Updated: May 6
"As a prayer for peace, the rosary… always has been, a prayer of and for the family....We need to return to the practice of family prayer and prayer for families, continuing to use the rosary.” – Pope St. John Paul II
St. John Paul II was a great champion of the rosary. He and many other saints and popes have given compelling reasons to instill this devotion in every family. With this in mind, I have assembled a list of quotes that may help you make yours a
According to our spiritual ancestors, here is a sampling of grace that you can expect to obtain for your family from such a devotion:
Unity within your family
The holy rosary by age old tradition, has shown itself particularly effective as a prayer which brings the family together. - Pope St. John Paul II
The family that prays together stays together. - Servant of God Fr. Patrick Peyton.
The holy rosary drives away family disintegration; it is a secure bond of communion and peace. – Pope Saint John Paul II
A source of blessings
The rosary... is the most effective in gaining heaven’s blessings. – Blessed Pope Paul VI
The Holy Rosary is the storehouse of countless blessings. – Blessed Alan de la Roche
We are persuaded that families will receive from this salutary form of prayer a guarantee of heavenly blessings. – Pope St. John XIII
Peace and happiness
If you desire peace in your hearts, in your homes and in your country, assemble each evening to recite the rosary. Let not even one day pass without saying it, no matter how burdened you may be with many cares and labors. – Pope Pius XI
There is no surer means of calling down God’s blessings upon the family and especially of preserving happiness in the home than the daily recitation of the rosary. – Venerable Pope Pius XII
No normal mind yet has ever been overcome by worries or fears who was faithful to the Rosary. – Venerable Fulton J. Sheen
There is no problem, I tell you, no matter how difficult it is, that we cannot resolve by the prayer of the holy rosary. – Servant of God Lucia dos Santos
To pray the rosary is to handover our burdens to the merciful hearts of Christ and his mother. – St. John Paul II
The rosary can bring families through all dangers and evils. – Servant of God Fr. Patrick Peyton
Arm yourselves with the arms of God – with the holy rosary – and you will crush the devil’s head and you will stand firm in the face of all of his temptations. – St. Louis de Montfort
The Rosary is a spiritual "weapon" in the battle against evil, against all violence, for peace in hearts, in families, in society and in the world. – Benedict XVI
Help with integrating the Gospel into everyday life
The holy rosary offers us a summary of the gospel, and is an easy and accessible way, to prayer from the heart. – Pope St. John Paul II
The rosary is a gospel prayer. – Blessed Pope Paul VI
The rosary gives us the great truths of His life and death to meditate upon and brings them nearer to our hearts. – St. John Henry Newman
Growth in holiness and virtue
If you want to live a holy life, cultivate devotion to Mary in your family. Gather your children in prayer in the recitation of the holy rosary. – Servant of God Fr. Dolindo Ruotolo
The rosary helps us to be conformed ever more closely to Christ until we attain true holiness. – Pope Saint John Paul II
To become perfect, say a rosary every day. – St. Louis de Montfort
Eternal life in Heaven
The rosary is the most excellent form of prayer and the most efficacious means of attaining eternal life…It is the remedy for all evils, the root of all our blessings There is no more excellent way of praying. – Pope Leo XIII
Whoever shall recite the rosary devoutly…shall remain in the grace of God and become worthy of eternal life. – Our Lady to St. Dominic
The rosary is a prayer which God, through his church and our Lady, has recommended most insistently to all as a road to and gateway of salvation – Servant of God Lucia dos Santos
If only everybody knew that such a wellspring of grace existed, it is difficult to imagine the daily rosary would not be eagerly employed by every Christian family. In a culture in which our children are daily exposed to forces that act to steal their faith, we need the rosary. As parents, grandparents, godparents, aunts, uncles, sisters, brothers and friends, we have the power to introduce the families we love to the great treasure of the rosary.
And in case you anticipate difficulty in adapting your family to the daily rhythm of the rosary, here is one final quote from Pope St. John Paul II:
"It could be objected that the Rosary seems hardly suited to the taste of children and young people of today. But perhaps the objection is directed to an impoverished method of praying it…There is nothing to stop children and young people from praying it… with appropriate symbolic and practical aids to understanding and appreciation. Why not try it?... If the rosary is well presented, I am sure that young people will once more surprise adults by the way they make this prayer their own and recite it with the enthusiasm typical of their age group.
Let us never underestimate the power of the rosary and the ability of any family to adopt this precious inheritance."
Hail Mary, full of grace, pray for us!
About the Author
Debbie Staresinic is the author of two sets of Rosary meditations inspired by St. John Paul II. Her most recent book On a Mission to Love Rosary Meditations for Children and Families was written with Catholic schools and families in mind. The optional decade a day format helps cultivate the important habit of praying the Rosary daily while instilling the truths about the human person as revealed by Jesus in the Gospel. The book is also available as a gift set which includes a beautiful children’s rosary.