When I was teaching in a catholic school, I always looked forward to October, the month of the Holy Rosary. It made me happy seeing my students wear the rosary around their necks with pride. During this time, we pray the rosary inside the classroom, instruct the children on how to say the rosary, and to understand what the mysteries mean.
I grew up learning about the rosary from my family. My grandmother said her rosary religiously. In fact, several times a day and I remember praying the rosary as a family during reunions. Saying the rosary had been ingrained in me since childhood, through my family, my school, and so the rosary to me was part of being Catholic.
All is well until I started experiencing real life: joys and sorrows that I began to realize what the rosary personally means to me.
In praying the rosary, I find comfort during the difficult moments of my life, strength when I am unsure and afraid, guidance when I am lost and my values are being challenged, peace when I’m hearing too much noise from all around me, faith and hope that my dreams and wishes for myself and those I pray for will come true, and most of all, I find love.
To me, the rosary is…. my direct connection to heaven.
This month let’s explore the Holy Rosay from the words of the Blessed Mother and the saints, pray the Novena to Our Lady of the Rosary (The Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary is on October 7.), and all together endeavor to include the Holy Rosary in our everyday search and yearning for Christ as well as for our families.
Please find the audio rosary guide in our website, Daily Rosary Offering.
Also, we will remember the life of St. Francis of Assisi (Feast Day: October 4) and St. John Paul II (Feast Day: October 22). Both saints are a reflection of a life we should aspire to live; a life that represents Jesus to others and is inspired by our Blessed Mother.
Let’s include Pope Francis and his intention for the month:
Evangelization – The Mission of Religious: That consecrated religious men and women may bestir themselves, and be present among the poor, the marginalized, and those who have no voice.
God bless us all!