OCTOBER DEVOTION – DAY – 25 – THE HOLY ROSARY – A CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER
There is a difference between praying the rosary and saying it. Many times, Rosary devotees complain that they don’t get the effect of their Rosary devotion. The fact is that we say Rosary without praying it. We say the Rosary mechanically without devotion. The hallmark of praying the Rosary is its contemplative dimension. Proper prayer requires the heart and the mind; no wonder, the Church defines prayer as the “the raising of one’s mind and heart to God.” She asks: “But when we pray, do we speak from the height of our pride and will, or ‘out of the depths’ of a humble and contrite heart?” The problem associated with the Rosary prayer and devotion is that we rush it, and rush it very quickly. We say it as if it were a speeding train. At some point, the speed of saying the Rosary end up defining our intentions. And we ponder less about the mysteries.
About the contemplative dimension of the Rosary, St. John-Paul II states: “The Rosary, precisely because it starts with Mary’s own experience, is an exquisitely contemplative prayer. Without this contemplative dimension, it would lose its meaning, as Pope Paul VI clearly pointed out: “Without contemplation, the Rosary is a body without a soul, and its recitation runs the risk of becoming a mechanical repetition of formulas, in violation of the admonition of Christ: ‘In praying do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think they will be heard for their many words’ (Mt 6:7). By its nature the recitation of the Rosary calls for a quiet rhythm and a lingering pace, helping the individual to meditate on the mysteries of the Lord’s life as seen through the eyes of her who was closest to the Lord. In this way the unfathomable riches of these mysteries are disclosed.” Please let us pray our Rosary with a contemplative dimension. Thanks.