Oct 7 (Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary)

A museum is an institution that cares for and conserves a collection of artifacts and other objects of scientific, artistic, cultural, or historical importance…

… and makes them available for public viewing through exhibits that may be permanent or temporary.

A museum…

… brings alive the past to the present and becomes a inspiration for the future!

… showcases the heritage and history and awakens many emotions and feelings!

A regular visit to a museum can be an enriching, informative and an encouraging experience.

>> A regular visit to a Christian Museum can be a still further enriching, nourishing and fulfilling experience for our material and our spiritual life!

Most of us have a very ready access to one of the best Christian Museums…

Most of us have a very regular opportunity to visit one of the finest Christian Museums…

Most of us have a very repeated chance to frequent one of the premium Christian Museums…

What is the Christian museum we are talking about?

>> It is the ROSARY.

The Rosary is the Christian museum…

… which  brings alive the past of the salvation history, to the present and becomes a inspiration for the future!

… which showcases the heritage and history of our faith and awakens many emotions and feelings!

Today Holy Mother the Church celebrates the Feast of our Lady of the Rosary.

This Feast of our Lady of the Rosary was instituted by Pope St. Pius V in the year 1570.

>> It was a sign of thanksgiving for a great naval victory over the Turks at the battle of Lepanto, obtained primarily by the recitation of the Rosary.

The Feast reminds us that that the Rosary is a Powerful Weapon.

The Rosary is a Powerful Weapon of victory and conquest.

>> In our struggle with the forces of sin and evil tendencies…

… the Rosary is the weapon of devotion.

>> In our battle with the forces of discouragements in life…

… the Rosary is the weapon of hope and courage.

>> In our war with the terrors of temptations to purity…

… the Rosary is the weapon of holiness and sanctity.

The Rosary is a beautiful presentation of the Life of Jesus, through the eyes of our Blessed Mother.

>> It is a wonderful way of learning the lessons of our faith and recollecting the beauty of our salvation.

The celebration of this Feast day and the whole month of October as the Rosary Month induces in us some aspects for our personal reflection and thought…

The mysteries contained and celebrated in the Rosary refer to the mysteries in the lives of Jesus and Mary.

>> Have I discovered the beauty and the joy of contemplating with Mother Mary on the life of Jesus through the Rosary?

The Rosary is a repetitive vocal prayer and involves one’s movements of the hands, lips and heart in its exercise.

>> What care and preparation do I take to allow the Rosary to be recited with a greater involvement and a deeper participation?

The Rosary is very often considered by many as a sleep-inducer or even a boring practice

>> Do I deliberately make efforts to check what is the time and the state of mind when I am praying the Rosary?

There are times, perhaps, when we fail to be interested in praying the Rosary.

>> Am I knowingly and unknowingly falling into the trap of making the Rosary as a mere routine or a ritual?

The Feast today invites us to re-awaken or re-start or re-invigorate our interest and commitment to Praying the Holy Rosary…

… daily!

The word Rosary means a “Crown of Roses”.

Our Lady has revealed to several people that each time one says a Hail Mary, one is giving her a beautiful rose and that completion of each Rosary, makes her a beautiful crown of roses.

>> The rose is the queen of flowers, and so the Rosary is the rose of all devotions.

Like the exhibits in a museum, each mystery of the Rosary reveals much…

>> Each Mystery that we meditate upon, is a miniature theology of the mysteries of the life of

Jesus and the life of Mary, offered with a view to feeding the minds and the heart.

The awesome story of our salvation is encapsulated in the Holy Rosary.

>> The Rosary is the nutshell of our salvation history.

Let us truly pray the Rosary and live the mysteries of the Rosary in our everyday life.

The saying goes true…”No one can live continually in sin and continue to say the Rosary: either they will give up sin or they will give up the Rosary”

Happy Feast of the Holy Rosary!

God Bless! Live Jesus! 

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Quotable-quote-a-day-with-St Francis de Sales (SFS) – “The greatest method of praying…

… is to pray the Rosary!”

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