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In this new book of meditations on the meaning of the Rosary, Rev. John Phalen, C.S.C., invites readers to open their eyes and their hearts to God's presence in their daily lives through this ancient devotion. Much more than a “how-to” book, Living the Rosary employs ...
In this new book of meditations on the meaning of the Rosary, Rev. John Phalen, C.S.C., invites readers to open their eyes and their hearts to God's presence in their daily lives through this ancient devotion. Much more than a “how-to” book, Living the Rosary employs scripture, the lives of the saints, and Phalen's pastoral experiences to lead readers into a deep appreciation of the personal import of the mysteries of the Rosary.
As president of Holy Cross Family Ministries—the organization founded by Patrick Peyton, the “Rosary Priest”—Phalen has traveled the world, giving retreats and workshops on the Rosary to thousands. His meditative guide situates each of the twenty “mysteries” of the life of Jesus within both biblical and modern stories of conversion and spiritual growth. Beginning with his own vocation story (an example of “annunciation”), Phalen offers twenty different stories—some scriptural, some personal, all of them practical—that will help readers better understand and live each mystery of the Rosary. An explanation of how to pray the Rosary is included.
1 Living the Joyful Mysteries
The Annunciation: The Message of an Angel 18
The Visitation: Being Christ for One Another 24
The Nativity: God Has Come Down 31
The Presentation: Offering to God What God Has First Given to Us 38
The Finding in the Temple: Doing the Work of My Father 46
2 Living the Luminous Mysteries
The Baptism in the Jordan: This Is My Beloved Son 54
The Wedding Feast at Cana: Do Whatever He Tells You! 60
The Proclamation of the Kingdom: The Power of Forgiveness 66
The Transfiguration: Listen to Him! 72
The Institution of the Eucharist: Wash Each Other's Feet 78
3 Living the Sorrowful Mysteries
The Agony in the Garden: Not as I Will, but as You Will 86
The Scourging at the Pillar: Pilate Took Jesus and Had Him Scourged 92
The Crowning with Thorns: Hail, King of the Jews! 97
The Carrying of the Cross: So They Took Jesus, and Carrying the Cross by Himself … 102
The Crucifixion: Into Your Hands I Commend My Spirit 107
4 Living the Glorious Mysteries
The Resurrection: Why Do You Seek the Living among the Dead? 114
The Ascension: Make Disciples of All Nations 119
Pentecost: Tongues as of Fire 125
The Assumption: Pray for Us Sinners 132
The Crowning of Mary: My Mother, My Queen 137
Appendix: How to Pray the Rosary 143
Posted August 10, 2013
Rev. Phalen's personal stories complement the rosary meditations and make them relevant to today. Excellent book, enjoyed it immensely.
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