The Rosary

Like peas in a pod.

The Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary invites us into the mysteries of Christ’s birth, life, death, and heavenly glory. It is a prayer that encapsulates the Gospel of Jesus Christ so that we can receive and digest it all the more easily. It is a relatively short prayer, if you pray just one of the four sets of mysteries – but not so short that the Word of God has no time to sink in.
I was praying the Rosary today – I don’t always pray it everyday. I pray it enough, however, to have it established in my life as a source of “spiritual food.” And that is what it is. If man does not live by bread alone, but instead by every word that comes from the mouth of God, and the Rosary encapsulates the Gospel (the Word of God) then the Rosary can indeed be called – without prejudice to the status of the Holy Eucharist and of the Holy Scriptures (from which the Rosary is drawn) – true “spiritual food.”
This is how I experience the Rosary (as food), and I wonder how I do not come back to it more often to feed.
There is another element of the Rosary that I have failed to mention: In the Rosary the Gospel is gazed upon together with the Virgin Mary, and while in profound communion with her. While praying the Rosary, of course, you are most often simultaneously praying to Mary and contemplating the events of Christ’s life. While in the midst of this, your attention may gently shift from a particular event in the life of Christ, to the Mother of Christ who is praying with you – and in that moment you offer her a word of love: “Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you! …” (This is entirely fitting, for she has been given to us by Christ to be our spiritual mother – see John 19:25-27). And then, at another moment, your attention gently shifts again from Mary to the mystery of Christ being contemplated. The whole experience is one of communion. You and anyone praying the rosary with you, the Mother of Christ, and Christ himself (never without his Father) in the communion of the Holy Spirit.
… Okay! I’ll pray it daily!


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