Today is the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. On this day in 1571, naval forces loyal to Pope St. Pius V faced the Islamic armada of the Ottoman Empire who were threatening an invasion of Europe. You can read more about it in many places; I like this account in particular.
I love the Rosary. It’s a Biblically-based series of prayers meant to draw us into deeper communion with Jesus. When I meditate on it, it enables me to pray in my own words. Some people ask me, “why don’t you just pray your own prayer?” I guess I could just say something like, “Lord Jesus, help me now.” But I’m pretty sure that someone, somewhere, has uttered those same words before. Just because someone said those words before, though, doesn’t mean that I can’t take that prayer and make it my own, straight from the heart.