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Why Pope Francis Wants You to Pray the Rosary Right Now

Pope Francis has asked us to pray the rosary this month. Here's a Visitation Rosary Reflection.
October is the month of the rosary. At the beginning of the month, Pope Francis even asked that all Catholics around the world try praying the rosary again this month. Prayer is powerful, and the rosary has a special history of being an especially effective form of prayer.

If the last time you prayed a full rosary was with your grandma, no worries — you’re not alone. But could we all take a moment this weekend to pray a Hail Mary or two?

The Hail Marys you pray for the rosary are meant to help you reflect on different events in Mary’s life as the Mother of God. There are four “mysteries” of the rosary, and each mystery gives us five scenes from Mary’s life to reflect upon.

But today, we’d like to invite you to reflect on just one of these mysteries and pray a Hail Mary with us. The mystery is the Visitation — when Mary went to visit her cousin Elizabeth after learning they were both miraculously pregnant.

When you hear good news about a friend, what’s your reaction? Too often we can be tempted to be envious or resentful toward another’s good news. But Mary sets the perfect example of rushing to visit Elizabeth to help her and rejoice with her — even when she had good news of her own.

How can you lift up a friend and the good things in his or her life this weekend? And will you join us in saying a Hail Mary for a friend in need?

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