Monday, October 7, 2013
Feast of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary
On this feast of the Most Holy Rosary, I ponder just how many souls have been snatched from the jaws of hell through the tenacity of grandmothers (and mothers) faithfully praying the rosary every day? How many graces of conversion (and reversion) can be directly contributed to the continual, relentless 'telling of the beads' down through the centuries?
We read about the miracles wrought through praying Our Lady's rosary. We especially think today about the victory over the Turks at Lepanto attributed to Our Lady's rosary. How often has Our Lady in her apparitions of the past centuries called us to take up our rosaries daily and pray them? I think we can be tempted to think of the rosary as simply a private devotion which is antiquated and too repetitious for modern man. I have said it before and I shall say it to my last breath: the faithful recitation of at least 5 decades of Our Lady's rosary will change your life! I cannot reiterate this enough. I would shout it from the mountain tops if I were able. Recitation of the rosary ever day will be one habit which will be our greatest comfort (next to our worthy receptions of Holy Communion) at death. My dear deceased confessor Fr Charles Schoenbaechler used to refer to the holy rosary as "a cell phone to Our Lady". He used to tell us to always "keep our cell phone to our mother in our pockets". I would urge everyone who does not already pray the rosary every day to begin this holy practice today if only one decade at a time.