something difficult, he would have done it willingly, that Naaman con-
sented to go and do the simple, seemingly meaningless task set him by
the prophet. And guess what? His leprosy was healed. He was made
clean (2 Kgs 5:8-14).
Have we fallen into the same error? Do we dismiss the Rosary, say-
ing (as so many have done in the history of the Church!): “It is a prayer
for old women and for children! It went out with Vatican II. We’re
more advanced than that now. We have better ways, more liturgical
ways of prayer. We are too spiritually mature to do something as sim-
ple or superstitious as praying the Rosary.”
If you or someone you know dismisses the Rosary like that, share
with themChampions of the Rosary: The History and Heroes of a Spiritual Weapon b
yFr. Donald Calloway, MIC.
Share with them the litany of
great saints and scholars, of popes and ordinary people who saw great
miracles, won extraordinary victories, and welcomed the triumph of the
Blessed Virgin Mary into their lives, their times, their particular troubles.
This devotion has wrought miracles before, and will do so again, if only
we take it up with faith, if only we respond to Our Lady’s call.
The Most Holy Virgin, in these last times in which we live, has given a
new efficacy to the recitation of the Rosary to such an extent that there
is no problem, no matter how difficult it is, whether temporal or above
all spiritual, in the personal life of each one of us, of our families … that
cannot be solved by the Rosary. There is no problem, I tell you, no matter
how difficult it is, that we cannot resolve by the prayer of the holy Rosary
— Servant of God Lucia Dos Santos, one of the three Fatima seers.
Non-Catholics are watching. Other people suggest that it’s our fault,
Catholics’ fault, that we don’t have peace in the world.Father Seraphim Michalenko, MIC, t
ells a story that a priest minister-
ing in Japan shared with him in Rome. This priest was present at an
international gathering of Christians from across the world, attended
by foreign dignitaries. The ambassador from Japan approached the
priest, verified that the priest served in Japan and was a Catholic priest,
and then said, “War is your fault.”
The priest was surprised and asked what the ambassador meant. The
ambassador said, “You Catholics, all of you —we do not have peace in
the world. It is your fault.”
The priest said, “Ambassador, why do you blame us?”
The ambassador said, “I’ve read about this. The Lady came to you
at Fatima, right? That’s what you believe? She told you what to do to
secure peace in the world. Well, there’s no peace in the world, so obvi-
ously you Catholics haven’t done it.”
The priest had to acknowledge that the ambassador was correct, but
still tried to protest, saying, “Isn’t peace everyone’s responsibility?”
The ambassador was vehement. “No, she came to you Catholics.
Not to Buddhists. Not to Hindus. She came to you, and it is your
That ambassador had more faith than a lot of Catholics! So let us
respond with faith and fervor as we approach the 100
Fatima. Let’s commit to praying the Rosary daily in honor of Our Lady
of the Rosary for peace in the world.
Make the Sign of the Cross
and say the “Apostles’ Creed.”
Say the “Our Father.”
. Say three “Hail Marys.”
Say the “Glory Be to
Announce the First Mystery;
then say the “Our Father.”
Say 10 “Hail Marys,” while
meditating on the Mystery.
Say the “Glory Be to the
Father.” After each decade,
say the following prayer
requested by the Blessed
Virgin Mary at Fatima: “O
my Jesus, forgive us our sins,
save us from the fires of hell,
lead all souls to Heaven,
especially those in most need
of Thy mercy.”
Announce the Second
Mystery: then say the “Our
Father.” Repeat 6 and 7 and
continue with the Third,
Fourth, and Fifth Mysteries in
the same manner.
Say the “Hail, Holy Queen”
on the medal after the five
decades are completed.
to learn more about the
Rosary, including its four
sets of mysteries.
How to pray the Rosary