In The Rosary, Johnnette Benkovic, founder and president of Living His Life Abundantly and the founder of Women of Grace, teams up Thomas K. Sullivan, the creator of the Warrior Rosary, to explore why the rosary is the weapon for such a time as this. Together, they've gathered some of the most astonishing historical and contemporary accounts of victories associated with the rosary along with their own inspiring personal experiences. Listeners will discover insights that will enhance their own experiences of the rosary, including special prayers based on the lives and writings of the saints who understood the power of this classic Catholic devotion.
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This is a lovely tribute to the meaning, power, and beauty inherent in the Most Holy Rosary. Through a brief history and many touching anectdotes, this book will bring you a deeper appreciation for the devotion to the rosary. If you have neglected it for some time, you’re likely to return to the rosary with a grateful heart.
As a dedicated rosary maker and someone who recently reconciled with the Church, I have at times held to the rosary as my lifeline. I experienced clerical abuse from which I thought I could not heal. Indeed, I could not heal on my own. Through the rosary, I found the comfort, forgiveness, and peace that only Our Lord can give, and returned to the Church.
Each writer in this book has a wonderful story of grace and faith that will inspire you to seek the richness of graces found in the contemplation of the sacred mysteries. Many of us have experienced our little miracles. Maybe you have, too.
The rosary is a profound weapon in your daily spiritual warfare arsenal. While Christ has conquered, we must never forget the devil is still active, determined, and very real. Turn to your rosary in times of temptation, challenge, and trial. All these things will happen. We were not promised an easy life as Christians, and suffering is inevitable. During these struggles, the rosary will aid you in keeping your eyes on Christ and His Blessed Mother.
As Catholics, we should know what the rosary is and is not, and we should pray it properly and well. This may seem obvious, but poor catechesis and insufficient explanation in early training at home may be issues, and RCIA leaders’ explanations are sometimes inadequate for converts.
It is also good to be able to explain the rosary simply and clearly to those who misunderstand it. This book can be helpful and supportive when such occasions arise. Accusations that the rosary is superstitious nonsense, vain repetition of prayer, or mariolatry can be countered effectively only when one understands the rosary’s true meaning. I have been delighted to introduce several inquiring Protestants to the rosary and the way it shows the life of Christ through the eyes of His Blessed Mother. If you are asked, be prepared to answer with joy and charity.
I strongly recommend this accessible, meaningful book and hope it will bless you.
For further reference, you will find an abundance of additional information in two books from wonderful priests, and a papal encyclical:
THE ROSARY by Romano Guardini and CHAMPIONS OF THE ROSARY by Donald Calloway.
I came to rediscover the rosary through a lifetime of writings by Blessed Pope Paul VI. Throughout his ministry, he commended the Blessed Mother and advocated a properly Christocentric devotion to the rosary. Please see his encyclical, MARIALIS CULTUS as well. Thank you, Papa Montini, for your suffering on behalf of the Church and for your intercession.