The Rosary, though clearly Marian in character, is at heart a Christocentric prayer. In the sobriety of its elements, it has all the depth of the Gospel message in its entirety, of which it can be said to be a compendium. It is an echo of the prayer of Mary, her perennial Magnificat for the work of the redemptive Incarnation which began in her virginal womb. With the Rosary, the Christian people sits at the school of Mary and is led to contemplate the beauty on the face of Christ and to experience the depths of his love. Through the Rosary the faithful receive abundant grace, as though from the very hands of the Mother of the Redeemer.Every page and drop of ink in this journal has been created with great meaning and intention. The artwork of Katrina Harrington on the cover and throughout the pages is steeped in meaning, drawing us to contemplate Jesus in beauty. The calligraphy pages I created highlighting the weekly memory verses are designed to sweep us up under the mantle of the Blessed Virgin as we look at Jesus through her eyes. The design of the book itself by Kristin Foss – with ample pages for Lectio Divina, Actio/Planning, Daily Examen, a day to catch our breath in Selah, and so much more -- is meant to create space for the reader to begin a conversation with Jesus as they pray with Him in the Word and with his Mother. The reflections by the devotional writers gathered by Elizabeth Foss share the most intimate corners of these faithful women’s hearts, providing a glimpse of the power of Christ. While there are many resources out there to help us pray the Rosary, I truly believe this one will become a staple over the years. I know I am looking forward to growing deeper in love with Jesus through it. Do you pray the Rosary? What helps keep your gaze focused on Christ? *Full disclosure – I designed the calligraphy pages that accompany the memory verses and am part of the creative team for Take Up & Read. That said, I’d be singing this book’s praises even without that connection. It truly is a work of great beauty and prayer. Photo by Allison McGinley and used courtesy of Take Up & Read. All rights reserved.[/caption]
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Rakhi is a Catholic wife and mother who works in parish communications part-time while trying to keep up with her husband, three young children, and a growing creative business. She is a convert from Hinduism and spent many years working in young adult and campus ministry. Rakhi’s blog and artwork can be found at The Pitter Patter Diaries, where her mission is to share the love of Christ with the world.