The word rosary comes from rose, a flower of different scents and colors. It is a form of contemplative prayer in union with Mary. The string of beads we usually use to count AVE Maria in the succession of the Mysteries is a bit like the wreath offered to and placed around the neck of an important person, awaited with great joy, according to a beautiful oriental tradition.
Admiration, joy, and celebration showed to Mary while contemplating Jesus, who is God blessed forever, our “friend”, “brother”, “God and man again”, “Son of God and Son of Man”, “head of the body, which is the Church”, whom we love and from whom nothing can separate us. The Rosary, as John Paul II indicated in his apostolic letter Rosarium Virginis Mariae, is “a prayer of great significance, destined to bring forth fruits of holiness. It blends easily into the spiritual journey of the Christians who, after two thousand years, has lost none of the freshness of its beginnings and feels pushed by the Spirit of God to repeat, even ‘shout’ the name of Christ to the world; Lord and Savior, ‘the way, the truth, and the life’, the goal of history and the point where the ideals of history and civilization meet”.
Mary is the short way to Jesus. Who knows the heart of Christ better than she does? And the man is her heart! Maria takes us inside the heart of Christ, in full knowledge of the love of Christ. Mary is full of sanctifying grace, since the first moment of her conception. Sin has never troubled, cooled, or obfuscated her relationship with God. She makes us participate in the knowledge of God, making us enter the heart of Christ, where the fullness of divinity dwells.
With her “Behold the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word” Maria has fully manifested her oblation. And this oblation, which characterized all of her life, is the reason of her beauty.
Bernadette Soubirous, who saw her 19 times in Lourdes, testified that Our Lady is beautiful. Our Lady communicates this beauty, which is full harmony and stable equilibrium, to all of us, especially to women who, like her, have the inner characteristic that makes oblation, self-donation, visible.
Taken from Mary’s Yes, Always editions