What do we know about the contemporary uses of the Rosary? Is it a tool? Is it a companion? Is it just beautiful? How can we work with the Rosary on our daily routine?
The names of the Rosary
Paul VI called the Rosary a compendium of the Gospel. Padre Pio called the Rosary beads a weapon of extraordinary power against Satan.
The gentle repetition – Prayer of Rosary
The Rosary is a powerful and spiritual tool for prayer
. While today it is popular to pray, many people have overlooked the Rosary. We see more and more people indicating they pray more and often. The reasons are for mental, physical and spiritual
well-being. Many people, including some Catholics, may overlook the rosary as a prayer tool. It is simple, but its gentle repetition of its prayers makes it an excellent tool to moving in deeper prayer
. It gives us an opportunity to be able to open ourselves to God’s word and refine our interior being by turning our minds to the life of Christ.
The Mysteries of the Rosary
Praying the Rosary can teach us because we can learn about ourselves in relation to our God. We can achieve this by being able to focus on the lives of both Christ and Mary,
during prayer on the mysteries. For example, Mary herself was a great model for the daily practice of prayer. By receiving the word of God through Gabriel and pondering over the word in her heart, it allowed her to take the events surrounding her externally and praying for them. This also is the essence of prayer, having God’s word and praying over it.
Saint Padre Pio says that “Some people are so foolish that they think they can go through life without the help of the Blessed Mother. Love the Madonna and pray the rosary, for her Rosary is the weapon against the evils of the world today. All graces are given by God pass through the Blessed Mother” while Saint Josemaria Escriva says that, “The holy Rosary is a powerful weapon. Use it with confidence and you’ll be amazed at the results”.
The power of the Rosary
Perhaps the greatest use of the rosary as a powerful tool was demonstrated by Pope Pius XI
when he said, “The Rosary is a powerful weapon to put the demons to flight and to keep oneself from sin […] If you desire peace in your hearts, in your homes, and in your country, assemble each evening to recite the Rosary. Let not even one day pass without saying it, no matter how burdened you may be with many cares and labors”.