In this month of the Rosary, pray the daily Rosary for peace

By Chris Sparks

Continue to say the Rosary every day in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary, to obtain the peace of the world and the end of the war, because only she can obtain it — Our Lady at Fatima, Portugal, July 13, 1917.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine seems to be collapsing right now. Events are moving rapidly. The president of Russia, Vladimir Putin, seems more and more dangerous the tighter a corner he gets pushed into.

All that makes prayers for peace the more urgent. After all, many of us can’t do anything material to help those victimized by Russia’s war of conquest (although if you can donate to the Marian Fathers’ humanitarian assistance and ministry in Ukraine, please do). But all of us can do spiritual works of mercy, as Jesus told St. Faustina:

[M]any souls … are often worried because they do not have the material means with which to carry out an act of mercy. Yet spiritual mercy, which requires neither permissions nor storehouses, is much more meritorious and is within the grasp of every soul. If a soul does not exercise mercy somehow or other, it will not obtain My mercy on the day of judgment. Oh, if only souls knew how to gather eternal treasure for themselves, they would not be judged, for they would forestall My judgment with their mercy (Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska, 1317).

And Our Lady at Fatima gave us some specific instructions as to what to do, especially in order to pursue the conversion of Russia and the cause of peace in the world. We’ve been given the daily Rosary for peace; the First Saturdays of reparation; and devotion to the Immaculate Heart.

Our answer will be found right where Heaven has been saying it is for these past 100 years.

Continue the Rosary, my children. Say it every day that the war may end — Our Lady at Fatima, Sept. 13, 1917.

Are we like Naaman?
Our Lady of the Rosary came to us at Fatima and told us what we needed to do to obtain peace in the world. Have we done it? Have we individually, as families, as parishes, as a Church, responded to her instructions? Or have we been like Naaman the leper?

Naaman was a Syrian, a man of great wealth and power, who suffered from leprosy. He came to Israel to seek healing and was told by the prophet Elisha, "Go, wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored and you shall be clean." The Scriptures tell us:

But Naaman became angry and went away, saying, "I thought that for me he would surely come out, and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, and would wave his hand over the spot, and cure the leprosy! Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Could I not wash in them, and be clean?"

He turned and went away in a rage.

It was only after his servants reasoned with him, pointing out that if the prophet had told Naaman to do something difficult, he would have done it willingly, that Naaman consented to go and do the simple, seemingly meaningless task set him by the prophet. And guess what? His leprosy was healed. He was made clean (see 2 Kgs 5:8-14).

Have we fallen into the same error? Do we dismiss the Rosary, saying (as so many have done in the history of the Church!): "It is a prayer for old women and for children! It went out with Vatican II. We're more advanced than that now. We have better ways, more liturgical ways of prayer. We are too spiritually mature to do something as simple or superstitious as praying the Rosary."

Miracles happen
If you or someone you know dismisses the Rosary like that, share with them 10 Wonders of the Rosary by Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC. Share with them the litany of great saints and scholars, of popes and ordinary people who saw great miracles, won extraordinary victories, and welcomed the triumph of the Blessed Virgin Mary into their lives, their times, their particular troubles. This devotion has wrought miracles before, and will do so again, if only we take it up with faith, if only we respond to Our Lady's call.

The Most Holy Virgin, in these last times in which we live, has given a new efficacy to the recitation of the Rosary to such an extent that there is no problem, no matter how difficult it is, whether temporal or above all spiritual, in the personal life of each one of us, of our families ... that cannot be solved by the Rosary. There is no problem, I tell you, no matter how difficult it is, that we cannot resolve by the prayer of the holy Rosary — Servant of God Lucia Dos Santos, one of the three Fatima seers.

The people of Ukraine need some miracles right now; so do the people of Russia. Pray for the conversion of hard hearts and closed minds, for those so fixed on their pride and their rage that they can’t see the common good. Pray for the world at large, asking for peace in the world, for the errors of Russia have been inflicting terrible damage on the world ever since 1917, a process made global by WWII and its aftermath. Pray for peace! Take up your Rosary, especially as we approach the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary on Oct. 7 and the anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun on Oct. 13, and do one of the greatest works of mercy available to you.

Pray for me, that I may practice what I preach. I’ll pray for you.

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us!

Chris Sparks is the author of the Marian Press book How Can You Still Be Catholic? 50 Answers to a Good Question.
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