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The Feast of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary

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By Fr. Michael Callea, MIC
I pray the Rosary daily. I have done so for years. But in my early years of praying the Rosary, sometimes dryness would set in, the meditations would become routine, and I would find myself struggling to persevere in the very prayer that had helped me to receive so many graces.

Then, an inspiration came to me — no doubt from Our Lady — that helped me to avoid that "dry spell" and draw ever deeper into the power Mary's intercession through the Rosary. With October dedicated to the Rosary, I'd like to share with you my inspiration: When you meditate on the mysteries of faith in the Rosary, meditate also on the mysteries of faith in the Sacred Scriptures. The Word of God, after all, is One (see 1 Cor 1:10,13a and 2 Cor 1:17-19).

With that inspiration, I picked up my pocket New Testament, put a sticky note at the beginning of one of its books, and, as I prayed each decade of the Rosary, I also reflected upon the Sacred Scriptures, taking one sentence at a time. With each decade, I advanced my sticky note to the next sentence, whether it seemed relevant to the mystery or not.

The results were amazing!

For example, once I was meditating on the Fifth Luminous Mystery, the Institution of the Holy Eucharist, and the next sentence from the New Testament happened to be one from St. Paul's letter to the Romans: "I urge you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God, your spiritual worship" (Rom 12:1).

How wonderful to think about these words of St. Paul in light of the Last Supper where Jesus is the first to offer His Body as a "living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God" and where He offers that same Sacred Body to us as our spiritual food — the first Holy Mass! It would seem that, according to St. Paul, we are called "by the mercies of God" to a deep participation in Jesus' saving action, not merely by words and acceptance, but by imitation as well.

Although intriguing connections between the mysteries of the Rosary and the Biblical sentences occur frequently, sometimes they are less obvious. But that's just it! Trying to discern such a connection keeps my Rosaries from becoming stale and, at the same time, it keeps me deeply engrossed in the Word of God.

Although it was never my intention, Our Lady has led me to reflect individually on nearly every sentence in the New Testament. And my experience of having done so leads me to one happy conclusion: It's all true! What a wonderful gift from God is the holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary!

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Maggie - Oct 8, 2016

Thank you Fr. Michael for the article. Thank you also Kathie for mentioning the "33 Days of Rosary Meditations". Just what I have been looking for. God bless!

Princi - Oct 8, 2016

I use YouTube videos especially with Father Peyton to pray the rosary.Very helpful

Brian - Oct 7, 2016

How should we divide our prayer time between the Rosary and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy? I just read Vinny Flynn's "7 Secrets of the Divine Mercy", and that was about the only question that was left unanswered.

Jane - Oct 6, 2016

I began doing this last Saturday with the the first chapter of Colossians. It was so meaning full taking each sentence and praying a decade on it. I couldn't wait to do it again. Today is Thursday and I finished that chapter. Wow! What an amazing way to pray and see how the Holy Spirit opens up the Word and the mysteries of the Rosary! Thanks for sharing this incite with us.

Lee - Oct 3, 2016

Another suggestion that helps my daily Rosary to stay fresh is if you google for example "sorrowful mysteries meditations" several sites will come up that offer either thoughtful paragraphs on the particular decades or scripture verses that one can meditate on bead by bead.

Phidelia Luvita - Oct 3, 2016

Praise be to Jesus.

Fr Michael thank you for your sharing. I ma really inspired and my faith has increased.

Praise be to Jesus. Honor to our Lady..

Rosanne - Oct 2, 2016

Thank you so much Father Michael. What a beautiful gift from Our Lady to you, and now passed on to us.

Jennifer Armstrong - Oct 1, 2016

I can't wait to apply this, combining scripture with praying the Rosary! Thanks so much, Father! I love praying the Rosary but this is going to take it to a new level. Kathie mentioned 33 Days of Rosary Meditations by Jeff Klazura. I'm using that, too. It's free to download at Smashwords. Great resource.

Nick - Oct 1, 2016

Thank you, Father!

Kathie - Oct 1, 2016

I appreciate your story Fr. Michael. As a new Catholic, I found it difficult to get "into" the Rosary as a prayer. It seemed like just a monotone repetition and I didn't feel connected. But I found a book: 33 days of Rosary meditations by Jeff Klazura. Each one offers a scripture reading and a thoughtful paragraph. It has given me an amazing way to meditate on each mystery, spending time with BVM and Jesus.