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Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

12 Ways to make the Rosary a life-saver this October by Annabelle Moseley (Aleteia)

This October, as worries abound related to the pandemic, the upcoming election, raging fires in both forests and streets, and surreal social changes, we are blessed to have a gift from heaven that is a literal life-saver — the Rosary.

Do we desire peace in our hearts; in our homes and in our country? If so, then let us heed the wise advice of

Pope Pius XI: “The Rosary is a powerful weapon to put the demons to flight and to keep oneself from sin … If you desire peace in your hearts, in your homes, and in your country, assemble each evening to recite the Ro- sary. Let not even one day pass without saying it, no matter how burdened you may be with many cares and labors.”

We have the answer to everything that causes us pain and anxiety, and it is literally in our own hands. It is the rosary beads we clutch, as though we hold our mother Mary’s hands, and when we do not have the beads, we can count off the prayers on our 10 fingers, praying that our hands will always be used to do God’s work.

So let’s join together this October, this month of the Most Holy Rosary and not let one day go by without a Ro- sary said for peace in our hearts, our homes, and our country. Here are 12 ways to honor the Rosary and rely on it as a way to save the world and our own lives, too.

1. Commit to praying the Rosary every day for the month of October. It’s a great way to celebrate the month of the Rosary and if you do it daily, you will see a noticeable difference in your life that might make you want to keep doing it…

2. Start praying the family Rosary. Fr. Patrick Peyton said that “the family that prays together, stays together.” Start saying a family Rosary, or even just a decade together…

3. Pray the Rosary with an online prayer companion. There are various online prayer companions that assist in keeping our focus during the Rosary…

4. Surround Yourself with art and music that honors Mary. Whether it’s Marian Gregorian chant, Bach’s nificat, or Pavarotti’s Ave Maria, fill your home with the beautiful sounds of homage to our Heavenly Mother…

5. Add Rosary-inspired prayers at special moments. Add a Hail Mary after grace before meals…

6. Read a book that deepens your excitement about the Rosary. The Secret of the Rosary is a timeless classic guaranteed to make you more devoted to the Rosary…

7. Design and plant a Rosary garden. It’s still gardening season in October (think colorful mums and Gerbera daisies), but you can begin planning this any time of year!…

8. Set your dining table, mantel, or other prominent area in your home with an Our Lady of the Rosary altar…

9. Cook for the Queen. Make a special Marian-themed dinner…

10. Devote Saturdays to Mary’s honor. Saturday is the day our Church sets aside for Our Blessed Mother…

11. Practice special acts of Charity… Do a special act of charity for someone in need. Offer it up to Mary’s Im- maculate heart.

12. Find ways to share the Rosary with others. Read the full article: https://aleteia.org/2020/10/01/12-ways-to-make-the-rosary-a-life-saver-this-october/

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