• Olivia M. Bannan

The Power of the Rosary: A Remedy for Society, our Spiritual Weapon


Part 1

Imagine, you and the apostles, gathered together with our Mother Mary. After Pentecost, we can, with the help of the Holy Spirit and our Mother Mary, go out and evangelize. We journey as God's pilgrim people preaching God's love wherever we go. Our commission is to bear the "good news" that gives meaning to our entire existence. Our duty is to let people know of the love and goodness of God and the salvation obtained for us by our Lord Jesus Christ.

Like the women who visited the tomb, we should be so filled with joy that we run and tell others about our encounter with Jesus. As on the road to Emmaus, we should understand the scriptures and the significance of the breaking of the bread. We want to share the good news, that Jesus did not leave us after the crucifixion, but that He triumphed in the Resurrection and that He remains in us and with us in the Eucharist.

Moments before His ascent to heaven, Jesus told the apostles, "All authority in Heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:18-19)." Jesus said, "You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you" (Acts 1:8). We can imagine that Mary would have told the Apostles to "do whatever He tells you" after Jesus' ascension, when she joined them in waiting on the Holy Spirit . (Rosarium 14--Apostolic letter, St John Paul II 2002)

But what happens , when all does not fall into place--in spite of our happiness, joy, eagerness, willingness and sometimes impatience to do God's will of evangelizing, nothing happens. What now??? We can't stir up anything nor wake up the people. We have burned up our energies and engines with these excitements, but in spite of our best words and deeds, we fail miserably. What happens in our prayer life or in our everyday work/family life if something does not work? We pause, sit back and list our strengths and weaknesses and then, we turn to the basic--we turn back in prayer and ASK. God Will Hear Our Prayer


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