The wonderful Vultus Christi blog has a nice entry on the excellent example the Pope set on Saturday, saying the rosary at the Basilica of St Mary Major:
I can't resist quoting some of the Pope's comments:
"Today we are demonstrating together that the Holy Rosary is not a pious practice relegated to the past, like a prayer of former times that one thinks of nostalgia. The Rosary is, as it were, coming into a new springtime. This is, without any doubt, one of the most eloquent signs of the love that the young generations nourish for Jesus and for Mary His Mother. "
It is good to see this consistent effort to counter some of the popular views of the 60s and 70s that view the rosary as an 'old-fashioned, privatised devotion'.
In fact there have been some conversions already, with some who have previously taken a pretty dim view of pre-Vatican II liturgy (except of course for what allegedly prevailed in the golden age of the early Christians before everything was corrupted by clericalism), now apparently getting it, as the April Adoremus Bulletin illustrates:
It acknowledges that the direction of liturgical reform of the last forty years has been wrong in that it has led to a loss of the sense of the sacred, and that external participation is not necessarily real 'active' participation.
Neo-conservative ultramontanism can be intensely annoying, but just for a moment, let's relax and enjoy its benefits, and wait for everyone to dig out their rosary beads from that box of 1960s discards...
You've just to love the way the Pope is finding opportunities to reaffirm the value of traditional devotions, weaving them even into his encyclicals.
Viva il Papa!