Yesterday (September 29,2018) Pope Francis called for all Catholics to pray the Rosary during the month of October. He’s also asking that Mary and St. Michael the Archangel to intercede for the protection of the Church in a moment of “spiritual turbulence.”
He also wants us to pray Sub Tuum Praesidium:
We fly to Thy protection, O Holy Mother of God. Do not despise our petitions in our necessities, but deliver us always from all dangers, O Glorious and Blessed Virgin.
He is also asking that Catholics end the rosary with the prayer to St. Michael the Archangel, composed by Pope Leo XII:
Saint Michael Archangel, defend us in battle, be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil; may God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl through the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.
I have been praying the Rosary almost every day since this summer started. I’m not perfect and some days I just don’t add it to my day, and the last few weeks I’ve prayed it once. So getting this call from Pope Francis is kind of kicking me in the butt to get back to my daily Rosary.
The last time I prayed it was when this whole McCarrick thing blew up The Church. When I started my first decade I prayed to Mary FOR Her and Her Church. Instantly I started to cry. Now I’m not talking tearing up, I’m talking sudden death of a loved one ugly crying. The pain I felt in my heart and feeling like I got kicked in the gut accompanied this FOR THREE DECADES!!!! It was so intense I didn’t know how, or if, I was going to be able to finish, that’s when the fourth decade started and it subsided.
I kid you not, that is possibly the weirdest and crazy thing that has happened in my spiritual life as an adult. The other was when I was 17 and driving, but I’ll save that for another post.
I haven’t had the chance to speak with my Priest at RCIA about this, but I’m hoping to do that next week when we have to talk about our journey. I worked on that the other day and I’m very happy with the way it turned out. It felt good to read that to see how and where God was present in my life, and also how my views towards God have changed through the decades.
So tell me! Do you pray the Rosary? If so, have you ever had a spiritual moment while doing so? I want to hear your story!