Thursday, 03 March 2011 13:28
By Heather Welch
The late Pope John Paul II, who will soon be beatified, was the inspiration behind Tony Frasco’s book of Rosary meditations.
The book, Reflection of the Son, combines scriptural passages with meditations on each mystery of the Rosary, including reflections on the Luminous Mysteries, which was introduced in 2002 by Pope John Paul II when he proclaimed the Year of the Rosary.
Frasco, a Magdalen Catholic School middle school religion teacher, said Reflection of the Son was one of the first books on the market to include the Luminous mysteries. He believes it is still completely unique and like no other tool available.
“I envision people using the book with their families and friends at home, church or in schools,” he said. “I hope any church group or organization could benefit from the book because it is geared towards anyone who wants to have an aid in praying the Rosary.”
Frasco said the book can help all Catholics come to love the Rosary and Our Lady more deeply and by doing so they can come to know Jesus Christ. Reflection of the Son suggests a variety of ways to increase devotion to Mary through meditations on the life of Christ.
Frasco said when he reads the book he is reminded that he is the co-author, that the true author is God. He said the project has helped him grow in his spiritual life and has further taught him the virtue of patience as well.
“I knew all along that this was Mary’s project, so I learned very quickly that the timing of when the book would come out, if ever, was up to God.”
The religion teacher also regularly uses the book in his teaching. Once a month each of his middle school classes prays one of the mysteries in the book, and Frasco includes music quietly playing in the background. He also uses pictures of paintings via an LCD projector and screen to further engage his classes in the Rosary.
“The book seems to engage all the senses so that the Rosary comes to life and is not just a series of repetitious prayers said which can be a temptation.”
Want a copy of Reflection of the Son?
The book is available at Eighth Day Books, Wichita, the Church of the Magdalen parish office, at the Spiritual Life Center, by calling (800) 796-4166, or by visiting www.spiritleadership.org, or email the publisher at