Radio Reflections: Is the Rosary a Form of Mind Control?

Radio Reflections: Is the Rosary a Form of Mind Control?

By Gina Weiss

Those who do not understand the Rosary may see it as dull and view the repetition as monotonous.

Janet from Erie, Pennsylvania, thought that it was perhaps a form of mind control.

Her call to Fr. Rick Poblocki on Calling All Catholics was respectful, admitting that, as a Protestant, she didn’t understand the Rosary.

Fr. Rick explained that it is not a form of mind control, but that it is a way for us to meditate on the Scriptures. We bring to mind the presentation of the Child Jesus in the Temple, His crowning with thorns, His Resurrection, and the institution of the Holy Eucharist. Fr. Rick described the Rosary as the “Bible just put on beads.”

In regard to the repetition, he likened it to how people repeat the same phrases over and over again to their loved ones: “I love you,” “I miss you.” Fr. Rick said that we need to understand the Rosary in regard to relationship.

St. Josemaria Escriva said, “If you say the Holy Rosary every day, with a spirit of faith and love, Our Lady will make sure she leads you very far along her Son’s path.”

Do we remember to view the Rosary in the light of relationship with Jesus and His Mother? Or do we end up seeing it more as a spiritual task to cross off a list?

And keeping in mind Fr. Rick’s comparison to relationships, let’s also remember to think about our “I love you” and “I miss you” phrases, never taking our loved ones for granted.

This episode of Calling All Catholics aired at 5 pm Eastern on Tuesday, December 1, 2015.

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