Why the Prayer of the Holy Rosary Will Help To End Abortion
by Sister Maximilian Therese, F.T.I.
Who has not been confronted by some difficulty or problem? We all have, but how often have we either tried to solve it by our own meager efforts and activities or sought some other human or material solution? We often forget that we always have access or recourse to divine help to our problems through the prayerful meditation of the Holy Rosary. What is the Holy Rosary? It is a meditation of the lives of Jesus and Mary, while reciting decades consisting of one “Our Father” and ten “Hail Mary’s” and one “Glory Be.” These decades are grouped in sets of five representing the joyful, luminous, sorrowful and glorious mysteries of the lives of Our Lord Jesus Christ and His Immaculate Mother Mary. These are called “mysteries” because they elevate our minds to contemplate the wonderful action of divine grace that accompanied Jesus and Mary. As we represent to our mind these divine realities and the words of the Gospel that accompany the mystery of each decade we learn how to live the virtues they exemplify and open our souls to the efficacious grace that the Immaculate wants to confer on us through the Rosary that she herself has given and exhorted us to pray through many saints for our salvation and the salvation of the entire world.
One of the greatest evils confronting our times is abortion, which is the killing of innocent human life anytime from conception throughout the nine months of human development. The gravity of this evil is incalculable. Christ gave His life for us upon the Cross for our salvation, and these preborn children, who were given life by the Creator are killed before they come to be born and are denied the opportunity for salvation by Baptism. The societal evils are incalculable as well. Women, who are created by God, to participate with Him in bringing forth new life, through fear and selfishness, destroy these precious innocent children who would sanctify them. Fathers, instead of offering manly support, sacrifice and courage to rear their new family which they have participated with God in creating, like cowards and assassins drive the mother to destroy the child who threatens their way of life.
In his apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, The Joy of the Gospel, Pope Francis addressed the need to continue the Church’s work to defend innocent human life and to protect the sanctity of all human life because it is “closely linked to the defense of each and every other human right.” In his apostolic exhortation letter, Pope Francis states,
213. Among the vulnerable for whom the Church wishes to care with particular love and concern are unborn children, the most defenseless and innocent among us. Nowadays efforts are made to deny them their human dignity and to do with them whatever one pleases, taking their lives and passing laws preventing anyone from standing in the way of this. Frequently, as a way of ridiculing the Church’s effort to defend their lives, attempts are made to present her position as ideological, obscurantist and conservative. Yet this defense of unborn life is closely linked to the defense of each and every other human right. It involves the conviction that a human being is always sacred and inviolable, in any situation and at every stage of development. Human beings are ends in themselves and never a means of resolving other problems. Once this conviction disappears, so do solid and lasting foundations for the defense of human rights, which would always be subject to the passing whims of the powers that be. Reason alone is sufficient to recognize the inviolable value of each single human life, but if we also look at the issue from the standpoint of faith, “every violation of the personal dignity of the human being cries out in vengeance to God and is an offence against the creator of the individual.”
214. It is not “progressive” to try to resolve problems by eliminating a human life. On the other hand, it is also true that we have done little to adequately accompany women in very difficult situations, where abortion appears as a quick solution to their profound anguish, especially when the life developing within them is the result of rape or a situation of extreme poverty. Who can remain unmoved before such painful situations?
On February 5, 1994 Mother Teresa of Calcutta spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast and shared her thoughts on abortion:
But I feel that the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child, a direct killing of the innocent child, murder by the mother herself. And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another? How do we persuade a woman not to have an abortion? As always, we must persuade her with love and we remind ourselves that love means to be willing to give until it hurts. Jesus gave even His life to love us. So, the mother who is thinking of abortion, should be helped to love, that is, to give until it hurts her plans, or her free time, to respect the life of her child. The father of that child, whoever he is, must also give until it hurts. By abortion, the mother does not learn to love, but kills even her own child to solve her problems. And, by abortion, that father is told that he does not have to take any responsibility at all for the child he has brought into the world. The father is likely to put other women into the same trouble. So abortion just leads to more abortion. Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want. This is why the greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion.
How do we bring an end to this “destroyer of peace”? The constructive pro-life works to build a culture of life where women can welcome their children must be joined to the contemplative prayer of the Holy Rosary. When the Mother of God appeared in Fatima, Portugal in 1917, she revealed herself to be, the Virgin of the Rosary. One of the three children to whom she spoke, Sister Lucia, told Fr. Fuentes on December 26, 1957:
The most holy Virgin in these last times in which we live has given a new efficacy to the recitation of the Rosary to such an extent that there is no problem, no matter how difficult it is, whether temporal or spiritual, in the personal life of each one of us, that cannot be solved by the Rosary. There is no problem, I tell you, no matter how difficult it is, that we cannot resolve by the prayer of the holy Rosary. With the holy Rosary, we will save ourselves; we will sanctify ourselves; we will console our Lord, and obtain the salvation of many souls.
To people with any good moral sense, it is clear that abortion is wrong and one of the greatest evils of our times. Such a great evil can only have one origin – Satan. Therefore, abortion is a spiritual evil, caused by a diabolical disorientation in the lives of many people in our society and culture who seek to perform, promote or defend it. To fight in this spiritual warfare one needs spiritual weapons. Prayer and fasting are needed, especially the prayer of the Holy Rosary. Saint Padre Pio, a holy priest from Pietrelcina, Italy called the Rosary beads a weapon of extraordinary power against Satan. He once said, “Some people are so foolish that they think they can go through life without the help of the Blessed Mother. Love the Madonna and pray the rosary, for her Rosary is the weapon against the evils of the world today. All graces given by God pass through the Blessed Mother.” Father Gabriele Amorth, former Chief Exorcist of Rome, reported that one day a colleague of his heard the devil say during an exorcism: “Every Hail Mary is like a blow on my head. If Christians knew how powerful the Rosary was, it would be my end.” The secret that makes this prayer so effective is that the Rosary is both prayer and meditation. It is addressed to the Father, to the Blessed Virgin, and to the Holy Trinity, and is a meditation centered on Christ.
Many Popes in modern times have exhorted the faithful to pray the rosary in times of grave difficulty. Pope Pius XI said, “The Rosary is a powerful weapon to put the demons to flight and to keep oneself from sin…If you desire peace in your hearts, in your homes, and in your country, assemble each evening to recite the Rosary. Let not even one day pass without saying it, no matter how burdened you may be with many cares and labors.” “If I had an army to say the Rosary,” Pope Pius IX once said, “I could conquer the world.” And he said this because the Rosary, next to the Mass, is the most powerful weapon in the Church’s arsenal. You and I have access to that weapon and we need to start using it every day.
Radio CorMariæ is one way you can join in the prayer of the Rosary to end abortion. Many people may not be able to join those who gather at Angel Park across the street from the Four Women Abortion Clinic on Emery Street in Attleboro, who by 7 AM are praying the holy rosary to the Queen of Heaven to intercede on behalf of the innocent children, and their mothers, fathers, doctors, nurses, and clinicians. However, if you tune in to 88.5 FM at 9 AM on Saturday you can join your prayers in your car or at home to these courageous witnesses of life to change the hearts and minds of all involved in the practice of abortion. By adding your prayer to ours we become a powerhouse of prayer that protects human life and fulfills our Blessed Mother’s request to pray the rosary for peace in the world.
 Pope Francis’ Evangelii Gaudium Tackles Abortion and Religious Freedom, by Joan Frawley Desmond, November 26, 2013, National Catholic Register, http://www.ncregister.com/blog/joan-desmond/pope-francis-evangelii-gaudium-tackles-abortion-and-religious-freedom#ixzz2yiOniQEq
 Catholic News Agency, “Blessed Mother Teresa on Abortion.” http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/resources/abortion/catholic-teaching/blessed-mother-teresa-on-abortion/
 http://www.michaeljournal.org/rosarypower.htm Father Gabriele Amorth – The Rosary A Powerful Weapon Against the Devil.
friar John Mary Risse
April 30th, 2014