October: Rosary + Life Month

October 1, 2017, is Respect Life Sunday, and October is dedicated to activities that build respect for and protect life from conception to natural death.  We can see how politically charged this issue is in our society and how detrimental are abortion, assisted suicide, and euthanasia.  Mary our Mother knows, too.  That’s one of the many reasons she invites us to pray the rosary: because peace begins with prayer and trust in God, along with the action each one of us can take in our own life situations.
Besides being Respect Life Month, October is also the Month of the Rosary!  Why pray the rosary, a repetitive prayer that seems long and boring?  Isn’t that for old people?  If you stop by the Newman Center on Monroe Ave on a sunny day, you might see three or four college students pacing back and forth in the courtyard reciting the rosary.  (On a rainy day, you’ll likely find them in the chapel!)  What got them going on it?  Maybe something similar to what got Pope St. John Paul the Great going….

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