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The rosary is our daily history

VATICAN (SE): Pope Francis described the rosary as in many ways being a synthesis of the history of God’s mercy at a Mass celebrated on October 8, the vigil of the Marian Jubilee, a part of the observance of the Year of Mercy.

But he added that the repetitive prayer, far from removing us from the problems of life, demands that we immerse ourselves in the history of each day, so as to grasp the signs of Christ’s presence in our midst.

In his reflection on the rosary, Pope Francis asked people to reflect on how God comes into our own lives, so as to be able to welcome him and follow him.

“We are disciples, but also missionaries,” he reflected, “walking with Christ wherever he asks us to be present.”

He also warned against keeping this gift of Christ to ourselves, saying, “On the contrary, we are called to share with everyone his love, his tenderness, his goodness and his mercy.”

At a Mass on the following morning, he followed up his talk by underlining Mary’s example as a woman of gratitude.

Reflecting on the gospel story of the healing of the Ten Lepers, he described the one who returned to say thank you as an invitation to everyone to ask, “Am I capable of saying, ‘thank you?’”

Pope Francis continued by saying, “How many times do we say ‘thank you’ in our families, our communities and in the Church? Often we take everything for granted! This also happens with God,” adding that it is easy to ask the Lord for something, but returning to give thanks is another matter.

“But in this effort, Mary is a model,” Pope Francis said.

“After hearing the message of the angel, she lifted up her heart in a song of praise and thanksgiving to God: ‘My soul magnifies the Lord…’”

He continued his talk by saying, “Let us ask Our Lady to help us recognise that everything is God’s gift and to be able to say ‘thank you’.” He then concluded with the comforting words, “Then our joy will be complete.”

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