The Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary | iPray with the Gospel
The angel said to Mary, “Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you!” But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and considered in her mind what sort of greeting this might be. And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus.
The month of October is the special month of the Rosary. We all love to be reminded of the things that make us happy. A mother, for instance, may love a particular song that reminds her of her first date with her husband or the birth of her child. The song may not be the best song ever, but she loves it. And Mary loves to be reminded that she is the Mother of God, that the Lord is with her, that she is blessed, full of grace…
A man once told a priest that he preferred to say other prayers. To which the priest answered: ‘God sent not His prophets, but His Immaculate Mother to Fatima to tell us, not just once but six times, that we had to say the rosary every day. If a mother sends her child to the shop for a bottle of milk, and he comes back instead with ice cream, is she pleased? In a way, ice cream is better than milk, but it is not what she asked for’. In that most holy home in Nazareth, do you think that Our Lady had to ask for anything twice? If we want in any way to be like Jesus, we must do what His Mother asks.
Sister Lucia who was present at the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima, said: “In these last times in which we live, the Most Holy Virgin has given a new power to the recitation of the Holy Rosary. There is no problem that cannot be solved by the Rosary; no matter how difficult it is, whether temporal or above all, spiritual, in the personal life of each one of us, of our families, of the families of the world, or of the religious communities, or even of the life of peoples and nations”. When Our Lady appeared in Lourdes to St Bernadette, the girl pulled out her rosary. As Bernadette prayed out loud, the Virgin passed the beads of her rosary between her fingers in silence (it wouldn’t make any sense for Our Lady to pray to herself, but she did recite the Gloria’s with her). How nice it is, Mary, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, to pray the Rosary with you.
Rev. George Boronat M.D. S.T.D is a Catholic priest from the Prelature of Opus Dei, working in the Archdiocese of Southwark in London. He is the Chaplain of The Cedars Independent School in Croydon, and also works as Chaplain of Kelston Club & Study Centre (Balham) and Oakwood Independent School (Purley). He has developed his pastoral ministry mainly with young people and is the author of iPray with the Gospel: Resources to Help Young People Pray (www.ipraywiththegospel.org).