Friday, October 1, 2010

Miracles, Healing, and the Rosary

Praying the Rosary for Inner HealingPraying the Rosary for Inner Healing by Fr. Dwight Longenecker, OSV, 2008, hc, 159 pp.

The book is set up around the mysteries of the rosary. Each mystery begins with a scriptural reference to the mystery and then a meditation on the scriptural reference. This is followed by "Think it Through," applying this mystery to our own lives. The section I found most helpful was the "Healing Example." This is a true life story of someone who was healed. The next section is "Pray for Healing." This section walks the reader through a meditation that seeks healing for something related to this stage of life. For example, The Birth of Christ, ask for healing of memories related to your infancy and childhood. Each section closes with a prayer. I also found the closing prayers heartfelt and moving, unlike some canned prayers. Maybe it is where I am in life, but I tend to read or meditate on the sections that are most helpful and skip or scan the other sections.

101 Inspirational Stories of the Rosary
101 Inspirational Stories of the Rosary by Sister patricia Proctor, OSC, Franciscan Monastery of Saint Clare, 2003, pbk, 215 pp. plus appendices.

Stories of people who have received answers to prayer through the rosary. Quotes from saints about the rosary are interspersed throughout. The appendices include Rosarium Virginis Mariae, history of the rosary, directions for praying the rosary, meditations of the rosary, instructions on how to make a rosary, rosary resources, and more. Very inspirational! The stories give hope when so often prayers "seem" to go unanswered.

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