This is about a father's love for his son.
Who said the Rosary is just for saints?
I saw an article on HuffPo about Joe Biden wearing a bracelet made from his son Beau's rosary which he held as he was dying. I also saw Biden talking about it on Colbert - and I posted about it on Facebook. I love Biden, always have. I know his politics are at odds with Catholic teaching, just like many Catholics in the Church and politics today. Some even in our own families. That said, we still love them - I hope. As Christians, if we are called to love our enemies, certainly we should love members of our Family and Church.
Imagine my surprise when I read Deacon Kandra's
post on the HuffPo story and read comments from Catholics attacking Biden on the Aleteia Facebook page. These people miss the point of the story. It is about a father's love for his son who held the rosary in his hands as he was dying. (I have my mother's rosary which she held as she lay dying.) It's like a relic - and in Beau's case, very much so.
Several online think wearing a rosary is a fashion statement, or that there is something impious about it. To those who think you can't wear a rosary, you are wrong. M. Teresa's nuns put rosaries around the necks of dying patients, P. Pio encouraged people to wear the rosary, likewise there used to be indulgences for doing so, which is why religious men and women always wore one on their belt. ("Those who openly wear the Holy Rosary out of devotion and to set a good example may gain one hundred days' indulgence."
- Secret of the Rosary: Confraternity Privileges.)
What is more, Catholics should take note of the 6th promise of Our Lady to those who pray the Rosary includes the following assurance: The sinner shall convert.
Biden is not politicizing this - Catholics are. Biden has made it clear in the past that he prays the rosary. Even if he doesn't, the fact he carries a rosary to pray in his pocket is a sign of devotion. He's a Catholic man who doesn't pretend to be holier than the Pope or the Church, unlike his critics who are often so quick to prove they are more Catholic than the Pope.
In St. Louis De Montfort's day these same issues arose. He tells the story of the Spanish King Alphonso who always wore a large rosary on his belt to encourage his servants in devotion to Our Lady by praying her rosary. Though at the time the king never prayed the rosary himself, his servants did. The king fell ill and experienced a vision of his sins - it was shown to him that all the rosaries prayed on account of his example of simply wearing the beads outweighed his sins. The king recovered and spent the rest of his life continuing to propagate the rosary and prayed it faithfully every day. De Montfort has many other such stories about the graces received by those wearing a blessed rosary.
Catholics should read St. Louis De Montfort in order to learn true devotion to Our Lady. Catholics ought to be encouraged not only to have devotion to the Rosary, but to pray the Rosary as well.
St. Teresa of Avila informs us, "Prayer is the trap door out of sin." We are all sinners and we all need to pray. Through the Rosary Our Lady converts us, promising:
The Rosary shall be a very powerful armor against hell; it will destroy vice, deliver from sin, and dispel heresy. - Third Promise