5. The Hail Mary and the Rosary.
If we truly want to manifest our love and devotion to both Jesus and Mary then we should form the habit of praying the most Holy Rosary on a daily basis. St. Pope John XXIII prayed three Rosaries ad day. He called the Rosary “a compendium of the whole Gospel.” Pope Leo XIII wrote many Encyclicals on the Rosary, always in the month of October which is the month of the Holy Rosary. Saint Pope John Paul II stated at the very beginning of his pontificate that the Rosary was his favorite prayer. The same Pope wrote a document “The Blessed Virgin Mary and the Rosary” in which he instituted the new series, the luminous mysteries.
John Paul, in this document on the Rosary, insisted on families praying the Rosary and for two specific intentions: for world peace and for the salvation of the family. The famous Rosary priest, Father Patrick Peyton expressed it succinctly in these two immortal sayings: “The family that prays together stays together.” And “A world at prayer is a world at peace.” Therefore if we want to attain peace in this war-engulfed society—let us pray the Rosary. Then if we want to save our children, our youth and our families, we must find time to pray the Rosary. At Fatima in 1917, Our Lady appeared six times the Shepherd children, Jacinta, Francisco, and Lucia. Every time she appeared she said clearly: “Pray the Rosary!” Finally at Fatima she revealed her identity: “I am the Lady of the Rosary.” In sum, let us undertake these five concrete practices to live out our consecration to Jesus through Mary. If done, we are on the highway to happiness, holiness and heaven!