The Merciful Mysteries

Of Charity… on Mondays

1. The Blessing of Creation of Heaven and Earth
2. The Promise to Abraham and His Seed Forever
3. The Passover of the Lord of Israel
4. The Law and Testament of Moses
5. The Prophecy of Christ the King, Sovereign Priest


Excerpt from The Holy Family Rosary: CHAPTER II

In the Nicene Creed we proclaim: “I believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible. I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, born of the Father before all ages. God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made; consubstantial with the Father; through him all things were made. For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven, and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man.”[1]

If we do not question the origin and inspiration of life in creation, or the genesis of goodness throughout Creation, or learn of the experience of faith from our forefathers that our Catholic belief succinctly expresses in this profession of faith (credo), how would we know the foundation of the reason for our existence and belief in what this Credo confesses?

Why would we believe in a new creation born of a virgin or that Mary’s Conception was in the Immaculate will of God before the dawn of creation? Or, why would an angel announce Mary as “full of grace” or consider the birth of Our Lord by this virgin as our New Eve and Ark of the New Covenant; and was she really predestined to be renowned as the Mother of God or the Queen of Mercy and Peace?

Without certain knowledge and faith in the covenant of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, how would Mary have reason to declare to Elizabeth in her Magnificat: “He hath received Israel his servant, being mindful of His mercy; as He spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his seed forever”, especially after hearing Elizabeth’s salutation of “Blessed art thou among women” and “blessed art thou that hast believed”?[2]

This is precisely the reason for this work as Mary’s School of Prayer – to unbind our resistance to hear the Word of the Lord that was revealed to our forefathers through a proven pathway of divine inspiration and infused knowledge of God. All of these truths are directing us with Mary as the Mother of God’s Son, Jesus Christ; and through them we are led by divine inspiration in catechesis of faith in God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit – extended through an enhanced devotion to perpetual rosary prayers.

And so, with this as our foundation for praying with Mary, we are encouraged to embrace the millennial prayer “Hail, Holy Queen” which recites:

Hail, holy Queen, Mother of mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To thee to we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn, then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this, our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.

V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. Amen.

In addition, this is why we also include the following prayer in summary of our intentions for contemplating these mysteries:

Let us pray. O God, Whose Only-Begotten Son, by His life, death and resurrection, has purchased for us the rewards of eternal life: grant, we beseech Thee, that by meditating upon these mysteries of the most holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may imitate what they contain, and obtain what they promise, through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

In brief:

The French missionary Doctor and Apostle of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Mary as well as the Founder of the Congregation of Jesus and Mary (Eudists) and the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity, St. John (Jean) Eudes ( November 14, 1601 – August,  19 1680) addressed the degree of faith that could be found within Mary when saying: “In order to render His admirable Mother paramountly able to exercise her double office of Mother and Mediatrix, so that she might protect, favor and assist us with greater efficacy in all our needs, Divine Mercy constituted her, first of all, most agreeable and holy.  Secondly, Mercy gave her dominion over everything in heaven and on earth. Thirdly, it gave her the mildest, sweetest and most loving heart save that of the God-Man. To the Heart of Mary God communicated in great abundance His merciful inclinations and established in it the throne and reign of His Mercy more gloriously than in the heart of any other creature, save the sacred humanity of Christ. Divine Mercy reigns so perfectly in Mary’s Heart that she bears the name of Queen and Mother of Mercy. And this most loving Mary has so completely won the heart of God’s mercy that He has given her the key to all His treasures and made her absolute mistress of them. St. Bernard says: “She is called the Queen of Mercy because she opens the abyss and treasure of divine mercy to whom she chooses, when she chooses, and as she chooses.”[3]

In our comprehension of these mysteries we learn in recollection of our Judaeo-Christian faith five major covenants that were prepared by God well before Mary’s physical creation or sinless participation in obedience to God the Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Each Merciful meditation is successively fulfilled as presented and revealed in each of the preexisting and corresponding meditations of the Glorious Mysteries. From Creation of Life to the Resurrection in Eternal Life; The Oath of God to Abraham and his descendants to Christ’s Ascension into the promised land; the celebratory remembrance of the Passover of death and Exodus of the Israelites unto the Descent of the Holy Ghost for the believers in Jesus Christ through the offering and Feast of the Paschal Lamb; from the Testimony of Moses to Mary’s place of honor in salvation history – completely honored in recognition of her perfect obedience and surrender to God’s loving will as later revealed by her Assumption, and lastly; from the foretold covenant of the Messianic Son and His glorious reign in the Kingdom of God through David’s seed to the Crowning of Mary as Queen of God’s Kingdom in Heaven and Earth.

The first meditation defines the wonder of revelation within Mary and finds no better place for us to explore our relationship with God than starting with Genesis and the “Alpha and Omega”[4] of all created things – the Goodness of God in His Holy Word – when Mary was already in the Heart, Mind and Will of the Most Holy Trinity, predestined to become our Mother and the inspiration for all of Heaven and Earth’s holy thoughts toward corporal and spiritual works of Mercy in the exercise of holy deeds – united in beatitude with God through Jesus Christ and their love shared with us by the Holy Ghost.

Amen.  Amen indeed!

[1] Nicene Creed; Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 198.
[2] Lk. 1:45.
[3] The Admirable Heart of Mary, Part V, Chapter 1.
[4] Apoc. 1:8.