Rosaries of Divine Union

All too often in contemporary Catholicism, the “rosary crowd” and the “centering prayer crowd” inhabit opposite ends of the theological spectrum. So I was happy to find this site that celebrates the contemplative dimension of using the rosary — bringing the kataphatic and apophatic dimensions of spiritual practice together.

Rosaries of Divine Union: The Contemplative Dimension of Prayer

On the website you will find a variety of different tools to use with the rosary, integrating a wide array of devotional prayers and litanies from both the eastern and western churches. For example, the “Rosary of St. Francis” integrates the “Canticle of the Sun” with other Franciscan prayers into the ordinary round of the Hail Mary and the Our Father. On this page you’ll also find the “Rosary of the Archangels,” “Rosary of Psalms,” and the “Rosary of the Living Parables,” among others. Quotations from mystics and contemplatives ancient and modern (from Mechthild of Magdeburg and Teresa of Avila to Thomas Keating) dance through the site as well. You can access all these goodies directly from the website, or download a 129-page PDF book filled with all these devotional resources that will keep your beads clicking for months to come.

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  1. Cool! You might also be interested in a book by Basil Pennington, “Praying by Hand” that goes into contemplative rosary practice, and all kinds of rosaries.

  2. Another good book, and well worth the trouble of finding, is Robert Llewelyn’s “A Doorway to Silence – the contemplative use of the Rosary” (Paulist Press ISBN 0809129000). Lots of good theology, and many concrete examples of Rosary prayers and Rosary practice.


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    5.0 out of 5 stars Praying Theology, April 29, 2004
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    Get this book, and run with it. You will be enlightened, and you will pray as you have never prayed before. Balthasar always contended for a kneeling theology, for theologians who prayed. This small book on the rosary is the manual for a kneeling theology. We are all theologians engaged in the journey of faith seeking understanding. That quest is inseparable from prayer.

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