The Rosary, a path to faith

Nativity at Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome. Photo Credit - Putneypics

Nativity at Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome. Photo Credit – Putneypics

I love to pray the Rosary!

Ever since I discovered this wonderful devotion in March 2012, just a month before my confirmation I had found it has produced so many miracles.

Those humble prayers stopped me from leaving the Catholic faith as I was very nervous about my first Confession and were going to back out of my confirmation because of this.

The Rosary is not just a set of beads, but it is a prayer in itself!

How beautiful the reflections, how powerful the prayers as each mystery is prayed.

They bring a greater understanding of the life of Jesus and the special relationship between him and the Virgin Mary. Not only his mother, but ours too and without her gentle presence in my life, I think I would never have made it into the Catholic Church and be where I am now.

In the Joyful Mysteries we reflect on the Annunciation, the angel Gabriel appearing to a young women to inform her that God had chosen her to be the mother of God. In Luke 1: 28-31, it states and he came to her and said, “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.”

What great faith that young virgin had and she said her “fiat” without hesitation. As our spiritual mother she can help lead us to faith, if we say our “yes” to God. The visitation, the birth of Jesus, the Presentation and the finding of Jesus in the temple shows a caring woman who with the help of St Joseph helped rear our Lord in his human form.

The Mysteries of Light reflecting on the adult life of Jesus shows him converting people to Christianity after he himself was baptized by St John the Baptist. The self-proclamation of Jesus at the marriage at Cana and the words of our Lady as she gives her son to mankind, almost for a second time as in John 2:3, it states that Jesus and his mother were invited to the wedding feast. When the wines run out, Mary tells her son, “They have no wine”

Jesus’s response in 2:4 is to say, “OH, woman what have you to do with me, my hour is not yet come.” But when his mother asked the servants to fill 6 stone jars with water, Jesus answering his mother’s wish, transforms the water into the finest wine. A mother’s faith in her son, a son’s respect and love for his mother, these mysteries show how Jesus became the man he was, with a deep respect for women and his fellow man. His proclamation of the Kingdom of God, his Transfiguration on Mount Tabor in the presence of Peter, James and John his brother shows his divinity. Coming to the last Mystery of Light, the Institution of the Eucharist, what better reflection on the Body and Blood of our Lord can there be!

The Sorrowful Mysteries, can sometimes seems very sad but it tells us so much of Jesus’s courage and that of his mother, the Agony in the Garden, his impassioned plea to God in the Garden of Gethsemane, in Mark 14:34,”my soul is very sorrowful, even unto death, remain here and watch.”

How sad that as he pleas to his Father in Mark 14:36,” Abba, Father, all things are possible to thee, remove this cup from me, yet not what I will, but what thou wilt”, the disciples are sleeping.

How strong was Jesus that he was willing to suffer and die a terrible death for the faith he had in the human race. The praying of these Mysteries reminds us of the betrayal of Judas and how he continues to be betrayed as many people are turning away from him and embracing false religions and the New Age. Many Rosaries need to be prayed for their reconversion to God.

The Scourging at the Pillar, the terrible pain inflicted on him after Pontius Pilate washes his hands of him and hands him over to the soldiers, the terrible mocking of him after this cruel punishment and the placing of a purple cloak and a crown of thorns on him before been led away to carry his cross to the place of crucifixion where bloodied and weak he struggles to carry the burden of the cross. How hard it must have been for the Virgin to see her son in that terrible state, her love and acceptance of what he had to go through and her deep sorrow and agony.

The death of Jesus on the cross and his 3 hour agony and even in his pain cries out to his Father in Mark 16:34,” My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? The praying of these mysteries shows how much he loved us, that he could die for our sins.

The Glorious Mysteries, the Resurrection of Jesus it states in Mathew 28:1 that Mary Magdalene and the other Mary come to the tomb. In Mathew 28:2, and behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and rolled back the stone and sat on it. How frightened the women must have been but they are reassured by the angel in Mathew 14:5, but the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified, he is not here, for he has risen.”

The Ascension of Jesus into heaven after 40 days, then the descent of the Holy Spirit on the disciples and the Virgin Mary. Our Creed, prayed before the Rosary, “I believe in God and in Jesus Christ, his son born of the Virgin Mary”” tells his story.

Then the last two Glorious Mysteries, the Assumption of our Lady into heaven and the Coronation of our Lady tells us that she is with her son and with us. What a great gift we have in the Rosary!

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