An interesting little book came to my attention this past week and it was one I felt worth sharing. Gretchen Crowe has written a wonderful rosary companion entitled Praying the Rosary with St. John Paul II. This book will make a great book for prayer time during the rosary.
If there was anyone that we can point to as a champion of the rosary John Paul II quickly comes to mind. Throughout his papacy Pope John Paul II encouraged the faithful to take up their rosary beads and embark upon a prayer life to change the world. This book exemplifies that in a unique way.
All mysteries are included with reflections for each mystery. These include a spiritual fruit, a short reflection on How Pope John Paul II embodied the spiritual fruit, a scripture passage for reflection relative to the mystery, and an excerpt from a talk or writing of John Paul II.
Throughout the book are candid images of Pope John Paul II doing what he did best. Traveling the globe and spreading the Gospel like no other pope before him. Included in the book is a brief biography on Pope St. John Paul II by Russell Shaw.
Whether you pray the rosary daily or infrequently there is much value in the pages of this book. Who better to pray the rosary with than the Pope who gave us the Luminous Mysteries and spent much of his pontificate promoting the value of this prayer? I often like to switch between different rosary reflection books to make certain I add some different styles of reflections to my prayer time with the rosary. This book is being added to my rotation.
Spend some time with the rosary and our beloved Pope John Paul II. You won’t regret it, the spiritual fruits will be abundant!