6 The Rosary Pope, Pope Leo XIII
Pope Leo XIII (1878-1903), was known as the “Rosary Pope.” In the month of September for six years, the great Pontiff wrote a short encyclical on the most Holy Rosary- how much he loved the rosary and encouraging people to pray it.
7 The Marian Pope, St. John Paul II
St John Paul II, who was known as the great Marian Pope and Saint gave the key to praying the Rosary: “To contemplate the face of Jesus through the eyes and heart of Mary.” St. Luke the Evangelist reminds us how contemplative Our Lady is and reminds us to ponder in our hearts these things as we pray the rosary.
8 The Saint of the Rosary, St Pio of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio)
St. Pio of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio) has been called the “Saint of the Rosary.” He said countless rosaries in his lifetime, dozens per day. He urged his spiritual children to pray the Holy Rosary. He is reported to have died “tightly hanging on to the rosary, murmuring the names of Jesus and Mary.”
9 The Rosary Priest, Fr. Patrick Peyton, CSC
Fr. Peyton is the founder of the post-World War II prayer movement called, “Family Rosary Crusade.”He staged massive rosary rallies in key cities of the world and extensively utilized mass communication, promoting his ministry of binding families through prayer under the Family Rosary. He is popularly known for his quotes: “The family that prays together stays together”and “A world at prayer is a world at peace.”
10 We should say the Rosary daily for it is associated with 15 tremendous promises.
In addition to the many indulgences and spiritual benefits by the holy Rosary, various heavenly promises have also been associated with the Rosary. Among these are special protection and great graces, deliverance from sins, and great glory from heaven, among others. The fifteen promises were given to St. Dominic and later to blessed Alan de la Roche (who reignited devotion to the rosary in the 15th century).
It is said that the Holy Rosary is an enormous source of grace and protection. Sister Lucia dos Santos, one of the children to whom Our Lady appeared in Fatima, once said,
“There is no problem, no matter how difficult it is, whether temporal or above all spiritual, in the personal life of each one of us, of our families… that cannot be solved by the Rosary. There is no problem, I tell you, no matter how difficult it is, that we cannot resolve by the prayer of the Holy Rosary.”
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