Published: December 4, 2015
An essential belief of the Catholic faith is the power and need for prayer. When we encounter a multitude of struggles or when we hear news stories of war, terrorism and economic hardship, our first response can certainly be one of despair. But I have found and continue to find among others that the first response to hardship is not despair, but prayer. Prayer I believe is the fundamental form that our hope in God takes. When we pray, we always hope that God hears us and is willing to grant us what we ask for, whether it be patience, courage, or the strength to get through the struggle at hand. Ultimately, whatever it might be that we ask of him, we have faith and hope that he hears us. From the Christian faithful I have had the good fortune of talking with on the subject of prayer, it is never done in vain.
The Blessed Mother is a powerful intercessor before God in heaven for all human souls on earth. She is understood by the Catholic Church to be the Mediatrix of all grace. We speak of Jesus as being the bridge between humanity and the Father. Well one way to understand the Mediatrix is to see her as the bridge between humanity and Jesus, her son. It is precisely because she is the mother of God that she has such intercessory power for all of humanity who Christ desires to draw to himself. I can attest to Mary always hearing my prayers. Even in the greatest trials she is ever present with an indescribable love and patience. For this reason I desire to urge anyone who may read this to accept Mary’s request that we pray the rosary and that we pray it often.
Prayer can take a wide variety of forms. The rosary is a form of prayer that Mary has asked us to pray for all of humanity and for all of creation. In her apparition to the children at Fatima, Portugal, in May of 1917, Mary is reported as having told the children “Recite the rosary every day to obtain the peace for the world and the end of the war.” This was a deliberate reference to World War I, occurring at the time of the apparition. From that moment on as the apparitions continued, she repeatedly asked the children to recite the rosary every day. If the Blessed Mother implored the children to say the rosary for the cessation of a major war, it can strongly be argued that she would implore us to say the rosary to help combat the many trials which we are currently experiencing in our own times.
When we say the rosary we meditate on the life, passion and resurrection of Jesus, as well as the sorrow and joy of Mary. These reflections span the Joyful, Sorrowful, Glorious, and Luminous mysteries of the rosary. In saying them we begin to unite ourselves in body and mind to the great mysteries of God’s revelation. And in this we receive great hope, even in the struggle. One of the greatest struggles at this moment in time very much seems to be a struggle for peace in the world and in all its forms, from societal to environmental. Saying the rosary for peace could only help us in our present life.
Some great saints have said the following about the rosary:
“Give me an army saying the Rosary and I will conquer the world” – Pope Blessed Pius IX
“The greatest method of praying is to pray the rosary” – St. Francis de Sales
“There is no problem, I tell you, no matter how difficult it is, that we cannot resolve by the prayer of the Holy Rosary” – Sister Lucia dos Santos of Fatima
Best wishes and peace to all. Always keep your faith, hope and love in God.
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