Reflection – Peace & the Holy Rosary

February 2, 2017 – “You who are striving to offer every day of your life to my Son, you who are trying to live with Him, you who are praying and sacrificing – you are hope in this peaceless world. You are rays of the light of my Son, a living gospel, and you are my beloved apostles of love. My Son is with you. He is with those who think of Him – those who pray. But in the same way, He is patiently waiting for those who do not know Him. Therefore, you, apostles of my love, pray with the heart and with your works show the love of my Son. This is the only hope for you, and this is also the only way to eternal life. I, as a mother, I am here with you. Your prayers directed to me are the most beautiful roses of love for me. I cannot but be where I sense the scent of roses. There is hope. Thank you.”

“…I, as a mother, I am here with you. Your prayers directed to me are the most beautiful roses of love for me. I cannot but be where I sense the scent of roses. There is hope…”

Once again Our Lady mentioned roses in her message; this is the Holy Rosary. I previously shared excerpts from St. Louis de Monfort’s Secret of the Rosary (which you can check out HERE) that touch on the relationship between roses and the Rosary.

When reading the last sentences of her message the stories from St. Louis about the crown of roses immediately came to mind. The Rosary is a very special devotion Our Lady keeps close to her heart. Imagine the many beautiful, sweet-smelling roses we crown Jesus and Mary with whenever we recite our daily rosaries! No wonder the Blessed Mother can’t help but be present whenever we pray it!cr16pg08

It is not only a powerful prayer, but it is also a prayer for peace. St. John Paul II understood the deep connection between the rosary and the fight for peace Jesus and Mary are calling us to engage in through prayer and example. Plus, it was his favorite prayer!

Here’s what St. John Paul II wrote in his Apostolic Letter “The Rosary of the Virgin Mary”:

The grave challenges confronting the world at the start of this new Millennium lead us to think that only an intervention from on high, capable of guiding the hearts of those living in situations of conflict and those governing the destinies of nations, can give reason to hope for a brighter future.

The Rosary is by its nature a prayer for peace, since it consists in the contemplation of Christ, the Prince of Peace, the one who is “our peace” (Eph 2:14). Anyone who assimilates the mystery of Christ – and this is clearly the goal of the Rosary – learns the secret of peace and makes it his life’s project. Moreover, by virtue of its meditative character, with the tranquil succession of Hail Marys, the Rosary has a peaceful effect on those who pray it, disposing them to receive and experience in their innermost depths, and to spread around them, that true peace which is the special gift of the Risen Lord (cf. Jn 14:27; 20.21).

The Rosary is also a prayer for peace because of the fruits of charity which it produces. When prayed well in a truly meditative way, the Rosary leads to an encounter with Christ in his mysteries and so cannot fail to draw attention to the face of Christ in others, especially in the most afflicted. How could one possibly contemplate the mystery of the Child of Bethlehem, in the joyful mysteries, without experiencing the desire to welcome, defend and promote life, and to shoulder the burdens of suffering children all over the world? How could one possibly follow in the footsteps of Christ the Revealer, in the mysteries of light, without resolving to bear witness to his “Beatitudes” in daily life? And how could one contemplate Christ carrying the Cross and Christ Crucified, without feeling the need to act as a “Simon of Cyrene” for our brothers and sisters weighed down by grief or crushed by despair? Finally, how could one possibly gaze upon the glory of the Risen Christ or of Mary Queen of Heaven, without yearning to make this world more beautiful, more just, more closely conformed to God’s plan?

In a word, by focusing our eyes on Christ, the Rosary also makes us peacemakers in the world. By its nature as an insistent choral petition in harmony with Christ’s invitation to “pray ceaselessly” (Lk 18:1), the Rosary allows us to hope that, even today, the difficult “battle” for peace can be won. Far from offering an escape from the problems of the world, the Rosary obliges us to see them with responsible and generous eyes, and obtains for us the strength to face them with the certainty of God’s help and the firm intention of bearing witness in every situation to “love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony” (Col 3:14).

Source: Rosarium Virginis Mariae on the Most Holy Rosary (October 16, 2002), John Paul II

“…the Rosary allows us to hope that, even today, the difficult “battle” for peace can be won.”

As we pray the Rosary with our hearts, we are opening the doors of hope, peace, and conversions in the world. The Mother knows what is needed for her lost and suffering children she is diligently working silently to bring back to her Son Jesus. Those of us who are committed to Jesus and Mary are called to do our part to help.

Pray and fight for peace with our rosaries in hand!