Living the Rosary

Living the Rosary

by John Phalen C.S.C.


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The Rosary, often called “the Gospel in miniature,” is both explained and meditated upon by Rev. John Phalen, C.S.C., president of Holy Cross Family Ministries and one of today's leading Rosary evangelists.

In this new book of meditations on the meaning of the Rosary, Rev. John Phalen, C.S.C., invites readers to open their eyes and their hearts to God's presence in their daily lives through this ancient devotion. Much more than a “how-to” book, Living the Rosary employs scripture, the lives of the saints, and Phalen's pastoral experiences to lead readers into a deep appreciation of the personal import of the mysteries of the Rosary.

As president of Holy Cross Family Ministries—the organization founded by Patrick Peyton, the “Rosary Priest”—Phalen has traveled the world, giving retreats and workshops on the Rosary to thousands. His meditative guide situates each of the twenty “mysteries” of the life of Jesus within both biblical and modern stories of conversion and spiritual growth. Beginning with his own vocation story (an example of “annunciation”), Phalen offers twenty different stories—some scriptural, some personal, all of them practical—that will help readers better understand and live each mystery of the Rosary. An explanation of how to pray the Rosary is included.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594712647
Publisher: Ave Maria Press
Publication date: 05/11/2011
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 806,882
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Rev. John Phalen, C.S.C., is a Holy Cross priest and current president of Holy Cross Family Ministries, the organization founded by Rev. Patrick Peyton, C.S.C., known popularly as “The Rosary Priest.” Phalen was ordained a priest of the Congregation of Holy Cross in 1974 and has served in a vast variety of parish, vocations, and intercultural ministries.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

1 Living the Joyful Mysteries

The Annunciation: The Message of an Angel 18

The Visitation: Being Christ for One Another 24

The Nativity: God Has Come Down 31

The Presentation: Offering to God What God Has First Given to Us 38

The Finding in the Temple: Doing the Work of My Father 46

2 Living the Luminous Mysteries

The Baptism in the Jordan: This Is My Beloved Son 54

The Wedding Feast at Cana: Do Whatever He Tells You! 60

The Proclamation of the Kingdom: The Power of Forgiveness 66

The Transfiguration: Listen to Him! 72

The Institution of the Eucharist: Wash Each Other's Feet 78

3 Living the Sorrowful Mysteries

The Agony in the Garden: Not as I Will, but as You Will 86

The Scourging at the Pillar: Pilate Took Jesus and Had Him Scourged 92

The Crowning with Thorns: Hail, King of the Jews! 97

The Carrying of the Cross: So They Took Jesus, and Carrying the Cross by Himself … 102

The Crucifixion: Into Your Hands I Commend My Spirit 107

4 Living the Glorious Mysteries

The Resurrection: Why Do You Seek the Living among the Dead? 114

The Ascension: Make Disciples of All Nations 119

Pentecost: Tongues as of Fire 125

The Assumption: Pray for Us Sinners 132

The Crowning of Mary: My Mother, My Queen 137

Appendix: How to Pray the Rosary 143

What People are Saying About This

Rev. Willy Raymond

“In his preaching, in his writing, in his prayer life and in this book, Fr. John Phalen shares his own passion for Mary and her gentle way to Christ. He has a gift for relating the Mysteries of the Rosary to our daily lives and he does this better than anyone I know. I believe the readers of this book will hear echoes resounding in their own hearts of the joy, light, suffering, and glory of Our Lord and His Blessed Mother Mary. ” --(Rev. Willy Raymond, C.S.C., Director, Family Theater Productions)

Mitch Finley

“The Rosary's mysteries are as much about today and about your life as they are about events that happened long ago! Father John Phalen's book will help you learn to make this connection and enrich your praying of the Rosary a hundred times over.” --(Mitch Finley, Author of The Rosary Handbook)

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