“The riddles of God are more satisfying than the solutions of man.” ~G.K Chesterton
If you own a Rosary, pick it up today, and pray it.
Pick it up tomorrow, and pray it.
Do not stop praying your daily Rosary until you breathe your last breath.
That is the action of a Roman Catholic.
Let us pledge to do this together, though we may not know each other in this life. We are brothers and sisters, children of Mary. Let us join in the mysterious company seen by a Carthusian priest, Fr. Dominic, recorded by St. Louis de Montfort in his book, The Secret of the Rosary:
“Father Dominic, a Carthusian, who was deeply devoted to the holy Rosary, had a vision in which he saw heaven opened and the whole heavenly court assembled in magnificent array. He heard them sing the Rosary in an enchanting melody, and each decade was in honour of a mystery of the life, passion, or glory of Jesus Christ and his holy Mother. Fr. Dominic noticed that whenever they pronounced the holy name of Mary they bowed their heads, and at the name of Jesus they genuflected and gave thanks to God for the great good he had wrought in heaven and on earth through the holy Rosary. He also saw our Lady and the Saints present to God the Rosaries which the Confraternity members say here on earth. He noticed too that they were praying for those who practice this devotion. He also saw beautiful crowns without number, which were made of sweet-smelling flowers, for those who say the Rosary devoutly. He learned that by every Rosary that they say they make a crown for themselves which they will be able to wear in heaven. This holy Carthusian’s vision is very much like that which the Beloved Disciple had, in which he saw a great multitude of angels and saints, who continually praised and blessed Jesus Christ for all that he had done and suffered on earth for our salvation.”
“God the Father made an assemblage of all the waters and He named it the sea (mare). He made an assemblage of all His graces and he called it Mary (Maria). This great God has a most rich treasury in which He has laid up all that He has of beauty and splendour, or rarity and preciousness, including even His own Son: and this immense treasury is none other than Mary, whom the saints have named the Treasure of the Lord, out of whose plenitude all men are made rich.”
“It is by her that He applies His merits to His members, and that He communicates His virtues, and distributes His graces. She is His Mysterious canal; she is His aqueduct, through which He makes His mercies flow gently and abundantly.”
St. Louis de Montfort explains this mystery a bit more when he wrote, again, in True Devotion:
“St. Augustine, surpassing himself, and going beyond all I have yet said, affirms that all the predestinate, in order to be conformed to the image of the Son of God, are in this world hidden in the womb of the most holy Virgin; where they are guarded, nourished, brought up, and made to grow by that good Mother until she has brought them forth to glory after death, which is properly the day of their birth, as the Church calls the death of the just. O mystery of grace, unknown to the reprobate, and but little known even to the predestinate!”
Let us show our loving dependence on the Blessed Virgin, and pray her Rosary every day.
Let us, as Christ did, sit on her lap, which we do when we pray the Rosary; and learn from her Immaculate Heart.
May you have a good day, and weekend.
~Image: circa 1460 painting of the Madonna and Child, source.