Can we recount the Rosary? Padre Pio describes Mary's Easter season in the speech prepared for the feast of the Assumption. This liturgical moment in which we joyfully contemplate the Resurrection of Jesus and our salvation, and - in the reflection of Padre Pio - a time in which Mary also unites sadness to joy because of the separation from her Son: "Those years in which she was separated from him were for her the slowest and most painful martyrdom, a martyrdom of love that consumed her slowly ». Obviously every prayer made to Mary binds us to Christ and helps us to meditate on his mysteries, the Rosary however can help us; to share this characteristic of the Virgin and is present in the life of the Church of all ages. On the one hand, faith already gives us a foretaste of the glory that we will live in heaven, just as Mary tasted it after the resurrection, moreover she used to live our same expectation, that sense of incompleteness. Meditating on the mysteries of Jesus's life with her, means sharing this presence and, at the same time, waiting for God. In this sense, the Rosary makes us feel like an ecclesial community that welcomes Christ in the Word and in the Sacraments, but together waits to contemplate him in eternity.
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Fr. Luciano Lotti, OFM Cap. General Secretary of of Padre Pio Prayer Group Center in San Giovanni Rotondo