The Secret of the Rosary - Twenty-second Rose

Twenty-second Rose - Likens to Christ

THE CHIEF CONCERN of a Christian soul should be to
tend to perfection. Saint Paul tells us "Be ye followers of
God, as most dear children." (Eph. 5:1) This obligation is
included in the eternal decree of our predestination, as the
one and only means prescribed by God to attain everlasting
Saint Gregory of Nyssa makes a delightful comparison when
he says that we are all artists and that our souls are blank
canvases which we have to fill in. The colors which we must
use are the Christian virtues, and our Model is Jesus Christ,
the perfect Living Image of God the Father.
Just as a portrait painter who wants to do a good job places
himself before his model and glances at him before making
each stroke, so the Christian must always have the life and
virtues of Jesus Christ before his eyes so that he may never
say, think or do the least thing which is not in harmony with
his Model.
It was because Our Lady wanted to help us in the great task
of working out our salvation that she ordered Saint Dominic
to teach the faithful to meditate upon the sacred mysteries of
the life of Jesus Christ. She did this, not only that they might
adore and glorify Him, but chiefly that they might pattern
their lives and actions upon His virtues.
Children copy their parents through watching them and
talking to them and they learn their own language through
hearing them speak. An apprentice learns his trade through
watching his master at work; in the very same way the
faithful members of the Confraternity of the Holy Rosary can
become like their divine Master if they reverently study and
imitate the virtues of Jesus Christ which are shown in the
fifteen mysteries of His life. They can do this with the help of
His grace and through the intercession of His Blessed
Long ago Moses was inspired by God to command the
Jewish people never to forget the graces which had been
showered upon them. The Son of God, then, has all the more
reason to tell us to engrave the mysteries of His life, passion
and death upon our hearts and to have them always before
our eyes----because each mystery reminds us of His
goodness to us in some special way and it is by these
mysteries that He has shown us His overwhelming love and
desire for our salvation. Our Lord is saying to us: "Oh, all of
you that pass by, pause a while and see if there has ever
been sorrow like unto the sorrow which I have undergone
for love of you. Be mindful of My poverty and of My
humiliations; think of the wine mingled with gall which I
drank for you during My bitter passion."
These words and many others which could be given here
should be more than enough to convince us that we must
not only say the Rosary with our lips in honor of Our Lord
and Our Lady, but also meditate upon the sacred mysteries
while we are saying it.

The Canada54 National Novena includes a daily reading from the Secret of the Rosary.

There are exactly 54 readings. 
  • A white rose for priests;
  • A red rose for sinners;
  • A mystical rose tree for devout souls;
  • A rosebud for little children;
  • Plus 50 roses representing each Hail Mary recited during 5 decades of the Rosary  - Le Secret du Rosaire - ICI

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