A Philosopher Reflects on the Rosary

by Raymond Dennehy

In this book, Catholic philosopher Raymond Dennehy demonstrates to the reader that besides being a powerful source of God’s grace and, as Father Garrigou-Lagrange observed, “a school of contemplation,” the Rosary is also a remedy for the errors of secular humanism; it is a prayer that affirms the goodness of the world and worldly progress while at the same time opening our minds and hearts evermore to the truth that the world belongs to God and that progress is true progress only when it leads to Him.
 
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TESTIMONIALS

“Here, at last, is a book of reflections on the Rosary written by a Philosopher. And Dennehy is the best kind of philosopher: one whose brilliant observations are refined by poignant experience, whose philosophical metal is forged by practical fire. Raymond Dennehy understands firsthand the importance of wielding the weapon of the Rosary through life: from the rigors of boot camp; to near-death in a typhoon at sea as a Naval Officer; and later as a family man and professor. Let this Soldier-Philosopher navigate you through the mysteries of the Rosary. This book reminds us that we not only have to think our way through life, but also to be prepared to fight the good fight. Raymond Dennehy has known firsthand the storm of the fourth watch of the night: savor this book that teaches how the the rope of the Rosary’s mysteries can pull you to safety. This book is not just good philosophy. It’s a battle plan.” —Annabelle Moseley, author of Sacred Braille: The Rosary as Masterpiece

“A more adequate read for today’s Catholics under siege in a secular world would be hard to find. In these pages, philosopher Ray Dennehy draws upon the wisdom of the Rosary as a way to more fully engage our Catholic faith.” Dr. Sebastian Mahfood, OP, Lay Dominican of the Central U.S. Province of St. Albert the Great

“Raymond Dennehy’s gracious gift to the Blessed Mother is a wonderful boon to us all. While many fine books have looked at the Rosary through various helpful lenses, this author’s acute perspective sees it as a cure for the growing secular humanism that denies or rejects God by opening our eyes to ‘the “goodness of the world and worldly progress,’ while at the same time opening our hearts and minds to the God Who created the world and to Whom all true progress leads. Any lover of philosophy (literally, ‘the love of wisdom’) and lover of the Blessed Mother (often called ‘The Seat of Wisdom’) is going to love this book.  Building upon each Rosary mystery, the author unfolds beautiful, sublime insights culled from classical wisdom, scripture, and even modern science — insights that penetrate to the heart of a host of controversial issues plaguing our world today. So, read, enjoy, contemplate, and progress toward God through the Rosary! A Philosopher Reflects on the Rosary will show you how to do it in a most delightful way.” Kevin Vost, Psy.D., author of books including Memorize the Mass! and Memorize the Latin Mass!

“Raymond Dennehy’s book, A Philosopher Reflects on the Rosary, is both an incredible spiritual reflection on this age-old prayer, as well as a profound commentary to modernity’s struggles. It engages the reader’s mind from a philosopher’s perspective, yet touches the reader’s heart with prayerful and practical wisdom. By applying his vast knowledge and truly striving to live as a son of Mary, Raymond has uncovered a unique and powerful outlook on the Rosary that can guide the reader on his quest for holiness.” Mary Kloska, author of The Holiness of Womanhood and Out of the Darkness
“Dr. Raymond Dennehy’s book on the Rosary is unique in a number of ways. It is a philosopher contemplating the Mysteries of the Rosary, including discussions on themes which are very pertinent to our life, like our understanding of freedom and self-sacrifice for the sake of others. It is autobiographical, in the sense that Dr. Dennehy takes the reader on a journey of faith, trust and devotion. It is spiritual, speaking of a personal relationship with God that deeply influences one’s life and choices. Those reading (and praying with) this book will certainly grow in the appreciation of the Rosary, and its relevance to their daily lives.” —Fr. Nicholas Cachia, author of 33 Days . . . with St. Joseph
“The philosopher is always in danger of floating away into the abstract world of ideas, and the popular opinion sees prayer as an escape from reality into the spiritual realm. The combination of philosophy and prayer does not sound like a recipe for dealing with everyday challenges. But in this book, Raymond Dennehy shows that real philosophy and the life of faith and prayer are all too gritty and concrete. In Dennehy’s hands, the Rosary, a meditation on real, concrete, human events, has quite a lot to do with philosophy, current issues, and our day to day lives as we foster a desire for God in a messy world. A great meditation spiritually, philosophically and practically.” Matthew D’Antuono, author of Philosophy Fridays, The Wise Guy and the Fool, and A Fool’s Errand
 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Raymond Dennehy is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy. at the University of San Francisco. He has written Reason and DignityAnti-Abortionist at LargeSoldier Boy: the War Between Michael and Lucifer, and Jacques Maritain’s Philosophy of Action.

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