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The Secret of the Rosary

“Say the Rosary often with faith, humility, confidence and perseverance.” – St Louis Marie de Montfort “A prayer so easy and yet so rich..”– Pope St John Paul II   Although it may be the most popular of all Catholic devotions and even the one...

The Light of the Rosary

“Confidently take up the Rosary once again. Rediscover the Rosary in the light of Scripture, in harmony with the Liturgy, and in the context of your daily lives.” This was the expressed hope of Pope St John Paul II in 2002, addressed to each and every one...

A Rosary For Priests

“This sacrament (of Holy Orders) configures the recipient to Christ by a special grace of the Holy Spirit, so that he may serve as Christ’s instrument for His Church. By ordination one is enabled to act as a representative of Christ” – Catechism of the Catholic...

Devotion To The Rosary

The Rosary has, I think, really always been present in my life.  I was first given Rosary beads on the day of my First Holy Communion, a little blue set as I recall. Much later on, these were replaced by a set of black glass beads – I still have these in a...

Gayle and the Rosary

Earlier this morning, I found myself reading a couple of posts on social media about “the story behind your Rosary” and the memories particular sets of beads may hold for the owner. There were also some posts about that well-known Catholic habit of...

A Rosary of Sorrows

Yesterday was the First Friday of the month, traditionally dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus; because of this, I was praying the Litany of the Sacred Heart during my evening prayers. Some of the lines from this Litany stood out for me. After the Litany, I prayed...

Mysteries of Hope

The holy Rosary is a very adaptable prayer, a prayer suitable for every need and occasion, as the Saints and the Popes tell us over and over. And they are right, as I was reminded this evening. This has been a difficult day for all of us here in Scotland and in the...

The Challenge of the Rosary

Our Holy Father Pope Francis tells us that “If prayer isn’t courageous, it isn’t Christian,” and he reminds us that “if prayer does not gather the joys and sorrows, the hopes and the anxieties of humanity, it becomes a...

A Joyful Meditation

Sometimes when we use the same prayer over and over, we can sometimes feel a little ‘stuck’ – it can be difficult to find a new meditation for something with which we are already very familiar. With this in mind, and aimed particularly at those who...
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