Many of the problems facing contemporary families, especially in economically developed societies, result from their increasing difficulty in communicating. Families seldom manage to come together, and the rare occasions when they do are often taken up with watching television. To return to the recitation of the family Rosary means filling daily life with very different images, images of the mystery of salvation: the image of the Redeemer, the image of his most Blessed Mother. The family that recites the Rosary together reproduces something of the atmosphere of the household of Nazareth: its members place Jesus at the centre, they share his joys and sorrows, they place their needs and their plans in his hands, they draw from him the hope and the strength to go on. — St. John Paul II

Happy Feast of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary.

I just wanted to reiterate the point I made when I resumed posting, that my work load this Fall is making blog writing quite difficult. Though there is some flex in my time to write these days, competing demands are leaving my creative capacity near-empty. Sicut Deus vult illud esse. I will post as frequently as I am able.

If nothing else, I will most certainly post on October 14.

Thank you for making this blog part of your reading.

“Madonna of the Rosary,”, Lorenzo Lotto (1539),

10 comments on “Inconsistent

  1. pjmadden33 says:

    Thank you for the very apt message and the magnificent picture of Queen of the Most Holy Rosary

  2. nos. says:

    “Hail MARY full of grace” P.B.W.Y.A.A …

  3. Laura T. says:

    Thank you for blogging so this can be part of our daily reading! My life (prayer and otherwise) is certainly enriched by your thoughts and teachings.

  4. WoopieCushion says:

    Thanks Tom! Prayers offered for all your good labors.
    Found some reflections on the reflections of Guardini on the Rosary today and thought I contribute:

    Romano Guardini (1885-1968) once addressed the objections made against the Rosary as a form of prayer. He said:
    “The Rosary is . . . the subject of misunderstandings and abuses. The Sermon on the Mount says, ‘But in praying, do not multiply words, as the Gentiles do; for they think that by saying a great deal, they will be heard . . . ‘ ”
    “The Gospels – Guardini adds – are the source and summation of all Christian teaching about prayer; one might think that if there is a contradiction to what the Gospel says about multiplying words, it is the Rosary. . . And we must add to this the exaggerations of some of those who recommend the Rosary. At times one has the impression that some who praise it lose all sense of measure when they begin speaking of it.”
    YET, Guardini responds, these objections are ultimately emptied of power by the following considerations: “Prayer is an ancient human act, and contains laws which remain substantial and ever recurring. If, in such a serious religion like Buddhism, six hundred years before Christ, we discover a form of prayer resembling the Rosary in certain aspects, it should speak “for” the latter rather than against it.”
    And, finally: “When do we find anything good and noble that is protected against abuses? I FEAR THAT WHATEVER IS NOT EXPOSED TO ABUSES HAS NOT MUCH VALUE (Capitals mine). Man has always mistreated what was important to him, for his love does not have a tender hand.” Guardini here appeals, however implicitly, to the ancient scholastic adage that says: “Abusus non tollit usum” (The abuse of a good thing does not negate its goodness).
    Guardini’s argument brings forth the shining heart of this magnificent prayer. For the Rosary, properly understood, is a wondrous convergence of Biblical narrative and popular religiosity. It is, furthermore, a pilgrimage into the Mystery of mysteries, God embracing human existence and history and becoming fully, radically and dangerously human, walking our walks unto the final encounter with his Father and our Father (Jn 20: 17).

    • Great stuff, WC. As you argue, popular religion is never pristine, tidy and balanced as doctrinaires would like it to be. Popular religion is not engineered, strategically planned or implemented by committees. It just sprouts up among non-specialists who find themselves loving God and His saints, and looking for an outlet. Thank God.

  5. cp says:

    Thanks for your time, insight and dedication.

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