Saturday, October 1, 2011

St Therese And The Rosary


October is the month dedicated to Our Lady of the Rosary. This first day of the month is the feast day pf St Therese of Liseux. This great saint and Doctor of the Church had great devotion to Our Lady, but saying the Rosary, the prayer she knew would please our Blessed Mother so much, was not always easy for her. Here is a quote from one of her letters:

"Reciting the Rosary costs me more than using an instrument of penance," she wrote "I feel I say it so bad; in vain do I strive to meditate on the mysteries of the Rosary; I am unable to fix my attention For a long time I was sad because of this lack of devotion which surprised me, for I love the Blessed Virgin so much that it should be easy for me to say in her honor prayers which please her so much. Now, it saddens me less; I think that the Queen of Heaven being my Mother, she must see my good will and be content with it."
I was very consoled reading that quote because I can relate to it. As much as I hate to admit it, I have a very difficult time saying the Rosary. Many a day passes when all I can do is carry it in my pocket. This bothered me for a very long time because I do love our Blessed Mother and like Therese, I know this prayer pleases her. I also know its power. Like Therese also, I know Our Lady sees my heart and my intentions and the other ways I pay honor to her.

During this month of October however, I am going to make a serious effort to pray this beautiful prayer more often. We are living in an age when it is needed perhaps more than ever.

The feast of Our Lady of the Rosary was instituted by Pope Pius V after the victory over the Turks in the Battle of Lepanto in 1571. This is just one example of the power of the Rosary and Our Lady's intercession.

One way we can make a an effort to say the Rosary this month is by joining in the Lepanto Victory Mission Rosary Novena for our country. I firmly believe that it is only through our Blessed Mother that this country will return to Christ.

For those of us, who like St Therese, find saying the Rosary more of an act of penance, well I would imagine that this will please Our Lord and Our Lady even more.

Let us ask St Therese to help us by her prayers and intercession to be devoted children of our Blessed Mother.

To read about and to sign up for an hour in the Rosary Novena, go here.

*Thanks to Esther at A Catholic Mom in Hawaii for posting about the Rosary Novena.

4 comments:

Colleen said...

As you know, I can relate to your feelings about the rosary. I will be making more of an effort this month as well. And I just LOVE St Therese. God bless!

Daily Grace said...

I know many people that have trouble saying the Rosary. I remember many a times we would gather the children around the room to pray ( you know, the family that prays together stays together). Well, each of my 4 kids would start making faces at the other one and 1 by 1 they would each get asked to leave the room. One time, even the dog misbehaved and was escorted out! I guess I just have to believe that our good efforts count for something.

I am glad to hear that the Little Flower struggled with the rosary too! It gives me a little reassurance!

I haven't heard of the Lepanto Victory Mission Rosary Novena before, but I am going over to Esters blog now. I agree that our country needs to return to Christ.

God bless.

Karinann said...

Thanks Colleen. It is reassuring to know I have company in my difficulty.

DG-thanks for sharing that story. I am sure the dog being asked to leave on account of poor behavior gave Our Lady a little chuckle.
Blessings to you both.

Esther G. said...

Oh, I am so consoled reading a saint's words about the rosary! Thank you Karinann. Also, thanks for letting others know about the novena.

Closing Prayer

Psalm 45: Canticle of Love to the King

My heart overflows with a good theme;
I address my verses to the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
You are fairer than the sons of men;
Grace is poured upon Your lips;
Therefore God has blessed You forever.

Gird Your sword on Your thigh, O Mighty One,
In Your splendor and Your majesty!
And in Your majesty ride on victoriously,
For the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;
Let Your right hand teach You awesome things.
Your arrows are sharp;
The peoples fall under You;
Your arrows are in the heart of the King’s enemies.

Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of joy above Your fellows.
All Your garments are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made You glad.
Kings’ daughters are among Your noble ladies;
At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.