Patricia Ann Kasten put her book together beautifully with the beginning of the Rosary’s 500- 600 years history to our present and new Luminous Mystery, explaining each mystery as it ties together the Old Testament with the New Testament. How the sacraments are at work in each bead and mystery as we meditate upon the life and death of Christ in the eyes of His Mother under the guidance of The Father. This is a short book, only 118 pages in 23 short chapters, but it is packed with all the history one could ask for. Kasten breaks down the rosary prayer by prayer with their origin along with their meaning and uses. I even learned about the Jesus Prayer: ”Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.” Wow, I can definitely pray that one daily.
From the Sign of the Cross to the Memorare and each of the mysteries, Ms. Kasten does an absolutely lovely job reflecting upon the Rosary's many elements to help us have a new appreciation for this beautiful and powerful prayer. As she puts it, “As we ponder the Gospel events in our hearts, our own lives will begin to reflect Christ’s light. In so doing, we act like neon signs, showing that we are aglow with anticipation over the coming of the greatest attraction we could ever witness: God revealing His light and love to us, and in us, just as He did to Mary. All we need to do is take our place in the line of discipleship that Mary started and say, “May it be done to me according to your word”(Luke 1:38).”
This is a wonderful addition to all Catholic households and would be a great teaching tool for students from middle school though high school and beyond to gain a better understanding and a desire to add this to their daily prayer life. And as Mary tells us through the Gospel, “Do whatever He tells you” (John 2:5).
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