It is truly of great importance that Our Lady gave us the Rosary. At Lourdes and at Fatima Our Lady appeared particularly to recommend to us the recitation of the Rosary. At Lourdes She Herself held a beautiful Rosary while Bernadette recited the Hail Mary's. At Fatima, in every apparition, She recommended the recitation of the Rosary, especially during the last apparition, when She presented Herself as the "Lady of the Rosary".
"The Most Holy Virgin in these last times in which we live has given a new efficacy to the recitation of the Rosary to such an extent that 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, of the families of the world, or of the religious communities, or even of the life of peoples and nations, 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.
"With the Holy Rosary, we will save ourselves, we will sanctify ourselves, we will console Our Lord and obtain the salvation of many souls."
The Rosary cleanses the soul of sin and adorns it with grace. The Rosary saves souls. St. Maximilian Kolbe wrote in his agenda, "Many Rosaries, many souls saved." Do we think of this? We will save many souls by reciting the Rosary. What charity of inestimable value would this be!
What can we say of the conversion of sinners through the Rosary? We ought to speak of St. Dominic, St. Louis de Montfort, the Holy Curé of Ars, St. Joseph Cafasso, St. Padre Pio, etc.
The Rosary does good to all — sinners, men of good will, and saints.
When St. Philip Neri was asked what prayer to choose, he responded immediately, without hesitation, "Recite the Rosary and recite it often."
Even when St. Padre Pio was asked what prayer he preferred most, he answered almost abruptly, "the Rosary".
The saints, above all, have shown the efficacious grace of the Rosary. Many saints were true apostles of the Rosary — St. Peter Canisius, St. Charles Borromeo, St. Camillis de Lillis, St. Anthony M. Gianelli, St. John Bosco, etc., perhaps among the greatest and most remarkable examples was St. Padre Pio. He is the most prestigious of all humanity. For many years he recited daily more than one hundred Rosaries. A gigantic model who guaranteed the fecundity of the Rosary for his sanctification and for the salvation of souls.
"How many thousands of souls were mysteriously attracted to that priest, who for hours and hours, day and night, with swollen and bleeding hands recited the Rosary while standing at the foot of Our Lady's Statue. He has truly shown that the Rosary is the chain of salvation which hangs from the hands of Our Savior and His Blessed Mother and which indicates the source of every grace that comes down to us, and where our every hope must go up." (Pope Paul VI speaking on Saint Padre Pio.)
All the prayers, knowledge and love of St. Bernadette seemed to consist in the Rosary. Her sister Antoinette said, "Bernadette did nothing but pray and did not know what else to say besides the Rosary."
The Rosary is an evangelical, Christological and contemplative prayer in the company of Our Lady. (Marialis Cultus, 44-47.) Praise and supplication which constitute the Hail Mary urge the mind towards contemplation of the present mystery of the Rosary.
The Rosary can be said equally well on the street as at the foot of the altar. When the mind is recollectedly turned to Mary, it pleases Our Lady if it is said in the church or on a train, while walking, or flying in an airplane.
Is it possible that we can not find even a quarter of an hour daily to offer a Rosary to Our Lady? The Rosary can be said any place, any time, with anybody, without books or ceremonies, aloud or in silence.
Let us think of the Rosaries recited in the wards of the hospitals by St. Camillis de Lellis and St. Bertilla Boscardin; on the way to Rome by St. Vincent Palotti; on a train and on board a ship by St. Frances Cabrini; in the Sahara Desert by Brother Charles de Foucauld; in royal palaces by the venerable Maria Christina of Savoy; in concentration camps and in the bunker of death by St. Maximilian Kolbe; above all in the family by Blessed Anna Maria Taigi, by the parents of St. Thérèse and by the mother of St. Maria Goretti. Let us not waste time on trivial and detrimental things, when we have a precious treasure like the Rosary. Let us promise Our Lady to pray the Rosary every day. "Every day a Rosary for You, O Mary!"
At Fatima the Rosary was the gift of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The Rosary and the Immaculate Heart of Mary mark the final triumph of the Kingdom of God for this epoch.
True devotion to the Rosary and to the Immaculate Heart of Mary guarantees salvation. Even Our Lady says that the souls devoted to the Rosary and to Her Immaculate Heart will be chosen ones of God "as flowers placed by Me to adorn His throne."
Our Lady Herself wants to light and to keep burning in us the love for the Rosary and for Her Immaculate Heart.
Therefore as members of Our Lady’s Living Rosary Association, let us continue to be faithful in praying our daily decade.