“And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has regarded the low estate of his handmaiden. For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed.”
–Luke 1: 46-48
Steve’s first real encounter with the Rosary happened in college. One Lent, he decided to say it everyday, and it ended up being one of his best Lent’s ever. His spiritual life was great! When Lent came to an end though, he stopped saying it, and his spiritual life went right back down to where it had been before Lent began.
A few years later, when Lent rolled around, he decided to start saying the Rosary again. Immediately his spiritual life went right back up. Then like the previous time, Lent ended and he put the Rosary away again. His spiritual life went right back to where it had been before Lent began.
Finally, Steve took a clue. He saw that there was a direct correlation between his spiritual life and praying the Rosary everyday. Since making that realization, he has done everything in his power to pray a daily Rosary, and his spiritual life has never been the same.
Steve understands in a deep way that the Rosary is the chain that binds him to Mary, which ultimately chains him to Christ.
Live It! Practical Tip of the Week: Try to pray the Rosary daily, and grow deeper in your relationship with Christ through the meditation on its mysteries.
Hail Holy Queen, Mother of mercy, our life, our sweetness, and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious Advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards us, and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary!
V- Pray for us, oh holy Mother of God
R- That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.