I have to admit, much as I loved JPII, it took me quite a few years to warm up to the Luminous Mysteries. Now, of course, I completely understand how they are all scriptural events that fill a “hole” in the mysteries (events/life of Christ) – we had such a gaping hole for years, and the Luminous Mysteries are the perfect, succinct way to bridge that gap.
Of course, I needed to go back and understand to begin with why we even have “mysteries” that we are supposed to meditate upon – Hundreds of years ago, most Christians were not literate so could not read the Bible themselves. That is, if they even had access to a Bible to read!! (We so often forget how blessed most of us are to have ready access to Bibles, and have the know-how to read them ourselves!!)
Anyhow - the whole reason why the mysteries were designated was so that the “common” Christian could remember and meditate upon some of the crucial events in the life of Christ and Salvation History. By remembering and meditating upon just a handful of crucial events, earlier Christians were better able to keep track of and contemplate the life of our Saviour - even without the ability to just readily pick up a Bible and read about it.
In light of the historical perspective of why the mysteries were originally designated, it is easy to understand why those first 15 were “picked”. And also, to understand why JPII saw the need to add in 5 (additional but optional) mysteries to fill in the hole…without the Luminous Mysteries, we are missing all of the years of Christ’s ministry on earth.
I would suggest that the developer of these mysteries is in error with his reasoning. JPII did not introduce new mysteries to invite us to each invent mysteries relevant to our lives. He added mysteries to allow us to **meditate on a more complete life of Christ **without the 18 year gap between the finding of the child in the temple (5th Joyful), and the agony in the garden (1st Sorrowful).
I love the rosary, but would not love :nope: any new mysteries that were “invented” to try to increase our social consciousness. Other posters were correct. If we aspire to be good and true Christians, then moral actions and social consciousness should necessarily follow. But to divert our attention away from what I see as being pivotal, critical and miraculous events, and the sacrifice that Christ made on our behalf…to take our meditations away from these and divert them towards social attitudes instead…well, these do not sit well with me.
I would guess that there is nothing to stop anyone from suggesting extra meditations to reflect on while praying the rosary. But “meditations” is not the same thing as “Mysteries”. And I would definitely take exception with any one with less authority than the Pope, who tries to introduce their own set of “Mysteries.”
Just my 2 cents.
Peace and God Bless,