by Maureen McKew

About a week ago, I had a brief moment of panic. I couldn’t find my Rosary beads. Then I remembered that I had changed handbags. A quick look inside the other bag revealed the Rosary beads, tucked in their little green silk pouch. Whew!  I have been carrying these Rosary beads since I was confirmed. There is such comfort in knowing that I can always reach for them. 

Perhaps like me, you learned the Rosary in a family setting, promoted by your mother. I have to admit that the family Rosary did not always go smoothly in my house. For one thing, the usually silent family parakeet would start to squawk. The telephone would ring. Then there was my father, who appointed himself monitor of our Hail Marys. This inevitably would result in an explosion about the monies being wasted on tuition for three daughters who evidently couldn’t count to 10. After a few years, my mother gave up. However, the seed had been planted. Like generations before us, we children believed in the power of the Rosary. We still do.

Years ago, I met a Catholic politician who told that when he had a medical emergency in France just after the Normandy invasion of 1944, he reached for his Rosary beads.  A relative of mine, who is terrified of flying, never boards a plane without her beads. A friend, who is a profound worrier, relies on praying the Rosary to get her through difficult situations and sleepless nights. So do people sitting in hospital waiting rooms.  There is such a comfort in the Rosary – not just in the recitation of ancient and beloved prayers, but also in the opportunity to reflect on the lives of Jesus and His mother.

Most of us are familiar with the Joyful, Sorrowful and Glorious mysteries.  However, there is another set, the Luminous mysteries, developed by Pope St. John Paul II just after the Millennium. They are usually said on a Thursday.   Here is a brief article on the Luminous mysteries, published by the University of Dayton.

October is the month of the Holy Rosary. This would be a good time to renew or increase our recitation of the Rosary and maybe introduce someone, perhaps a child or a teen-ager, who is not so familiar with it to this beautiful and consoling prayer