To celebrate the Month of Our Lady, Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur offers a free edition of her new book, The Fruits of the Mysteries of the Rosary.
The Rosary is one of the most beloved prayers of the Church. Countless individuals over the centuries have turned to Jesus and Mary using this prayer, meditating on the mysteries, finding comfort in the rhythmic, soothing prayers.
The tradition of praying for a fruit, or virtue, as one meditates on each mystery dates back to at least the time of St. Louis de Montfort in the 1700s. Through a series of brief reflections rooted in Scripture and the Catechism of the Catholic Church, The Fruits of the Mysteries of the Rosary invites you to explore this practice more deeply as an aid in your personal quest for holiness. I'm offering a PDF copy of this ebook free to Catholic Mom readers.
There is no one official list of the fruits of the mysteries. For the purposes of the reflections in this book, I relied on the fruits listed in Rosary Novenas to Our Lady Including the Mysteries of Light by Charles V. Lacey, revised by Gregory F. Augustine Pierce (ACTA Publications, 2003) and Child Consecration to Jesus through Mary by Blythe Marie Kaufman, choosing the ones that seemed most relevant to each mystery.
If you need a refresher on how to pray the Rosary, a helpful appendix is included.
The Mysteries of the Rosary and the fruits discussed in this book are as follows:
Joyful Mysteries (Monday and Saturday)
The Annunciation – Humility
The Visitation – Love of Neighbor
The Birth of Our Lord – Poverty in Spirit
The Presentation of the Child Jesus – Obedience
The Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple – Piety and Joy in Finding Jesus
Luminous Mysteries (Thursday)
The Baptism of Christ – Openness to the Holy Spirit
The Wedding at Cana – To Jesus through Mary
The Proclamation of the Kingdom of God – Repentance and Trust in God
The Transfiguration – Desire for Holiness
The Institution of the Eucharist – Adoration and Love of the Eucharist
Sorrowful Mysteries (Tuesday and Friday)
The Agony in the Garden – Sorrow for our Sins
The Scourging at the Pillar – Self-Denial
The Crowning with Thorns – Forgiveness
The Carrying of the Cross – Patience in Adversity
The Crucifixion – Love of Enemies
Glorious Mysteries (Wednesday and Sunday)
The Resurrection – Faith
The Ascension – Hope
The Descent of the Holy Spirit – Love of God
The Assumption of Mary into Heaven – Union with Christ
The Crowning of Mary as Queen of Heaven and Earth – Devotion to Mary
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About the Author
Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur has a Master’s Degree in Applied Theology and is the author of The Catholic Baby Name Book, The Power of Forgiveness, and Our Lady of La Salette: A Mother Weeps for Her Children. A mother of three, she is the editor of TodaysCatholicHomeschooling.com as well as a freelance writer and editor.