Rosary prayer

Why the Rosary was Saint John Paul II’s favorite prayer

At the start of his pontificate, Saint John Paul II let everyone know that the rosary was his favorite prayer.

Popes don’t always reveal their personal preferences in public, but St. John Paul II was not afraid to reveal his preferred types of prayer.

In the second Angelus message of his pontificate in 1978, Saint John Paul II clearly said:The Rosary is my favorite prayer. A wonderful prayer! Wonderful in its simplicity and depth.

Saint John Paul II affirmed this statement in his Apostolic Letter, Rosarium Virginis Mariae in 2002, highlighting how he revealed this aspect of his spiritual life so early in his pontificate and how he continued to comfort him in good times and bad.

The Rosary has accompanied me in times of joy and in times of difficulty. I entrusted him with a number of concerns; I have always found comfort there. Twenty-four years ago, on October 29, 1978, just two weeks after my election to the See of Peter, I frankly admitted: “The Rosary is my favorite prayer.

In a way, if you want to know all the reasons why Saint John Paul II loved the Rosary, you just have to read Rosarium Virginis Mariae. It contains an in-depth study of the Rosary and the many reasons why the Polish pontiff loved it.

Saint John Paul II lists one of the main reasons why he loves it, explaining how the Rosary is a path of contemplation.

[The[T[he[La[T[hemost important reason because to strongly encourage the practice of the Rosary is that it represents a most effective means of arousing among the faithful commitment to the contemplation of the Christian mysterywhich I proposed in the Apostolic Letter Novo Millennio Ineunte as a true “formation in holiness”: “What is needed is a Christian life which is distinguished above all by the prayer art” … The Rosary belongs to the most beautiful and praiseworthy traditions of Christian contemplation.

For Saint John Paul II, not only did the Rosary provide a means of contemplating the mysteries of the Gospel, but he also looked to Mary, whom he believed to be a “model of contemplation”.

Saint John Paul II did all he could to promote the Rosary during his pontificate, sharing with the world its impact on his life, hoping it could help us on our own spiritual journey.

Families are encouraged to pray the Rosary together