OCTOBER DEVOTION – THE HOLY ROSARY – DAY 3 – THE HOLISTIC NATURE OF THE ROSARY
Experts in the fields of philosophy, psychology, religion, spirituality, medicine and alternative healing systems are advocating for holism as in philosophy, holistic as in psychology, religion, spirituality, and medicine. Deepak Chopra in his recent masterpiece says that holistic healing is a journey towards “The End of suffering.” Holism is also understood today as integration or wholeness. Let us revisit the definition of health by the World Health Organisation. It says health is “A complete state of physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease and infirmity.” Notice that before the push for holistic healing, healing was only sought for one aspect of the definition of health above – physical healing. Therefore, holistic healing is a healing process that takes care of the whole person by addressing the core dimensions of the human person – body (physical), mind (mental) and soul (spiritual). The three are not understood as separate entities. Interestingly, according to St. Louis Marie de Montfort in The secret of the Rosary, “The Rosary is made up of two things: mental prayer and vocal prayer. In the Rosary mental prayer is none other than meditation of the chief mysteries of the life, death and glory of Jesus Christ and of his blessed Mother. Vocal prayer consists in saying (twenty) decades of the Hail Mary, each decade headed by an Our Father, while at the same time meditating on and contemplating the (twenty) principal virtues which Jesus and Mary practised in the (twenty) mysteries of the Rosary.” The foregoing expression points out the holistic nature of the Rosary. So, we can talk of healing the body through the Rosary when we humbly pose in prayer with folded hands and massage the beads with our flesh and blood; at the level of the mind we brighten and expand our beliefs, understanding, imagination, and creativity through meditation on the mysteries as we offer positive thoughts that are informed by goals and at the level of the soul/spirit which is responsible for our connectedness with God, meaning, a sense of purpose and the transcendental world we connect with God through the unity of the mental and vocal prayers of the Rosary. The goals of holistic healing are to create a balance at all levels of our human person – body, mind and soul/spirit, to heal our relationships, to respect and sustain our environment, to fulfill our purpose in life and to connect ourselves with God. The Rosary from our description above is a perfect instrument to assist us to achieve holism. Let us pray the Rosary radically and passionately.
Prayer: Our Lady of the Rosary strength our wills to pray our Rosary daily in order to move from our fragmentary lives to integration/wholeness and attain everlasting healing. Amen