October is the month of the Holy Rosary and today we honor Our Lady as the Queen of the Holy Rosary. St. John Paul II writes in Rosarium Virginis Mariae that "To recite the Rosary is nothing other than to contemplate with Mary the face of Christ." A great lover of Our Lady, he encourages each of us to discover the beauty and power of the Rosary anew, saying that "to rediscover the Rosary means to immerse oneself in contemplation of the mystery of Christ who 'is our peace.'" In contemplation of divine things, we are renewed to live the Christian life. Today, and every day, we pray that we may imitate what the mysteries of the Rosary contain and obtain what they promise. Through meditating on the mysteries, we learn that in Mary's life everything is judged in relation to God. She begins to help us to penetrate into the mysteries and apply the lessons that we learn to our daily lives. We pray that she may share with us her eyes of faith so that we too will be able to see all things in light of God's plan, that we may rejoice in what gives Him pleasure and abhor what displeases Him.
Teach me, O Mary, to know and love Jesus as you knew and loved Him!