Luke tells us that when the shepherds came to see Jesus as he lay, newborn and helpless in his stable manger, Mary “kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart.” We do not know all that Mary kept, all upon which she reflected, but it must have been many of the same mysteries we keep and reflect upon when we pray the rosary.
In the Joyful Mysteries we reflect upon Gabriel’s glad message to Mary, upon Mary’s visit to her cousin, Elizabeth, and upon Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem. These must have been on Mary’s heart as they must be on ours. Pope John Paul II called the rosary “an echo of the prayer of Mary.”
Pray the rosary today. If you don’t know how, you can learn here.
The flowerpot cakes we suggested for the Memorial of St Therese of the Child Jesus, topped with a rose or a lily, makes a good dessert for a Rosario, a Rosemary, a Marie/Mary Rose, a Rosemarie or a Virginia Rose, all of whom share this nameday.