Happy Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary! I could write forever on the Rosary and the many blessings, protections, and graces that emanate from saying it daily, but I’ll leave it to the pros:
What Happens When We Pray The Rosary?
“The soul is filled with gratitude and love before these proofs of Divine love; its hope becomes enlarged and its desire is increased for those things which Christ has prepared for such as have united themselves to Him in imitation of His example and in participation in His sufferings” – Pope Leo XIII, his encyclical on the Rosary
“The word ‘Rosary’ means ‘Crown of Roses,’ that is to say that every time someone says the Rosary devoutly, they place a crown of one hundred fifty-three red roses and sixteen white roses upon the heads of Jesus and Mary. Being heavenly roses they will never fade or lose their exquisite beauty” – St. Louis De Montfort, The Secret of the Rosary
“With the Rosary, the Christian people sits at the school of Mary and is led to contemplate the beauty on the face of Christ and to experience the depths of his love.” – Pope John Paul II, his apostolic letter on the Rosary
“There is no surer means of calling down God’s blessings upon the family . . . than the daily recitation of the Rosary” – Pius XII
Who Supports Praying the Rosary?
“The Rosary is the most excellent form of prayer and the most efficacious means of attaining eternal life.
It is the remedy for all our evils, the root of all our blessings. There is no more excellent way of praying” – Pope Leo XIII
“The greatest method of praying is to pray the Rosary” – St. Francis de Sales
“The Rosary is my favourite prayer. A marvellous prayer! Marvellous in its simplicity and in its depth. . .the simple prayer of the Rosary beats the rhythm of human life” – John Paul II
“Give me an army saying the Rosary and I will conquer the world” – Pope Pius IX
I couldn’t possibly list all the saints who have prayed the Rosary regularly, but I’ll list a few: St. Jose Maria Escrivia, St. Louis de Monfort, St. Maximilian Kolbe, St. Padre Pio, St. Bernadine, St. Bernard, St. Dominic, St. John Vianney, St. Alphonsus Liguori, St. Albert, St. Bonaventure, St. Teresa of Avila, St. Robert Bellarmine and many more!
Praying the Rosary daily will put you in some pretty awesome company!
And as for those who don’t see purpose in the repetitive nature of the Rosary, Fulton Sheen said it best: “The beautiful truth is that there is no repetition in ‘I love you.’”