Fatima and 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.”

There are many problems in the world, as well as in our country, our diocese, our parishes, and our families. Each of us also has personal problems and burdens we carry. Some might tend towards discouragement, and think that this situation is hopeless. So, the question is: Is there anything that we can do to face these problems that would really be helpful and make a difference?

In answer to that question, we can listen to Sr. Lucia (to whom our Lady appeared at Fatima) who assured us:

“There is no problem, I tell you, no matter how difficult it is, that we cannot resolve by the prayer of the holy rosary.”

Our Mother Mary appeared to Lucia (age 10) and her cousins Francisco (age 9) and Jacinta (age 7) six times from May to October of 1917. In each of these appearances, our Lady asked for the daily praying of the Rosary. She knows how powerful the Rosary is. And if it was encouraged back then, how much more do we need it in our times!

When thinking of praying the daily Rosary, we could recall the biblical story of Naaman the leper (see 2 Kings, chapter 5). The prophet Elisha tells him to “wash in the Jordan seven times”. At first, Naaman resists—it seems too simple! Eventually his servants convince him to do as the prophet says. When he does so, he is completely cured. Some people may resist praying the Rosary. They may not understand how such a simple prayer can be so powerfully efficacious. However, if we simply obey what our Lady is asking, and pray the Rosary every day, we will come to experience blessings even more valuable than Naaman received.

As Sr. Lucia (one of the children of Fatima who became a Carmelite nun) said in regard to reciting the Rosary,

“God and Our Lady know better than anyone else what is most appropriate for us and what we need most.”

One of the blessings of the Rosary is that it is accessible to everyone. Sr. Lucia writes that

“to pray the Rosary is something everybody can do, rich and poor, wise and ignorant, great and small.”

She goes on to encourage us with these words:

“Since we all need to pray, God asks of us, as a kind of daily installment, a prayer which is within our reach: the Rosary, which can be recited either in common or in private, either in Church in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament or at home, either with the rest of the family or alone, either when travelling or while walking quietly in the fields. A mother of a family can say the Rosary while she rocks her baby’s cradle or does the housework. Our day has twenty four hours in it. It is not asking a great deal to set aside a quarter of an hour for the spiritual life, for our intimate and familiar converse with God.”

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