First Mysteries of the Rosary and Covetousness

I use the following set of demands when praying the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary:
1. Annunciation – Humility
2. Visitation – Charity
3. Birth of the Savior – Detachment
4. Presentation at the Temple – Purity of mind and body
5. Finding in the Temple – Obedience

First things first in the twenty Mysteries proposed to our meditation: the fruits asked for in the first chaplet of the Rosary are the exact contrary to the threefold concupiscence, particularly pride, the gravest form of which is called by St. Thomas “the blackest of sins”.

André Frossard wrote that the Virgin Mary is the Evangelic figure of intelligence. She is indeed the one example of a human creature preserved from the irrationality of sin and free to live the perfectly virtuous life God intended for us all. She is the New Eve, where the New Adam could rise.

Thus the Rosary, this eminently Evangelic prayer, leads us to contemplate the essential virtues of the Blessed Virgin and ask in all humility to be bestowed them in our turn.

1. Humility, the first and foremost virtue of any creature of God, the condition for all other virtues to take root,
vs
Pride, the excessive love of one’s own excellence

2. Charity, or Love-Agapè, the virtue encompassing all others and the remedy to egoism (without humility and charity there is no Christianity),
vs
Pride, the love of self above the love of God

3. Detachment from worldly goods (perhaps the most joyful of the Joyful Mysteries: a greedy person is never satisfied even if he actually possesses immense wealth, whereas someone detached from worldly goods is by definition perfectly content with the strict minimum, and ever thankful for the Divine Providence’s gifts),
vs
Avarice, or greed, the inordinate love for riches

4. Purity of mind and body.
vs
Lust and covetousness (self-indulgence to demands of the sensuous appetite contrary to the rational appetite)

5. Obedience is one corollary of humility.

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