Monday, January 5, 2009

Linger in love with the Lord

Popes Paul VI and John Paul II when writing of the Rosary, advised that it be said with a lingering pace and with a rhythm of tranquillity. Speed kills, not only on the roads, but on the pathway of life. For those who know and love the Virgin-Mother of Jesus, the Rosary becomes a blisssfully simple exercise. Resting in the arms of Mary, they attune themselves to the beat of her Immaculate Heart. And the lullaby that she sings to them, is the love-song of her Son--the lyric of his life, death and glory.

The repeated rhythm of the Aves serves to still the racing brain and the inner turmoil, to quie tthe troubled heart and to
“set the soul in silence and peace.
As a child has rest in its mother’s arms,
even so my soul.”--Psalm 130

We learn to rest in the holy name of Mary, to make the name of Jesus at the centre of each Ave a point of holy communion. Each time we say, Jesus, we make an offering of Him to the Father and make communion with the power that goes out from him to bring healing and strength. Thus do we find the rest that brings us to the inner land of being.

There is a Far Eastern version of psalm 23 version which has the words:

The Lord is my pace-setter... I will not rush
He makes me stop for quiet intervals,
He provides me with images of stillness
which restore my serenity.
He leads me in the ways of efficiancy
through calmness of mind
and his guidance is peace.

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