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Marrying the Rosary to the Divine Mercy Chaplet Paperback – December 12, 2016
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"What better union could there be? What incredible fruit will come from this form of devotion! I'm quite certain that St. Faustina Kowalska and St. John Paul II would both be very pleased to witness the marriage presented in this book. "
Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC, author of Champions of the Rosary
"Shane Kapler presents an exquisite way of marrying two proven, powerful means of contemplation and intercession. I greatly appreciate the scriptural reflections for lectio divina. May the Holy Spirit who inspired this work, spread it far and wide, igniting a fire in the soul of every chosen reader."
Kathleen Beckman, L.H.S., author of God's Healing Mercy: Finding Your Path to Peace, Forgiveness and Joy
"This book provides a clear, step-by-step guide to combining these prayers in a manner so deep that I have begun the practice myself and can hardly recommend it highly enough. Marrying the Rosary to the Divine Mercy Chaplet is a mini-masterpiece, not just to be read and re-read, but to be prayed and re-prayed."
Kevin Vost, Psy.D., author of Memorize the Mass!
"Kapler skillfully prompts the reader to prayerful contemplation-in essence, to allow Jesus to unfold the Scriptures and the Blessed Mother to meditate with you as she did on her journey to visit Elizabeth when her Son Jesus resided in her womb. This book will surely help one to grow in holiness. Highly recommended!"
Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle, EWTN Television host and author of The Kiss of Jesus
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In fact Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC, STL in the forward concludes with: "The method of prayer presented by Shane Kapler in this book has the potential to produce an abundance of fruit in the spiritual lives of those who use it. After all, all marriages are called to fruitfulness. By using this method of prayer, people will be able to meditate on the saving mysteries of Jesus and, at the same time, make an urgent appeal to God's mercy for ourselves and the whole world. What better union could there be? What incredible fruit will come from this form of devotion!" basically saying how awesome this idea and new devotion is!
Shane in the introduction states: "I cannot think of two more popular devotions than the Rosary and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. That isn't surprising, though, given the way that Heaven has intervened so dramatically to bring them to our attention. In 1917, the Blessed Mother came to Fatima, Portugal to request the daily praying of the Rosary; and in 1935, our Lord revealed the Chaplet of Divine Mercy to St. Faustina Kowalska and requested that she make it known. In this small booklet you will discover how uniting these two devotions - how interspersing the decades of the Rosary with the Chaplet - is a powerful way to deepen the meditation and intercession proper to both." And having read the book and prayed through the ideas taught I completely agree. Shane also says: "When I combined my praying of the Rosary with the Chaplet, my rosary meditation was led in unexpected directions. In the Joyful and Luminous Mysteries I discovered anew a truth articulated by Ven. Fulton J. Sheen: The Cross cast its shadow backward over our Lord's entire life. In the Sorrowful Mysteries I found my awareness of Jesus' pain deepened; and in the Glorious I found our Catholic conviction that the Cross is the precondition of glory - both in Christ's earthly journey and in our own -powerfully affirmed." I have only prayed through this devotion twice now. But I can say it will become a mainstay in my spiritual disciplines.
The structure of this book is the forward and introduction, the introduction explains the method of merging these two devotions. Then there are chapters for each of the 20 Mysteries of the Rosary. Each Specific Mystery has a painting from classical art depicting that mystery. Then there is a meditation for that mystery, including instructions for praying the rosary and then the chaplet. This is followed by another piece of art. The art is great for focusing on while meditating on the mysteries, and praying the prayers.
But one of the greatest features of this book is that on the title page of the book is a url so that you can download audio versions of the different mysteries. These audio meditations vary between 32 and 37 minutes. And using the audio version and praying along with Shane. It is so easy to listen to Shane and pray along with him through the different meditations. The book is more than worth it just for the audio files and to be able to pray this devotion as you want, while walking, on the commute to work, just putting in your earbuds and separate into quiet prayer for a short time.
Shane in the conclusion says: "The Rosary and Chaplet are simple devotions to practice, but they take us into incredibly deep, life-giving spiritual waters. I believe that everyone has time in his or her schedule to heed the Blessed Mother's call to pray the Rosary daily - and I dare say, time to (at last occasionally) marry the Rosary to the Chaplet. Pray them in the car during your commute to work or school. Pray these prayers as you walk. (Download the audio files for this book, pop in your earbuds, and I will join you.) Let Mary ponder God's mysterious ways with you as she did on her way to visit Elizabeth. Allow Jesus to open the Scriptures for you as he did for the two disciples on the road to Emmaus. And call out, with the whole communion of saints, through Christ our high priest, for the mercy that we and our world so desperately need." And I know that I will be using the book, and audio version frequently.
I believe that if you give this devotion a try it will become a personal favorite. It has the power to transform your prayer and mediations on the mysteries. This was an incredible book. And I strongly encourage you to give it a try!
You see, the Rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet are two beloved devotions I have cherished since I was an early young adult. I still carry with me my First Communion Rosary. I don’t leave the house without it, because one never knows when one will be given the opportunity to pray a decade or two (or entire Rosary) while waiting. So, the fact that Kapler was inspired to unite the two devotions into one prayer got me thinking that this is the devotion that is most needed right now.
We live in trying times, and what the world needs so desperately is mercy – divine mercy. Every day I battle discouragement as I witness horrific, unthinkable problems covered in the news. I am disheartened when I open my email or receive text messages about people who are facing serious diagnoses – cancer, deadly genetic conditions, horrible accidents, etc. Sometimes it is too much to bear.
But then I began praying the Rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet together, as Kapler suggests in his book. What’s beautiful about this book is that it is truly a meditation book, complete with gorgeous, full-color images corresponding to each decade of the Rosary and preceding Kapler’s thoughtful reflection on each mystery.
I have no words for how much this prayer has changed my prayer life in such a short time. We cannot fathom the spiritual fruits that God bestows on those we dedicate such prayers to. What I can say is that this devotion, I pray and hope, will spread like wildfire throughout our nation and the world, because the power of prayer is multiplied through the soul that sincerely prays it.
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