The Rosary: Mary's Light for the New Millennium
Mary's Rosary has been called a compendium of the entire Gospel. Each of the Mysteries of the Rosary have an essential message of faith. To preach the Rosary is to preach the life of Christ, the unity of His Church, and the salvation of souls.
Preaching the Rosary and understanding its true potential
is not just an option for Dominicans: it is an essential charism of every
Dominican. Former Master of the Dominican Order, the Very Rev. Damian
Byrne, O.P., issued a letter on the Rosary in which he quoted Pope Pius XI
who said that the Rosary is "the principle and foundation on which
the Order of St. Dominic rests for perfecting the lives of its members and
obtaining the salvation of others."
Over the course of 3 spirit-filled days, more than 800 people celebrated the jubilee by attending the Dominican Rosary Pilgrimage. The beauty of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception provided a magnificent back-drop for our speakers. Attendees were treated to a series of talks that demonstrated the universality of the Rosary. It truly is a prayer for all times, all seasons, and all manners of prayer.
Our list of distinguished Dominican speakers and scholars was headed by the well-known and witty Franciscan, Fr. Benedict Groeschel. Each speaker brought a unique perspective on how to delve into the richness of the mysteries. Each helped us appreciate, more than ever, the infinite bounty of spiritual fruits that this seemingly simple prayer delivers through the intercession of our loving Mother. We left convinced, more than ever, that the Rosary will be a source of deep spiritual renewal throughout this new millenium.
Those who missed the pilgrimage, can obtain tapes from St. Joseph's Communications. EWTN will also be airing video excerpts from several of the talks in November of 2001.
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