On Thursday of this week we celebrate the Coronation of Mary, and thus Her Queenship. This of course is the final mystery of the Most Holy Rosary: that Mary is crowned Queen of Heaven and Earth by Her Son, Jesus Christ, the Sovereign King of the Universe. It would be fitting then, not only to pray the Rosary that day (though it should be prayed every day!), but also to take a moment to remember why we pray the Rosary in the first place. A couple quotations from St. Louis de Montfort, one of the greatest saints of the Rosary, can help us to do this. The first deals with the reason for the Rosary, and the second with its power to convert us to Jesus.
“If priests and religious have an obligation to meditate on the great truths of our holy religion in order to live up to their vocation worthily, the same obligation, then, is just as much incumbent upon the laity — because of the fact that every day they meet with spiritual dangers which might make them lose their souls. Therefore they should arm themselves with the frequent meditation on the life, virtues and sufferings of Our Blessed Lord — which are so beautifully contained in the 15 mysteries of the Holy Rosary.”
“If you say the Rosary faithfully until death, I do assure you that, in spite of the gravity of your sins you shall receive a never-fading crown of glory. Even if you are on the brink of damnation, even if you have one foot in hell, even if you have sold your soul to the devil as sorcerers do who practice black magic, and even if you are a heretic as obstinate as a devil, sooner or later you will be converted and will amend your life and will save your soul, if — and mark well what I say — if you say the Holy Rosary devoutly every day until death for the purpose of knowing the truth and obtaining contrition and pardon for your sins.”
Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us!