Anthony Outhwaite has written to me about his new book of Rosary mediations based on Pope John Paul II’s Apostolic Letter Rosarium Virginis Mariae.
“I read the Pope’s letter, and I was struck by his humble request that we all make an effort to reconsider this misunderstood prayer, that we ‘rediscover the rosary’. He talked about the rosary like a precious treasure that many of the faithful have never appreciated for what it is. It is easy to think that we know all about the rosary, but there is so much richness and beauty in the Holy Father’s musings on this simple, profound prayer.”
The Holy Father’s apostolic letter, “On the Most Holy Rosary”, made international news because of its announcement of five new “Luminous Mysteries”, but despite the proliferation of rosary books and of meditations on the new luminous mysteries, Mr. Outhwaite was surprised not to see much notice taken of the rest of the Pope’s letter. “There is so much more to this letter than just an announcement of five new mysteries.”
The Holy Father’s letter contains extensive suggestions on how the rosary should best be prayed. “I thought that the best thing to do was to write a book of rosary meditations that implements the Pope’s suggestions, and provides a clear, simple, practical way for people to pray the rosary in the spirit of Pope John Paul’s insights.” The result is “Rediscovering the Rosary”, published last month, and available from Lulu Press (http://rosary.vendage.net).
The book is available via Amazon.