A priest friend once told me, “Once a non-Catholic starts praying the rosary, he does not remain a non-Catholic for much longer.” Or, to redeem a quote from Darth Vader, once you start praying the rosary, “It’s useless to resist!”
There was a news report that a couple of weeks ago on October 7, on the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, a lightning bolt struck the Vatican. No damage was done, and many saw the bolt as an analogy of the power from above that comes to us when we pray the rosary.
October is rosary month. To those who have never tried to pray it, the rosary might seem like a tedious, rote, and overly mechanical form of prayer. But once they take those beads into their hands, draw near to our Blessed Mother, and open their hearts to the mysteries of Jesus delved into through each decade, they find a holy rhythm and grace that is too hard to resist.
Sometimes when I pull my rosary out of my pocket to pray it is tangled up, so I have to untangle it before I pray. That is a good illustration for what the rosary does for me. Praying the rosary untangles my inner life. The prayers unscramble whatever has become muddled in my thoughts or in my heart. They smooth out any areas where I might have given in to trouble or error. Praying restores for me the peace of Jesus.
For Rosary Month you might consider giving somebody you know a nice rosary – even if, and maybe especially if, the person is not Catholic. It might feel a little awkward, because most people don’t like to feel like they are being pushy with their faith, but you might be surprised at the reaction you get. Be prepared, of course, for the person to ask questions. It might be just the spark the Holy Spirit can fan into flames for your friend – and you.
Jesus gives us the gift of His Mother – and God gives us through Mary the gift of His Son. For Rosary Month strive to receive the gift and to keep sharing it with others. Pass the beads, please!