I take exception to the proposition that The Luminous Mysteries are designed to “put our Lady aside”. My response is based on the following understanding:
- Pope JohnPaul was devoted to our Lady. This was a practical expression of that devotion.
- If the mysteries highlight Jesus’ work on earth, they should be meditated on in the light of the Sorrowful and Glorious mysteries where traditionally Our Lady seems absent from the events. I would say this rounds off the Jesus’ life on earth. And, this would not have been possible without our Lady’s “Yes” to the Paraclete.
- Our Lady remains the centre and mediator through the prayers before and after the reciting of the rosary. We need her intercession to make our prayers holy before the Lord.
- I am saddened by the freedom exercised by clerics to vent their opinions on VTII, and all that it represents to make the Church relevant in an increasingly secular and anti-Church environment.