October 01, 2019 4 min read

Ghirelli Rosaries October Month of Rosary Why Pray the RosaryIf you are Catholic, you have probably at least been exposed to the Holy Rosary. As a cradle Catholic, I grew up praying the Living Rosary as part of our school’s annual May crowning for the Blessed Mother. And we prayed the Rosary at home as a family.

When it’s prayed as recitation, it can feel mundane or even tedious. But the Rosary is meant to be a deep meditation on the life, passion, and death of Jesus.

The Rosary is the story of our life, too – how we journey through our own Calvarys, the little, personal "resurrections" that happen to us every day, and the ways in which we attempt to follow Jesus with fidelity and fortitude.

There’s more to the Rosary than merely rehearsing the Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be prayers. You might be surprised to learn how powerful of a spiritual tool you have at your disposal. Here are some examples of why we should pray the Rosary regularly.

In his talk on the Holy Rosary, Fr. Chad Ripperger states that, if we pray the Rosary daily, we will eventually stop sinning altogether. Either this, or we will cease praying the Rosary. This is an incredible thought, because few of us truly consider the possibility of neversinning. It’s likely that, when we pray with authentic faith, we will move away from mortal sin immediately (if applicable) and then begin to work on our littler defects, or venial sins.

St. Louis de Montfort believes it’s impossible for us to truly love and imitate Our Lady without ending our sinful patterns. It’s primarily due to the fact that she was conceived without sin, and thus her perfect virtue is par excellence.

The Blessed Mother has given us many promises of the Rosary through apparitions, such as at Fatima, Lourdes, and to St. Dominic, among others. Here are some examples of how she has reiterated the power of this beautiful meditative prayer:

* During the Fatima apparitions, Our Lady told Jacinta, Lucia, and Francisco of the grave need for prayer and penance, including devotion to her Immaculate Heart through First Saturday devotions and the Rosary.

* When St. Bernadette Soubirous first saw the unidentified “beautiful lady,” they began praying the Rosary together. This pattern continued for all 18 apparitions. We can clearly infer the message sent from the Blessed Mother: that the Rosary is necessary, timeless, and critical to our modern times.

* St. Dominic received from the Blessed Mother the Rosary as we know it, also known as the Dominican Rosary: fifteen decades of Hail Marys. Originally, this was based on what was then called the “Angelic Psalter,” which meant that the faithful prayed all 150 Psalms, equivalent to the 150 Hail Marys. When Our Lady appeared to St. Dominic, she warned him of the gravity of people’s sins and promised that the Rosary would win “hardened souls” for God.[i]

[i] St. Louis de Montfort, The Secret of the Rosary (TAN 1993), 18.

Many Marian saints profess their love for the Rosary, including St. Alphonsus Liguori, St. Louis de Montfort, St. Maximilian Kolbe, and St. John Paul II. Each has written incredible treatises on the Rosary and its powerful means of obtaining grace and mercy from God.

Wars have been stopped or prevented. The sick have been cured. Conversions happen. When we pray the Rosary with a sincere heart, our faith in God opens wide the doors of His heart, and He showers inestimable graces upon us and those whom we love. Here are some examples of miracles attributed to praying the Rosary:

* In 1945, the Rosary protected Jesuit priests from the atom bomb in Hiroshima;

* In 1571, the Rosary defeated Muslim forces in the Battle of Lepanto;

* In 1986, the Rosary helped Philippinos overcome a horrific political dictatorship;

* In 1978, the Rosary stopped Ted Bundy from killing a college student;

* In 1964, the Rosary saved Brazil from the corruption of communism.[i]

[i] To read more detail about each of these incidents, visit: http://miraculousrosary.blogspot.com/p/famous-rosary-miracles.html

Christian meditation draws us closer to Jesus through Mary. We know this especially from the writings of St. Louis de Montfort, who wrote True Devotion to Mary and The Secret of the Rosary.

The Blessed Mother seems to lure us away from worldly pleasures and pursuits by way of the Rosary. Those who pray it often, or even daily, report feeling consoled and comforted, uplifted and encouraged, and strengthened in times of trial or against strong temptation.

Because Our Lady has perfect coercive power over Satan, it’s fitting that the prayer attributed to her purity and unmitigated virtues would, indeed, become a bouquet of roses we can offer her and Jesus in reparation for our sins, for the conversion of sinners, and in petition against all harm and evil throughout the world.

[i] St. Louis de Montfort, The Secret of the Rosary (TAN 1993), 18.

[ii] To read more detail about each of these incidents, visit: http://miraculousrosary.blogspot.com/p/famous-rosary-miracles.html

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