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RMPTR 33 Day Rosary challenge- Day 17/33- Patti Maguire Armstrong
“Even though I am a cradle Catholic, I did not know how to pray the Rosary until my mid-30′s. That tells you what sort of Catholic I was–one who did not really “get it.” Now that I do “get it” I have come to love the Rosary. After reading books on Our Lady of Fatima and Our Lady of Lourdes, I was especially struck by the simple message our Mother in Heaven asked of us: to pray the rosary daily. It must be very powerful that she would make that request of us. And who among us feels comfortable ignoring a request from the Blessed Mother, the Mother of God?
The Rosary is a Jesus-centered prayer based on Scripture. I feel so sad that our Protestant brothers and sisters do not understand that. “…the Lord is with you…thy womb Jesus…” My husband and I pray it daily ourselves and often together with our children. Especially when I am troubled and don’t know what to do, Mass, Eucharist Adoration and the Rosary bring me peace and direction.”
Patti Maguire Armstrong, Catholic author and mother.
On “Sorrowful” Fridays, we reach for that Rosary confident in the knowledge that we will pray with Mary. Mary, who only takes us to her Son, was created to serve God by bringing Jesus to us. Lord, grant me Mary’s virtues. Grant me her loving strength, divine wisdom and heroic patience to endure the challenges of my day. “Hail Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy….”