Each October, the Church reminds us to deepen our devotion to Mary, the Mother
of Jesus Christ and therefore the Mother of Mercy and Mother of the Eucharist (see
also Catechism of the Catholic Church #963-975).
On October 7, we honor Our Lady of the Rosary (a memorial that’s on a Monday
this year). Praying the Rosary, we meditate on the life of Jesus Christ and His mother,
with prayers from Luke 1 (“Hail Mary…”); Matthew 6 (“Our Father…”); and Matthew
28, Luke 1-2, Ephesians 3 and throughout the Bible (“Glory be…”). October is also
Respect Life Month, reminding us to be a People of Life, defending God’s gift of life
for all of His children, from conception to natural death (our parish family led by our
Knights of Columbus will be participating on October 13 in the 40-Days-for-Life
campaign; please see this bulletin for details). The following, adapted from The Rosary
of Our Lady (Msgr. Romano Guardini, Sophia Institute Press), helps us understand
the tremendous spiritual value of praying the Rosary:
The life of Mary, as the Gospel tells it, is as humanly true as it can possibly be, but in
this human quality it is filled with a mystery of divine communion and love, the depth
of which is unfathomable. The Rosary points in this direction.
Jesus is the substance of Mary’s life, just as the Child is the lifeblood of His mother,
for whom He is the one and all… Not only was Mary’s existence as a human mother
achieved in her relation to Jesus, but also her redemption. Becoming a mother, she became a Christian. By living with her Child, she lived with God whose living revelation He is. Growing humanly along with the Child, as do all mothers who really love, releasing Him on the road of life with so much resignation and pain, she ripened in God’s divine grace and truth…
The prayer of the Rosary means a lingering in the world of Mary, whose essence
was Christ. In this way, the Rosary is, in its deepest sense, a prayer to Jesus Christ…
The essence of the Rosary, then, is a steady incitement to holy sympathy… Our eyes
meet two eyes that also love and see. Those eyes add their range of vision to ours, and our gaze may now go beyond the narrowness of our own ego and embrace the beloved being, previously seen only from one side…. Our Lord enables us to see and to love not only with our own sense but also with His. Something of this sort, only on a higher plane, happens with the Rosary.
With peace and prayers in Christ,