If you have ever attempted to pray the Rosary with your family, you may have discovered it is not quite the meditative experience that the writers of many Rosary books put forth. Yes, at its ideal, praying the Rosary should be a quiet time of reflection on the lives of Mary and Jesus, but life with families is rarely ideal.
As the father of nine children, Tom Hoopes understands this. In The Rosary of Saint John Paul II: Meditations, Prayers, and Practical Aids (Holy Heroes, 2018), he shares how daily Rosaries transform families, even the “partial Rosaries, hurried Rosaries, bored Rosaries, in-the-car Rosaries, distracted Rosaries, or any Rosary.” Even in the messiness of family life, it is worth praying together. The Rosary has the power to strengthen us against sin, transform your life, transform your death, and transform the world, and it all begins with us taking the time to pray the Rosary and develop the habit in our children of praying the Rosary.
This small book contains a great deal of valuable information. Each set of mysteries (Joyful, Luminous, Sorrowful, and Glorious) is introduced by an excerpt from St. Pope John Paul II’s apostolic letter Rosarium Virginis Mariae. Each individual mystery includes a lovely full-color image of the event, a set of ten Scripture verses so that you can pray a Scriptural Rosary of reciting one verse before each Hail Mary, and a set of ten simple reflections.
The book concludes with the Litany of Loreto and the Salve Regina (Hail, Holy Queen). A short description of how to pray the Rosary with the accompanying prayers would have been helpful to include. If you need a lesson, please visit: https://www.ewtn.com/Devotionals/prayers/rosary/how_to.htm
Overall, The Rosary of Saint John Paul II is a beautiful aid to assist in praying the Rosary and making it a priority in your family’s life.
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