It is 07th October 2016. We celebrate the Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary. It is the celebration of victory over the Turks in Europe through the powerful intercession of Our Beloved Mother Mary. Pope Leo XIII added the invocation “Queen of the most Holy Rosary, pray for us,” to the Litany of Loreto. Rosary is the reflective and contemplative prayer on the mysterious of Christ. St. John Paul II while he was the Pontiff added five extra mysteries focussing on the life and mission of Jesus. Rosary is not a fancy ornament but it is indeed a prayerful weapon against the Evil in and around us. Rosary truly helps us to be close to God by connecting with mind and body to Jesus through Mary. In times of temptation, Rosary provides the courage to move out of the evil intended by the mind; during the time of physical and mental sickness, Rosary offers the divine energy; By daily praying the Rosary, we can surely be protected from all dangers of life. Rosary gives us the docility of heart to obey the will of God. The Rosary is the contemplation of salvation history reflecting the lives of Jesus and Mary. In praying the Rosary, we must never become monotonous, robotic, and unconnected. We are not praying to Mary in the Rosary instead we are praying with Mary reflecting the events of the Lord’s Life which nourishes us with the insights to cope any situation we live and encounter. Rosary provides the focus on Jesus we need through vocal and meditative prayer. The readings are from Acts 1:12-14; and the Gospel from Luke 1:26-38. The first reading presents Mary united in prayer with the other Apostles. After the Ascension of the Lord, Mary and the Apostles prayed for the power and the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Contemplative prayer sets the mind free from anxiety and worries of life. Mary presented to us as the mother of Jesus through her contemplative and prayerful presence among the Apostles. She was not seen as the vocal mother rather in reflecting, pondering and deeply contemplating. The responsorial Psalm praises, “The Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his Name.” (Lk.1:49). In the Gospel, we reflect the unwavering yes of Mary to God. Luke presents Mary as the contemplative person and obeying the will of God. Meditative prayer prepares our will to tune up with God’s plan. How sincere are we to our regular rosary? May you have a good day.

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