So many of us have been struck with grief the last few days watching the situation unfold in Ukraine. It seems unreal while we are nestled here safely in our homes that something so horrible could be happening in our lifetime. As we watch the news, so many of us are thinking, “What can I do to help these people?” When I read articles on social media and look at the comments, many people are asking, “How can we donate to Ukraine relief? What can we do to help?” As Catholics, we have our Lady of Fatima who gave us the answer many years ago: “Pray the Rosary every day to obtain peace for the world.”
Mary pressed this message again and again to three young children, two of whom have been declared saints. It was a very straightforward solution to what we can do. She did not say anything about diplomatic solutions or donations, although there is nothing wrong with those. But we really have to pray the Rosary.
Easier said than done, unfortunately.
As a busy mom, it’s hard to find a quiet time to sit down and say the Rosary, and when I do have a free moment, saying the Rosary is not the first thing I want to do.
One of the most famous saints of our time, St. Therese of Lisieux, said this about the Rosary, “In vain do I strive to meditate on the mysteries of the Rosary; I am unable to fix my attention. For a long time, I was sad because of this lack of devotion which surprised me, for I love the Blessed Virgin so much that it should be easy for me to say in her honor prayers which please her so much. Now, it saddens me less; I think that the Queen of Heaven, being my Mother, she must see my good will and be content with it.”
I find this quote so inspiring as I struggle to pray the Rosary, but I will continue struggling because Our Lady asked for it so specifically. There was no beating around the bush or suggesting alternate ideas. She very clearly stated many times: “Pray the Rosary.”
So, we have the answer. All we have to do now is follow Mary’s request.