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The Glorious Mysteries of The Rosary
The Five Glorious Mysteries of The Rosary
The Resurrection of Our Lord
On the day of His Resurrection Jesus Christ left in the tomb the shroud
which is the symbol of our infirmities, our weaknesses, our
imperfections. Christ comes from the tomb triumphant—completely free
of earthly limitation; He is animated with a life that is intense
and perfect, and which vibrates in every fiber of His being. In Him
everything that is mortal has been absorbed by His glorified life.
Here is the first element of the sanctity represented in the risen
Christ: the elimination of everything that is corruptible,
everything that is earthly and created; freedom from all defects,
all infirmities, all capacity for suffering.
But there is also another element of sanctity: union with God, self-
oblation and consecration to God. Only in heaven shall we be able to
understand how completely Jesus lived for His Father during these
blessed days. The life of the risen Christ became an infinite source
of glory for His Father. Not a single effect of His sufferings was
left in Him, for now everything in Him shone with brilliance and
beauty and possessed strength and life; every atom of His being sang
an unceasing canticle of praise. His holy humanity offered itself in
a new manner to the glory of the Father.
The Ascension of Our Lord
Our Lord said to His Apostles before He departed from them: "If you
loved Me, you would indeed rejoice that I am going to the Father."
To us also Christ repeats these words. If we love Him, we shall
rejoice in His glorification; we shall rejoice with Him that, after
completing His course on earth, He ascends to the right hand of His
Father, there to be exalted above all the heavens in infinite glory.
But Jesus goes only to precede us; He does not separate Himself from
us, nor does He separate us from Himself. If He enters into His
glorious kingdom, it is to prepare a place for us there. He promises
to return one day to take us with Him so that, as He says, where He
is we also may be. True, we are already there in the glory and
happiness of Christ, by our title as His heirs; but we shall one day
be there in reality. Has not Christ asked this of His Father?
"Father, I will that where I am, they also whom Thou hast given Me
may be with Me."
Let us then say to Christ Jesus: "Draw us into Your triumphal march,
O glorious and all-powerful Conqueror! Make us live in heaven by
faith and hope and love. Help us to detach ourselves from the
fleeting things of earth in order that we may seek the true and
lasting goods of heaven!"
The Descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles
The Holy Spirit appeared under the form of tongues of fire in order
to fill the Apostles with truth and to prepare them to bear witness
to Jesus. He also come to fill their hearts with love.
He is the Person of Love in the life of God. He is also like a
breath, an aspiration of infinite Love, from which we draw the
breath of life.
On the day of Pentecost the Divine Spirit communicated such an
abundance of life to the whole Church that to symbolize it "there
came a sound from heaven, as of a violent wind coming, and it filled
the whole house where they (the Apostles) were sitting."
But it is also for us that the Holy Spirit has come, for the group
in the Cenacle represented the whole Church. The Holy Spirit came to
remain with the Church forever. This is the promise of Jesus
Himself. He dwells in the Church permanently and unfailingly,
performing in it without ceasing, His action of life-giving and
sanctification. He establishes the Church infallibly in the truth.
It is He Who makes the Church blossom forth with a marvelous
supernatural fruitfulness, for He brings to life and full fruition
in Virgins, Martyrs, Confessors, those heroic virtues which are one
of the marks of true sanctity.
The Assumption of Mary into Heaven
If Christ Jesus wishes us to love all the members of His Mystical
Body, should we not love above all others her who gave Him the very
nature by which He became our Head, the same nature which He uses to
communicate His grace to us? We cannot doubt but that the love which
we show to his Mother is extremely pleasing to Christ.
We shall manifest our love by extolling the sublime privileges which
Jesus has bestowed on His Mother, among which the Assumption is one
of the most glorious. If we wish to please our Lord very much, we
shall admire the wonderful gifts with which He has lovingly adorned
the soul of His Mother. He wishes that we should sing the praises of
the Virgin, who was chosen among all women to give the Savior to the
"Yes, we shall sing your praises, for you alone have delighted the
heart of your God. May you be blessed, for you have believed the
word of God, and in you the eternal promises have been fulfilled."
The Coronation of Mary in Heaven
What is the purpose of all the mysteries of Christ? To be the
pattern of our supernatural life, the means of our sanctification,
the source of all our holiness. To create an eternal and glorious
society of brethren who will be like unto Him. For this reason
Christ, the new Adam, has associated with Himself Mary, as the new
Eve. But she is, much more than Eve, "the Mother of all the living,"
the Mother of those who live in the grace of her Son.
And since here below Mary was associated so intimately with all the
mysteries of our salvation, at her Assumption into heaven Jesus
crowned her not only with glory but also with power; He has placed
His Mother on His right hand and has given her the power, in virtue
of her unique title of Mother of God, to distribute the treasures of
Let us then, full of confidence, pray with the Church: "Show
yourself a Mother: Mother of Jesus, by your complete faith in Him,
our Mother, by your mercy towards us; ask Christ, Who was born of
you, to give us life; and Who willed to be your Son, to receive our
prayers through you."