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Monday, October 15, 2012

Reflecting on the Rosary

The month of October is the month of the Holy Rosary.  Along with many others, I’ve been praying the rosary more often and more attentively.  What has captured my thoughts at this time is less the sequence of mysteries than the words of the Hail Mary. 

The first half of the Hail Mary is from Scripture: the Angel Gabriel’s greeting to the Virgin Mary when God let her know of her unique place in the history of human salvation.  The second half is the church’s response, our petition to Mary as Mother of God.  We acknowledge our need for her help for our salvation now, and we ask in particular for this help at the moment of our death.  So many private apparitions of the Blessed Virgin over the centuries have given us messages about this help, and it is a great comfort to believe that Mary will be there when the soul, the source of life for our body, struggles toward a different form of living.  Mothers give birth; Mary will be there, no matter when or how death comes to each of us.

Francis Cardinal George, OMI
Archbishop of Chicago

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