I have enjoyed bringing you these daily October reflections on the mysteries of the Rosary. The response from FFF readers has been much more than I expected with many sending emails telling of new-found appreciation of this meditative way of reflecting on key events in the life of Christ.
I have been especially moved by the number of younger people who have taken up the invitation, grateful for the introduction to the prayer that was a daily touchstone of hope for their ancestors through every human hardship.
A number of people of other Christian denominations have also responded asking for Rosary Beads and following the daily reflections, eager to learn this prayer that they once thought was reserved to Catholics.
A significant number have asked me to send Rosary Beads and every day this month I have posted hundreds of beads to people all over the country. To date almost 15,000 sets of beads have been distributed. Unfortunately I have not been able to send to those overseas who have requested beads since the postage costs are a bit more than our little FFF mission can handle.
Many individuals have received beads, and some schools have requested several hundred sets. I’m very happy that we have been able to respond, and if you have ordered beads but have not received these yet please let me know.
If you would still like to request beads it is not too late. Just email me: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some have sent recordings of a group praying a decade of the Rosary. Thank you for these. Unfortunately I have not been able to use these at the moment although my hope is to edit and upload these in the near future as more resources become available.
These daily Rosary reflections for the October month of the Holy Rosary have coincided with weeks of great growth for the Food For Faith mission with:
- Cafe Gatherings beginning again – initiate a gathering at this link,
- Prayer Requests at this link,
- daily Lectio Divina audio at this link,
- Weekly Homily Studio at this link,
- YouTube reflections at this link,
- Podcast talks at this link,
- and a number of other projects at the planning stage.
All of these reflections are available by email, and you can manage your preferences at the Sign Up page at this link.
If you have appreciated the Rosary reflections, and would like to support this growing mission, your contribution is greatly welcomed at this link.
If you began the month with enthusiasm but your intention to learn and pray the Rosary was overwhelmed by other things, no problem. This often happens to me as my good intentions get lost in the midst of other concerns. It’s not too late, start today, and again if you would like beads just let me know.
i thought we might end this Rosary month with some of the encouraging quotations with which we began the month:
The Rosary is truly an Ecumenical Prayer.
“The Rosary, though clearly Marian in character, is at heart a Christocentric prayer. In the sobriety of its elements, it has all the depth of the Gospel message in its entirety…” Rosarium Virginis Mariae
“With the Rosary, the Christian people sits at the school of Mary and is led to contemplate the beauty on the face of Christ and to experience the depths of his love. Through the Rosary the faithful receive abundant grace, as though from the very hands of the Mother of the Redeemer.” RVM
“Mary is twice chosen: as the pious girl dwelling in the Temple, and as the mother of Jesus. Islam – The Koran. (Mary is the only woman named in the Quran and is mentioned 70 times.)
“With the Rosary, the Christian people sits at the school of Mary and is led to contemplate the beauty on the face of Christ and to experience the depths of his love. Through the Rosary the faithful receive abundant grace, as though from the very hands of the Mother of the Redeemer.”
“We agree that there can be but one mediator between God and man, Jesus Christ, and reject any interpretation of the role of Mary which obscures this affirmation. We agree in recognising that Christian understanding of Mary is inseparably linked with the doctrines of Christ and the Church. We agree in recognising the grace and unique vocation of Mary, Mother of God Incarnate (Theotókos), in observing her festivals, and in according her honour in the communion of saints. We agree that she was prepared by divine grace to be the mother of our Redeemer, by whom she herself was redeemed and received into glory. We further agree in recognising in Mary a model of holiness, obedience and faith for all Christians. We accept that it is possible to regard her as a prophetic figure of the Church of God before as well as after the Incarnation. Anglican Roman Catholic International Commission.