Thanks for your response. I went back to my original post on this thread because it was written a few months ago, and read Pope Francis’ words on the Feast of Our Lady’s Assumption. Let me quote again a few sentences from our Pope:
…Mary accompanies us, struggles with us, sustains Christians in their fight against the forces of evil. Prayer with Mary, especially the rosary – but listen carefully: the Rosary. Do you pray the Rosary every day? But I’m not sure you do… [the people shout “Yes!”] Really? Well, prayer with Mary, especially the Rosary, has this “suffering” dimension, that is of struggle, a sustaining prayer in the battle against the evil one and his accomplices. The Rosary also sustains us in the battle… - Pope Francis, 8-15-2013
It is important for all of us to pray with Mary, as she accompanies us, with Her Son, on our earthly journey. We are never alone in our fight against the forces of evil! The Popes have often encouraged us to pray the Rosary because the Mysteries of the Rosary help us focus on the lives of Jesus and Mary, and in the Joyful Mysteries we also include the dear Spouse of Mary and Guardian of Jesus, St. Joseph. How humble and seemingly ordinary their lives looked to others in Nazareth, yet God’s Light shone through them! So must we let His Light shine through us.
Do we pray our daily Rosary with attention and devotion? The great St. Teresa of Avila said that if we do not pray with attention ad devotion we are not praying – no matter how much we move our lips! We can be so easily distracted, but the willingness to continue turning our minds and hearts to Jesus and Mary thwarts the devil every time!
Our first Pope, St. Peter, knew what it was to be tempted and even to fall, but by God’s Grace he learned from his mistakes. Let us continue to learn from Jesus and Mary as St. Peter and all the saints learned:
1Pe 5:8-9 Be sober, be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking some one to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experience of suffering is required of your brotherhood throughout the world.
Jesus, we trust in You!
Mary, Mother given to us from Jesus on the Cross, pray for us.
St. Joseph, Protector of Holy Church, St. Peter and all the saints and angels, pray for us.