Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Pope Benedict XVI, the Rosary and the Holy Face

Photo of Pope Benedict in Manoppello Sept. 1, 2006

Last month Pope Benedict made a visit to the Shrine of Our Lady of New Pompeii founded by the great apostle of the rosary Blessed Bartolo Longo. Here is some of what he said to encourage those who work at the Shrine which can also be of help to all of us in this difficult time.

In order to be apostles of the rosary, it is necessary to experience first hand the beauty and depth of this prayer (the rosary) that is simple and accessible to all. It is, above all, necessary to contemplate the Face of Christ: His joyful, luminous, sorrowful and glorious Face. One who, like Mary and together with her, assiduously keeps and meditates the mysteries of Jesus, assimilates His sentiments more and more, and is conformed to him... The rosary is a school of contemplation and of silence...The rosary is entirely woven of Sacred Scripture.

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