♦P. Benedict XVI on the Rosary
The Rosary is the spiritual weapon in the fight against every kind of evil
The shrine of Pompeii radiates hope and love throughout the world. The Rosary is a spiritual "Weapon" in the struggle against evil, against every violence, for peace in hearts, in families, in society and in the world. Benedict XVI reiterated this in his visit to the town in the region of Campania, during the Eucharistic celebration in the square named after Blessed Bartolo Longo, who was the tireless promoter of the shrine and its work in the 1800's. Pompeii - said the Holy Father - is an example of how the Faith inspires Apostles of charity and here we understand that love of God and love for neighbor are inseparable. Here people who encounter lives of sacrifice find the strength to persevere in doing good without compromise. Here, at the foot of Our Lady, families rediscover or enhance the joy of that love which keeps them together. In the greeting after the Angelus, the Pope recalled the World Day of Missions and the beatification in France of the parents of St. Theresa of the Child Jesus. The family, he said, has a fundamental role in the education and formation of their children.
(At the shrine of Pompeii 20/10/2008)
The Rosary is a school of silent contemplation
The Rosary is a school of silent contemplation and has an intimate connection to the Word of God. Benedict XVI made this remark in Pompei while speaking to the faithful after an intense recitation of the Rosary. The falling repetition of the Hail Mary does not disturb interior silence, in fact, it requires it and encourages it. Silence flourishes amid the words and the phrases, like a sixth sense that transcends those words and also that speaks to the heart. This is the connection between the Rosary and Word of God: prayer is interwoven with elements of Scripture and, in order to be a contemplative prayer, it must emerge as a response to the Word, along the lines of the prayer of Mary. In the evening, Benedict XVI concluded his visit and returned to the Vatican.
(At Pompeii 20/10/2008)
When we pray it, Mary offers us her heart and her gaze in order to contemplate the life of her Son, Jesus Christ.
By coming here to Lourdes on pilgrimage, we wish to enter, following in Bernadette’s footsteps, into this extraordinary closeness between heaven and earth, which never fails and never ceases to grow. In the course of the apparitions, it is notable that Bernadette prays the rosary under the gaze of Mary, who unites herself to her at the moment of the doxology. This fact confirms the profoundly theocentric character of the prayer of the rosary. When we pray it, Mary offers us her heart and her gaze in order to contemplate the life of her Son, Jesus Christ. My venerable Predecessor, Pope John Paul II, came here to Lourdes on two occasions. In his life and ministry, we know how much his prayer relied upon the Virgin Mary’s intercession. Like many of his predecessors in the Chair of Peter, he also keenly encouraged the prayer of the rosary; one of the particular ways in which he did so was by enriching the Holy Rosary with the meditation of the Mysteries of Light. These are now represented on the fa SEQ CHAPTER \h \r 1çade of the Basilica in the new mosaics inaugurated last year. As with all the events in the life of Christ, “which she preserved and pondered in her heart” (Lk 2:19), Mary helps us to understand all the stages in his public ministry as integral to the revelation of God’s glory. May Lourdes, the land of light, continue to be a school for learning to pray the Rosary, which introduces the disciples of Jesus, under the gaze of his Mother, into an authentic and cordial dialogue with his Master!
The Rosary is a means given by the Virgin to contemplate Jesus
This first Sunday of October offers us two reasons for prayer and reflection: the Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary, which is celebrated precisely today, and missionary commitment, to which this month is especially dedicated. The traditional image of Our Lady of the Rosary portrays Mary who with one arm supports the Child Jesus and with the other is offering the rosary beads to St Dominic. This important iconography shows that the Rosary is a means given by the Virgin to contemplate Jesus and, in meditating on his life, to love him and follow him ever more faithfully. It is this message that Our Lady has also bequeathed to us in her various apparitions. I am thinking in particular of the apparition in Fatima that occurred 90 years ago. Presenting herself as "Our Lady of the Rosary", she insistently recommended the daily recitation of the Rosary to the three little shepherd children, Lucia, Jacinta and Francisco, in order to obtain the end of the war. Let us also accept the Virgin's motherly request, pledging to recite the Rosary with faith for peace in families, nations and throughout world.
(At Vatican 07/10/2008)
The Rosary is a contemplative and Christocentric prayer
Today, the first day of October, I would like to reflect on two aspects which characterize this month in the Ecclesial Community: the prayer of the Rosary and the commitment to the Missions. This Saturday, 7 October, we will be celebrating the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, and it is as though Our Lady invites us every year to rediscover the beauty of this prayer, so simple and so profound. Our beloved John Paul II was a great Apostle of the Rosary: we remember him on his knees, his rosary beads in his hands, immersed in the contemplation of Christ as he himself invited us to do in his Apostolic Letter Rosarium Virginis Mariae. The Rosary is a contemplative and Christocentric prayer, inseparable from meditation on Holy Scripture. It is the prayer of the Christian who advances on his pilgrimage of faith, following Jesus and preceded by Mary. Dear brothers and sisters, I would like to invite you during this month to recite the Rosary in the family, in the community and in parishes, for the Pope's intentions, for the Church's mission and for world peace.
(At Castel Gandolfo 01/10/2006)
Abandon yourselves into the hands of Mary, calling upon her unceasingly with the Rosary.
Dear friends, as we heard in the catechesis, the Cross of Christ makes us understand the true meaning of suffering and pain. Spiritually unite yourselves to Jesus Crucified and trustfully abandon yourselves into the hands of Mary, calling upon her unceasingly with the Rosary. The month of October, dedicated to the Holy Rosary, is drawing to a close. I invite you to recite with devotion this prayer that is so dear to the tradition of the Christian people. We pray for the many needs of the Church and the world ..
At the Vatican 26/10/2005
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