Dearest Eucharistic Family,
I have a hatbox for each of my two daughters. I have placed particular sacred objects since their births: prayer cards, books, Christmas letters, and notes from their sacramental days of First Eucharist and Confirmation. I thought to prepare for my departure from this life one day and leave my girls in the hope that what is to come in life will be changed for all of us and not ended. Memories will be forever held!
The most precious item in the hatbox for each of my girls is a special rosary.
My oldest daughter will receive a rosary from her hatbox that I prayed with when the prayer was new to me 25 years ago. She was three years old and listened intently as I prayed. By five years old, we have a sacred video of Nicole looking up at a statue of Our Lady, hands in prayer, leading the Rosary, resounding the Apostles Creed, Our Father, and Hail Mary’s to follow, little as she was.
When my second daughter was born 22 years ago, I had crystal rosary beads wrapped around my hand. I prayed through her birth, Rosary after Rosary. An angelic nurse accompanied me through the delivery; my doctor arrived minutes before little Mary entered the world. I fondly remember rocking on a chair with my newborn daughter, praying the Rosary through the night, changing her, feeding her, praying. The crystal beads in the hatbox with a note remembering this sacred time of life!
The Rosary has been wrapped around my hand for many years. It is my go-to intercession to prepare for daily Mass and petition throughout the day. The Rosary always brings to me something old and something new, a reminder of Jesus Christ’s life and mission and an invite to my mission as a disciple of Jesus.
Lighting blessed candles and praying the holy Rosary conforms us to the Gift of the Holy Spirit with the promise it holds for peace from God Our Father.
The virtues connected to each mystery deliver us hope in becoming what God desires for us to become in the likeness of our Blessed Mother. The Rosary humbles us to see through the Eucharistic Mystery as Saint Peter Julian reminds us, “The Eucharist is the final mystery”.
Our Catholic Church recognizes miracles of the Rosary to bring peace and end wars. There is a special grace from Heaven praying Hail Mary full of grace... Yet other miracles come to us from the offering of the Most Holy Rosary. The miracles occur here and now as Mary brings us to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.
The Rosary has taken me through many trials of life and has set my feet to walk in God’s Providence, His Will, and trust in all things working for the good.
Obedience to the Rosary raises our eyes to look above and then within our souls. There, we find so many truths that will help our self-control and dissolve the many attacks that bring our minds to presumption and often even despair.
Our Lady is with us, and, especially in the Rosary, she takes our hands; she accelerates us on a swing like a good mother until we can take flight in her love.
Thereupon the Hail Holy Queen we find the perfect call to our life, our sweetness, and our hope. We resolve like blessed Hermon who gave us the Hail Holy Queen crying out from his debilitation to our mother of MERCY. Our Blessed Mother is counting on us to prepare the next generation to pray the Rosary, make it a part of our daily prayers, and cling to her as Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament.
The Sacred Liturgy is our highest form of prayer. The Divine Office and the Holy Rosary, another way to reach heaven. We are blessed to count on each bead, known to many as the Angelic Psalter of Mary, in union with the 150 Psalms; added to these gifts are the Luminous Mysteries from our beloved, Saint Pope John Paul II who loved our mother in Jesus’ Divine plan.
May the sacred mysteries bring us a keen awareness of God’s Providence in every moment of our daily lives. May our Rosary offerings conform us more deeply to the WILL of GOD, who sent us Jesus, to humble Himself to share in our humanity.
Hail Holy Queen enthroned above. O Maria!