The rosary is an incredibly rewarding spiritual practice for the men and women of any age, and all ages. Meditation on the rosary was championed by the Jesuits from the foundation of their Society. The Rosary made up of 150 beads, promoted by Pope Pius V, is still subscribed to by the Church but is, of course, different than the popular Rosary with 50 beads that many of us carry in our pockets. One book title is illustrative. The Rosary is one of the most cherished prayers of our Catholic Church. Introduced by the Creed, the Our Father, three Hail Mary’s and the Doxology (“Glory Be”), and concluded with the Salve Regina, the Rosary involves the recitation of five decades, each consisting of the Our Father, 10 Hail Mary’s, and the Doxology.

But don’t take our word for it. In 1573 Gaspard Loarte, S.J.

published Advice and Suggestions on the Manner of Meditating on the Mysteries of the Rosary of the Blessed Virgin, Our Mother. From the 16th century until the 21st century there were three sets … It is like an ancient treasure map that has led countless men and women from all walks of life to the treasures of peace, joy, clarity, and contentment.