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Rosary the Roadmap of Salvation


Rosary the Roadmap of Salvation 

Leaders understand the importance of seeing the big picture to the accomplishment of their objectives. The other day while walking and praying I noticed that all of the mysteries of the Rosary when combined together seems to give us a roadmap for salvation. Before Mary gave the Rosary to Saint Dominic; the pious of Christ’s time prayed the 150 psalms and the Shema Israel daily. It is interesting to ponder that the Shema Israel is a type of mission statement for every righteous Jew and in turn Catholics:

 

Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one; and you shall love the Lord your God with all your Heart, and with all your soul, and with your entire mind, and with all your strength. 

The question is how do we love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength? I believe the rosary is the answer to this question that also gives us practical examples. To know how to love God with all your mind study the Joyful mysteries and with all your strength the sorrowful, and with all your soul the glorious mysteries and with all your heart the luminous mysteries. 

Also, I noticed that if you look at all the mysteries and line up the first decade of each of the four mysteries and continue lining up the second and third and so forth there is a roadmap of salvation with practical examples. I also think it could also be used as an examination of conscious. i.e. Lord have I been a humble person? Have I done the will of the Father?  A further observation noticed is going from step one to step two: If you don't have gratitude can you have love of neighbor; and if no fidelity can you have a spirt of poverty; and if you have no desire for holiness can you have purity of mind and body; no spiritual courage will you be obedient? Study the chart below:

 

Rosary Roadmap of Salvation

"To Strive, To Seek, To Find and not to Yield" Tennyson

 

 

Joyful

Sorrowful

Glorious

Luminous

 

Step One 

To Strive 

The Annunciation-Humility

The Agony in the Garden-Do the will of the Father

The Resurrection-Faith

The Baptism in the Jordan-Gratitude

Mystery of Love

Step Two

To Seek

The Visitation-Love of neighbor

The Scourging-Mortification of the Senses

The Ascension-Christian Hope

The Wedding at Cana-Fidelity

Mystery of the Heart

Step Three

To Find

The Birth of Christ-Spirit of Poverty

The Crowning of Thorns-Reign of Christ in your heart

The Descent of the Holy Spirit-Gifts of the Holy Spirit

The Proclamation of the Kingdom-Desire for Holiness

Mystery of Purpose

Step Four

Not to Yield

The Presentation-Purity of Mind and Body

The Carrying of the Cross-Patient Bearing Trials

The Assumption-To Jesus Through Mary

The Transfiguration-Spiritual Courage

Mystery of Strength

Step Five Victory

The Finding of Jesus in the Temple-Obedience

The Crucifixion-Pardoning of Injuries

The Coronation-The Grace of Final Perseverance

The Institution of the Eucharist-Love of Our Eucharistic Lord

Mystery of Triumph

 

Love your God with all your Mind

Love your God with all your Strength

Love your God with all your Spirit

Love your God with all your Heart

 

  

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