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.
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