“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
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?
“The reason why we get tired of saying the Rosary so much, is because we
think about it so little.”
-Father Ronald Knox
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?
“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
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?
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
To what extent am I personally heeding Our Blessed Mother’s plea? In what one way can I be more diligent?
“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
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?
“After Holy Mass [the Rosary] is one of the most beautiful and efficacious forms of prayer, on condition of understanding it and living it.”
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?
“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
How often I have fallen into this fault! Today, I will begin again to treasure this great prayer that is my privilege to pray.