10 Quotes on the Holy Rosary from St. Josemaria Escriva

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“My impression is that the Rosary is of greatest value not only according to the words of Our Lady at Fatima, but according to the effects of the Rosary one sees throughout history. My impression is that Our Lady wanted to give ordinary people, who might not know how to pray, this simple method of getting closer to God.”
Sister Lucia of Fatima


Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Apparitions and Feast of Our Lady of Fatima (May 13), following are 10 quotes from St. Josemaria Escriva on devotion to the Holy Rosary:

  1. “The Rosary is said not with the lips alone, muttering Hail Marys one after the other. That is the way over-pious old men and women rattle them off. —For a Christian, vocal prayer must spring from the heart, so that while the Rosary is said, the mind can enter into contemplation of each one of the mysteries.” (Furrow, no. 477)
  2. “Take the Holy Rosary, one of the most deeply rooted of Christian devotions. The Church encourages us to contemplate its mysteries. She wants to engrave upon our heart and our imagination, together with Mary’s joy and sorrow and glory, the spellbinding example of Our Lord’s life, in his thirty years of obscurity, his three years of preaching, his ignominious Passion and his glorious Resurrection. To follow Christ — that is the secret.” (Friends of God, no. 299)
  3. “Develop a lively devotion for Our Mother. She knows how to respond in a most sensitive way to the presents we give her. What is more, if you say the Holy Rosary every day, with a spirit of faith and love, Our Lady will make sure she leads you very far along her Son’s path.” (Furrow, no. 691)
  4. “You always leave the Rosary for later, and you end up not saying it at all because you are sleepy. —If there is no other time, say it in the street without letting anybody notice it. It will, moreover, help you to have presence of God.” (Furrow, no. 478)
  5. “‘Immaculate Virgin, I know well that I am only a miserable wretch, and all I do is increase each day the number of my sins…’ You told me the other day that was how you spoke to Our Mother. And I was confident in advising you with assurance to say the Holy Rosary. Blessed be that monotony of Hail Marys which purifies the monotony of your sins!” (Furrow, no. 475)
  6. “The Rosary is most effective for those who use their intelligence and their study as a weapon. Because that apparently monotonous way of beseeching Our Lady as children do their Mother, can destroy every seed of vainglory and pride.” (Furrow, no. 474)
  7. “The Holy Rosary: the joys, the sorrows, and the glories of the life of Our Lady weave a crown of praises, repeated ceaselessly by the Angels and the Saints in Heaven — and by those who love our Mother here on earth. —Practice this holy devotion every day, and spread it.” (The Forge, no. 621)
  8. “The holy Rosary is a powerful weapon. Use it with confidence and you will be amazed at the results.” (The Way, no. 558)
  9. “Become little. Our Lord hides Himself from the proud and reveals the treasures of His grace to the humble. Never fear if, when thinking on your own, daring and childish words and affections escape from you. Jesus wants this. Mary encourages you. If you say the Rosary in this way, you will learn to pray well.” (Holy Rosary, no. 23)
  10. “A sad way of not praying the Rosary is to leave it for the end of the day. If you say it when going to bed, it will be done at best badly and with no meditation on the mysteries. It will be difficult then to avoid routine, which is what drowns true piety, the only piety worth the name.” (Furrow, no. 476)
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