October 7, 2018

October 2, 2018

From Father Jordan

My Dear Ones,

May the Grace of our Lord remain always with us!

Because today is Rosary Sunday, I want to write to you about the importance of the Rosary in our Catholic Life. We will return to our Liturgy study next week.

Why the Rosary? Why this recitation over and over of the same prayer, the Hail Mary, with the predictable interruption of the Glory Be, Our Father, and Fatima Prayer? The repetition of each of these prayers is to aid us into contemplation. Contemplation is that place of quiet, loving, union with the Trinity, Our Lady, and the Communion of Saints. Contemplation is simply being in the loving presence of Our Lord: no words need be uttered, I listen for Him, and He listens to me.

As we pray the Rosary our contemplation is fixed upon the life (the Joyful and Luminous Mysteries), death (the Sorrowful Mysteries) and resurrection of Christ (the Glorious Mysteries). In our silent meditation upon the life of our Blessed Savior, we learn again and are reminded that it is God alone who changes hearts. “Ask yourself whether this involved any merit, any motivation, any right on your part,” asks Saint Augustine, “and see if you find anything but grace?” Our lives are all grace! This is especially true today: we need a radical conversion of hearts! By constantly recalling the grace, power and importance of the Incarnation, Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Christ, we place ourselves with Mary before the One who is pure and faithful love, mercy and Truth, who alone changes hearts and forms us in virtue.

I would think that it is such an awareness that has caused Pope Francis to ask for the daily recitation of the Rosary throughout this Marian Month of October, and also, the recitation of the Prayer of Saint Michael the Archangel at the end of every Mass.  By God’s Grace and Mercy the Rosary will help to change our hearts, and grant us a new Lepanto in which the victor is not military, but spiritual. May the Prayer to Saint Michael awaken within us an awareness of the reality of evil, protect us from all adversity, and free our world from all that would harm us, without and within.

Until we meet at the altar, O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us, who have recourse to Thee!

In the Lord,

Fr. Jordan, OP

 

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