There is no doubt that praying the rosary on a daily basis leads to a pious and enlightened frame of mind, it takes patience, perseverance and dedication. But once it becomes second nature, you'll find yourself reaching for it, as a warrior reaches for his sword in times of need. It was and always will be a spiritual weapon.
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Once praying the Rosary becomes a habit you will notice many other bad habits fade away. There will be a calmness to your day, a feeling of confidence will drape over you. You will start to notice courage creep up, a feeling of determination, and that feeling that anything can be accomplished. It instills discipline, mindfulness. It puts you in a meditative state and allows for self-reflection. It is not easy to live piously, it takes great determination and perseverance. This sentence sums things up nicely "Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously." (Saint Paul, 2 Corinthians 9:6).
There is a long-standing tradition in the Catholic church, that is of Saint Dominic and his vision of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which inspired the Rosary we know and use today. Due to his fervent preaching, the practice of praying the Rosary would be the foundation and the heart of the Dominican Order, which Saint Dominic founded, and was approved by Pope Honorius III in 1216 A.D.
In 1569 A.D Pope Pius V officially established the devotion to the rosary in the Catholic Church in his edict titled "Consueverunt Romani Pontifices". Pope Pius V was a member of the Dominican Order. The Dominican Order is steeped in intellectual tradition and theology, having produced many influential theologians and philosophers over the centuries. The Dominican Order still operates to this very day, preaching and praying the Rosary. Their motto is: "Laudare, benedicere, praedicare" "To praise, to bless and to preach"
The Manian apparitions of Our Lady of Fátima was a message to pray the Rosary wholeheartedly. Appearing to three Sheppard children in pastures of Portugal, the Blessed Virgin Mary, whom the children described as "brighter than the sun" was also clutching a Rosary. She instructed the children to pray and devote themselves to the Holy Trinity, and on many occasions to pray the Rosary daily for peace and to end the war. The Blessed Virgin would show up multiple times over 6 months, and it was the devotion of the children that kept the flame alive.
Praying the Rosary is peaceful, it's a cleansing of thoughts and a restoration of clarity. It brings the mind into focus and delivers positivity, thoughtfulness, hope, and happiness. It develops spiritual awareness and reflection. Not only is the Rosary an assistive tool for this world, but it's also a means to get closer to heaven, it's a tool for the salvation of your soul. So pray it diligently and with ferocity. Show your devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary by praying the rosary. To find out more about the the events at Our Lady of Fatima, click here.