The Holy Rosary

Why the Rosary? A few good reasons

For world peace

"Say the Rosary every day, to obtain peace for the world."

Our Lady of Fatima, 1917

In his encyclical Mense Maio ("In the Month of May"), Pope Paul VI urged Christians to pray to Our Lady Queen of Peace for world peace. He laid special emphasis on the Rosary, "the prayer so dear to Our Lady and so highly recommended by the Supreme Pontiffs."

A means for preserving the home

"There is no surer means of calling down God's blessings upon the family...than the daily recitation of the Rosary."

Pope Pius XII

"If families will but listen to my message and give Our Lady ten minutes of their twenty-four hours by reciting the daily Family Rosary, I assure them that their homes will become, by God's grace, peaceful, prayerful places - little heavens, which God the Author of home life has intended they should be!"

Father Peyton

For courage in the hardships of life

"...a powerful means of renewing our courage will undoubtedly be found in the Holy Rosary..."

Pope Leo XIII

As a ready and easy means of preserving the Faith

"...We have elsewhere brought it to the attention of the devout Christian that not least among the advantages of the Rosary is the ready means it puts in his hands to nurture his faith, and to keep him from ignorance of his religion and the danger of error."

Pope Leo XIII

For healing the evils of our day

"We do not hesitate to affirm again publicly that We put great confidence in the Holy Rosary for the healing of evils which affiict our times."

Pope Pius XII

A means of Christian perfection

"...Therefore we are sure that Our children and all their brethren throughout the world will turn (the Rosary) into a school for learning true perfection, as, with a deep spirit of recollection, they contemplate the teachings that shine forth from the life of Christ and of Mary Most Holy."

Pope John XXIII

For success in one's vocation in life

"I think that I did not miss a single day in reciting it, including the most terrible times of battle when I had no rest night or day. How often did I see her manifest intercession in the decisions which I made in choosing a precise tactic. Take, then, the advice of an old soldier seasoned by experience: Do not neglect the recitation of the Rosary for any reason."

Marshal Foch, great military leader of WW. I

As a powerful means of obtaining graces from God

"Among all the devotions approved by the Church none has been favored by so many miracles as the devotion of the Most Holy Rosary."

Pope Pius IX

For final perseverance

"Those who say it fervently and frequently will gradually grow in grace and holiness and will enjoy the special protection of Our Lady and the abiding friendship of God.
"No one can live continually in sin and continue to say the Rosary - either he will give up sin or he will give up the Rosary."

Bishop Hugh Boyle