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WEEKLY REFLECTION

11/20/2023

Year of Mary
October1, 2022 to December 8, 2023

Fr Bill

"HOLY MARY MOTHER OF GOD, PRAY FOR US SINNERS"

  A while ago, Father Bill announced that in the upcoming year, he wanted to increase our devotion to Mary in the parishes and our devotion to the Rosary. I wrote a column about starting out simple with the Three Hail Mary devotion. Since that time, I have had the privilege to sit in a couple of RE classes and to see the students start their night with praying the Rosary together.

  Watching and participating with the students in praying the Rosary was a good thing for me to see. I watched the little ones struggle to stay focused, to keep saying the words, or even sit up straight as they prayed their way around the decades. But they stuck with it. They have more stamina than some adults I know.

  Well, watching those kids made me ask myself, “What’s the matter with me?” I told you before that the Rosary wasn’t one of my devotions, but watching those children who did their best and prayed the Rosary touched my heart and inspired me to begin to pray a Rosary a day.

  There are many Catholic websites that explain the prayers and Mysteries of the Rosary. It is such a beautiful prayer because it makes us slow down. It helps us to think and pray on several levels. As we say the simple prayers of the Creed, the Our Father, and the Hail Mary, we get to know Christ better by contemplating the Mysteries. We pray the Rosary with special intentions in mind. We pray to end abortion, for the holy souls in purgatory, for our relatives in their time of need, and to ask for help for ourselves. Mary is the Mother of God, Mary is the Queen of Heaven, what better person to have intercede on our behalf. Even though we don’t always see the results of our prayers, we trust in God to deliver in His time and His ways.

  For the last month, I have been praying a Rosary a day. I want to tell you that praying the Rosary has been a game changer for me. Now, I know the main purpose of praying the Rosary is not about me, but there have been some instantaneous results in my life. I can literally feel the stress and tension drain from my mind, my body. I am more at peace with myself and others. My inclination to do wrong, to sin, has diminished greatly, and these things I find amazing! I’m not saying that I have become a saintly person with no more need for the gift of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. That will never happen. Saying the rosary does not take the place of the rest of my prayer life, but by adding the rosary to my prayer life I feel like I’ve been selected for the bonus round. I can’t lose. All for an extra twenty minutes a day.

  All I can tell you is that I have been a fool all these years. Those children convinced me to do something that no adult would have. So, I urge all of you who don’t pray the Rosary to give it a try. It will be the best 20 minutes of your day and will add peace to your life.


Viva Christo Rey, Deacon Gary