From a reader:
I have a kind of…confused question for you here, im told that i dont need to say the Luminous Mysteries, im told Pope John Paul II “suggested” it, not declared that it must be said, i wonder this because i just read somewhere that heresy/schism is excommunicatable…id really like to think that not saying them wouldnt grant such a punishment……i know its completly valid and accept by The Church….but im sure you already know the claims for it, and against it….i really dont know what i should do, and i realllllllyyyyyy dont want to be excommunicated..haha and if its all the same to you Father, if im lucky enough for you to read this…please edit most of this out if your putting it on the front page :p
Well.. no. I don’t think I will edit most of this out. I shouldn’t have to do your work, too.
But to the question.
We are not obliged to pray the Rosary. It is a devotion we are free to embrace. If we do pray the Rosary, we are not obliged to use the Luminous Mysteries. You can feel free to use just the three, classic, sets of mysteries.
As Pope John Paul reminded us in his Letter for the year dedicated to the Rosary, praying the Rosary redirects us back to the Lord. Mary teaches us how to gaze at the face of Christ. The Rosary is a power means of intercessory prayer as well.
I highly recommend praying the Rosary. And please, dear readers, pray for me right now as well.
And you don’t have to use the Luminous Mysteries, either.