Our peace

October 12
“To rediscover the Rosary means to immerse oneself in contemplation of the mystery of Christ who ‘is our peace.’”
-St. John Paul II
For Reflection:
In numerous apparitions, Mary has encouraged the Catholic faithful to pray the Rosary for peace in the world. How can I cooperate with her message by contemplating the mystery of Christ so that I might have inner peace? What effect could this have in my family, workplace, parish, and world at large?

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Kingdom of God

October 11

“For myself, I know of no better way of establishing the kingdom of God, Eternal Wisdom, than to unite vocal and mental prayer by saying the holy Rosary and meditating on
its fifteen mysteries.”

-St. Louis De Montfort

 

For Reflection:

Why is the Rosary such a useful prayer in establishing the kingdom of God within the soul? How have I seen this to be so in my own life? What can I do to make progress in my daily meditation of the mysteries?

 

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Think about it

October 10

“The reason why we get tired of saying the Rosary so much, is because we
think about it so little.”

-Father Ronald Knox

 

For Reflection:

To what extent do I think about the prayer of the Rosary throughout the day? How does this help me enter into it more deeply?

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Drama of love

October 9

“The Rosary is the book of the blind, where souls see and there enact the greatest drama of love the world has ever known; it is the book of the simple, which initiates them into mysteries and knowledge more satisfying than the education of other men; it is the book of the aged, whose eyes close upon the shadow of this world, and open on the substance of the next.
The power of the Rosary is beyond description. ”

-Venerable Fulton J. Sheen

 

For Reflection:

Given the categories of individuals Archbishop Sheen describes in this quote, what attributes or virtues describe them as they pray the Rosary. Into which category do I fit most readily? To what extent have I emulated all of them?

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In most need of thy mercy

October 8
“When you say the Rosary, say after each mystery: O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, and lead all souls to heaven, especially those in most need of thy mercy.”
-Our Lady of Fatima
For Reflection:
Who do I know that is in need of God’s mercy today? I will pray this prayer for him/her at the close of each mystery in my Rosary this day.

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Our Lady of the Rosary

October 7
Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary

“Say the Rosary every day…Pray, pray a lot and offer sacrifices for sinners…I’m Our Lady of the Rosary. Only I will be able to help you…. In the end my Immaculate Heart will triumph.”

-Our Lady of Fatima

 

For Reflection:

To what extent am I personally heeding Our Blessed Mother’s plea? In what one way can I be more diligent?

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Spiritual altitude

October 6

“Airplanes must have runways before they can fly. What the runway is to the airplane, the Rosary beads are to prayer – the physical start to
gain spiritual altitude.”

-Venerable Fulton J. Sheen

 

For Reflection:

To what extent has the Rosary been a runway to spiritual altitude for me in my life? How has it led me into a deeper understanding of God’s
presence in my life?

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Understand and live the rosary

October 5

“After Holy Mass [the Rosary] is one of the most beautiful and efficacious forms of prayer, on condition of understanding it and living it.”

-Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange

 

 

For Reflection:

What do I think it means to understand and to live the Rosary? To what extent do I do this in my everyday life? Is there a strategy I can employ to help me
do so more faithfully?

 

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Begin again

October 4

“The second fault commonly committed in saying the Rosary is to have no intention other than that of getting it over with as quickly as possible.”

-St. Louis de Montfort

 

 

For Reflection:

How often I have fallen into this fault! Today, I will begin again to treasure this great prayer that is my privilege to pray.

 

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Ask for grace

October 3
“Take great care to avoid the two pitfalls that most people fall into during the Rosary. The first is the danger of not asking for any graces at all. So, whenever you say your Rosary, be sure to ask for some special grace or virtue, or strength to overcome some sin.”
(See tomorrow’s Grace Line for the second pitfall.)
-St. Louis de Montfort
For Reflection:
What special grace or virtue will I ask to obtain when I say my Rosary today? Is there a sin I need the strength to overcome? What is it? I will tuck this intention into my prayer as well.

 

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