In preparation for the preliminary rant series on the mysteries of the rosary for priests… Imagine if the protagonists of this little 3 minute film were priests! That would be in the way cool category! Oh… that needs praying the rosary doesn’t it? And then, what if the USCCB were to take to the streets doing this?
The picture above is the mosaic in “Rosary Basilica” in Lourdes, France. I took this picture when I was a chaplain there for a couple of years. A while back I promised to post meditations on the rosary. I think of this frequently! I’d like to put in a good effort for these posts, and would like to open up a few of the Scripture books to do this. Alas, this will have to wait for the hermitage to be completed! However, perhaps I can put up a preliminary “rant version”, off the cuff, from the heart, not magnificently presented with brilliant Scriptural presentations, etc. Perhaps I can start these soon.
What I would say for now is that the rosary is a wonderful prayer if, humbly in the presence of Jesus and Mary as they are now in Heaven, we thank them presently for what they did back in the day, a couple thousand years back. The decades fly by, and we learn always more how to be the little enthusiastic children of our heavenly Father.
This is the day, three years ago, I received a letter back from Pope Benedict XVI about my first work on Genesis. I had sent the letter on the Feast of Saint Jerome, only eight days earlier. From Lourdes to the Pontifical Household, from there to the Nuncio in Paris, and then to Lourdes. Lightning quick. Very awesome. Such a humble Pontiff to deign to reply to yours truly.
I would like, please God, to put out some meditations on the Mysteries of the Rosary especially apt for the perspective that priests have before God and men. There are twenty-three I would like to write about, the usual fifteen, plus the five added by Blessed John Paul II (particularly apt for priests, by the way).
Added to these, I would like to comment on another two changed over by Blessed John II in the joyful mysteries, turning them into the mysteries of the infancy of Jesus, very appropriate for our day (replacing the presentation with the killing of the Holy Innocents by Herod in an attempt to kill Jesus, and replacing the finding in the temple with the flight into Egypt). You have to remember that John Paul suffered a political regime of brutal violence in his childhood, as have so many millions of others in the world today.
Added to these, I’d like to add one on the Immaculate Conception, which is a “sixth decade” for many religious Orders and Congregations, which often have six decade rosaries hanging from the sides of their habits.
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