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Rosary is for everyone

To the editor:

The first article in the January Faith & Family section was right in stating that the Bible and Church tradition help us see God. But to say that saying the rosary shows a person’s lack of education is not true. Our priests and other religious, who are educated people, say the rosary on a regular basis. And one of the most influential bishops of our time, Bishop Fulton J. Sheen, dedicated himself to the Virgin Mary at his Confirmation, committing himself to a daily recitation of the Litany of the Virgin Mary (from Meet Fulton Sheen by Janel Rodriguez, p. 6). Such devotion to Our Lady would certainly have included the saying of the rosary. The Bishop’s only case of stage fright came when he was leading the rosary at a school assembly (Meet Fulton Sheen, p.7). These references were some I remembered from when I used the book as a reference for my book, 20 Years of Faith, currently being printed.

I know the importance of the Bible, and Church traditions, from personal readings, the many conferences on the Bible I’ve attended through the years at Notre Dame Retreat House, and from two very informative Bible studies, given by two very knowledgeable pastors of mine. I do not consider myself educated because of a college degree, but because of my exposure to our Church, and the Bible. In 1973, I started saying the rosary almost every day. Those who are uneducated can say the rosary with just as much reverence as a priest, but the “educated” people I know do not consider saying the rosary as an “uneducated” thing to do.

Robert K. Ryniker


EDITOR’S NOTE: The article in question began with an anecdote about a woman telling Marian scholar Edward Sri that praying the rosary shows a lack of education. However, the article went on to explain that the woman was wrong.

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