By Judy Morss
We are so blessed by the gift of the Rosary given to us through the Blessed Virgin Mary. Praying the rosary takes us into a contemplative prayer, which requires tranquility of rhythm or even a mental lingering which leads us to meditation on the mysteries of our Lord. When I pray the rosary, I begin each decade by first thinking about the specific mystery associated with that decade. Those five mysteries, the Joyful Mysteries, the Luminous Mysteries, the Sorrowful Mysteries, and the Glorious Mysteries take me through the Gospels in such a meaningful way. The Joyful Mysteries begin with the mystery of the Annunciation; what a blessing for all of us that Mary said YES! We have a Savior and she bore that Holy Child. The Glorious Mysteries begin with the Resurrection of our Savior and close with the Crowning of the Virgin Mary as the Queen of Heaven.
As I have been thinking about the Holy Day of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, I find it so perfect that the mysteries of the rosary begin and end with her. The first of all the mysteries remind us of the humility, obedience and faith that Mary held in the depths of her soul. In spite of all her questions and perhaps fears, she said yes and bore our Savior. The last of all of the mysteries is also about Mary. We are reminded that after her death on earth, she was not only assumed into Heaven, but was also crowned as Queen of Heaven. We can surely trust in Mary's intervention.
On a more personal level, I find that especially when I pray the rosary alone in an atmosphere of quiet, my mind, my heart and my soul make a journey that is difficult for me to describe. I am in the world, but not really in the world. I am in a very special place; one that I rarely find in our crazy world of rushing, doing and worrying.
I have had medical problems for several months now and have had to undergo many tests. Some of which have been painful or very confining in nature. In order to stay calm, I have been reciting the rosary during these tests. I have had doctors and nurses comment on the regularity of my breathing, my low blood pressure, etc. It would seem that the calming effect of the rosary has its physical ramifications. It's a blessing to have ten fingers!!! I can use them to keep track of my prayers, when I am not able to physically have my rosary in my hands.
The Rosary is such a powerful sacramental. On this Holy Day, I am especially grateful for the gift of the Rosary and the places it can take me.
With peace and gratitude,