With the cover story of this issue of
I am inviting you (urging you, actually) to join
together with the Marian Fathers to heedOur Lady of Fatima’s call to pray the Rosary daily f
As my fellow MarianFr. Dan Cambra l
stress: “Our Lady of Fatima didn’t ask us to make
pilgrimages. She didn’t ask us to read a lot of books.
She asked us to do something that’s easy and acces-
sible to everyone — to children, to the educated,
to the uneducated, each of us in our own way. She
asked us topray the Rosary
for peace in the world.”
“Easy,” Fr. Dan called it.
“Easy?” you may be thinking to yourself.
“Yes, easy,” I say.
But I’m obliged to admit I used to find praying
the Rosary a little
, even tedious. I didn’t
understand it — all those Hail Marys, bead after
bead of Hail Marys. Even as I grew deeper in my
faith and began to seriously consider a religious
vocation, I tried diligently to hunker down
and make the Rosary a part of my daily
prayer life. But, despite my strong
devotion to Mary, when it came time
to pick up my rosary beads, all those
Hail Marys that lay ahead seemed
like such a formidable task. I
would often find excuses to
skip it all together.
It was not until
I first joined the
Marian Fathers that
clicked. I recall I had
gathered with my future religious brothers to pray.
As we began to recite the Rosary together, God gave
me the grace to quiet my mind and simply listen.
As I listened to one Hail Mary after the other, Our
Lady spoke to my heart, telling me that those Hail
Marys are not the main point of the Rosary. Rather,
they serve as a “soundtrack,” per se. Ah-ha! This
soundtrack, beautiful and mesmerizing, is designed
to center our attention on the “plot” itself: the
biblical salvific events of Christ’s life and their close
connection with His Mother, the Blessed Virgin
Mary. It is as if the Hail Marys are the background
music we hear while watching a gripping movie,
and the mysteries are the plot we are to focus on.
That day, theMysteries of the Rosary
for me for the first time.
That day, I came to understand the power of the
Rosary. Not until you understand the
Rosary can you love to
the Rosary. The intel-
lect precedes the will, as they say. It’s that easy!
I ask Our Lady to pray for us that we might be
faithful to the Rosary. With great trust and love, let
us pick up those beads daily. Let’s turn to Our Lady
of Fatima who confirms for us our role, and hers, in
bringing about a renewal of the world for the great-
er glory of God and the salvation of all.
“Father Joseph, MIC,” is the honorary title of the director
of the Association of
Marian Helpers. The current director
isFr. Chris Alar, MIC.
y dear Marian Helpers, we’re going to be talking and writing a lot in
the coming year about one of the most astounding occurrences in
modern times: Our Lady’s appearances a century ago in the tiny
village of Fatima, Portugal. As the director of the Association of Marian
Helpers, I consider it a responsibility — and an honor — to do so.
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