"The scene of the Annunciation is a very lovely one"
The scene of the Annunciation is a very lovely one. How often we have meditated on this. Mary is recollected in prayer. She is using all her senses and her faculties to speak to God. It is in prayer that she comes to know the divine Will. And with prayer she makes it the life of her life. Do not forget the example of the Virgin Mary. (Furrow, 481)
“Develop a lively devotion for Our Mother”
Invoke the Blessed Virgin. Keep asking her to show herself a Mother to you - monstra te esse Matrem! As well as drawing down her Son's grace, may she bring the clarity of sound doctrine to your mind, and love and purity to your heart, so that you may know the way to God and take many souls to him. (The Forge, 986)
“You and I surely do need purification!”
Cor Mariae perdolentis, miserere nobis! -- Invoke the Heart of Holy Mary, with the purpose and determination of uniting yourself to her sorrow, in reparation for your sins and the sins of men of all times. And pray to her -- for every soul -- that her sorrow may increase in us our aversion from sin, and that we may be able to love the physical or moral contradictions of each day as a means of expiation. (Furrow, 258)
“Mary, you are queen of peace”
Mary, you are queen of peace, because you had faith and believed that what the angel announced would in fact happen. Help us to grow in the faith, to have a firm hope and a deeper love. For that is what your Son wants of us this day, that is why he shows us his sacred heart. (Christ is passing by, 170)
“Mother of God and our Mother”
The humility of my holy Mother Mary! She is not to be seen amid the palms of Jerusalem, nor at the hour of the great miracles--except at that first one at Cana. But she doesn't escape from the contempt at Golgotha; there she stands, juxta crucem Jesu, the Mother of Jesus, beside his Cross. (The Way, 507)
Third Luminous Mystery: Jesus Proclaims the Kingdom of God
Truth and justice, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. That is the kingdom of Christ: the divine activity which saves men... (St. Josemaría, Christ is Passing By, 180).
Second Luminous Mystery: The Wedding Feast at Cana
“At the beginning of his public life, at the marriage of Cana, when the Son of God works the first of his signs, awakening faith in the disciples (cf. John 2:11), it is Mary who intervenes and directs the servants towards her Son in these words: ‘Do whatever he tells you’ (John 2:5).” (ECCLESIA IN AMERICA; John Paul II, January 22, 1999)
First Luminous Mystery: The Baptism of Jesus in the Jordan
Pope John Paul II stated in Rosarium Virginis Mariae (10) that “No one has ever devoted himself to the contemplation of the face of Christ as faithfully as Mary.” Here are some texts that can help us contemplate the first Mystery of Light as we near the end of this Year of the Rosary.