we say the Rosary, we are in the best of company, for great men
of all ages have been ardently devoted to this prayer. Among the
popes who prayed it daily are St. Pius V, Pius VII, Pius IX, Leo
XIII, St. Pius X, Pius XI, Pius XII, John the XXUI and our own Holy
Father, Pope John Paul I1 continues the beautiful example of his
the princes of this world who were especially devoted to the Holy
Rosary were Charles V of Spain and Alphonsus V of Portugal. Among
theologians, St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Albert the Great; among
musicians, Haydn and Gluck; among field marshals, count Tilly, Prince
Eugene, and Radetzky, French Commanding General Marshal Fochs WW1;
and among other great men were St. Thomas More, Windthorst, Ketteler,
Seipel, and Dollfuss.
his is only a tiny
fraction of the countless numbers of important men and women of
all the centuries since the flourishing of Christendom who have
had great and daily devotion to the Holy Rosary. Great saints have
called their Rosary beads a ladder leading to heaven. The Rosary
can be said when we walk, drive, ride on the bus, wait in the doctor’s
office, and while we watch over the sick and the dying. We say it
whenever we have a minute to think of Jesus and Mary.
hrough seven hundred
years of history since St. Dominic began to preach the Rosary, this
prayer has been a gauge of the strength of Faith. When Faith weakened,
the rosary was being neglected; but with each period of religious
revival it came again into its own. Let us learn to pray the Rosary
devoutly meditating deeply on its mysteries, so that our faith may
increase, our hope grows strong, and our love for Jesus and Mary
becomes more ardent. Let us live with the Rosary and die with it.
Then the Queen of the Most Holy Rosary will attend to our future
in heaven with Her.