October 12, 2019frjohnma

St. Catherine of Sienna says that “If you are what you should be, you will set the whole world ablaze!” The foregoing expression can only come through if and only if we have a firm grasp of ourselves. This body of knowledge about ourselves affords us the opportunity to discover the psychology (the behaviour) of our souls and its implications. It tells us about who we are in terms of our origin, identity and destiny. As a fact finding mission, the knowledge of self exposes to us the major task of knowing ourselves – “Man know thyself.” There are many things we can discover about ourselves: our strength of virtues, will-power, love-power, gifts/charisms, talents/skills and shadows (weaknesses, hurts, and pains that we have hidden or repressed in our unconscious and we have neglected or forgotten them).

One of the chief means to attain knowledge of self is meditation. Although, our world today is becoming too noisy, too busy and we are driven to multitasking in order to meet up with many unnecessary things in life. The Rosary remains a powerful spiritual tool for meditation. Even though many complain that it is too slow and boring, it only reveals how far such persons are far from themselves. Praying the Rosary first discloses how close we are to ourselves or how shattered and far we are from ourselves. Praying the Rosary reveals how our inner harmony is and how near or far we are to listening to the word of God and keeping it. Richard Foster notes, “in meditative prayer God is always addressing our will. Christ confronts us and asks us to choose. Having heard his voice . . . we are called to life-transforming obedience.” The meditative nature of the Rosary opens up the depth of our inner life and if we can pay attention to the rhythm of the Rosary prayer we can unearth a lot about our miserable state and begin to process our inner life and grow in grace and holiness. How many are ready and willing to embrace the Rosary and allow it to open up our old baggage? Apart from the Rosary implanting in us virtues as supplied by Divine graces, it can exposes the entire state of our being. This is difficult for many to accept and follow. Therefore the Rosary is slow and boring as they conclude. Please pray it meditatively and it will assist you to know yourself and eventually know God ultimately. Our Lady of the Holy Rosary – Pray for us!

Comments (4)

  • Idu Bart Ameh

    October 12, 2019 at 10:35 pm

    In this fast paced world, coupled with the many yearnings of our bodies and souls, it’s difficult to pause and reflect – oftentimes for our own good.
    I agree with your deductions, Fr. John-Mary, that the meditations of the rosary, and especially prayers, open up the depths of our inner life.
    I pray for the grace to meditate, always, for the sake of my soul…in this fast paced world.
    Thank you Fr. John-Mary Atep

    1. frjohnma

      October 13, 2019 at 1:44 pm

      My great brother and friend, thanks immensely

  • Christine Mutembei

    October 13, 2019 at 5:53 am

    Amen and thanks Fr John Mary for your inspirations in your daily devotions, may God Almighty Father continue to bless and reward you mightily!

    1. frjohnma

      October 13, 2019 at 1:43 pm


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