This week we start off a 14-week countdown to the annual Columbus Catholic Women’s Conference with a series of weekly blog posts from a variety of authors and speakers. We hope you enjoy them! We start off appropriately with the rosary, just like we start every conference morning with the rosary before Mass. There are also hundreds (maybe thousands?) of rosaries said with conference intentions building up to the actual day. Whether you say the rosary daily or are new to this beautiful prayer, here is inspiration for everyone in the words of the saints and venerable.
A beautiful way to grow closer to Jesus through Mary is to pray the Holy Rosary. Praying a few Our Father and Hail Mary prayers for daily strength, or offering a decade for a friend who has asked us to pray, helps set our hearts and minds on Christ. When there isn’t time to pray an entire Rosary, we can be comforted by the words of St. Therese of Liseux: “I very slowly recite an “Our Father” and then the angelic salutation [“Hail Mary, full of grace, etc.]; then these prayers give me great delight; they nourish my soul much more than if I had recited them precipitately a hundred times.”
According to St. Padre Pio, “The Rosary is the ‘weapon’ for these times.” May praying the Rosary fill us with the courage and confidence to be Christ-like in circumstances of our everyday lives.
The Rosary opens our hearts to conversion and leads us to deeper faith. “If you wish to convert anyone to the fullness of the knowledge of Our Lord and of His Mystical Body, then teach him the Rosary. One of two things will happen. Either he will stop saying the Rosary — or he will get the gift of faith. ~Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen
There may be times when we feel that the Rosary prayers are rote and we can’t seem to move into contemplative prayer. St. Jose Escriva has a beautiful response to this: “Say the Holy Rosary. Blessed be that monotony of Hail Mary’s which purifies the monotony of your sins!”
Friends have told me that when they pray the Rosary, their day somehow falls into place. I wholeheartedly agree. That doesn’t mean everything gets done or goes as planned. I think what it means is that God pours his grace into us when we pray — and that grace softens our hearts and helps us accept whatever happens that day. “When people love and recite the Rosary they find it makes them better.” ~St. Anthony Mary Claret
In praying the Rosary, we learn about the life of Our Lady and her Son and that can help us get to know ourselves better.“The Rosary is a school for learning true Christian perfection.” ~Pope John XXIII
Our Lady, who always points to her Son, desires that we pray the Rosary often. Continue to pray the Rosary every day. ~Our Lady of Fatima to Sister Lucia
Let us close in prayer: Blessed Mother, help us to pray the Rosary to deepen our friendship with you and your Son. May praying the Rosary Inflame our hearts with a desire to grow in holiness and to lead others to Christ. Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us!
Lori Crock is a wife and mother, St. Joseph-Plain City parishioner, strength coach, writer and SoulCore Rosary prayer/exercise leader in Columbus, Ohio. Praying the Rosary and reflecting on the wisdom of the saints strengthens Lori on her faith journey. Lori is online at holyandhealthycatholic.com.