MANILA, June 2, 2016 – The speaker of the recent Marian Encounter Seminar (MES) held at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila on Mary 29 reemphasized the power of praying the Holy Rosary, especially for the conversion of sinners.
“The priest has the heart for the conversion and transformation of sinners through the rosary,” said Fr. Benjie Jun Notarte of the Society of Montfort Missionaries during the seminar, which carried the theme “Mary: Mystical Rose”.
The priest’s exhortation on the rosary echoes soon-to-be canonized Bl. Mother Teresa of Calcutta’s words when she said: “You priest teach us to pray. Teach us Jesus.”
Safest, easiest, shortest way to Jesus
According to Notarte, based on St. Louis de Montfort’s advice, the rosary should be said in full, not only five decades of one Mystery, for it contemplates the Mysteries of Joyfulness, Sorrow and Glorious in the life of Jesus and the Blessed Mother.
He also encouraged the MES attendees to grow in a rich prayer life through the Rosary by revisiting the book “Secret of the Rosary”, written by Saint Louis de Montfort, a French priest and Catholic saint who died in 1716.
Quoting St. Monfort, Notarte said: “Mary is the safest, easiest, shortest, and most perfect way of approaching Jesus”. He also shared his own personal experiences and how his prayer was answered in due time. Notarte highlighted the importance of the rosary and its connection to significant day-to-day happenings in life.
“Fr. Notarte’s talk stirred me again to be more fervent in praying the Holy Rosary. Praying the Holy Rosary has helped me several times in my life that whenever I fail to pray it, I feel that my day is not complete,” shared Gisela Alegria of Ina ng Laging Saklolo Apostolate.
‘Garden of roses’
Alegria, who gave a Moral Recovery Seminar to some of the country’s uniformed men and women, was elated by the participants’ response to the MES.
The priest reminded the attendees to pray the rosary well, for it originates from the “heart of Jesus.” As a gift to the Blessed Mother and Her Son, he said the term ‘rosary’ means “a garden of roses”.
In the said book, Fr. Notarte said the “white rose” was given for the clergy, “red rose” for sinners, the “rose tree” for the spiritually mature, and the “rose buds” for children.
“One single Hail Mary said properly is worth more than a hundred Hail Mary said badly,” explained Notarte. (Carl Jamie Simple S. Bordeos / CBCP News)