What a beautiful beginning to the month of October God has provided for us! The hallways here in the school are always decorated with creative student artwork, and currently there are numerous items related to the Rosary. Each year, the students in 3rd grade prepare to lead a Living Rosary for the school (see last year’s blog post) and study the Mysteries of the Rosary. Currently, the Luminous Mysteries are on display in the hallway.
October is traditionally considered the Month of the Rosary. The Church celebrates the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary on October 7 to commemorate the anniversary of the decisive victory of a Christian coalition at the Battle of Lepanto in 1571. Pope Pius V encouraged Christians all over Europe to pray the Rosary for victory. Against imposing odds, the Holy League fleet defeated a larger fleet of ships from the Ottoman Empire. The victory was credited to Our Lady’s intercession.
At times, we are fighting battles in our own lives. It may be a struggle within our family for peace and reconciliation. There may be illnesses or financial difficulties we are facing. Perhaps we are troubled by the challenges to Christian faith and morals that keep arising in our country and in the world.
Blessed Pope Pius IX once said, “Give me an army saying the Rosary and I will conquer the world.” What strength and hope we receive through the Rosary. Our reflection and meditation on events in the lives of Jesus and Mary has the power to transform our minds and hearts. As parents, you know that your children are priceless gifts to you. Our Lady sees each one of us as a precious child of hers. When we pray the Rosary, it is a beautiful way of saying to Mary our Mother, “Here is your child. Help me to live more like you and your Son. You know what is best for me and my family; I place myself and those I love into your hands.” What mother could refuse a prayer like that?
Although the battles we face today are different than in 1571, I believe that the Rosary is still a useful tool for our families and our children to win victory over the challenges, trials, and temptations we all face on the way to Heaven. A recent survey of the children, conducted just this morning, showed that an estimated 60% of our students have prayed at least a decade of the Rosary on their own within the past week. They were reminded that Our Blessed Mother loves honesty, as well as the Rosary, before they answered. So, the children definitely are headed in the right direction! Let’s do what we can to keep them on the right path.