“A Harvest of Holiness”: The Theology of Danielle Rose’s Mysteries

by: Brad S. Gregory

In the autumn of 2002, Pope John Paul II gave to the Church his apostolic letter Rosarium Virginis Mariae (RVM). There he reiterated his devotion to the rosary that he had proclaimed soon after his elec- tion as pope, the rosary to which he dedicated the twenty-fifth year of his pontificate. He reaffirmed what the Church has taught for centuries: when properly understood, the rosary is not a Marian obstruction to but rather a powerful form of Christocentric prayer, a means of praying with Mary to Jesus. Underscoring this point, he proposed a group of five new mysteries—the “luminous” mysteries or “mysteries of light”— which augment the rosary’s traditional joy- ful, sorrowful, and glorious mysteries and center on the public min- istry of Jesus: his baptism by John in the Jordan, the wedding at

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