“Show us Christ” was the theme of Pope Benedict’s visit to Austria in September 2007. When we pray the Rosary we ask our Blessed Mother to do just that, to give us a deeper insight into the mysteries of Christ, and to open for us a greater participation in these mysteries.
Our Vienna English-Speaking Catholic Community has a tradition of devotion to Our Blessed Lady. We try to support and encourage one another in our appreciation and understanding of the Rosary as a special way of prayer. Especially since the Pope’s visit, and in the Jubilee Year of Our Lady of Lourdes, we thought it would be helpful if someone in the Community could produce some sort of booklet – both practical and inspirational – to help those who wish to learn to pray the rosary more intensely. Our Lady herself asked Saint Bernadette to pray the Rosary and has asked us all to do so in her many apparitions throughout the world. All the recent Popes have written and spoken about this very special devotion and encouraged us to pray it as individuals, families and communities.
Thus, we were very happy when Mark Claus, a young member of the Community, proposed to initiate such a project as part of his advancement as a Boy Scout. He was willing to act as a catalyst to motivate our young people to produce a little “Rosary companion” both from and for the youth of our Community. We believe he has done a good job carrying through with his proposal. We thank Mark. We thank his fellow scouts and leaders, who have motivated and inspired him. We thank all our young people, catechists, Efren Abaya, and other volunteers who have played a part in guiding and bringing this project to its completion.
We are hopeful and confident that this little booklet will help us all and especially our young people to pray the Rosary with greater understanding and devotion over the years. May Mary, Mother of the Lord and Mother of the Church, “show us Christ.” And may their prayers also help to strengthen the Life of Grace both in their lives and the lives of those around them. May Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, through the intercession of Saint Bernadette, teach us to pray and to pray every day. – Fr. Kevin and the VESCC Community Council
The How to Pray the Rosary: A Book by Children for Children is available here in pdf format.