by the Trappist Monks of Gethsemani Abbey
An integral part of the rosary, indeed, the most essential part, is the meditation on the mysteries of the incarnation (joyful mysteries) and the redemption (the sorrowful and glorious mysteries).
Yet there are different ways to meditate on the mysteries. One particular way may always be the most fruitful one for you, or you may feel inclined to alternate between two or more different styles of meditation. It could be that while one approach may prove better in a certain season of your life, you may find yourself drawn in a different season to move on to another meditation style and stick with it for a while. Ask for the guidance of the Holy Spirit, chat about it with your spiritual director if you have one, and experiment!
The following four ways are suggested as different possibilities by the Trappist Abbey of the Genesee in Piffard, NY:
1. Simply picture the scene of each mystery, noting some of the details and thinking of Jesusí and Maryís reactions to the various events, for instance how Mary must have feared and worried at the loss of the Child in Jerusalem, the pain Jesus must have felt as the nails pierced his hands and feet.
2. Representing the events of each mystery briefly and meditating on the virtues Jesus and Mary portrayed in each, for instance Maryís faith and humility at the Annunciation, Jesusí resignation to the will of his Father at Gethsemani.
3. A brief recalling of the events, but rather than dwelling on the details and virtues, meditating on the great basic themes they represent, for instance the whole meaning of the Incarnation, the Redemption, the Paschal Mystery for us, joy at the forgiveness of our sins made possible by Christís death on the Cross, the encouragement and hope held out to us by his Resurrection and Ascension.
4. A somewhat more contemplative approach by a simple, loving gaze at Jesus within us, communing with him in a sort of experiential, intuitive way, with the events of the various mysteries there implicitly, creating a background for a more vivid realization of Jesusí great love for us as manifested by the events of the mysteries and the love we owe him in return.
How Mary and the Rosary Can Change Your Life
by: Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio
Talk 1: The Virgin Mary: Model of Faith
Some Christians seem to neglect the Blessed Virgin Mary; others seem overly preoccupied with her. What is the true role of Mary in God's plan, her intended role in our lives now, and the proper form of devotion to her? In this talk, Dr. D'Ambrosio provides enlightening and inspiring answers to these questions from Scripture, common sense and the teaching of the Church.
Talk 2: A Fresh Look at The Rosary
There is something here for everyone-- those who have problems with the rosary, and those who've read every book on the subject. Drawing from scripture, history, Church teaching and personal experience, Dr. D'Ambrosio shares insights on the rosary in this talk that will forever change the way you look at and experience this traditional devotion.
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