Seeing the Mysteries

IMG_0814Nothing helps the process of meditating on the Mysteries of the Rosary quite as well as actually looking at a beautiful picture as you pray.  The Family Formation Holy Rosary Prayer Booklet takes advantage of this principle, but you can also collect your own beautiful pictures and make your own book.  There are many great sources for free, quality art on the internet (this is my all-time favorite), but you probably have access to some other sources that would work equally well.  Check this post from our archives for some really simple directions to start your own book.


From John Paul II’s 2002 Apostolic Letter introducing the Mysteries of Light:

Announcing each mystery, and perhaps even using a suitable icon to portray it, is as it were to open up a scenario on which to focus our attention. The words direct the imagination and the mind towards a particular episode or moment in the life of Christ. In the Church’s traditional spirituality, the veneration of icons and the many devotions appealing to the senses, as well as the method of prayer proposed by Saint Ignatius of Loyola in the Spiritual Exercises, make use of visual and imaginative elements (the compositio loci), judged to be of great help in concentrating the mind on the particular mystery. This is a methodology, moreover, which corresponds to the inner logic of the Incarnation: in Jesus, God wanted to take on human features. It is through his bodily reality that we are led into contact with the mystery of his divinity.

Rosarium Virginis Mariae (The Rosary of the Virgin Mary), #29

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