It is necessary “to snatch the Rosaries from the hands of the old ladies!” How can we forget this declaration from Cardinal Michele Pellegrino (1903-1986), Archbishop of Turin between 1965 and 1977, to his clergy and often heard during the Roman youth of this article’s author? It comes to mind especially in the month of October, which is called the month of the Rosary precisely because of the “spiritual cadence” derived from the liturgical Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary (October 7).

Far from those who, now adult and emancipated, do not “waste time” with this devout practice “which Christians have ever found to be of marvelous avail,” instead we welcome the invitation through the Rosary to let ourselves be guided by the Blessed Virgin, the model of faith, in meditating on the mysteries of Christ: “in the Rosary all the part that Mary took as our co-Redemptress comes to us, as it were, set forth, and in such wise as though the facts were even then taking place.”[1]

An invitation to applaud Mary as “freely cooperating in the work of man’s salvation” is found in the third stanza of the splendid hymn O gloriosa domina, which opens the Morning Prayer (Lauds) in the Marian feasts (Common of the Blessed Virgin Mary), that testifies to how in the sensus fidei of the People of God — that sort of supernatural instinct which guides Christians —  has been rooted for centuries.[2]

Praise the Lord

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