While celebrating the 71st annual Living Rosary Oct. 23 at St. Teresa of Calcutta Church, Archbishop Shelton J. Fabre told his listeners that he identifies with the gathering’s theme: “Do whatever he tells you.”
The phrase comes from the day’s Gospel reading from the book of John. Jesus and Mary attended a wedding that ran out of wine; when she alerted Jesus to the problem, she told the servants to “do whatever he tells you.”
The archbishop spoke of his late mother’s devotion to Mary and said she prayed the rosary daily. She believed the rosary should be prayed at every wake.
And, like the Blessed Mother, he said, she volunteered his aid, telling people “ ‘My son is a priest and he’ll pray the rosary for you.’ ”
“Mary didn’t speak much in the Gospels, but today we hear her say ‘do whatever he says,’ ” Archbishop Fabre said. “My mother knew the power of the rosary. … And those who pray the rosary will know God’s guidance and strength.”
The Living Rosary, led by children from local schools, was prayed indoors this year, for the first time in several years. Worshippers filled the parish, which seats more than 200, nearly to capacity. Music was provided by a choir from Immaculata Classical Academy.