In his book about Mary: Hail, Holy Queen, Dr. Scott Hahn tells how, as a young man, Jesus drew him away from delinquency. Because of his newfound faith, when his Grandma Hahn died, they gave Scott a box of her religious articles. In it was a rosary. At that time he knew Jesus, but considered any devotion to Mary would detract from what is owed to God alone. To him the rosary was like a chain, so he took it in his hand and broke it into pieces.
Scott eventually became a Protestant minister. During his seminary years and as a young pastor, he studied the Bible and the teachings of early Christians. Little by little he began to realize the singular role of Mary not only as mother of Jesus, but her unique holiness. He discovered a long tradition regarding her as intercessor, spotless virgin, and queen, bodily taken into heaven.
Dr. Hahn concludes his book with an appendix on praying the rosary:
Once I looked down with disgust upon a string of rosary beads. I saw it as a noose that choked off true devotion in countless Roman Catholics. When I held Grandma Hahns rosary, I couldnt break that loop quickly or forcefully enough. Now, while I look down at my own bead, I see the same circle, but it is different. It suggests a queens crown, a mothers encircling arms.
I want to read this book. Thanks for the little bit you copied!
I can understand the argument about supposed loss of focus, but what we see here is not an arguing man but a hater and a vandal reduced to his basest instinct.
I’ve been real horrible keeping track of my rosaries. One is lost in my car somewhere and others scattered about my house. I feel kind of bad about that, especially given all the help the Blessed Mother has given me recently.
Once, after Confession, I lit a candle in front of a statue of her, asking her for her intercession, and for 3 days after that, I had ZERO temptation for the sins I’ve been struggling with. It was the greatest relief I’ve had from my habitual sins since returning to the Church 6 years ago. I really should devote more time to her.