Saint Isaac Jogues was known for his long hours of quiet prayer while journeying and for the recitation of the Rosary with his companions. The Rosary is a prayer for our hours of solitude, for times of waiting, for moments of uncertainty and disquiet. In these circumstances the Rosary becomes an anchor of hope tossed into the depths of God’s wisdom and providence.
The Rosary stills the tumult within and allows the soul to hear the “still, small voice” (1 K 19:12) of the Lord. “And when Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood at the entrance to the cave” (1 K 19:13). The Rosary is an initiation into what Pope John Paul II called, “adoring silence.”
We must confess that we all have need of this silence, filled with the presence of Him who is adored: in theology, so as to exploit fully its own sapiential and spiritual soul; in prayer, so that we may never forget that seeing God means coming down the mountain with a face so radiant that we are obliged to cover it with a