October is the month dedicated to the most Holy Rosary of our Blessed Mother Mary.
We Dominicans love Mary. We treasure her Rosary and make it a priority in our daily prayer lives. Devotion to Mother Mary and the Rosary go hand in hand.
During this special month, I intend to post a brief Rosary Reflection each Saturday, sharing the words, wisdom and insight of our predecessors in the Faith.
May we never hesitate to call upon our heavenly Mother. Let us begin today by heeding the words of St. Bernard:
"In all thy troubles look upon the star of the sea. Call upon and invoke Mary, because it is she who obtains favor and calm for us on life's sea, and is our safest way among life's turbulent waves. She is the anchor by which the ship sails steadily at sea, yea she is the ship in which man is rescued from the waves of temptation. Whosoever neglects to praise her, can scarcely hope to be heard in time of tribulations....
"When the sinner asks her for a favor, she shows her heart (her pierced and Immaculate Heart) to her Divine Son; while the Son shows His pierced side and wounds to the Eternal Father. Wherefore, no refusal can exist, where there are so many signs of charity.”