MARCH 4, 2012
2nd Sunday of Lent
“This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.”
The rosary is an instrument of prayer given by the Blessed Virgin Mary to St. Dominic in the year 1208. St. Dominic was trying to convert the Albigensians of Southern France who taught the heresy that physical matter was inherently evil since God was pure spirit.
God is pure spirit, but God the Son united his spirit to human nature to affirm the goodness of God’s creation, to redeem it and offer all people salvation from sin through Christ and his sacraments. Mary taught St. Dominic how to pray the rosary and so reflect and respond to God’s saving work.
Throughout the centuries and throughout the world the rosary has been recited prayerfully for the conversion of sinners, for the protection of countries and the Catholic faith. We are encouraged to pray the rosary daily, but even once a week with family or before Mass is a great blessing.
Pope John XXIII spoke 38 times about our Lady of the Rosary, which is the title Mary chose to give herself at her apparitions inFatima,Portugal1917. Pope John prayed 15 decades daily (1959-1963). The following are the 15 promises of Mary to Christians who recite the rosary with devotion.
*Whoever faithfully serves me by the recitation of the rosary shall receive signal graces (signs of blessings).
*I promise my special protection and the greatest graces to all those who
shall recite the rosary.
*The rosary shall be a powerful armor against hell; it will destroy vice,
decrease sin and defeat heresies.
*It will cause virtue and good works to flourish; it will obtain for souls the
abundant mercy of God; it will withdraw the hearts of men from the love of
the world and its vanities, and will lift them to the desire of eternal things.
Oh, that souls would sanctify themselves by this means.
*The soul which recommends itself to me by the recitation of the rosary shall
*Whoever shall recite the rosary devoutly, applying himself to the
consideration of the sacred mysteries shall never be conquered by
misfortune. God will not chastise him in His justice, he shall not perish by
an unprovided death; if he be just he shall remain in the grace of God, and
become worthy of eternal life.
*Whoever shall have a true devotion for the rosary shall not die without the
sacraments of the Church.
*They shall have during their life and at their death the light of God and the
plenitude of His graces; at the moment of death they shall participate in the
merits of the saints in paradise.
*I shall deliver from purgatory those who have been devoted to the rosary.
*The faithful children of the rosary shall merit a high degree of glory in
*You shall obtain all you ask of me by the recitation of the rosary.
*All those who propagate the holy rosary shall be aided by me in their
*I have obtained from my Divine Son that all the advocates of the rosary
shall have for intercessors the entire celestial court during their life and at
the hour of death.
*All who recite the rosary are my sons, and brothers of my only son Jesus
*Devotion of my rosary is a great sign of predestination.
(Given to St. Dominic)
Imprimatur: Patrick J. Hayes, D.D., Archbishop ofNew York
To praise God is to recall the great action of his saving love in our history. The holy rosary prayed sincerely is sweet praise.
All for the glory of God,
Fr. Thomas McCabe