OCTOBER DEVOTION – DAY – 12 – THE HOLY ROSARY – FOR KNOWLEDGE OF SELF
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!