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The incredible power of the rosary

I’ve been reading a book called Champions of the Rosary by Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC, which I strongly recommend. There have obviously been many books written on the rosary over the years. However, it seems that many are older and they are often translations from the foreign original text, thus making them a bit of a tougher read.

Tom Monaghan

Father Calloway published his book earlier this year, and he writes in a very conversational manner. The book also has some very impressive endorsements, including Cardinal Christoph Schönborn and Archbishop Joseph Di Noia. In this book, Fr. Calloway touches on the historical, theological and devotional elements of the rosary and weaves them all together.

In a section of the book called the “Age of the Rosary,” he talks about a span of 125 years when there were eight major Marian apparitions approved by the Church — plus two official declarations of new Marian dogmas, finally ending with a Marian Year.

1830 Marian apparition: St. Catherine Labouré (Miraculous Medal)

1846 Marian apparition: Our Lady of La Salette

1854 Dogma of the Immaculate Conception proclaimed

1858 Marian apparition: Our Lady of Lourdes

1871 Marian apparition: Our Lady of Pontmain

1879 Marian apparition: Our Lady of Knock

1917 Marian apparition: Our Lady of Fatima

1932 Marian apparition: Our Lady of Beauraing

1933 Marian apparition: Our Lady of Banneux

1950 Dogma of the Assumption of Mary proclaimed

1954 Marian Year

He points out that almost all of the apparitions listed above have a rosary dimension to them.

How can any Catholic ignore this plea of Our Lady to pray the rosary daily? I understand that many Legates get to meetings late and miss the rosary and some the Mass. It strikes me that they are missing the most important part.

I am told the rosary has more spiritual benefits when it is prayed with others. Every month Legates have the opportunity to participate in three powerful things: rosary, Confession and Mass. Isn’t this worth getting to the beginning of the meeting?

TOM MONAGHAN is Legatus’ founder and chairman.

The family that prays together

PATRICK NOVECOSKY writes about instilling a devotion to the rosary in children . . .

Patrick Novecosky

Patrick Novecosky

by Patrick Novecosky

Almost six years ago this magazine ran an article in Defending the Faith on why Fridays (like Sundays) are different than every other day. That article changed me. It changed my family.

The article prompted me to go deeper on Fridays to honor the day when Christ gave everything for me. I talked to my wife about it, and we decided to pray the rosary together after we put our children to bed. We also decided to stop eating meat on Fridays year-round. And since I work across from a parish, I resolved to go to Mass on Fridays.

Maybe a week or two after we started praying the rosary on Friday nights, my son (who was seven at the time) crawled out of bed, got a drink of water and another goodnight kiss. As he came around the corner, he looked at us and asked, “What are you doing?”

“We’re praying the rosary,” I told him.

“Can I pray it with you?” he asked.

Being the suspicious father, I suspected he just wanted to stay up a little later than usual. However, I acceded to his request and he joined us on the couch.

The following evening, he came up to me and excitedly asked, “Daddy, is it rosary night?”child-in-prayer

I was dumbfounded. My boy wanted to pray the rosary with us! He happily joined us the following Friday. Then, just a few weeks later, my five-year-old daughter got out of her bed for a drink of water while we were praying. “What are you doing?” she asked. Our jaws hit the floor, but we knew God was up to something good.

To make a long story short, our Friday rosary has turned into a family tradition. With five children between the ages of 11 years and 10 months, it sometimes resembles a circus more than a prayerful gathering. But, despite the distractions of our toddlers, we’re doing it — and it’s marvelous.

I tell this story because prayer is the glue that binds us. It binds us to Our Lord, and it binds us together as the Body of Christ. Family prayer binds us to each other.

Prayer deepens our love and affection for our children, and it’s a training ground for them so they learn to make prayer a part of their daily lives. The Culture of Death is pressing in on all sides. Family prayer — and prayer among believers — is truly our nation’s only hope.

PATRICK NOVECOSKY is Legatus magazine’s editor-in-chief.