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Rosary of Our Lady Paperback – 1 Aug 2000


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Usefulness of the Rosary to prayer life 3 Nov. 2006
By Eleanor Cavin - Published on Amazon.com
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Having read other offerings by Fr. Guardini from the Sophia Press, I decided to tackle that mystery, the Rosary. The translation seems clear and straightforward. Fr. Guardini sets the stage to either accept or reject adding the Rosary to one's prayer life, its history, how to use it, its place within adoration of the Lord, in a way that is accessable to Protestant and I would think, waivering Roman Catholic alike. The method suggests whole meditations on the life of the Lord that I found thoughtful for a would-be novice at the discipline. I recommend the book for the curious as well as the convinced.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Deeply poetic and reverent 10 April 2013
By Thomas E. Defreitas - Published on Amazon.com
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"The Rosary has the character of a sojourn. Its essence is the sheltering security of a quiet, holy world that envelops the person who is praying. ... The Rosary is not a road, but a place, and it has no goal but a depth. To linger in it has great compensations."

With beautiful sentences like the ones quoted above, Monsignor Romano Guardini introduces us, or re-introduces us, to the fifteen traditional mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary. The apologia that Guardini gives us for this time-honoured devotion is serene, irenic, peaceful, unstrident, quiet. It is evident that this theologian was "one who pray[ed]" -- and one who loved.

I cannot praise highly enough the fluent, felicitous, mellifluous prose of Msgr Guardini and of his English translator, one H. von Schuecking. Indeed, the language is nothing short of poetic. Msgr Guardini writes of praying the Rosary that "it requires patience. A loving patience, one is tempted to say: the kind of patience a person needs when he strives for something beautiful and alive, and does not give in until it reveals itself."

The first half of the book is Guardini's praise of the Rosary specifically, and of contemplative prayer and Marian prayer more generally. In it, Guardini laments that there are so many who seem to have "bartered their inner contemplative faculties for the multiformity of modern life." The second half of the book treats of the fifteen Mysteries -- including the short phrases that might serve as an aide-mémoire during the Hail Marys: "Jesus, whom thou didst conceive, O Virgin, by the Holy Spirit," or "Jesus, who was scourged for us," or "Jesus, ascended into heaven."

A short appendix offers an interesting variation on the last two Glorious Mysteries, proposing that one can meditate on the Second Coming of Christ as the Fourth Glorious Mystery, and the Kingdom of Heaven as the Fifth. Of course, Guardini does retain the "traditional" fifteen mysteries, and makes it clear that the variation is only "a suggestion." Those of us who cherish the profoundly Marian character of the Fourth and Fifth Glorious Mysteries may skip this appendix.

All in all, this fine book is a blessing, and not so much a book to read as a book to re-read. My highest possible recommendation, with profound gratitude to the Sophia Institute Press for issuing the reprint.
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The Rosary of our Lady 2 Aug. 2008
By theophane venard - Published on Amazon.com
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A real classic for those with devotion to Jesus Christ under the patronage of Our Blessed Mother. The author a German theologian opposed to Hitler wrote many classic theological works among which is the Rosary.
Highly recommended for those seeking God's mercy.
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A WONDERFUL RATIONAL EXPLANATION OF THE ROSARY 10 Aug. 2013
By J. Martens - Published on Amazon.com
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THIS IS AN INTELLIGENT EXPLANATION OF THE ORIGIN OF THE ROSARY AND RATIONALLY RESPONDS TO OBJECTIONS CHRISTIANS MAY HAVE TO A PRAYER THAT SEEMS TO BE DIRECTED TOWARDS A CREATURE OTHER THAN GOD. STRONGLY RECOMMENDED FOR CATHOLICS OR NON CATHOLICS WHO MAY HAVE RESERVATIONS TOWARDS THIS TYPE OF PRAYER.
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Wisdom: Distilled, and expanded! 5 Nov. 2013
By mark b. - Published on Amazon.com
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Sublime, in a word. (At least for a Catholic reader): Very knowing, sophisticated, and beautifully rendered. Succeeds
probably better than anything else on the subject (as did not a few of Monsignor Guardini's other titles on religious
topics). One wise, timeless--even poetic--treatment of this devotion.
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