The Rosary is such a tremendous grace and opportunity for bonding with God. Not only a bonding at the present stage of our lives, but a bonding that permeates to the depth and core of who we are. — A bonding that permeates every stage of our lives from the moment of conception.
Why so? The reason Christ wasn’t just snapped into this world at the age of 30 is because His purpose was to sanctify life at every stage, from the moment of conception until death. His plan was to allow for us to have a “way,” an avenue, to come to recognize our inherited dignity and identity as adopted “children of God.”
Christ, throughout every stage of life, was so aware of His dignity and identity as the Son of God. And, thus was totally secure in His Heavenly Father’s love for Him, which was in a very real and tangible way communicated to Him in the tender, nurturing, unconditional love of a perfect Mother, Mary (who is spoken of in the Church as the Icon of the Father’s love [CCC]).
As we pray the rosary and enter into the various mysteries of Christ’s life, our lives are gradually drawn into this same infinite, unconditional love of our Heavenly Father and Mother at every stage of our own lives; and we, too, are gradually drawn into the reality and fullness of who we are created to be as “children of God.” Thus, the Rosary is a very powerful tool for healing and for our transformation “from glory into glory.”
To give example of this, St. Ignatius of Loyola speaks of three ways of entering into Holy Scripture. The first is to just read the text just as it is. The second is to read the text and imagine ourselves on the sideline watching the scene happen (kind of like being at a play). And, the third, a most powerful avenue of entering into Scripture, is to actually enter into the scene and become one of the characters (or, I like to add, even walking in as oneself).
I’d like to expound on this third way, which can be especially powerful when meditating on the mysteries of the rosary. The Holy Spirit can inspire one to become anyone of the characters of a particular mystery, from Mary, to Elizabeth, to one of the shepherds or wise men, to the disciples who fell asleep, to those who mocked, spit upon and beat Jesus, to Mary Magdalene (or another disciple) at the resurrection, or to even imagine oneself becoming one with Jesus in any scene (which I think is the most powerful opportunity for coming to know our dignity and identity, if the Holy Spirit should inspire that).
The two characters that are my favorites to become one with, are Jesus and Mary. And, also, I like to enter into the scenes as myself and interact with the two of them amidst the scene. To give an example of the latter: at the birth of Jesus, sometimes I imagine myself entering into the scene at Bethlehem, and Mary comes to me and allows me to hold Jesus. Or, I enter into the crucifixion and imagine myself at the foot of the cross with Mary and John and I bare my heart to Jesus as He’s dying on the cross for me personally. At the resurrection I like to enter in and imagine that Jesus is appearing to me personally … Yes, the meditation can be profound.
To give an example of becoming one with Jesus or Mary:
At times I imagine myself one with Mary at the Annunciation, opening myself to God’s Divine will for me personally, and to the Holy Spirit, that Jesus can be conceived within my heart; or I imagine myself one with Jesus in the womb of Mary, opening myself to the infinite love of Our Eternal Father and of a perfect Mother from the moment of conception (what opportunity for inner healing).
At the mystery of the Nativity at times I imagine myself one with Mary, holding the Divine Christ Child in my arms and gazing into His eyes; or I imagine myself one with Jesus, Mary is holding me and I’m receiving the perfect nurturing love of my Heavenly Father and Mother. These are to name only a few examples.
Because Christ is fully human and fully divine (Hypostatic Union), every moment of His life on earth was caught up in the eternal and outside of time as well, and thus can be re-lived at any moment in time. Just as with every Holy Mass celebrated, we are reliving again the one sacrifice on Calvary. As well, in a more informal sense, when we meditate on the mysteries of Christ’s life in the Rosary with Mary, we can actually experience a re-living of the scene and receive all of the graces as though we were there. This is the power of meditating on the Word, especially through praying the Holy Rosary.
The Rosary Is:
A profound means of drawing one into healing and contemplative prayer. This is why our Heavenly Mother has so strongly been encouraging it in authentic private revelations … And this is why Pope John Paul II has been strongly promoting it throughout His pontificate, with special emphasis in his recent apostolic letter on the Rosary.
He speaks of the Rosary as a “most effective means” of entering into deep union of life with our Triune God.
He says, “I look to all of you, brothers and sisters of every state of life, to you, Christian families, to you, the sick and elderly, and to you young people; confidently take up the Rosary once again … May this appeal of mine not go unheard!” (Rosarium)
The evil one knows that when we as a Church turn to Mary and invite her to fully act in the very powerful role the Holy Trinity has given her as our Mother and Queen (Mediatrix and Co-redemptrix), he will lose all power. Because, Mary, the first of us and the “Spotless Bride,” represents who we as Church and individually are called to become. And, God has “put enmity between the [serpent] and the Woman” (Gen 3:15).
When we as Church open our hearts and lives fully to her, we will be transformed into pure vessels of God and His “Kingdom [will] come on earth as it is in Heaven.”
Thus, the triumph of the Immaculate Heart truly will usher in the “new springtime” that is upon us.
For a set of healing rosary meditations click here.