The Rosary: My Favorite Prayer by St. John Paul II Pope
I wish to draw your attention to the rosary, for October is the month of the rosary.
The rosary is my favorite prayer. A marvelous prayer! Marvelous in its simplicity and in its depth. In this prayer, we repeat many times the words that the Virgin Mary heard from the archangel and from her kinswoman Elizabeth. The whole Church joins in these words.
Against the background of the words “Ave Maria” there pass before the eyes of the soul the main episodes in the life of Jesus Christ. They are composed altogether of the joyful, sorrowful, [luminous], and glorious mysteries, and they put us in living communion with Jesus through—we could say—his Mother’s heart.
At the same time, our hearts can enclose in these decades of the rosary all the facts that make up the life of the individual, the family, the nation, the Church, and mankind.
Personal matters and those of one’s neighbor, and particularly of those who are closest to us, who are dearest to us. Thus in the simple prayer of the rosary, there beats the rhythm of human life.
—Excerpted from an Angelus talk in St. Peter’s Square, October 29, 1978