OCTOBER DEVOTION – DAY – 24 – THE HOLY ROSARY – TESTIMONIES
Beginning with St. Pope John-Mary II, “on 29 October 1978, scarcely two weeks after my election to the See of Peter, I frankly admitted: ‘The Rosary is my favourite prayer. A marvellous prayer! Marvellous in its simplicity and its depth. … It can be said that the Rosary is, in some sense, a prayer-commentary on the final chapter of the Vatican II Constitution Lumen Gentium, a chapter which discusses the wondrous presence of the Mother of God in the mystery of Christ and the Church. Against the background of the words Ave Maria the principal events of the life of Jesus Christ pass before the eyes of the soul. They take shape in the complete series of the joyful, sorrowful and glorious mysteries, and they put us in living communion with Jesus through – we might say – the heart of his Mother. At the same time our heart can embrace in the decades of the Rosary all the events that make up the lives of individuals, families, nations, the Church, and all mankind. Our personal concerns and those of our neighbour, especially those who are closest to us, who are dearest to us. Thus the simple prayer of the Rosary marks the rhythm of human life.”
Secondly, St. Albert the Great was born of a noble family but he had serious challenges with his education. He was seen as being naturally dull and incapable of learning. This led to embarrassment and confusion. Despite these challenges, he made remarkable progress in the science of holiness through prayers and meditation with the Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary. He almost gave up his vocation but when his heavenly Mother visited him and assisted him in a prophetic dream, his dullness was transformed and he became a guru (his darkness was dispelling with divine illumination) in the sciences, philosophy, and theology. ‘Today he is honoured by the Church as the Universal doctor of the Church’, ‘patron of science and peace’. He was indeed a great bishop in the Catholic Church, a teacher and a scholar” (15TH November in the Liturgical calendar).