Why the Rosary, Why Now?

The why-to book about the Rosary

HUNTINGTON, Indiana, May 3, 2017 – Editor Gretchen R. Crowe, award-winning writer and OSV Newsweekly Editor-in-Chief, compiles eloquent and inspirational writings of popes, priests, and saints in a new book that illuminates the many benefits of the centuries-old devotion of the Rosary. Why the Rosary, Why Now? (Our Sunday Visitor, 2017) answers the question posed in its title by making a compelling case for why we need to pray the Rosary now more than ever.

As we mark the 100th anniversary of Mary’s apparitions at Fátima this year, we are reminded of the difference praying the Rosary can make in our distracting, stressful, and increasingly secular world. As Crowe states, “When we turn to Mary, she quiets our minds, calms our hearts and focuses our thoughts where they should be more often: on her son.”

In each chapter of Why the Rosary, Why Now?, Crowe explores varied writings of 14 individuals who have experienced the power of this traditional prayer.

·         Pope St. John Paul II, who had a deep love for the Rosary, tells how the Marian prayer enables an encounter with Christ and serves as a “step toward Christian discipleship.”

·         Father Hubert F. Schiffer, S.J., tells how he experienced the power of the Rosary while in Hiroshima in 1945, and the need for peace that praying the Rosary can bring us even when faced with the greatest destruction and strife.

·         Pope Pius XII tells of the Rosary’s power in fighting evil, Pope Leo XIII discusses the Rosary as a weapon to combat aggressive secularism, and Cardinal Albino Luciani (the future Pope John Paul I) reveals the beauty of the Rosary as it breaks “through the noise” of pride, selfishness, and distraction.

·         The “Rosary priest,” Father Patrick Peyton, reflects on the Rosary as a cornerstone for family prayer and how, as he so famously stated, “The family that prays together, stays together.”

·         Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen explains the intertwining of Mary and the Church, and highlights the Rosary as a way to deeper devotion to the Church.

·         Saints from Teresa of Calcutta to Louis de Montfort touch on the Rosary’s light and guidance on the path to holiness.

Each excerpt is paired with a commentary by Crowe, which not only illuminate the power of the Rosary in extraordinary events but give context for the devotion’s relevance in everyday life. As Pope St. John Paul II said, “The simple prayer of the Rosary marks the rhythm of human life.”