How the Feast of the Holy Rosary, Pope Francis' Laudate Deum, and Indigenous Wisdom Illuminate Our Interconnected World

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How the Feast of the Holy Rosary, Pope Francis' Laudate Deum, and Indigenous Wisdom Illuminate Our Interconnected World

How the Feast of the Holy Rosary, Pope Francis' Laudate Deum, and Indigenous Wisdom Illuminate Our Interconnected World

Written by: Dr. Alice Prince

As I write this latest blog post, I am riding through the windy roads of Iowa, headed to a college football game. Iowa, a state known for its picturesque landscapes and serene countryside, serves as the backdrop for my reflections on the Feast of the Holy Rosary. My thoughts are deeply immersed in the significance of this day, and my heart overflows with gratitude for the blessings of Mother Mary and the precious gift of the Holy Rosary.

My personal connection to the Holy Rosary traces back to a poignant moment in my life when my grandmother, in the final days before taking her last breath, imparted to me the precious knowledge of the Hail Mary and the art of praying the Holy Rosary. At that time, I was unaware that she was handing me a tool that would sustain me through one of the most painful moments of my life – her death.

In this journey, I turn to the Bible for guidance and find solace in verses like Psalm 23:4, "Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me." Just as the Holy Rosary offered comfort during that difficult time, I discovered its enduring power to provide solace, guidance, and a connection to God's grace.

Today, I view the Holy Rosary as more than just a coping mechanism for challenging times. It has evolved into a profound means of centering prayer, meditation, and expressing gratitude for the joys that bless my life. It's a sacred practice that I have also shared as a gift, passing on the love and solace that the Rosary has brought me.

As I ride through the breathtaking scenery of Iowa, my mind also contemplates recent events of great significance. Pope Francis, in a historic move, has just released his writings on Climate Change—an issue of paramount importance. In his work in The Holy See – Laudate Deum, published this week, the Holy Father begins by exalting God for all of His creatures.

The heart of this body of written work lies in addressing the urgent crisis of Climate Change, an issue that affects every corner of our planet. In this context, I am reminded of Genesis 2:15, "The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it." Our role as stewards of God's creation is clear, and the Holy Rosary serves as a reminder of our interconnectedness with the environment and with one another.

Pope Francis beautifully stated that "no one is saved alone." Much like the indigenous peoples' deep reverence for the land and their profound understanding of the interconnectedness of all living beings, Pope Francis invites us to nurture our relationship with the Earth as a sacred responsibility.

Reflecting on the Feast of the Holy Rosary, I realize that it's not merely a devotion; it's a pathway to recognize our interconnectedness. In the quiet beauty of Iowa's countryside, I find inspiration in the Holy Rosary's ability to connect us not only with our faith but also with the world around us. It's a reminder that through prayer, meditation, and collective action, we can address the pressing issue of Climate Change and preserve the beauty and sanctity of God's creation.

In this journey of faith and environmental stewardship, one bead at a time, we find the path to a more loving, interconnected, and compassionate world. As we reflect on the mysteries of the Rosary, let us also reflect on our responsibilities to safeguard our environment and nurture our relationships with the Earth.



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