Rosary Quotes from Pope's, Saints and Seers
POPE ST. JOHN PAUL II
Pope Saint John Paul II in the Rosarium Virginis Mariae writes:
"In the spiritual journey of the Rosary, based on the constant contemplation 'in Mary's company of the face of Christ, this demanding ideal of being conformed to him is pursued through an association which could be described in terms of friendship. We are thereby enabled to enter naturally into Christ's life and as it were to share his deepest feelings. In this regard Blessed Bartolo Longo has written:
"Just as two friends, frequently in each other's company, tend to develop similar habits, so too, by holding familiar converse with Jesus and the Blessed Virgin, by meditating on the mysteries of the Rosary and by living the same life in Holy Communion, we can become, to the extent of our lowliness, similar to them and can learn from these supreme models a life of humility, poverty, hiddenness, patience and perfection."
If I remember well it was 1985. One evening I went to recite the Holy Rosary that was being led by the Holy Father [John Paul II]. He was in front of everybody, on his knees. The group was numerous; I saw the Holy Father from the back and, little by little, I got lost in prayer. I was not alone: I was praying in the middle of the people of God to which I and all those there belonged, led by our Pastor. I felt that this man [John Paul II], chosen to lead the Church, was following a path up to his Mother in the sky, a path set out on from his childhood. And I became aware of the density of the words of the Mother of Guadalupe to Saint Juan Diego: "Don't be afraid, am I not perhaps your mother?" I understood the presence of Mary in the life of the Pope. That testimony did not get forgotten in an instant.
From that time on I recite the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary every day.
POPE EMERITUS BENEDICT XVI
"With the Rosary, we allow ourselves to be guided by Mary, model of faith, in meditating on the mysteries of Christ, and day after day we are helped to assimilate the Gospel, so that it shapes all our lives."
We have repeated and made our own the Angel's words: "Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you!"ÂÂÂ, and also the words with which St Elizabeth welcomed the Virgin who went with haste to help and serve her: "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!"
"Mary", I wrote in the Encyclical Deus Caritas Est, 'is a woman who loves'. As a believer who in faith thinks with God's thoughts and wills with God's will, she cannot fail to be a woman who loves(n. 41). Yes, dear brothers and sisters, Mary is the fruit and sign of the love God has for us, of his tenderness and mercy. Therefore, together with our brothers in the faith of all times and all places, we turn to her in our needs and hopes, in the joyful and sorrowful events of life."
Sister Lucia - Fatima
"There is no problem, I tell you, no matter how difficult it is, that we cannot solve by the prayer of the Holy Rosary"
"When Lovers are together, they spend hours repeating the same thing: I LOVE YOU! what is missing in the world of people that think the Rosary is monotous, IS LOVE."
"The Rosary is the Prayer which sustains and increases our Faith"
"I assure you that the Rosary is a biblical prayer and it is a part of the Sacred Liturgy"
"In the Rosary we find all the riches of God's truths, or rather, the revelation of God to men"
"The Rosary is a form of vocal prayer which, in general, suits all of us, for which we should have the highest regard, and which we should make the greatest effort never abandon."
"The Most Holy Virgin in these last times in which we live has given a new efficacy to the recitation of the Rosary to such an extent that there is no problem, no matter how difficult it is, whether temporal or above all spiritual, in the personal life of each one of us, of our families'¦that cannot be solved by the Rosary. There is no problem, I tell you, no matter how difficult it is, that we cannot resolve by the prayer of the Holy Rosary."
VENERABLE ARCHBISHOP FULTON SHEEN
"The rosary is the book of the blind, where souls see and there enact the greatest drama of love the world has ever known; it is the book of the simple, which initiates them into mysteries and knowledge more satisfying than the education of other men; it is the book of the aged, whose eyes close upon the shadow of this world, and open on the substance of the next. The power of the rosary is beyond description."
SAINT PADRE PIO
"The Rosary is the weapon of our times"
"Some people are so foolish that they think they can go through life without the help of the Blessed Mother. Love the Madonna and pray the rosary, for her Rosary is the weapon against the evils of the world today. All graces given by God pass through the Blessed Mother."
"Go to the Madonna. Love her! Always say the Rosary. Say it well. Say it as often as you can! Be souls of prayer. Never tire of praying, it is what is essential. Prayer shakes the Heart of God, it obtains necessary graces!"
"My son, it is good to preach; but there is always a danger of looking for praise rather than the salvation of souls. Listen carefully to what happened to me in Paris so that you may be on guard against this kind of mistake: I was to preach in the great church dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary and I was particularly anxious to give a brilliant sermon, not out of pride, but because of the high intellectual stature of the congregation."
BLESSED ALAN DE LA ROCHE
"If you persevere in reciting the Rosary, this will be a most probable sign of your eternal salvation."
"The Holy Rosary is the storehouse of countless blessing."
SAINT JOSEMARIA ESCRIVA
"The holy Rosary is a powerful weapon. Use it with confidence and you'll be amazed at the results."ÂÂÂ
"If you say the Holy Rosary every day, with a spirit of faith and love, our Lady will make sure she leads you very far along her Son's path."
"Say the Holy Rosary. Blessed be that monotony of Hail Mary's which purifies the monotony of your sins!"
"You always leave the Rosary for later, and you end up not saying it at all because you are sleepy. If there is no other time, say it in the street without letting anybody notice it. It will, moreover, help you to have presence of God."
POPE SAINT PIUS IX
"Give me an army saying the Rosary and I will conquer the world"
"Among the various supplications with which we successfully appeal to the Virgin Mother of God, the Holy Rosary without doubt occupies a special and distinct place. This prayer, which some call the Psalter of the Virgin or Breviary of the Gospel and of Christian life, was described and recommended by Our Predecessor of happy memory, Leo"
"The Rosary is a powerful weapon to put the demons to flight and to keep oneself from sinIf you desire peace in your hearts, in your homes, and in your country, assemble each evening to recite the Rosary. Let not even one day pass without saying it, no matter how burdened you may be with many cares and labors."
"Among the various supplications with which we successfully appeal to the Virgin Mother of God, the Holy Rosary without doubt occupies a special and distinct place. This prayer, which some call the Psalter of the Virgin or Breviary of the Gospel and of Christian life, was described and recommended by Our Predecessor of happy memory, Leo XIII"
SAINT LOUIS DE MONTFORD
"There is another related in the Chronicles of St. Dominic. Near Carcassonne, where St. Dominic was preaching the Rosary, there was an unfortunate heretic who was possessed by a multitude of devils. These evil spirits to their confusion were compelled at the command of our Lady to confess many great and consoling truths concerning devotion to her. They did this so clearly and forcibly that, however weak our devotion to our Lady may be, we cannot read this authentic story containing such an unwilling tribute paid by the devils to devotion to our Lady without shedding tears of joy."
The Secret of the Rosary
"They will have the two-edged sword of the word of God in their mouths and the blood-stained standard of the Cross on their shoulders. They will carry the crucifix in their right hand and the rosary in their left, and the holy names of Jesus and Mary on their heart. The simplicity and self-sacrifice of Jesus will be reflected in their whole behaviour."
"When the Holy Rosary is said well, it gives Jesus and Mary more glory and is more meritorious than any other prayer."
"Never will anyone who says his Rosary every day become a formal heretic or be led astray by the devil."
OUR BLESSED MOTHER
"You shall obtain all you ask of me by the recitation of the Rosary." - Our Lady to Blessed Alan de la Roche
"When you say your Rosary, the angels rejoice, the Blessed Trinity delights in it, my Son finds joy in it too, and I myself am happier than you can possibly guess. After the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, there is nothing in the Church that I love as much as the Rosary." Our Lady to Blessed Alan de la Roche
"Dominic, even though what you have planned to say may be very good, I am bringing you a much better sermon." Saint Dominic took in his hands the book Our Lady proffered, read the sermon carefully and when he had understood it and meditated on it, he gave thanks to the Blessed Mother.
"Pray the Rosary every day to obtain peace for the world."
"Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee!" No creature has ever said anything that was more pleasing to me, nor will anyone ever be able to find or say to me anything that pleases me more."
Our Lady to Saint Mechtilde
OTHER ROSARY QUOTES
"The greatest method of praying is to pray the Rosary." Saint Francis de Sales
"The Rosary is the most excellent form of prayer and the most efficacious means of attaining eternal life. It is the remedy for all our evils, the root of all our blessings. There is no more excellent way of praying." - Pope Leo XIII
"No one can live continually in sin and continue to say the Rosary: either they will give up sin or they will give up the Rosary"
Bishop Hugh Doyle
"The ways of God are entirely different from our ways. To us it seems necessary to employ powerful means in order to produce great effects. This is not God's method; quite the contrary. He likes to choose the weakest instruments that He may confound the strong: "God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong Infirma mundi elegit ut confundat forti" (1 Cor 1:27).
"You must know that when you hail! Mary, she immediately greets you! Don't think that she is one of those rude women of whom there are so many. on the contrary, she is utterly courteous and pleasant. If you greet her, she will answer you right away and converse with you"- Saint Bernardine of Siena
â€œWithout contemplation, the Rosary is a body without a soul, and its recitation runs the risk of becoming a mechanical repetition of formulas, a violation of the admonition of Christâ€
Pope Paul VI, Marialis Cultis, 47