters this
problem as it returns the focus of our daily life upon the love which
flows from our Heavenly family. Harmony in the family life is created as
we become filled with the peace and love of Christ.
As we draw down the graces and blessings of God upon our homes,
patience with each other increases, wounds are healed through forgiveness
and we are able to communicate with one another in a more loving manner.
As the core of society, strong values and harmony in the family structure
offers a solid foundation for hope and peace to a broken world.
Heaven and Earth
gives Our Blessed Mother great joy to bring Saints to her Son as the
fruits born from the suffering and sacrifice of His Passion. This is achieved as sinners become saved on earth, and holy
souls are released from Purgatory to receive their crown and everlasting
beatification in Heaven. We
are called to play an integral role in this process through our prayers
for the conversion of sinners, the reparation of hearts, and the release
of the holy souls from Purgatory. The
Holy Rosary becomes a powerful means of intercession for Mary to
accomplish this mission, as all of her children come together to share in
her prayers and petitions.
Our Personal Prayers With Maryís