Because people have not learned the alphabet of love. With the breakdown of the family has come the dissolution of the mother’s love, and with the dissolution of mother’s love has come the inability to love and be loved in a natural, mature and joyful way.
So we are left with perversion.
Stay with me here, because it is all connected. Where does sexual perversion and confusion lead?
It leads to violence. It leads to the violence of sado-masochism. Why do people become sexually excited by being whipped or whipping other people? Because they are so confused in love that somewhere along the way they have learned that love is equated with violence. Maybe they were abused both sexually and physically in the home. The logic is simple, “Daddy beat me and abused me sexually. Daddies are supposed to be the ones who love us. Therefore beating and sexual abuse must be what love is all about.” See?
Sexual perversion eventually leads to violence. Why? Because ask yourself, “What happens when a person isn’t loved?”
Their capacity for love is replace by fear and fear leads to hatred of any threat and hatred of any threat causes the person to become violent.
Love dies and hatred and violence takes its place.
All that to say this: Here is how the Holy Rosary could heal the world:
The rosary opens our hearts and minds to the perfect mother’s love. If the mother love is what is missing, the Holy Rosary replaces that in our lives. As we pray the rosary the grace and mercy of God seeps into our lives bit by bit. As we pray the joyful mysteries Mary’s perfect mother love seeps in and fills up the gaps in our own experience of mother love. Was our mother abusive, neglectful, sick, angry or simply incapable of giving all the love we needed? Mary’s love experienced through the Holy Rosary can help to supplement and fill in for the love that is missing.
So it is as simple as praying the rosary. We pray the rosary for ourselves, but we can also pray it for others and for the whole world. We can pray down Mary’s mother love for our family members, our parish, our community, our world.
If I am right that the missing component is the mother’s perfect love, then the rosary can help to bring healing and reconciliation to this gaping wound in our lives.
If you would like to learn more about the practicality of this prayer you can read my book Praying the Rosary for Inner Healing
But you needn’t do that.
You can just promise to pray your rosary every day–for your own healing and the healing of the whole world.