A soul that shall devoutly repeat these
prayers, that shall ponder with faith these mysteries, will, without doubt, be
filled with wonder at the Divine purposes in this great Virgin and in the work
of the restoration of mankind. Doubtless, this soul, moved by the warmth of
love for her and of confidence, will desire to take refuge upon her breast, as
was the sweet feeling of St. Bernard: "Remember, O most pious Virgin
Mary, that never was it heard that any who fled to thy protection, called upon
thy help, and sought thy intercession, was left forsaken."
But the fruits
of the Rosary appear likewise, and with equal greatness, in the turning with mercy of the heart of the Mother of God towards us. How
sweet a happiness must it be for her to see us all intent upon the task of
weaving crowns for her of righteous prayers and lovely praises! And if,
indeed, by those prayers we desire to render to God the glory which is His
due; if we protest that we seek nothing whatsoever except the fulfillment in us
of His holy will; if we magnify His goodness and graciousness; if we call Him
Our Father; if we, being most unworthy, yet entreat of Him His best
blessings - Oh, how shall Mary in all these things rejoice! How shall she
magnify the Lord!
There is no language so fit to lead us to the majesty of God
as the language of the Lord's Prayer. Furthermore, to each of these things for
which we pray, things that are righteous and are ordered, and are in harmony
with Christian faith, hope, and charity, is added a special joy for the
Blessed Virgin. With our voices she seems to hear also the voice of her Divine
Son, Who with His own mouth taught us this prayer, and by His own authority
commanded it, saying: "You shall pray thus." And seeing how we
observe that command, saying our Rosary, she will bend towards us with the
more loving solicitude; and the mystical crowns we offer her will be to her
welcome, and to us fruitful of graces.
And of this generosity of Mary to our
supplications we have no slight pledge in the very nature of a practice that
has the power to help us in praying well. In many ways, indeed, is man apt, by
his frailty, to allow his thoughts to wander from God and to let his purpose
go astray. But the Rosary, if rightly considered, will be found to have in
itself special virtues, whether for producing and continuing a state of
recollection, or for touching the conscience for its healing, or for lifting
up the soul. As all men know, it is composed of two parts, distinct but
inseparable-the meditation of the Mysteries and the recitation of the prayers.
It is thus a kind of prayer that requires not only some raising of the soul to
God, but also a particular and explicit attention, so that by reflection upon
the things to be contemplated, impulses and resolutions may follow for the
reformation and sanctification of life.