October is the month of the Holy Rosary. As you have probably picked up by now, I promote the praying of the Rosary as often as possible. It is a daily part of my own prayer, and I encourage everyone to make it a daily part of their prayer as well. The Rosary is not just a long string of prayers but a method of meditation which leads us into a deep reflection on the lives of Jesus and Mary when prayed properly. The key to using the Rosary in a productive way is the use of the various Mysteries. There are four sets of five so called Mysteries. Each is like a snapshot from the Gospels. We are to not just name the Mystery that we are praying, but to imagine that Mystery as completely as possible, and to draw from that Mystery a deeper understanding of what is revealed in that scene and how to live that truth in our own lives. The first set of Mysteries, the Joyful Mysteries, is a meditation on the events leading to the birth of Christ and two events from the childhood of Jesus. The Luminous Mysteries reflect on various events during the adult life and ministry of Jesus. The Sorrowful Mysteries draw us into the Passion of Christ. And the Glorious Mysteries, beginning with the Resurrection, portray to us those events that follow the victory of Christ. Each week during October, I will address some aspect of the Rosary and how we can pray it more effectively, but the best way to grow in our prayer of the Rosary is just to pray it.October is the month of the Holy Rosary. As you have probably picked up by now, I promote the praying of the Rosary as often as possible. It is a daily part of my own prayer, and I encourage everyone to make it a daily part of their prayer as well. The Rosary is not just a long string of prayers but a method of meditation which leads us into a deep reflection on the lives of Jesus and Mary when prayed properly. The key to using the Rosary in a productive way is the use of the various Mysteries. There are four sets of five so called Mysteries. Each is like a snapshot from the Gospels. We are to not just name the Mystery that we are praying, but to imagine that Mystery as completely as possible, and to draw from that Mystery a deeper understanding of what is revealed in that scene and how to live that truth in our own lives. The first set of Mysteries, the Joyful Mysteries, is a meditation on the events leading to the birth of Christ and two events from the childhood of Jesus. The Luminous Mysteries reflect on various events during the adult life and ministry of Jesus. The Sorrowful Mysteries draw us into the Passion of Christ. And the Glorious Mysteries, beginning with the Resurrection, portray to us those events that follow the victory of Christ. Each week during October, I will address some aspect of the Rosary and how we can pray it more effectively, but the best way to grow in our prayer of the Rosary is just to pray it.

–Fr. Mike Comer