We also acknowledge the deeper  truth found in the Rosary

October 6, 2019

Dear Visitors and Parishioners,

As we celebrate the twenty-seventh Sunday of Ordinary time and near the Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary on October 7th, we acknowledge, on the one hand, the victory at the Battle of Lepanto through Our Lady's intercession on October 7th, we also acknowledge the deeper  truth found in the Rosary. It is a contemplative prayer that  enables  us  to walk and  see with Mary the life of her son and the salvific acts that were wrought through his incarnation. We would do well to contemplate the mighty acts of God wrought by the child who was born of the Virgin Mary. She is the gate through which the Invisible God became visible for us. It is through the acts of the incarnation of the Lord in his life, death, and resurrection that we experience the Lord in the Spirit always bearing him in our hearts.

Ponder this day the words of St. Bernard of Clairvaux taken from the Liturgy of the Hours for this feast:

The child to be born of you will be called holy, the Son of God, the fountain of wisdom, the Word of the Father on high. Through you, blessed Virgin, this Word will become flesh, so that even though, as he says: I am in the Father and the Father is in me, it is still true for him to say: "I came forth from God and am here".

In the beginning was the Word. The spring was gushing forth, yet still within himself Indeed, the Word was with God, truly dwelling in inaccessible light. And the Lord said from the beginning: I think thoughts of peace and not of affliction. Yet your thought was locked within you, and whatever you thought, we did not know; for who knew the mind of the Lord, or who was his counsellor?

And so the idea of peace came down to do the work of peace: The Word was made flesh and even now dwells among us. It is by faith that he dwells in our hearts, in our memory, our intellect and penetrates even into our imagination. What concept could man have of God if he did not first fashion an image of him in his heart? By nature incomprehensible and inaccessible, he was invisible and unthinkable, but now he wished to be understood, to be seen and thought of

But how, you ask, was this done? He lay in a manger and rested on a virgin's breast, preached on a mountain, and spent the night in prayer. He hung on a cross, grew pale in death, and roamed free among the dead and ruled over those in hell. He rose again on the third day, and showed the apostles the wounds of the nails, the signs of victory; and finally in their presence he ascended to the sanctuary of heaven.

How can we not contemplate this story in truth, piety, and holiness? Whatever of all this I consider, it is God I am considering; in all this he is my God. I have said it is wise to meditate on these truths, and I have thought it right to recall the abundant sweetness, given by the fruits of this priestly root; and Mary, drawing abundantly from heaven, has caused this sweetness to overflow for us.

When we pray the rosary, may we always give thanks to God as we medi­tate upon the life of Christ for all of his mighty works through his incarnation witnessed by the eyes of the Virgin.

- Fr. Nicholas Reynolds, O.P.