The FIAT rosary originated from a spiritual experience by Veronica O'Brien during the night between 7 and 8 September, the feast of the Nativity of Mary, in 1984. Here is the account she herself gave the following day to Cardinal Suenens :
"During the night before the Nativity of Mary, I was saddened by the thought that although Mother's Day is becoming more and more popular and that the birthday of Mary, the Mother of all mothers, would not be celebrated in Christian homes.
In my prayers, I said to the Lord :
"Jesus, tomorrow is the feast of the Nativity of your Mother. Every child in the world gives his mother a present for her birthday. What will you give your Mother, Jesus?'
And suddenly, as a spiritual flash of light, I saw in my mind an image of a small, reduced rosary, and I thought I heard the Lord say to me: 'Here is my birthday present to my Mother; it will help her to make me known to the very ends of the earth. Make it known all over the world.' "
The FIAT rosary saw the light of day at the very moment when John Paul II was issuing an urgent call to Christians to commit themselves to the New Evangelization.
This rosary also represents a response to the invitation of Paul VI who, in his apostolic exhortation Marialis cultus 1974, No. 24, wished to infuse a new vigour into Marian devotion : "This shows the need for episcopal conferences, local churches, religious families and communities of the faithful to promote a genuine creative activity and at the same time to proceed to a careful revision of expressions and exercises of piety directed towards the Blessed Virgin. We would like this revision to be respectful of wholesome tradition and open to the legitimate requests of the people of our time."
It was with this in mind that Cardinal Danneels approved and recommended the FIAT rosary: "May this little rosary find its way into many homes, so that they may become cenacles of apostles, gathered around the Virgin Mary to receive the Spirit of Pentecost."
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