If you desire peace in your hearts, in your homes, and in your country, assemble each evening to recite the Rosary. – Pope Pius XI
The rosary is a powerful prayer. And many parents can attest to the impact that praying the rosary as a family has had on their children and the life of their entire family. Here at Relevant Radio®, the Family Rosary Across America® airs each weekday, providing a chance for the Relevant Radio family to gather from around the country and pray the rosary together. And the results are incredible!
Morning Air® host John Harper shared this testimony from a listener, saying, “We had a call from Jean just a couple of days ago, who said that she discovered the rosary by listening to Relevant Radio, and that brought her back into her faith. She started practicing her faith a little more diligently, and then that spread to her kids as well.”
“She said what a tremendous difference all of us had as a family by carving out time to pray the rosary every single day. Anxiety was down. We weren’t at each other’s throats. And we were very much back to the roots of who we are as Catholics. What a beautiful witness.”
Father Matthew Spencer, OSJ, host of St. Joseph’s Workshop, also spoke of the benefits that come from praying the rosary together as a family.
“There’s a power in praying together that we can’t ignore,” he said. “In fact, St. Louis de Montfort would talk about the importance of praying the rosary together. He used many analogies, but one of the ones he used was that if you’re a stick it’s very easy to break when you’re by yourself. But when you bind yourself to a lot of other sticks it’s much, much harder to break.”
“He said our lives can easily be affected by the evil one, but when we pray the rosary together, we come together and we’re stronger because of it,” Fr. Matthew continued. “We’re more in line with God’s will. So I’m not surprised that we meet people more and more and hear their testimonies here on Relevant Radio that the rosary is actually bringing them not only back to the faith, but bringing them closer as a family. It’s what Our Lady promised us. It’s what God desires for each one of us – to grow closer together.”
You may be thinking that you prefer your prayer time to be a solitary event. Perhaps you find it easier to focus and meditate on the mysteries of the rosary when you are alone. And that’s OK! But Fr. Matthew encouraged listeners to also practice praying with others, because it offers some things we simply can’t experience when we keep our prayer to ourselves.
“I’m something of an introvert,” he confessed. “People don’t really believe that because I’m on the radio, but I actually like my own time and I like solitude. But there’s something about praying together with others that helps focus our prayer, helps us to enter into that conversation, helps us to listen to God, and helps keep that gentle momentum of prayer leading us to holiness.”
Fr. Matthew also emphasized the importance of praying together because we are not simply individuals with our own personal relationship with God. We are also part of the Body of Christ, and as Scripture tells us, “Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.” (Proverbs 27:17)
Reflecting on the Family Rosary Across America, Fr. Matthew said, “I really think that the fact that we’re highlighting the family element of it is very empowering. Because it’s more than just a group being together. While there’s power in numbers, there’s even greater power in the way that God has organized us as a people, as a family, as the family of God. And as individual family units it helps strengthen us in a way unlike any other organizational unit.”
“God created the family, and there is power in praying together as a family,” Father Matthew said. “So whether it’s the nuclear family inside of the homes across the country, or whether it’s within our family here at Relevant Radio. There’s a beauty and a spiritual power in praying that rosary together.”
Relevant Radio offers people across the country and around the world the opportunity to gather together in prayer and unity. And this week, you can help our family grow by supporting our Join the Family Pledge Drive. As a listener-supported network, it is your prayers and financial support that sustain our family of listeners. Join in our mission by making a pledge today!