Remember when I said in my previous post about Mary’s rosary promises seeming like a spiritual infomercial? Well, I take that back. This promise proves that the rosary is more like an affiliate marketing campaign. In affiliate marketing, someone gets a small bonus when they convince someone to sign up for a certain service or buy a specific product. Mary seems to offer us a sort of spiritual affiliate benefit when we spread the joy of rosary meditation to others. It’s great to pray the rosary for your own good. But spreading the rosary has an exponentially greater affect both for you own personal salvation and the Catholic Church as a whole.
Imagine if you were able to convince two other people to start praying the rosary regularly. Now picture those two people each finding two more to pray the rosary and those people went out and got two more and so on. It doesn’t take to many levels of propagation before hundreds, maybe thousands, and heck, even millions of people turn to rosary prayer starting from your initial passion for it! Now can you image a Church fueled by rosary prayer and receiving the graces Mary promises us? That would be one joyful and sincerely happy world-wide community of believers with the strength to truly change all the ills of this world. And all because you took one leap of faith to pray the rosary routinely and another leap to share your passion with others.
Your personal rosary prayer will yield much more fruit when you propagate rosary prayer to a wider audience. But this isn’t because you earn more spiritual points that upgrade you to some higher Catholic membership. It’s not like Mary sits in Heaven with a clipboard with your personal rosary score. I don’t think she’s saying, “Well let’s see here. Brent has convinced 10 people to start praying the rosary, he tries to pray it every weekday, but it looks like he missed some days. So he’s a silver rosary rewards member which means he gets 3 intercessions a year.” Not quite.
Like Mary’s other promises, the benefits of this one is more of a logical consequence of praying the rosary devoutly. When you truly enjoy something or find something valuable, are you more likely to share it with others or keep it hidden? As Facebook clearly shows, when you are passionate about something you have a tendency to share it with others. People share their opinions and promote television shows, sports, music, movies, and books all the time (just look at the large number of reviews for any given product on Amazon). Why would prayer be any different? It is logical that those who are passionate about rosary prayer will also want to share it with others. If you truly believe in the benefits of rosary prayer and it’s something that gives you great comfort facing life’s challenges, why wouldn’t you want to share it with your friends and family?
If you are sharing the joy of rosary prayer and meditation then chances are you are already praying it regularly and devoutly. After all, why would you promote something that doesn’t interest you or doesn’t provide you any value? As I said in previous articles, those who do pray the rosary devoutly will be better tuned into how Mary is trying to aid them. She is always trying to reach out to us but it is those who are really trying to listen to her through the rosary who will receive more aid in their necessities. But it’s not from Mary giving more aid to some than others. Rather, it’s some people making more of an effort to receive Mary’s aid by making time to listen to her through rosary meditation and being receptive to how she wants to help you.
Now here’s the hard part. It’s easy for me to write this article and have a few dozen (hopefully hundreds of) people read this. It is easy for you all to forward an email or share this post (please do that). We can all sit back and think we did our part in propagating the rosary. And yes, we did. But I think that’s putting the quantity of rosary propagation over the quality. Maybe we should instead make an effort to personally invite a friend or family member to pray the rosary with us. It may not be the easiest way to propagate rosary prayer, but I think there is value in actually getting a single soul praying the rosary rather than telling hundreds of people who can easily ignore you. Are you ready to take that challenge?