Monday, January 5, 2009

The Circle and the Zero

The traditional Catholic Rosary forms a circle as we hold it. The circular form of the beads speaks of that unending splendour of grace, while the Zero shape into which it gently falls is a constant reminder of the mystery of my own life which must decrease and discover its own littleness and vulnerability.
I think of St.Catherine of Siena who heard the Lord speak: “I am the One who is, you the one who is not.” What gives such value to the Rosary, is that built into it, are the mysteries of God made man, and the almost infinite intercession of Mary..Thomas Aquinas has the daring words, that “Mary comes right up to the borders of the infinite.” Heavenly riches and earthly poverty come together in the Rosary.

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