October is Holy Rosary month PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 02 October 2011 15:17

By BEN CAL

October is the month of the Holy Rosary.

As the only Catholic nation in Asia, Filipino Catholics will again demonstrate their ardent devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, the patroness of the Philippines, by praying the Holy Rosary everyday for the whole month of October for asking God that peace reign in the hearts of men not only in the country but the whole world.
According to Wikipedia, the Philippines has 86 churches named after the Blessed Mother, making it the largest in the world in terms of number. The United States is far second with 57 dioceses.

Many Filipino Catholics pray the Holy Rosary everyday in churches, in their homes or while traveling on land, sea and air, imploring the Blessed Mother’s intercession for God’s mercy, protection, healing both spiritual and physical.

For Catholics, the Rosary has been tested a countless times as the most powerful prayer as it comes from the Bible.

The Rosary is 65 percent directly to Jesus and about Him. Thirty-five percent is about honoring and requesting prayers from Mary, Christ’s Mother.

The Catholic Church says 88 percent of the Rosary is directly taken from the Bible, and 12 percent is from the wisdom of early Christians.

The power of the Rosary was further reinforced during the series of apparitions at Fatima on May 13, 1917 when no less than the Blessed Virgin Mary told the three children Lucia, Jacinta and Francisco to “say the Rosary everyday, to bring peace to the world and the end of the war,” referring to World War I which was raging at that time. A few months later, the war ended.

Lucia quoted the Blessed Virgin Mary as saying: “I want you to come on the 13th of next month, to pray the Rosary everyday, and to learn to read. Later, I will tell you what I want.”

“I will take Jacinta and Francisco shortly; but you will stay here for some time to come. Jesus wants to use you to make Me known and loved. He wishes to establish the devotion to My Immaculate Heart throughout the world. I promise salvation to whoever embraces it; these souls will be dear to God, like flowers put by Me to adorn His throne.”

According to the history of the Catholic Church, it was in the year 1206 when the Virgin Mary appeared to St. Dominic after he had been praying because of his failure in combating the Albigensian heresy when Mary “gave him the Rosary as a mighty weapon, explained its uses and efficacy, and told him to preach it to others.”
“Since the prayers of the Rosary come from such excellent sources — from Our Lord Himself, from inspired Scripture, and from the Church — it is not surprising that the Rosary is so dear to our Blessed Mother and so powerful with heaven.

“If we consider the power of the Rosary as seen in its effects, we find a great abundance of proofs of its wonderful value. Many are the favors granted to private individuals through its devout recitation: there are few devoted users of the Rosary who cannot testify to experiencing its power in their own lives. If we turn to history, we see many great triumphs of the Rosary.”

It may be recalled that it was American-Irish priest Fr. Patrick Peyton who promoted the Holy Rosary worldwide after he was miraculously cured of tuberculosis which the doctor said was already hopeless.

But Fr. Peyton asked the Blessed Virgin Mary to cure him and his prayer was heard. He was healed completely to the amazement of his doctors.
Fr. Peyton visited the Philippines in 1960 and this writer attended one of his Rosary crusades. He revealed in details how he was healed of TB by praying fervently the Rosary everyday.

He fulfilled his promise and went around the world to propagate the Holy Rosary.

On the other hand, Pope Leo XIII declared that the Holy Rosary “is composed of two parts, distinct but inseparable — the meditation on the mysteries and the recitation of the prayers. It is thus a kind of prayer that requires not only some raising of the soul to God, but also a particular and explicit attention.”

Pope Benedict XVI said: “Today, together we confirm that the Holy Rosary is not a pious practice banished to the past, like prayers of other times thought of with nostalgia. Instead, the Rosary is experiencing a new Springtime. Without a doubt, this is one of the most eloquent signs of love that the young generation nourish for Jesus and his Mother, Mary. In the current world, so dispersive, this prayer helps to put Christ at the center, as the Virgin did, who meditated within all that was said about her Son, and also what He did and said. When reciting the Rosary, the important and meaningful moments of salvation history are relived. The various steps of Christ’s mission are traced. With Mary the heart is oriented toward the mystery of Jesus. Christ is put at the center of our life, of our time, of our city, through the contemplation and meditation of His holy mysteries of joy, light, sorrow and glory. May Mary help us to welcome within ourselves the grace emanating from these mysteries, so that through us we can “water” society, beginning with our daily relationships, and purifying them from so many negative forces, thus opening them to the newness of God. The Rosary, when it is prayed in an authentic way, not mechanical and superficial but profoundly, it brings, in fact, peace and reconciliation. It contains within itself the healing power of the Most Holy Name of Jesus, invoked with faith and love at the center of each “Hail Mary.”

The mysteries of the Holy Rosary are: “The Joyful,” “The Sorrowful,” “The Glorious,” and “The Luminous Mysteries.” By praying the Rosary everyday the world will be saved from perdition.

Let’s pray the Rosary before it is too late.