6 Things All Catholics Should Know About the Rosary
by Feb 8, 2012on
“Through the study of books one seeks God; by meditation one finds him.“~St. Padre Pio
1. All Catholics Should Pray the Rosary
Why pray the Most Holy Rosary? The answer is actually quite simple: It is the request of the all Power Virgin Queen and Mother, Mary. However, one cannot truly call themselves a Roman Catholic if one does not write an entire volume explaining why.
2. The Woman-Made Psalter
The Most Holy Rosary is simply the Psalter of the Blessed Virgin Mary. When our most August Queen Mum appeared to St. Dominic in the 13th century she gave him specific instructions on how to pray Her Psalter. Today when one says they “pray the Rosary” they often mean just a third of Her Psalter, for the Most Holy Rosary consists of all 15 Mysteries. The Rosary isn’t a “man made” prayer as most Protestants and even heretical Catholics claim. In fact, it is woman made, the Holy Theotokos Herself revealed this glorious and most perfect prayer.
3. The Mediatrix of All Grace
The will of the Blessed Virgin is completely conformed to that of Her Son, in other word – God. She is the most humble and chaste spouse of the Holy Ghost and will never do anything contrary to the will of God. Thus, we ought to trust the Blessed Mother just as God has, because She ultimately brings us to God. Mary is our Salvation, and Christ is the source of our Salvation. Mary is the Gate and Christ is the Key. It is only through Her that we are saved. God has so graced Her from the moment of conception to do His most perfect will and because of this He has entrusted Her to be the Mediatrix of ALL grace. In other words; all earthly blessings pass through the very hands of the Virgin Queen.
4. Origin of the Rosary
There are many arguments of how the Rosary came to be. There are various accounts, but what the Church has declared is simple: She appeared to St. Dominic with beads and the instructions… of course over time it has organically developed into what it is today. How do we know the Blessed Mother hasn’t an issue of how Her Psalter has developed? Well, Her most recent apparition in Fatima states that she wants the Rosary to be prayed as it has been prayed for several centuries but to add a prayer:
Oh mi Jesu, dimitte nobis debita nostra, libera nos ab igne inferni, conduc in caelum omnes animas, praesertim illas quae maxime indigent misericordia tua. Amen.
5. A Weapon Against Both Heresy & Danger
Many non-Catholics view the Rosary as a mindless babbling, that is due to ignorance. Little do the they know that it is a meditation on the lives of Mary and Jesus: ad Iuesm per Mariam. The Rosary since it’s beginning has been a weapon against both heresy and danger! Various Saints such as St. Louis Marie de Montfort, St. Padre Pio, and various Pontiffs would completely agree.
6. The Queen and Her Army
“Give me an army saying the Rosary and I will conquer the world.”~Blessed Pope Pius IX.
Notice this beatified Pope said “army” with the “Rosary” and then mentioning that they shall “conquer”…odd statement to make, being that it takes weapons and skill to win war, however Our Heavenly Queen is far more powerful and witty than any of our lowly plots, etc. She alone experienced the Beatific Vision here on Earth imagine the power she now has as Queen of all things seen and unseen?1 The entire court of Angels and Archangels as well as the Saints? And of course, God will never deny His Mother anything!
- Mary and the Beatific Vision: She as a creature was alone in this grace – “Therefore, far above all the angels and all the saints so wondrously did God endow her with the abundance of all heavenly gifts poured from the treasury of his divinity that this mother, ever absolutely free of all stain of sin, all fair and perfect, would possess that fullness of holy innocence and sanctity than which, under God, one cannot even imagine anything greater, and which, outside of God, no mind can succeed in comprehending fully.”“To them Mary is an almost infinite treasury, an inexhaustible abyss of these gifts, to such an extent that she was never subject to the curse and was, together with her Son, the only partaker of perpetual benediction.” Ineffabilis Deus, Pope Pius IX [