and Lectio Divina
the annunciation to the last mystery, the rosary speaks of Christ and his
church. Vatican II tells us that "we can speak of Mary and
everything that is related to her only in the light of Christ and the
church." How can we explain this wonderful way of the
rosary? I think that in the light of what we said, and comforted by
the apostolic letter, the true way to understand are the steps of the lectio
divina. Here are the different steps:
We read, listen and interpret the text, the message announced in the
We deepen and make the message our own.
We share with others our beliefs and trust.
and Contemplatio: We transform into prayer what we pondered or
We become witnesses of the kingdom and the body of Christ to the
to the steps of the "lectio divina," we enter in a
productive dialogue with God in and through Mary. It is a
transforming dialogue that signifies the school and the art of love.
We learn how to internalize the angelic salutation to Mary "Rejoice, O
Mary, full of grace." With this repetition of the angelic
greeting, we savor the fullness of the message of grace and enter into its
depts. We allow the message to descend from the intellect to the heart
because when we approach the rosary in this way "we open the way for the
Lord so that they can enter into hearts and inflame them with the grace of
his love." (St. Gregory the Great) "Under the
guidance of grace of the profound wonders of the world of God," (St. Ceaesarius of Arles) we may reflect like Mary the goodness of God,
contemplating with her the Face of Christ. We then become the
abiding place of the Holy Trinity radiating the spirit of Christ for the
fulfillment of God's kingdom. "In contemplating Christ's face,
we become open to receive the mystery of Trinitarian life experiencing
ever anew the love of the Father, and delighting in the joy of the Holy Spirit."
see more and more that the saying of Peter, "it is good for us to be
here," makes sense, because when we pray the rosary, we are sure that
God prompts our hearts, and the words that we pronounce are a profession
of faith in his plan of salvation coming with Jesus through Mary.
With the rosary the church continues to grow and develop as it makes its
way through this valley of tears, for Mary is the source of strength and
inspiration. Everyday, the Virgin Mary accompanies the Church in a
new listening experience, and increases the taste of contemplation.
She helps us to recapitulate everything in Christ. The principle
that "in Christ everything is fulfilled" is well expressed in the
rosary. " The rosary in fact helps to open up the way to
light. Following the path of Christ, in whom man's path is
recapitulated, revealed and redeemed, believers come face to face with the
image of true man regenerated by the grace of God.
A great light is
shed on the mysteries if we carefully meditate on the richness of the
rosary. This is our way of growing in the likeness of Christ
Jesus, the true God-Man. As any other important assertion of
theological truth, so also the rosary does, for it claims a biblical
foundation. The Holy father surely doesn't want to create chaos for
the simple heart, so he states, "In order to supply a Biblical
foundation and greater depth to our meditation, it is helpful to follow
the announcement of the mystery with the proclamation of a related
biblical passage, long or short, depending on the circumstances. No other
words can ever match the efficacy of the inspired word. As we listen, we
are certain that this is the word of God, spoken for today and spoken for me, . . . it is not a matter of recalling information but
of allowing God to speak. "(RVM #30) We truly believe that the season
of Lent and Easter is the best season to implement the value, the meaning
and the devotion of the Rosary expressed by the Holy Father. In
fact, this season is a time of meditation, listening, understanding and
new pondering. What a great opportunity we hold in our hands as we
celebrate Lent and Easter by contemplating the Face of Christ
through Mary, Our Blessed Mother. Let us not lose this great
opportunity of encountering and pondering what so many saints have called
the "sweet chain of love that connects us to heaven--the rosary."
these times of confusion and uncertainties the most important reason for
praying the rosary is that it represents a truly effective means of
fostering, among the faithful, the belief of our baptismal promises, and
the commitment to live daily the foundation of our salvation, Christ the
redeemer, and the gospel message of joy and light.
we are afraid to promote the rosary as somehow too distinctly Marian in
character, and yet it is the way to discover the centrality of Christ and
to make us children of the Father in Christ. The rosary, as our Holy
Father says, is "a devotion directed to the Christological center of
Christian faith, in such a way that, when the Mother is honored, the son
is duly known, loved, and glorified." During these high
seasons of our faith let us commit ourselves to promote the love and peace
that this prayer conveys. It helps us to read the signs of the times,
the school of the best of all catechists, Mary, for with the rosary, the
Christian people sit at the feet of Mary and are led to contemplate the
beauty of the face of Christ and experience the depths of his love.
We become, as a community of faith, an authentic school of prayer, capable
of changing the world from within.
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