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Why We Should Pray The Rosary

 

I have always struggled with prayer, especially the Rosary. My personal revelation happened recently regarding our Blessed Mother. It came most unexpected, but it was something I was trying to find an answer to for several months. I found as I tried to explain my faith to others I continued to fail in explaining the importance of the Holy Eucharist and praying the rosary. I knew that Mary had been pure all her life. I knew that she had suffered Jesus's passion as if she was enduring it side by side with Jesus. I knew she had retraced each step Jesus took in his walk to Calvary.

The rosary was a prayer to be said of heartfelt appreciation and meditation on all that Christ had endured. But yet I still didn't "feel" it. I know that Jesus holds both his immaculate heart side by side next to his mother's and he wants everyone to honor Mary as if both hearts are one. But I still struggled with all of this. Doubts filtered my mind. People said I should honor only God the Father, anything else would be considered idol worship.

Then one day when I was reading an article I was overcome with a tremendous pain in my heart. It felt amazing. I was left with no energy and I was crying. This is what I was reading:

A recent book authored by Sr. Lucia undeniably identifies the doctrine of Mary Co-redemptrix as being at the very heart of the Fatima message. In her 1998 work, Calls from the Message of Fatima, she provides an inspired theological and mystical witness to Mary Co-redemptrix and the supernatural effects of the Mother's providential role for humanity. In her treatment on devotion to Mary's Immaculate Heart, Sr. Lucia acknowledges the unity of the Heart of Mary Co-redemptrix with the Heart of Christ from the Annunciation to Calvary:

"God began the work of our redemption in the Heart of Mary, given that it was through her "fiat" that the redemption began to come about: "And Mary said, "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be done to me according to your word..." (Lk. 1:38). "And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us" (Jn. 1:14). Thus, in the closest union possible between two human beings, Christ began, with Mary, the work of our salvation. The Christ's heart-beats are those of the heart of Mary, the prayer of Christ is the prayer of Mary, the joys of Christ are the joys of Mary; it was from Mary that Christ received the Body and Blood that are to be poured out and offered for the salvation of the world. Hence, Mary, made one with Christ, is the Co-redemptrix of the human race. With Christ in her womb, with Jesus Christ in her arms, with Christ at Nazareth and in his public life; with Christ she climbed the hill of Calvary, she suffered and agonized with Him, receiving into her Immaculate Heart the last sufferings of Christ, his last words, his last agony and the last drops of his Blood, in order to offer them to the Father..."

As I read this I finally understood the significance of praying the Rosary and asking Mary the mother of God to be an intercessor for us. We have much more reason to ask Mary to pray for us, because her prayer will be much more pleasing to the Lord in view of her dignity as Mother of God and her closer union with Christ, true God and true Man, by reason of her mission of Co-redemptrix with Christ as well as of her great sanctity.

It was the burning pain in my heart that made me realize this. I felt so humbled. I felt I had been given such a gift from God to finally profess my faith with profound words that would show no doubts! I wrote to my brother. He and I have been sharing thoughts on God for some time now. I shared what I had experienced and he told me the same thing had happened to him. He told me how he had been ashamed to pray the rosary. He told me that one day he was reading a message from God (written by a mystic) and he actually heard Jesus speak to him. He told him to put aside any resentments he had towards his mother. My brother also made the connection of the blood that was flowing through Mary is that of Jesus and it is the same blood that flows through all of us.

I hope this can help others who are feeling the same way. Pick up your Rosaries. Pray. It will help us all. This is the chain that will bind Satan.

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Timfaraos (131 posts)
 
3 years ago (2015-01-21)
AN ANSWER TO PRODESTANTS: As a greek orthodox christian, WE ONLY WORSHIP GOD! But we HONOUR THE VIRGIN MARY, THE SAINTS, THE ANGELS, and we pray to them, and also kiss their pictures -icons- just like you would kiss the photograph of a loved one. WE DON'T WORSHIP ICONS OR STATUES, we honour who they represent... If we honour the cheif of police, or a general, who give orders to men... Then why shouldn't we honour the Virgin Mary, who GIVES ORDERS TO ANGELS?! And for the record, we don't believe in 'immaculate conception', that the V. MARY was born like Jesus, without the sperm of a man... She was FULLY HUMAN, NOT HALF GOD LIKE JESUS WAS... Timfaraos [at] gmail.com
ayet (guest)
 
8 years ago (2010-01-30)
hi to all readers!
First of all, I would like to say thanks to wisdom for sharing your story. Really very inspiring. I have had my share of story as well about the holy rosary, and it really moved my life.

I often pray the rosary. However, there was a time when I have encountered big problems in life, and I thought to myself, its not worthy to pray the rosary and to pray to God. A part of me blamed God and I rejected the thought of praying the rosary as well. After 2 straight weeks of not praying at all, I had a very strange but inspiring dream.
I was inside a building, a very high building. So high that I cannot see other buildings and places, except for the sky and clouds surrounding it. The walls of the building are exclusively transparent glasses, so I could see vividly the blue sky and clouds. Inside the building is a square cubicle which is also made of transparrent walls (made of glasses). I saw two children, one boy and one girl walking. The color of their hairs are similar to the hairs of the angels we usually decorate in our christmas trees during advent season. The girl was wearing a blue dress. I could still imagine the radiance and the glow of her dress. The blue color is similar to the color of peacock feathers-shiny and glowing.

Also inside the building is a small cubicle with walls that are made of transparent glasses also. I saw a woman with long hair. She is also wearing a blue long dress with color similar to the peacock feathers. I assumed she was the mother of the 2 kids I saw walking. I also saw a christmas tree in one of the corners. The mother was just staring at me and since I enjoyed touching the cheeks of her daughter (she is really cute), I thought if the mother will get angry, but she wasnt. She just kept staring at me but she was inside that cubicle.

I held the hand of the little girl, and realized she was hot. I asked if she is having a fever. But she didn't answer my question. Instead, she asked this question. "do you always pray the holy rosary?" and I said with all honesty. "before, I used to pray it everyday. But lately, I seldom pray it." and she replied, "i will give you my rosary so you can always pray it everyday." and I told the kid, "its ok, I have my own rosary.".
After that, a voice suddently woke me up. The message of the voice really strucked my heart. The voice told me, "that is your GUARDIAN ANGEL talking to you." and from that time on, I woke up.

After that dream, I realized, God has always been good to me, though I didn't remain faithful to him. And Mother Mary wants me to keep on praying and always intercedes in my prayers. Because during that time, I stopped praying to the Lord, she intereceded and told me to continue despite everything...

Friends, always ask for Mama Mary's intercession. We don't worship her. We only worship to God. But we should bear in mind, she is the easiest way to God's heart.

Remember, the first miracle made by Jesus-turning water into wine. Jesus shouldnt have performed that because it was not his time to do miracles. But because of Mary, He did it for men.

Mary is the Mother of God. She loves us like the way she loves Jesus.

God bless us all!
Darren. (guest)
 
8 years ago (2009-11-26)
First off, thank you for your insightfull story.I've been praying the rosary for some time now and I've noticed that our blessed mother certainly keeps her 15 promises to those who do pray to her, right from the first time I ever prayed her rosary I felt as though I was being personally blessed by her, and started seeing her graces in my everyday life. From there, my life just continued to change for the better. I personally believe in the holy trinity,God,Jesus,and our blessed mother Mary. So I will continue to pray to all three, not just for myself, but for all of us... Sincerely yours, and God Bless.
wisdom (guest)
 
9 years ago (2008-11-02)
Well put, Tridentine Mass, and thank you. Prayer is all about asking and what's wrong with asking our Blessed Mother to pray for us?
God Bless.
Tridentine Mass for ever (guest)
 
9 years ago (2008-10-31)
I don't understand the myth on why protestants keep persisting we (catholics) worship Mary and they will try and convince you that you are. No one one bothers to look at the actual teachings of the church. Just argue on what they see. Very immature... What I say to protestants is would they ever pray for me. And alwys the answer is YES. So what is the difference if I asked our Lady the same thing. They never have an answer. WE DO NOT WORSHIP MARY... We ask her to pray for us. By the way the word PRAYER means TO ASK. Guys and girls stop reading the crap that's out there. There are fantastic web site on on St. Thomas Aquianas and the Baltimore Catechism. And PLEASE don't use any other BIBLE than the Douay Rhiems Bible. IT is the excact translate of the St. Jerome LATIN VULGATE. (Original Bible). Pray the Rosary everyday. GOD BLESS
vagabondfaith (49 stories) (90 posts)
 
9 years ago (2008-10-14)
I have written three posts and had practically no comments. What you have written has deservedly got so many reactions. It is so very important what you have written and it is getting the attention it deserves. I want to set out a prayer that I have just learned by heart.
The two hearts of Love.
Jesus, Mary, I love you. Be appeased. Save all souls. Amen
O Hearts of Love. O hearts ever united in Love. Make me to love You always and help me to make others to love You. Take my poor sinful heart to thyself and do not give it back to me until it becomes a flaming fire of Your Love.
I know that I am unworthy to come to you but take me to Thyself and cleanse me in the flames of Your Love. Take me to Thyself and use me as it please You as I am entirely Yours.Amen
O pure Love O Holy Love, Pierce me with your arrows and send my blood flowing into the wounds of the Immaculate heart.
O Immaculate Heart unite with the Sacred Heart to give life, to comfort, to glorify and to love. O Jesus O Mary You are the hearts of Love. I Love You, Consume me I am Your victim of Love. O hearts of Love consume me, I am Your victim of love. Amen
kukuhcm (guest)
 
9 years ago (2008-10-08)
i pray the rosary myself and I'm glad that somebady in this modern world do so... God Bless Our World...
Kimbeaux1969 (2 posts)
 
9 years ago (2008-09-06)
Dear Wisdom,
I do respect and believe God has given to you and yours certain beliefs for a reason. Remember, I do not think he makes any mistakes and we are all part of Him and play a different role for HIM.
God Bles You and All of You Here On This Site,
Love and peace
Kimbeaux1969 (2 posts)
 
9 years ago (2008-09-06)
Okay, I am new here, but I do have an opinion on this situation. I will start here, even though Mary did enter my life before this event, with her love, compassion and great understanding and love of woman and a mother. A woman understands the Bleeding of the Heart, but not the PAIN of a Mother. I read the Bible on a regular basis, I am not a certain religion, but do share most of the Catholic Beliefs. This came only after my studing different religions and looking into my heart and asking of God where He wanted me in His world. You see, I believe He made us all different, but, in His likeness. Therefore, we are all a part of Him, just very different parts and we all were created by Him to do different things here, for Him. Therefore, He is of all humans. He makes no mistakes, only we do. And, that is okay, as long as we LEARN from them, eventually. He is patient. He stated that only He shall judge, not us, and we do, everyday. We do not try to open our mind to the possibilities He is possible of. I mean, come on, He is GOD.
I went through a dark time in my life starting about 4 years ago, the darkest ever. I was hopeless and had no will to live. Michael contined to be repeated in my head, over and over. And, for some reason, angels for the first time in my life interested me. Well, of course, God sent His Arch Angel Michael to me to show me that I had to go through this life changing trial or should I say trials in order to be ready for what God had for me to do. Sorrow must be felt hard in order for true Joy to be obtained.
Years later, (to get to the point) I was reading Genesis again and in Chapter One, 26 states: Then God said, "Let US make people in OUR image, to be like OURSELVES. They will be masters over all life-the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the livestock, wild animals and small animals."

I wondered who is US and OUR and OURSELVES? The angels? Could'nt be, because they were not created in our image, they were created only in spirit and they were also created with intellengence way above ours. This is why Luficer was not given another chance when he choose to go against God, because he knew everything when he made that decision, we learn until the time we die. So the question is still there, WHO. Well, one day while reading something I put it together. God has man and female side. This is how man and woman was created in His image. Mary was born of the Holy Spirit and of physical body to give birth physically to the Son of God, the physical body of the female/male God. And, just like the physical roles of Mother and Fathers, Our Spiritual Mother has been active physically and emotionally for Her children and Our Father sits on His throne with Great Love for His children.
wisdom (guest)
 
9 years ago (2008-08-31)
It is left to your individual freewill to decide if you will accept or reject the Word of God since it is by all accounts a most profound issue of faith. Here I offer you a quote from my brother's website, www.thelordofmiracles.org


"Non-Catholic Christians will argue against the adoration of the Blessed Virgin Mary citing no teaching exists in the Holy Bible calling for the adoration of the Virgin Mary. Catholic Christians will adhere to the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. The Eastern Orthodox Church has completely adopted as truth the Virgin Mary is the Mother of God and the messenger of God. Jews and Moslems consider the worship of the Blessed Virgin Mary as being contrary to the First Commandment in Torah. However, these positions are based on the established Canon of the Church, and by this I mean the Roman Catholic Church, which was decided upon by man and not God, and is limited in scope as to what written material available to humanity constitutes the written Word of God and worthy of inclusion in the Holy Bible and which writings would be considered unworthy or rejected outright even though they survive today as the Gospel of James, the Gospel of Peter, the Gospel of Mary Magdalene and the Secret Gospel of Mark, the latter two giving thought of sexual immorality in the minds of some readers. You the reader are free and capable of investigating and separating truth from fiction at your pleasure..."
Thanks again for your input. I am not trying to change your mind. That is left to our Lord and your free will. Not everyone will see or hear the Truth at the same time.
searchingandknocking (3 posts)
 
9 years ago (2008-08-29)
First of all, I love God, and am a follower of Jesus. I read the Bible and study it, as I believe it has the keys to our understanding of where we were and where we can be if we seek Him. But this notion of Mary worship bothers me, and has bothered me since I was a little girl (I grew up devout Catholic, went to Catholic schools, had my first communion and confirmation.)

I would often ask why, if Jesus came to be our intercessor to the Father, do we have to pray to Mary? Isn't that like idol worship?

Needless to say, the nuns weren't happy. They considered my questions blasphemous, but I was just trying to learn more about the faith that I so dearly loved.

Many times in the Bible, from the OT to the new, Jesus is heralded as the fulfilment of the scriptures, our High Priest, the great intercessor, for which now we need no other. I can talk to God directly, and know that Jesus is sitting at His right hand, making intercession for me. I have peace in that.

Are we not reading the same Bible, which is and should be at the center of our faith? Why, then, are you making it more complicated than it needs to be? Mary had a special place in Jesus' life, as well as in the heart of God, but praying to her out of some long-standing need for goddess worship seems a bit out of place for someone as spiritually minded as yourself.

For that matter, isn't the worship of the Virgin no different than the temples of Athena during ancient times? Perhaps the similarities to Vashti or Inana would be closer to your imposed holiness on a person that was no different than we ALL have the potential to be?

Just a thought.
Flutterofwings (17 stories) (110 posts)
 
9 years ago (2008-08-13)
Believing is loving. Being postive in our way of thinking is the best way to be and can make the road of life a lot easier one to travel on.
vagabondfaith (guest)
 
9 years ago (2008-07-26)
That was simply beautiful! I agree with what you wrote entirely! No wonder you had an aching heart. Now you can see more clearly. The Rosary is the most powerful prayer on the planet and St Padre Pio called it his secret weapon. God bless you for sharing such a wonderful experience and story!
wisdom (guest)
 
9 years ago (2008-07-20)
Thank you, believer! That was beautiful! Many times I wonder why me? Why was I privileged to feel this way? Others go their entire life praying and being faithful and never experience anything as profound. I have to ask and wonder why? I guess that's why I'm here at this site looking for answers. Thanks for sharing.
believer (guest)
 
9 years ago (2008-07-19)
Hi, glad so many people can see how precious our lady is, and how we are honoured to be able to ask her intercession in our lives. When our lady appeared to local children at Mount Mellerary in co. Waterford Ireland, in which she said the water at the grotto was blessed. The whole country were fascinated. I was however a family friends photo taken at the grotto that made me travel to visit the grotto. In the picture was the statue of our lady surrounded on both sides by the twelve apostles. It was an unbelievable picture taken by an amateur photographer. After seeing the photo I travelled to visit the small grotto and pray while also hoping to see an apparition - which I did. Our lady's statue was surrounded by a halo of the most beautiful shade of blue imaginable which made the statue pristine white. The most amazing thing was that we were surrounded by people who couldn't see what my mother and I were seeing and kept asking us what we were seeing. Since then I visit the grotto each year on good Friday and on our lady's birthday and am always treated to an apparition whenever I go, usually it feels as if I go into a trance in which the statue turns very white and the surrounding plants and grass start spinning around changing form into vibrant green tropical leaves. Our lady's statue also changes imperceptably with many faces appearing on it including Jesus and pope John Paul but the others I don't recognise, I just assume they are the faces of saints and apostles. The faces appear as if a camera is clicking different images - I feel very blessed to be given these images as I am not particularly religious or church going but I do have and always have had an unshakable faith. Another time my ex-boyfriends mother came back from Fatima and gave me a rosary beads made from rose petals. The smell was fantastic, I prayed the rosary for weeks afterwards and one night I forgot and fell asleep and awoke to the overpowering smell of a roomful of rose petals. I don't know why I have been blessed with these experiences but feel good that our lady loves me despite my faults - which are many and varied!
wisdom (guest)
 
9 years ago (2008-07-13)
miiish- Thank you for your comments. We are all here to help eachother. I got this from the True Life In God messages. It's Mary's words "never stop praying your Rosary; come with joy to pray the Rosary; the rich man will not reply, but the poor man will come to Me with his Rosary and in his poverty I shall listen to him while he prays this simple prayer; for all that is poor and simple is deadly to Satan, who is Vanity Itself; this is one of the main reasons why Satan hates the Rosary;" This has helped me a lot because it is true. Jesus humbled himself enough to die on the cross. It is this humility that we must strive for.
God Bless
miiish (1 stories) (13 posts)
 
9 years ago (2008-07-12)
Hi Wisdom

Thank you so much for this article. I have had the same struggle, but simply accepted that saying the Rosary is a part of my Catholic faith. In fact I'm also Reiki 2 certified and my belief was that practising Reiki I was connected to God and MM and dint have to recite the Rosary. But somewhere in my heart I dint feel fullfilled, like something was missing. Reciting the Rosary has filled that void. Your article is very enlightening. Thanks again
Cheers!

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