Recitation of Rosary answer to need for contemplation


As the month of the Rosary draws to a close, Bishop Demetrio Fernandez of Tarazona, Argentina, said recitation of the traditional devotion is an answer to the believer’s need for contemplation while at the same time it strengthens one’s vocation to love.

“As a simple prayer, it can be continuously repeated while traveling or while one is waiting for a long period of time.  It focuses us and brings us into the deepest core of our lives, it leads us to our heart of hearts,” he added.

Bishop Fernandez emphasized that “although it seems like it is a prayer addressed only to Mary, the center of the Rosary is Jesus Christ, because we pray with Mary, repeating again and again: ‘Blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus’.”

Through the four sets of mysteries, he continued, we reflect on the life of Jesus, in order to receive the fruits of His redemption.  The Rosary is about “contemplating Jesus Christ from the Immaculate Heart of Mary, because there is no better school than her for the Christian.”

The bishop exhorted Argentineans to pray the Rosary either alone or as a family for peace in the world and to honor the Blessed Mother, who plants the seeds of peace and love in each human heart.

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