Are today’s ‘rosary rallies’ on to something?

In the Feb. 25 issue cover story “Trending: The rosary,” Notre Dame’s Timothy O’Malley is correct in stressing that the citadel of prayer is glorification of God, and is correct in his concern over blurring prayer with protest. Those are things to consider.

But as Catholics, we have recourse to intercessory prayer (see Catechism of the Catholic Church 2634-2636), and protest requires sacrifice and action, of which St. Josemaría Escrivá said, “Action is worth nothing without prayer; prayer grows in value with sacrifice.” 

As for the rosary, I remember a late priest friend who once told me, “Our mother is never out of reach.” Never, and wherever.

— James Hanna, McMurray, Pennsylvania

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