Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Will You Let This Prayer Change Your World?

Have you ever prayed the rosary? I mean, really prayed the rosary. It is not a boring monotonous prayer, it is a rich walk through the life of Jesus as seen through the eyes of His mother. It's not meant to be repetitious, but contemplative.

When I gather with others to pray the rosary, an amazing transformation takes place. No matter what concerns we carry, by the time the final prayer is recited, a hush falls over us. Peace settles in, a stillness so thick it feels tangible. It always happens...Doesn't matter who. ..Doesn't matter where...Doesn't matter when.

Peace reigns.

And we're not alone.

Years ago, I interviewed the last fighter pilot to escape Saigon the day it fell to the communists. He said he found himself deserted on a lonely airfield, amid rounds of artillery fire and violent explosions, and scrambling to escape...And what did he recall?

He remembered scenes from his childhood, when his family gathered the in the living room to pray the rosary. He recalled the peace, the tranquility, the power of those gatherings. 

That's what surfaced on that crucial day, delivering peace and strength on that lonely airfield. 

Peace reigns.

The power of the rosary reaches beyond all ages, as in the following case.

Sometimes the elderly feel there's no reason to live. Not Mel. Mel might be elderly and wheel-chair bound, but he is full of purpose. 

“I know that I’m here to do something," he said. "It’s to pray for people.”

Mel prays the rosary daily.

“I take each bead and make it count for something,” he said. He prays for friends, for our country, the military, for world peace, for those struggling with illnesses and addictions. He prays for himself, that he draws closer to God. “It is not a boring, repetitious prayer.”

When he recites a Hail Mary, Mel believes something good is going to happen.

“I can’t always say things are going to work out," he said. "But we are receiving God’s help in some form or another. Maybe it’s not the answer we want, but it’s God’s answer for us.”

Peace reigns.

The rosary is within reach of each one of us. It's power is universal. It's the best tranquilizer. It's the best weapon for spiritual warfare. Praying the rosary makes a difference in your life, and in the lives around you.

Why not give it a try?

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