The Fruits of the Rosary

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Tomorrow is the last day of this month of the Holy Rosary. What are the fruits of the Rosary in the life of one who perseveres in praying it? They are, I think, among others, the twelve fruits of the Holy Spirit enumerated in the Catechism: charity, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, generosity, gentleness, faithfulness, modesty, self–control, and chastity.

The Rosary is a sure means of abiding in communion of mind and heart with the Blessed Virgin Mary. Where the Holy Mother of God is, there too is the Holy Spirit. One who, praying the Rosary, over and over again repeats Ave, Maria is, by the repetition of that greeting, imploring the overshadowing of the Holy Spirit.

It pleases the Holy Spirit to fashion the saints through the Blessed Virgin. Mary is the minister, the dispensatrix, the mediatrix of the Holy Spirit's gifts. It is a matter of record that where Mary is absent, there is nought but sterility and hardness of heart. Where Mary is present, on the other hand, there is spiritual fecundity and compunction. Where Mary is present, there the Holy Spirit is mysteriously and prodigiously active.

If you would open the door of your heart to Mary, pray her Rosary. She will enter in and with her will enter the Holy Spirit. "And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and she exclaimed with a loud cry, 'Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And why is this granted me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?'" (Lk 1:41–43).

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A truly beautiful site. It's impossible to know how many hearts have been opened up to the love of God, or how many more people are now praying the Rosary...but God knows, so I guess that's encouragement enough!

Dear Ann, Thank you for taking the time to comment. I almost regret to see October coming to an end. It has been such a joy to write these posts on the Rosary.

Thank you for this post on the rosary. I really struggled with it for a long time (still do). When I was a little girl, Mom used to make us pray it during storms and such. After a traumatic event in which a tree fell on our house, right over the room I was in, I became terrified of storms (remained so for years and years). I still remember sitting on the step into our livingroom on a stormy summer night, the power was out, and as Mom ran around closing windows, I sat praying the rosary the best I could while my brother laughed at me. I sometimes need to remember that moment, for I am sure that Our Lady answered and provided special protection---it was a terrible terrible storm. That night there were many tornadoes.

As an adult, I fell away, long story, returned, etc, and this summer I purchased a statue of Our Lady. Ever since she has been blessd and given a place of honor in my home, I have begun to cultivate a true desire to pray the rosary more and more often. There is a sense of her presence, and a sense of her intercession, over and over of late.

Sorry so long!

Persevere in praying the Rosary with serenity and with a childlike heart. The Mother of God loves you and watches over you.

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Dom Mark Daniel Kirby is Conventual Prior of Silverstream Priory in Stamullen, County Meath, Ireland. The ecclesial mandate of his Benedictine community is the adoration of the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar in a spirit of reparation, and in intercession for the sanctification of priests.

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