A short time back I posted about the recent Rosary rallies in Poland and their significance as examples for Catholics in the United States. In that article, I emphasized the importance of public prayer, but it should also be noted that the power of the Rosary does not come from mere show of numbers. While large Rosary rallies serve as public demonstrations of our Catholic Faith and will be crucial in converting our societies, the private recitation of the Rosary also has a major role to play in this process of conversion.
Sister Lucia dos Santos, one of the three children to whom Our Lady appeared at Fatima in 1917, repeatedly emphasized the role of the Rosary in God’s plan for the world. As she stated, “The Most Holy Virgin in these last times in which we live has given a new efficacy to the recitation of the Rosary to such an extent that there is no problem, no matter how difficult it is, whether temporal or above all spiritual, in the personal life of each one of us, of our families . . . that cannot be solved by the Rosary. There is no problem, I tell you, no matter how difficult it is, that we cannot resolve by the prayer of the Holy Rosary.”
While in my own, personal life I have generally been more or less faithful in praying the daily Rosary, some friends and I recently determined to make sure that we each pray a full five decades every day regardless of how busy the day gets or of how much we may not feel like doing so. The effects have been significant.
What has been especially striking to me is the simplicity of the Rosary. I think that oftentimes we overlook it because it is so simple. We go to confession and hope that our confessor will provide us with some secret recipe or complex formula for avoiding sin and growing in holiness when in reality we already possess the key we need but have overlooked it because it is not glamorous.
Someday the world will be converted, and it will be converted through the power of the Rosary. As part of that process, we each need to undergo personal conversion as well, and that too will take place through the power of the Rosary. As St. Dominic himself said nearly 700 years ago, “One day, through the Rosary and the Scapular, Our Lady will save the world.”
That day could well be our day. Pray the Rosary.