Simple yet profound, it [the rosary] still remains, at the dawn of this third millennium, a prayer of great significance, destined to bring forth a harvest of holiness.
–Pope John Paul II
I like the sound of “…a harvest of holiness.” So often we do not see the end result of our work. The laundry never gets completely caught up because someone is moments away from taking off dirty clothes. Same with the dishes; just when you think they are done, along comes a cup. We sow deed after deed into our homes and it seems the harvest is always just beyond our reach. And the same with raising children…raising ourselves.
Our thoughts, words and deeds are sometimes better suited for this present moment because the thought of the the eternal moments slip so very easily from the front of our minds. And our prayers? If you are anything like me they seem to get stuck in this present moment as well. “Lord, please help me to keep my patience…find my car keys…get a hot meal on the table…teach my children…love my husband…console my friend…remember the dry cleaning…get to bed on time…not let this cookie settle on my hips.”
But Pope John Paul II makes the point that the prayers of the rosary are “destined…to bring forth a harvest of holiness.” They are destined.
I looked up destined in the Thesaurus and a couple of the synonyms stuck out: intended, meant, ordained.
So let’s plug those synonyms in…
The prayers of the rosary are “intended” to bring forth a harvest of holiness.
The prayers of the rosary are “meant” to bring forth a harvest of holiness.
The prayers of the rosary are “ordained” to bring forth a harvest of holiness.
Wow! They are not just mindless, repetitive, chatter. They were ordained, meant and intended by God the Father to produce a crop of holiness.
I say it’s time to do some sowing; preparing for a harvest of holiness.
Have you grown up praying the rosary?
“The Rosary is a school for learning true Christian perfection.”
–Pope John XXIII
The mysteries of the Rosary, when meditated on and savored, are the Bible in depth in any case; they are of the essence of the Bible.
–Pope John Paul I
I come to another objection. The Rosary is a prayer of repetition? Father Charles de Foucauld said: “Love is expressed with few words, always the same and always repeated.”