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Third, saying the Rosary is the single greatest thing we can do for the Church in trying times.
Pope Francis tells the story from when he was a bishop of joining a group that was praying the Rosary with St. John Paul II:
“I was praying in the middle of the people of God to which I and all those there belonged, led by our pastor. I felt that this man, chosen to lead the Church, was following a path back to his Mother in the sky, a path set out from his childhood. I understood the presence of Mary in the life of the pope, a witness he never ceased to give. From that moment, I recite the 15 mysteries of the Rosary every day.”
What Bishop Bergoglio saw was the leader of the Church drawing all the faithful together in a single act of worship and petition. And it changed him. There is great disunity within the Church today — real disunity, over substantial issues. But the Rosary unites us with what we have in common — on our mission and purpose, on Jesus our Founder and Mary, our model. It also connects us to believers all over the world, as one army of prayer warriors under the Pope.