Thursday, October 20, 2011

Learning How to Pray from the Rosary

A meditation on the Holy Rosary by Mother Maria- Michael Newe, OSB.

We learn from the rosary that we all have mysteries in our lives and we have to pray through them. The rosary is a longer prayer-- it’s one that we have to meditate on and it has repetition. Our own lives have repetition as well. And like with the rosary we have to meditate on the mysteries of our lives, pray through them and live them in order to somehow come to light with them.

I was thinking this morning of the joyful mysteries of Mary—they’re joyful until Christ comes! Then she has to have a whole new way of looking at everything. By bearing Christ she has united her life with Him; and with Him she bears sorrow, but joyfully. When you think of the Holy Spirit, what do you think of? Isn’t it light, happiness, insight, energy, all those things that speak of God? That’s what Mary was full of—full of grace, full of life. That’s the only way to approach life because the Spirit lifts us up and enables us to carry what God asks of us. Thus we discover that the mysteries of suffering in our own lives really are joyful mysteries.

I’m not sure Mary would have called the mystery on the 'Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple' joyful while she was living on earth, and yet it became joyful, when she looked at it from a different level. When she searched for Jesus with Joseph she wasn’t happy, thinking of wonderful things. The first thing out of her mouth when she finds Him is: “What have you done? Your father and I have been looking for you!” She didn’t say, “Oh, it’s okay.” It was a question: “How could you do this? You know what it cost us.” Jesus was pretty calm about it: “Did you not know I must be in my Father's house?” Then we hear that Mary took all of these things and pondered them in her heart. That’s what we’re called to do as well: there is a joyful side and it’s our duty to find it and to live it!

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