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By Dan Valenti (Feb 2, 2009)
The value of prayer lies in its ability to predispose a person to seek and know, to love and live, the will of God. One of the most powerful prayers the Catholic Church possesses is the Rosary. The Rosary is not a talisman. It's not a cure for all ills. Rather, it is a prayer to help people come to the precious experience of contemplation — especially meditating on the saving life, death, and Resurrection of Jesus.

Praying the Rosary changes a person by allowing for a more complete surrender to providential will. This means an active pursuit of doing God's will in daily life, moment by moment. This Marian prayer points to the role of Our Lady in bringing the contemplative soul to be as her own, saying, "Be it done to me according to thy will." That is the genuine and full lesson of Jesus for all humankind.

All battles won, whether personal or on a societal scale, are achieved because God acknowledges any humble and contrite heart that approaches Him. Such a humble soul possesses the ideal disposition of complete surrender to God and His mysterious, caring love for us, which He expresses as His will.

When Pope John Paul II called for a "revival of the Rosary" as a prayer for world peace and as a response to the crises faced by the contemporary world including the assaults on family life, he did so out of a profound spiritual understanding. He knew that with the Rosary, as he put it, "people sit at the school of Mary." They are "led to contemplate the beauty on the face of Christ and to experience the depths of His love."

Pope John Paul II advised that we pray the Rosary because "it represents a most effective means of fostering ... the commitment to the contemplation of the Christian mystery ... as though from the very hands of the Mother of the Redeemer."

Indeed, throughout his papacy — one that was characterized by consecration to Mary — Pope John Paul II spoke of the need for Christians to train for holiness. "What is needed," he said, "is a Christian life distinguished above all in the art of prayer."

The Pope knew the Rosary to be a "genuine school of prayer," one that was and still is responsible for many silent, small victories for goodness and love. Who but God can say what "wins" have been recorded for good through Rosaries prayed over the centuries? How many souls in Purgatory have been rewarded with heaven? How many families have been kept together? How many people have been saved from harm? We won't know, at least not in this life.

Through the writings of many popes and in numerous accounts taken from private revelation (Fatima, for example), we can place faith in Mary's recommendation to say this prayer. Numerous times in apparitions she has asked that the faithful pray the Rosary and to make sacrifices for sinners. Why? Pope John Paul II answers this best: "To rediscover the Rosary means to immerse oneself in contemplation of the mystery of Christ, who is our peace."

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A Servant of Jesus and Mary - Feb 9, 2009

"In the end my Immaculate Heart will triumph"

Brothers and sisters, let us help the Immaculate Heart triumph-pray the rosary.

mary - Feb 9, 2009

Very Good Article, The rosary is very powerful,and so is the chaplet at 3pm god bless you.

Amy - Feb. 9, 2009 - Feb 10, 2009

There are mysteries in the Holy Rosary,
and that's where I dwell myself into it
and I feel comfortable.

teng - Feb 10, 2009

"thank you for this message, I know there's a lot of people change if we persevere and always pray the Holy Rosary that our Blessed Mama Mary who teaches us and also the chaplet of Divine Mercy(everyday at 3pm)."


Mary - Feb 10, 2009

We have been praying the Rosary before the Saturday vigil Mass in my parish since the 9/11/2001 attacks on the United States. Many people have expressed their happiness that the custom is once again a part of the weekend worship and have added the Rosary to their own daily prayers. I personally find that meditating on the mysteries is a wonderful way to spend some quiet time with Our Lady and her Son. I hope that many readers of this article will be inspired to add the Rosary to their daily prayers and that each will find the same joy.

mary - Feb 11, 2009

the rosary can be said with the bible,meditate and also a deck od cards,many ways are done.

Jefffrey Mark - Feb 11, 2009

The Rosary is a Prayer of Comtempative-
ness and helps us daily in all aspects of or daily life and it Ceters Me in My
Spiritual Devotional Prayer Life as well
i love Amy's comment

maryS - Feb 13, 2009

thank you so much for the sharing, I humble say that Chaplet of the Divine Mercy and the Rosary are my food for the soul,If I cannot pray this two precious things,I feel I lack something in my life.This are my weapons in my daily journey.This give courage and strengthen.God bless.

Mark - Feb 13, 2009

Hi to all! hope and pray everyone is ok. Iam a filipino and together with my buddy Sebastian from Papua New Guinea, we pray the Holy Rosary every night now. Currently we are in Taiwan doing our graduate studies. In one of our Rosary night we somehow realized that the LORD through the Rosary wants us to spread HIS love! So by the grace of the HOLY SPIRIT, weve come up with the Rosary project,wherein people from different places would pray the Rosary as one community through the internet (using skype,yahoo messenger,or anything). Hope brothers and sisters you can join us! Lets spread the LORDs love throught the Rosary! Brothers and sisters iam into a big mess also now,i am great sinner! Please pray for me, especially through the Rosary..May the great love of our deliver us all from wickedness and from unloving! (marknolan2006@gmail.com)

P. - Feb 14, 2009

" How is this a concern of you and Me ,Woman !" our Lord had said at the Wedding at Cana in response to our Bl.Mother's interventin when the wine had ran out .

Was there a mysterious and may be even a mischievous smile on His face -
when He proclaims to the world that this is The Woman who is given the glorious role , to reverse what the serpent had done , coming in uninvited , into what should not have been its concern !

May our trust and reliance on HIs Mercy which alone gives us her powerful intercession coninue to bring us the best of wine - of His abundant mercy, for the whole world - a world that often does not know what it needs !