Couple viewed rosary’s mysteries as Mary’s family photo album - Catholic Courier
A computer tablet and some photographs.

Photos of Leonor and Ed Rivera's sons, Jordan and Sean, and an iPad with the joyful mysteries. (Photo by Leonor Rivera)

Couple viewed rosary’s mysteries as Mary’s family photo album

My late husband, Ed, was a shutterbug. He took lots of photographs, especially of our two sons. Ed printed the pictures. We put them into big and little albums to show at a moment’s notice.

Looking through the albums, we relived precious memories like our sons’ birth, baptisms, holidays, vacations, school events, etc. We loved our sons so much that at times it felt as if our hearts would burst.

Leonor and Ed’s large wedding rosaries (Photo by Leonor Rivera)

Ed and I wondered if Mary and Joseph felt this same kind of overwhelming love for Jesus. How did they capture their memories without cameras? Scripture says that Mary kept all these things in her heart. She must have told the trusted apostles about events that happened before they met Jesus, like the Annunciation, visit to Elizabeth, Jesus’ birth, the Presentation and finding Jesus in the Temple.

Ed and I realized that these events were captured in the joyful mysteries of the rosary. The rosary and the mysteries are Mary’s photo albums, capturing precious moments of Jesus’ life as seen through her eyes. Wow!

After this realization, we started praying the rosary more often. We found rosary prayer books with pictures to help us meditate on the mysteries. Looking at our family photo albums and praying the rosary together became our special couple and family time.

After Ed died, it was hard for me to look at family pictures or pray the rosary. While grieving, I went to and searched for “rosary with sacred art and music.” Each bead had a breathtakingly beautiful painting to help me meditate on the mysteries. The gentle music soothed me. Tears welled in my eyes as I prayed the rosary along with the video.

Now, praying the rosary heals and comforts me. It is a precious gift from Mary, Jesus and Ed.


Leonor “Leo” and Ed Rivera were members of the local Worldwide Marriage Encounter community for 32 of their 34 years of marriage until Ed unexpectedly died of a genetic heart defect on Aug. 1, 2020.

The last 2024 Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend is Oct. 11-13 at Notre Dame Retreat House in Canandaigua.

To read more of Leo and Ed’s blogs, visit

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