In the Catholic Church’s rich tradition, the month of May is devoted to Mary, the Mother of God. During the month of May, the Church in a particular way admires, honours and reflects on Mary’s unique role in salvation history.
The recitation of the holy rosary is one way in which we can join the whole Church in honouring Mary. Some say that praying the rosary is a type of “Mary worship” and accuse Catholics of idolatry in this regard. This couldn’t be further from the truth. The saintly Pope John Paul II when writing on the rosary explains, “to recite the rosary isnothing other than to contemplate with Mary the face of Christ”. (Rosarium Virginis Mariae, 2002)
As we pray the mysteries of the rosary we embark on a journey of contemplation with Mary as our companion. When I pray the rosary, I have my rosary beads in one hand and I like to imagine Mary is holding my other hand.
To finish, I will quote saint John Paul II again:
“Christ is the supreme Teacher, the revealer and the one revealed. It is not just a question of learning what he taught but of “learning him”. In this regard could we have any better teacher than Mary? From the divine standpoint, the Spirit is the interior teacher who leads us to the full truth of Christ (cf. Jn 14:26; 15:26; 16:13). But among creatures no one knows Christ better than Mary; no one can introduce us to a profound knowledge of his mystery better than his Mother”. (Rosarium Virginis Mariae, 2002)