Dominican Jubilee: The Holy Rosary as a Prayer for Peace

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The Rosary has many times been proposed as a prayer for peace. The grave challenges confronting the world lead us to think that only an intervention from on high, capable of guiding the hearts of those living in situations of conflict and those governing the destinies of nations, can give reason to hope for a brighter future.

The Rosary is, by its nature, a prayer for peace, since it consists in the contemplation of Christ, the Prince of Peace, the one who is “our peace” (Ephesians 2:14). Anyone who assimilates the mystery of Christ—and this is clearly the goal of the Rosary— learns the secret of peace and makes it a life’s project. Moreover, by virtue of its meditative character, with the tranquil succession of Hail Mary’s, the Rosary has a peaceful effect on those who pray it, disposing them to receive and experience in their innermost depths, and to spread around them, that true peace which is the special gift of the Risen Lord (cf. John 14:27; 20:21).

The Rosary is also a prayer for peace because of the fruits of charity, which it produces. How could one possibly contemplate the mystery of the Child of Bethlehem, in the joyful mysteries, without experiencing the desire to welcome, defend and promote life, and to shoulder the burdens of suffering children all over the world?

How could one possibly follow in the footsteps of Christ the Revealer, in the mysteries of light, without resolving to bear witness to his “Beatitudes” in daily life? And how could one contemplate Christ carrying the cross and Christ crucified without feeling the need to act as a “Simon of Cyrene” for our brothers and sisters weighed down by grief or crushed by despair?

Finally, how could one possibly gaze upon the glory of the Risen Christ or of Mary, our Lady of the Holy Rosary, without yearning to make this world more beautiful, more just, more closely conformed to God’s plan? In a word, by focusing our eyes on Christ, the Rosary, prayed at all times but especially in this jubilee year, calls us to recommit to being peacemakers in the world. Far from offering an escape from the problems of the world, the Rosary obliges us to see and preach about issues through the lens of the gospel with responsible and generous eyes, and obtains for us the strength to face them with the certainty of God’s help and the firm intention of bearing witness in every situation to “love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony” (Colossians 3:14).

Download the Holy Rosary: Prayer for Peace Booklet here.

 

(15 June 2016)