Internationally acclaimed author Megan McKenna gives this Catholic tradition enriched modern relevance in a completely up-to-date guide to praying the Rosary, designed for general readers and incorporating the recent additions made by Pope John Paul II.
As a speaker, teacher, and bestselling Catholic author, Megan McKenna has informed and inspired audiences both in- and outside of the Catholic tradition with her warmhearted, contemporary approach to spirituality. Now she turns her attention to the Rosary, revealing the universality of this ancient practice and how it can enrich lives today.
Praying the Rosary—the act of counting off prayers with a string of beads in a rhythm of focused spiritual contemplation—is a practice that has existed for centuries and is common to many faiths. For the world’s one billion Catholics it has become the most popular form of devotion. Though strongly associated with the Virgin Mary, the prayers of the Rosary are ultimately meant to bring those who say them closer to Jesus Christ, whose life and teachings are central to all branches of the Christian faith. This gives the Rosary an ecumenical dimension that is in sync with today’s emphasis on the common bonds, rather than the divisions, among all Christians. In 2002, Pope John Paul II updated the Rosary by adding a new section on the teachings of Jesus, further emphasizing the centrality of Christ and the biblical Gospels at the heart of the prayers.Embracing this ecumenical attitude in Praying the Rosary, Megan McKenna explores the Rosary and explains how to pray it, incorporating the Pope’s recent additions and revealing its relevance to a new generation. She breaks down the Rosary into its twenty components, prefacing each with a selection from Scripture that identifies the prayer’s source in the Bible. Combining practical instruction with meditative reflections on the prayer’s spirituality, she reveals the Rosary’s richly contemplative nature and shows how praying the Rosary can inspire peaceful, calm attitudes, and an awareness of the universal spiritual mystery that connects all Christians.
MEGAN McKENNA is an internationally known author, lecturer, retreat leader, and spiritual director. She received her doctorate from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, and has taught in Dublin, Ireland, Chicago, San Francisco, and Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she currently lives. She is the author of more than fifteen books, including Send My Roots Rain and The New Stations of the Cross, both published by Doubleday.
The author of numerous books, such as The New Stations of the Cross, McKenna
here presents a clean, devout exposition of the meaning of the traditional
ritual of the prayers of the rosary, carefully brought into line with Pope
John Paul II's most recent thinking on the matter. According to His Holiness,
the rosary represents the faithful's "commitment to the contemplation of the
Christian mystery" and is a "compendium of the Gospel." McKenna, after a
touching introduction that addresses the role and nature of Mary, discusses
each aspect of the rosary, mystery by mystery, and shows how it reflects and
illuminates points of the Gospel stories. For collections with a significant
Catholic readership. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
In the midst of a revival of interest in the rosary, McKenna, a retreat leader
and author of The New Stations of the Cross, weighs in with a fresh look at
the traditional Catholic devotion that honors the mother of Christ. Anyone who
expects a primer may need to search out a more basic guide, as this book
assumes a fundamental understanding of the rosary. Although McKenna offers
historical perspective and some instruction in how to pray the rosary, what
she has to say will be most appreciated by existing practitioners and those
seeking a more profound understanding of Mary. Finding little about the mother
of Jesus in the Christian gospels, McKenna takes the few details that are
known and develops them. She draws upon such sources as a Native American
story in which Mary emerges as a believer, disciple, healer and "one who prays
and listens to the community and who reflects upon the Word." At the heart of
McKenna's book, however, are her thoughtful reflections on each set of the
Rosary's "mysteries," including the "luminous mysteries" recently introduced
by Pope John Paul II. In expanding on these sets of themed biblical scenes
meant to be used as meditations for each section of the Rosary, McKenna is in
her element, leading readers and those who will use this book to pray the
rosary deeper into each scriptural passage. (April 6) Copyright 2004 Reed