Mary, our model and mother,
by your obedience and patience you have taught us
how to be true children of God.
Please help us by your powerful assistance
to overcome all our weaknesses,
and to fulfill perfectly our tasks throughout this day.
With Mary, the mother of our Lord and of the Church, I pray for this month’s intentions as proposed by the Holy Father:
That in every country of the world, women may be honoured and respected and that their essential contribution to society may be highly esteemed.
That families, communities, and groups may pray the Holy Rosary for evangelisation and peace.
Prayer is at the heart of evangelisation. It imperceptibly transforms our hearts making us open to God’s grace. It leads to an ever deeper knowledge of God, not learned from books but from listening to His Word sounding in the silence of our hearts. From this flow love, kindness, generosity and goodness, the fruit of prayer.
Prayer is to the life of a Christian what food is to the life of the body. Praying the rosary is one such powerful way to foster the divine life in us. A decade of the rosary consists of the Our Father, ten Hail Mary’s, which contain a prayer of praise of the Mother of God and a request for her help, now and at the hour of our death and finally the Doxology, giving glory to the Holy Trinity. This simple formula has sustained the spiritual life of countless great saints over the centuries. Including Pope Saint John Paul II who considered the most effective form of evangelisation to be a Christian life well lived.
Evangelisation is the mission of the Church. It is also the mission of each baptised Christian. Praying the rosary together equips a person, family or group to meet the challenges that life throws up. This leads to an openness to the prompting of the Holy Spirit. Blessed Pope Pius IX was convinced of the power hidden in the Rosary. ‘Give me one million families praying the rosary and the world is saved’.
- Kay O’ Connor, extracted from Living Prayer