Vatican City, Oct 7, 2020 / 03:45 am
Pope Francis invited Catholics to rediscover the beauty of the rosary prayer this month, encouraging people to carry a rosary with them in their pockets.
“Today is the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. I invite everyone to rediscover, especially during this month of October, the beauty of the prayer of the rosary, which has nourished the faith of the Christian people through the centuries,” Pope Francis said Oct. 7 at the end of his Wednesday audience in the Paul VI Hall.
“I invite you to pray the rosary, and to carry it in your hands or in your pockets. The recitation of the rosary is the most beautiful prayer we can offer to the Virgin Mary; it is a contemplation on the stages of the life of Jesus the Savior with his Mother Mary and is a weapon that protects us from evils and temptations,” he added in his message to Arabic-speaking pilgrims.
The pope said that the Blessed Virgin Mary has urged the recitation of the rosary in her apparitions, “especially in the face of the threats looming over the world.”
“Even today, in this time of pandemic, it is necessary to hold the rosary in our hands, praying for us, for our loved ones and for all people,” he added.
This week Pope Francis resumed a cycle of Wednesday catechesis on prayer, which he said had been interrupted by his decision to dedicate several weeks in August and September to Catholic social teaching in light of the coronavirus pandemic.
Prayer, the pope said, is “letting ourselves be carried by God,” especially in moments of suffering or temptation.
“In some evenings we can feel useless and lonely. It is then that prayer will come and knock on the door of our hearts,” he said. “And even if we have done something wrong, or if we feel threatened and frightened, when we return before God with prayer, serenity and peace will return as if by miracle.”