The Holy Rosary: The Rosary in Christian Tradition
In our Christian life, submission to certain rules, commandments and prescriptions is not the most important thing. Nor is even accepting the teachings of our Lord when we give these teachings just an intellectual adherance. It is primarily a personal relationship, a relationship of love, of intimacy, of oneness. This is the essence of the Gospel given by the Master. Without that personal surrender of being one in heart and mind, of accepting his way of life, his sentiments, his perspectives, his horizon, his goals and aims. Keeping the Commandments and precents may make us good servants and slaves, but not children of our Father in heaven.
Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, "Abba, Father." (Galatians 4:6)
But this transformation from servants to sons can come about only by fixing our gaze on the unique Son and Heir the Father has sent to be our model, and allowing him to mould us to his likeness. It also comes about our being associated with persons intimately connected with his life. who shared his sentiments, his ideas and reflected his likeness just as he was the perfect expression of the Father.
This is the basic element in the devotion of the Holy Rosary. We re-live, re-present the principal events of our Lord's life in union with his mother who came closest to him in his life and mission. We see them in association with her, see them through her eyes. Mother and son are inseparable. Thus all through the centuries the Church has insisted on this basic principle of our Christian life - to Jesus through Mary.
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