Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.
The feast of Our Lady of the Rosary commemorates a decisive military victory on October 7, 1571, over the Ottoman navy at the battle of Lepanto. Subsequently, Catholic popes, including Pope Benedict VXI, urged Catholics to pray the rosary for peace and the mission of the church.
In October, 2017, Pope Francis said: “I would like to emphasize the beauty of a simple contemplative prayer . . . It is the prayer of the holy rosary. The rosary is an effective means for opening ourselves to God, for it helps us to overcome egotism and to bring peace to hearts, in the family, in society, and in the world.” Later, Pope Francis invited Catholics worldwide to join him in praying the rosary during the month of May for peace in the world.
From his earliest days, Peter Julian referred to Mary as “my good mother.” The title “Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament,” that he loved so much, suggests not only the intimate relationship between Mary and his eucharistic vocation but also emphasizes how she served as a model for him to live the consequences of this sacrament of love.
One of the greetings the celebrant says at the beginning of the Mass is: “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” What a wonderful greeting given the anxiety and dis-ease we so often feel given the continuing pandemic crisis, the racial injustice, and the lack of effective leadership in our country.
Let us pray the rosary today that we might be “full of grace” and find greater peace with our God, one another, and ourselves.
Let Us Pray:
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us and help us to have peace in our hearts, that there might be greater peace in our families, our communities, our world.
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