The month of October is widely known as the Month of the Rosary, giving the opportunity to journey alongside Mary the first disciple, to Jesus.

The four sets of Mysteries of the Rosary, Joyful, Luminous, Sorrowful and Glorious provide a structure for meditative and contemplative reflection on significant events in the life of Jesus Christ who is God-with-us.

Perhaps you remember the Rosary from your youth when it was the go-to prayer for families. You might have noticed your parents or grandparents treasuring their beads, and holding them close during times of suffering.

This October, Food For Faith is offering a way of learning and praying the Rosary. Each of the four weeks of October will be dedicated to one set of Mysteries, and you are invited to sign up to receive daily emails focusing on the twenty decades.

I look forward to your company making this October journey with Mary through the life of Christ.

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sorrowful

sorrowful

Sometimes in the middle of the night, even without waking, I feel the cross with the figure, the dead Christ, and remember

cafe protagonist

cafe protagonist

Last year I suggested that people might like to take the initiative to organise gatherings at cafes and bar

Last Supper

Last Supper

“If the Eucharist is just a symbol, then to hell with it.”

Transfiguration

Transfiguration

This Mystery of the Rosary opens the door between earthly routines and ordinariness and divine eternity and life.

walking together

walking together

Recent popes don’t speak much about the “kingdom” of God. Instead their language is new, fresh and relevant.

Cana: new beginning

Cana: new beginning

This first miracle of Jesus reminds us that in the present order of things, Divine Providence is leading us to a new order of human relations

Baptism

Baptism

I like that my baptism happened a well before I was conscious. It reminds me that especially when I am completely helpless Jesus is working in me.

luminosity

luminosity

Each of these mysteries is a revelation of the Kingdom now present in the very person of Jesus.

power & prayer

power & prayer

Something a little different today: A three minute video testimony to the power of the Prayer of the Rosary.

Jesus @ 12

Jesus @ 12

And let’s remember in prayer those whose feelings of being lost, worried, seeking and panic last well beyond a few days.

Presentation

Presentation

This week I’m enjoying the opportunity to slowly savour each decade of the Rosary, taking time during the day to meditate the mystery.

God who breathes

God who breathes

Each of us is the result of a thought of God. Each of us is willed, each of us is loved, each of us is necessary.

Visitation

Visitation

An invitation to “visit with” someone seems to be much closer to wanting to spend time or to even waste time together

Annunciation

Annunciation

“Faced with the Divine, people took refuge in the banal, as though answering a cosmic multiple-choice question: If you saw a burning bush, would you…”

joyful

joyful

Those who make this daily journey will be able to pray the prayers and mysteries not only by heart but with the heart and from the heart.

praying the beads

praying the beads

Beads are used by people of many faiths as a way to accompany prayer, using beads through the fingers as a help to meditation.

rosary rediscovery

rosary rediscovery

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.