OCTOBER DEVOTION – DAY – 22 – THE HOLY ROSARY – ST. POPE JOHN-PAUL II
Today we celebrate an ICON OF THE HOLY ROSARY. One who says unequivocally that the Rosary is his favorite prayer! Through his Apostolic Letter ROSARIUM VIRGINIS MARIAE, he revealed a lot about the Holy Rosary as a unique school of prayer, a panorama of “ceaseless” prayer, a training ground for holiness, a significant catechetical opportunity for pastors, a school for formation on silence, a compendium of the Gospel and so on. He among the previous promoters of the Rosary like Saint Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort, St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, Blessed Bartolo Longo, St. Pope Paul VI, and Leo XIII, the “Pope of the Rosary” have exposed so much about the Holy Rosary. Let us not waste their efforts and goodwill for us. Please find time and prayerfully read and reflect on the Pope’s Apostolic Letter ROSARIUM VIRGINIS MARIAE. St. Pope John-Paul II says:
“May this appeal of mine not go unheard! At the start of the twenty-fifth year of my Pontificate, I entrust this Apostolic Letter to the loving hands of the Virgin Mary, prostrating myself in spirit before her image in the splendid Shrine built for her by Blessed Bartolo Longo, the apostle of the Rosary. I willingly make my own the touching words with which he concluded his well-known Supplication to the Queen of the Holy Rosary: ‘O Blessed Rosary of Mary, sweet chain which unites us to God, bond of love which unites us to the angels, tower of salvation against the assaults of Hell, safe port in our universal shipwreck, we will never abandon you. You will be our comfort in the hour of death: yours our final kiss as life ebbs away. And the last word from our lips will be your sweet name, O Queen of the Rosary of Pompei, O dearest Mother, O Refuge of Sinners, O Sovereign Consoler of the Afflicted. May you be everywhere blessed, today and always, on earth and in heaven’” HAPPY FEAST DAY AS WE CELEBRATE OUR ROSARY ICON – SAINT POPE JOHN-PAUL II. YOUR HOLINESS WE ARE PROUD OF YOU. PLEASE BLESS AND PRAY FOR US!