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Our Lady of the Rosary

Fr. Isaac Slater, OCSO

Our Lady of the Rosary

As a community of contemplative monks we are called to the upper room, to devote ourselves with one accord to prayer, together with Mary the mother of Jesus.

Mary’s great gift to us is the simplicity of her unconditional “yes.”

Her uniquely free and complete yes supports and empowers our own faltering attempts to respond to grace.

We see her yes in the scriptures for today and in the mysteries of the rosary.

At her Annunciation: Mary’s ‘be it done to me…’ helps us say yes to our vocation.

Her yes persists even at foot of cross—where she experiences the most bitter anguish and in the same moment the serenity of God himself; and we know she is with us in our most bitter trials.

But we need the support of Mary’s yes in the upper room as well, maybe there most of all…we need her courage to open ourselves to divinization in the Spirit.

This encounter with the scalding fire of the Spirit, the need to let go of everything we’ve known, can be even more terrifying than the pain of the cross.

Mary like her son was ‘never anything but yes.’

Devoting ourselves to prayer with one accord, in the upper room, together with her, sharing her spirit, we somehow find a way to say our own ‘yes’, more and more freely …

… ‘to the God whose power now at work in us can do immeasurably more than we ask or imagine.’