—Posted by Christine (July 1, 2014 at 9:06 am)
In high school, I did half of my coursework at home through a Catholic home school program. As a freshman, I wrote an essay on why Catholics should pray a daily Rosary. Looking back, I’m not sure why I chose to defend such a strong position since I did not yet pray a daily Rosary myself, but my family and I have been committed to a daily Rosary ever since.
In the Rosary, Catholics recite a sequence of prayers while meditating on what are called the “mysteries” of the Rosary – pivotal events in the life of Jesus and His mother Mary. This summer, I challenged myself to memorize the “fruits,” or virtues, that correspond with each mystery. In my mind, most of these virtues were clearly connected to the events with which they were paired.
For example, we meditate on the virtue of faith in conjunction with the Resurrection; indeed, Catholics can have true faith only if they believe that Jesus rose from the dead. We meditate on the virtue of poverty along with the birth of Jesus in the stable at Bethlehem, where his bed was nothing more than a feeding trough.
But one pairing of fruits and mysteries always confused me. I would meditate on the virtue of courage in conjunction with the humiliating incident in which Jesus was crowned with thorns while Roman soldiers mocked him and spat on him. Before, I had always associated courage with a bold attitude – the ability to do what is right in the face of opposition and to speak the truth without compromise or apology. (more…)