J.M.J. Thirteen years ago today, Saint John Paul II bequeathed to the Church the Luminous Mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary.
"39. What has been said so far makes abundantly clear the richness of this traditional prayer (the Holy Rosary), which has the simplicity of a popular devotion but also the theological depth of a prayer suited to those who feel the need for deeper contemplation.
"The Church has always attributed particular efficacy to this prayer, entrusting to the Rosary, to its choral recitation and to its constant practice, the most difficult problems. At times when Christianity itself seemed under threat, its deliverance was attributed to the power of this prayer, and Our Lady of the Rosary was acclaimed as the one whose intercession brought salvation.
"Today I willingly entrust to the power of this prayer--as I mentioned at the beginning--the cause of peace in the world and the cause of the family."
--Saint John Paul II, Rosarium Virginis Mariae (October 16, 2002).