Cum Maria contemplemur Christi vultum!
I intend to post something on the Rosary each day during this month of October. To begin the month, I want to share an excerpt from Pope John Paul II’s Message for the World Day of Missions in 2003. He presented the whole mission of the Church in relation to the Holy Face of Christ, and the Rosary as a contemplation of the Face of Christ with Mary.
A more contemplative Church: the face of Christ contemplated
3. Cum Maria contemplemur Christi vultum! These words often come to mind: contemplate the “face” of Christ with Mary. When we speak of the “face” of Christ, we refer to his human likeness in which the eternal glory of the Father’s only Son shines out (cf. Jn 1,14): “The glory of the Godhead shines forth from the face of Christ” (Rosarium Virginis Mariae, n. 21). Contemplating the face of Christ leads to a deeper, interior familiarity with his mystery. Contemplating Jesus with the eyes of faith impels one to penetrate the mystery of the Trinitarian God. Jesus says:”He who has seen me has seen