Tuesday 1 December 2009
Popes Paul VI and John Paul II when writing of the Rosary, advised that it be said with a lingering pace and with a rhythm of tranquility . Speed kills, not only on the roads, but on the pathways of life. For those who know and love the Virgin-Mother of Jesus, the Rosary becomes a blissfully simple exercise. Resting in the arms of Mary, they attune themselves to the beat of her Immaculate Heart. And the lullaby that she sings to them, is the love-song of her Son—the lyric of his life, death and glory.
The repeated rhythm of the Aves serves to still the racing brain and the inner turmoil, to quiet the troubled heart and to
set the soul in silence and peace.
As a child has rest in its mother’s arms,
even so my soul.—Psalm 130
We learn to rest in the holy name of Mary, to make the name of Jesus at the centre of each Ave a point of communion. Each time we say, Jesus, we make an offering of Him to the Father and draw on the power that goes out from Jesus to bring healing and strength. Thus do we find the rest that brings us to the inner land of being. The Rosary prayed like this becomes a kind of little liturgy—both an act of sacrifice and a holy communion
There is a Far Eastern version of Psalm 23 version which seems to match this mood:
The Lord is my pace-setter... I will not rush
He makes me stop for quiet intervals,
He provides me with images of stillness
which restore my serenity.
He leads me in the ways of efficiency
through calmness of mind
and his guidance is peace.
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