This week marks the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary on October 7!
The Dominican Pope Pius V had asked Christians to pray the Rosary for success in the crucial sea battle against the Ottoman Turks at Lepanto. Under the leadership of the flashy Don Juan of Austria, the Christian fleet defeated the Turks and stemmed the Ottoman onslaught. Pope Pius instituted the Feast of the Holy Rosary in honor of Our Lady Help of Christians. It is simply true that prayer changes things and the Rosary is a powerful instrument of God’s grace.
As the Feast of the Holy Rosary approaches on October 7, we invite you to carve out some time to sit quietly and pray the Rosary, alone, with your spouse, or if possible, with the whole family. As mothers, I believe you understand intuitively why Mary is such a powerful intercessor for us with her son Jesus. Praying the Rosary – meditating on the Mysteries of the Rosary – brings us to Jesus through the intercession of Mary. By contemplating the Mysteries, we experience the Gospel in condensed version. By your participation in this blog site, I know that you are already amazing mothers doing your best to navigate a world that wants to rob our children of their innocence, and make their hearts and minds insensitive to the beauty of our faith. In our 24/7 media culture, it is more important now than ever to make the time to pray – the Rosary is a simple but powerful tool to promote family unity and world peace. As Father Patrick Peyton, the founder of Holy Cross Family Ministries, said, “The family that prays together stays together.” For resources on praying the Rosary, visit FamilyRosary.org.
God’s blessing on you and your children; thank you for being a light of Christ in the world.
Copyright 2017 Fr. Willy Raymond, C.S.C.