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By Chris Sparks (Oct 1, 2021)
I learned to love the Rosary by watching my grandmother. She always had a Rosary in her hand, or close at hand.

I learned to appreciate its power when I first read a little book about the Marian apparitions at Fatima, the repeated requests of Our Lady for the faithful to pray the Rosary, and the importance she placed on the daily Rosary for peace in the world.

I learned to believe in the promises Our Lady has made about the Rosary by watching my grandmother, and St. John Paul II, and other great devotees of the Rosary. I looked at the influence they've had on the world, and on my own family, and realized that all the peace, love, and joy I associated with them resembled nothing more than rays of light streaming from the hands of Our Lady.

The Rosary is a conversation with Our Lady, and a pilgrimage in memory through her life and the life of our Lord. These events are the source of our salvation, and the ways in which grace came pouring into our world. Of course the memory of them is more than mere memory, as Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC, explains in The 'One Thing' is Three. Pondering these events is a way of being present to them, and allowing them to change us, to form us, and to transmit infinite graces through us to the world.

Give me an army saying the Rosary, and I will conquer the world — popularly attributed to Pope Blessed Pius IX.

Father Donald Calloway, MIC, has extensively documented the graces received by the Church and the world through the traditional Dominican Rosary — I'm not here to repeat all of that. You can read some of the extraordinary stories he has found in our history in 10 Wonders of the Rosary, or if you want to dig deep, pick up Champions of the Rosary for the full history. Suffice it to say that the path of the Holy Rosary through history has been a road of shining light, of lives transformed, the enemies of the Church overthrown, and the care of the Blessed Mother made manifest for her children.

The Holy Rosary has been given us as a privileged encounter with the Gospel, with the Word of God, and "the word of God is living and effective, sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating even between soul and spirit, joints and marrow, and able to discern reflections and thoughts of the heart" (Heb 4:12).

And the Word of God changes the world.

Yet just as from the heavens
the rain and snow come down
And do not return there
till they have watered the earth,
making it fertile and fruitful,
Giving seed to the one who sows
and bread to the one who eats,
So shall my word be
that goes forth from my mouth;
It shall not return to me empty,
but shall do what pleases me,
achieving the end for which I sent it.

Yes, in joy you shall go forth,
in peace you shall be brought home;
Mountains and hills shall break out in song before you,
all trees of the field shall clap their hands.
In place of the thornbush, the cypress shall grow,
instead of nettles, the myrtle.
This shall be to the Lord's renown,
as an everlasting sign that shall not fail (Is 55:10-13).

October is the month dedicated to the Most Holy Rosary. If we don't already pray the Rosary daily for peace in the world, let's begin! Our Lady asked for this devotion at Fatima, and looking at our world, it's quite clear peace needs all the help it can get. If we already pray the Rosary daily for peace in the world, let's look around us for every alarming or difficult circumstance affecting those we love and make sure to include these in our prayer intentions. These days, there's no shortage of needs and intentions around us.

Let's take seriously the extraordinary promises and power of the Most Holy Rosary. Let's recognize our own spiritual wealth, and share that wealth with the world. After all, the need is great. The harvest of graces is abundant, but the laborers to gather in those graces for the Church and the world are far too few.

Make a difference in your life and the lives of your neighbors. Pray the Rosary for the good of us all.

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us!

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Phyllis - Oct 4, 2021

I don't do well saying the rosary, so I make them. I am 88, my fingers work very well so I do 1000 a month and they usually go to Africa or India. I purchase my own supplies - just spilled my beads again.

Barb Dominowski - Oct 2, 2021

This is Beautiful! America Needs Fatima is hosting another yearly Rosary the Saturday closest to October 13th at noon. The day the sun danced in the sky at Fatima to let the world know her love for each of her children. Please join us wherever you might be. Honor your mother and your Father. This a a commandment! Please honor THE MOTHER OF GOD!