Today is the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, during the month of the Rosary! I discovered a lovely reflection on the Rosary in my archives, and I thought it would be #WorthRevisiting today:
All the supreme teachers, the popes, have been unanimous in proclaiming that the devotion to the Most Blessed Sacrament and the Holy Rosary are the hope and salvation of the world in our evil and dangerous era. They have endeavored, by word and example, to bring the faithful more closely to Jesus Christ in the Most Blessed Sacrament and to Our Lady’s Rosary.
—From The Eucharist and the Rosary: The Power to Change the World by Louis Kaczmarek
Many complain that the Rosary is monotonous. However, one could also suggest that repetition is a sign of great delight in making us repeat an activity.
G.K. Chesterton argued that repetition is characteristic of the vitality of children. They like the same stories, the same words, time and time again, not because they are bored and unimaginative but because they delight in life.
Chesterton wrote, “Because children have abounding vitality, because they are in spirit fierce and free, therefore they want things repeated and unchanged. They always say, ‘Do it again’; and the grown-up person does it again until he is nearly dead, for grown-up people are not strong enough to exult in monotony. But perhaps God is strong enough to exult in monotony. It is possible that God says every morning, ‘Do it again’ to the sun; and every evening ‘Do it again’ to the moon. It may not be automatic necessity that makes all daisies alike; it may be that God makes each daisy separately, but has never gotten tired of making them. It may be that He has the eternal appetite of infancy; for we have sinned and grown old and our Father is younger than we. The repetition in Nature may not be a mere recurrence; it may be a theatrical encore. Heaven may encore the bird who laid an egg.”
Pray the Rosary. Exult in monotony. It just might transform your heart.
In honor of this great feast day, there is fabulous project underway called #TweetingMOM. We are encouraged to share prayers for Our Lady, whether that is a Hail Mary or other Marian prayer, on Twitter and other social media platforms. Click HERE to learn more, and please join in!
Also, today begins a Novena to St. Teresa of Avila, which ends on her feast day, Oct. 15. Please consider joining this beautiful novena to a powerful intercessor. Each day, WINE: Women in the New Evangelization will post the day’s prayers on their Facebook Page. This is what St. Teresa had to say about Marian devotion, and I think it ties in perfectly with Chesterton’s idea:
The devotions we practice in honor of the glorious Virgin Mary, however trifling they may be, are very pleasing to Her Divine Son, and He rewards them with eternal glory.
—St. Teresa of Avila
The first part of this post was originally posted on Oct. 7, 2009. I updated it today with information about #TweetingMOM and the Novena to St. Teresa of Avila.