It is my belief that the Mysteries of the Rosary can provide a starting point for a comprehensive, if not necessarily systematic, presentation of the Catholic faith. This has rich possibilities for the preacher and catechist. For example, at my home parish of Holy Rosary Church in Portland, we could present a 5-week series exploring one of the sets of mysteries, each week’s presentation consisting of the praying of a decade of the Rosary and then using that mystery to explore a facet of the faith.
In this post, I will take each of the Joyful Mysteries and explore some potential topics that are contained within them - many of these topics have come from my own contemplation of the mysteries over my years of praying the Rosary. The next step will be to research the relevant magisterial and theological resources that explicate each topic, as a reference for the preacher and catechist, or indeed for anyone who wishes to reflect on how popular piety can lead one to a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ and the Church.
From “We Fact-Checked Snapple’s ‘Real Facts’”, The Atlantic, Oct. 11, 2013.
Nietzsche wasn’t the guy who came up with the idea of skepticism, nor even the most famous skeptic. Rene Descartes posited the concept that you had to start by doubting everything more than 200 years before Nietzsche did, in Part IV of his Discourse on the Method (1637). He started with the fact of his self-awareness (the famous “I think, therefore, I am”), and worked up from there. Interestingly, his entire project was an attempt to scientifically prove the existence of God.
It’s the feast day of St. Marinus, the founder of one of the oldest and smallest sovereign nations in the world, San Marino. Legend says that Marinus, a stonecutter and deacon ordained by the bishop of Rimini, established a republic at Monte Titano on 3 September 301, having moved away from Rimini as a result of the persecution of Christians under the Emperor Diocletian. Today, the “Repubblica di San Marino”, an independent enclave within Italy, is one of the few governments in the world to have no national debt, and even runs a budget surplus each year. Happy feast day to the Sammarinese!