New Dodge City teacher publishes
‘Reflection of the Son’
“Reflection of the Son”, by Tony Frasco
Publisher: Spirit of Leadership
(Centennial, Colo., 2011) 168 pp.; $15.95
The following is reprinted with permission from the Denver Catholic Register.
A newly published book, written by a former seminary student who recently began teaching at Sacred Heart Cathedral School in Dodge City, is designed to help people pray the rosary and deepen their desire to know Scripture.
The book, “Reflection of the Son: A Scriptural Rosary Book and Marian Guide” (Spirit of Leadership, 2011) has all the earmarks of becoming a must-have for anyone who is looking for a deeper relationship with Christ. Now available, “Reflection of the Son” is packed with information. It covers the basics of the rosary beginning with the prayers themselves, how to pray the rosary, a listing of the 20 mysteries with photographs depicting each event and suggested special intentions. In addition, it has highlights of Pope John Paul II’s 2002 apostolic letter “Rosarium Virginis Mariae,” which announced the Year of the Rosary and introduced the luminous mysteries.
The book also contains a list of Mary’s appearances in holy Scripture, 50 ways to increase devotion to the Blessed Mother, a list of Marian feast days and other suggested reading.
Tony Frasco is the author. A former seminary student at St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Denver, today Frasco is a husband and father of three sons. He said the idea for the book came while he was a seminarian committed to praying the rosary daily. He understood how the devotion could become repetitious to some people and wondered what he could do to change that.
“Our schedule had much time built in for adoration and contemplative prayer, so it’s no surprise this is where I got the inspiration for the work,” Frasco said. “For many months I’d get up early and as I prayed, dozens of Scripture passages came to me. I like to call myself the ‘co-author’ of the book because it was really the Holy Spirit who inspired me to write the verses down.”
Scriptural rosary aids are nothing new but Frasco hopes that his slim volume will help people not only pray and meditate on the rosary, but to also read the Bible more. Like a student who suddenly understands a new concept, Frasco hopes the same will happen with the Scripture verses he’s included.
“This can be used by people who don’t know Scripture very well,” he said.
A unique feature about “Reflection of the Son” is that it contains three different sets of scriptural references for each of the 20 mysteries: one from the actual account, the second from New Testament verses and the third from the Old Testament.
“The whole goal of the rosary is to get to know Jesus on a deeper level,” he said. “If people can attain that with this aid, that’s more than I could have hoped for.”
Another feature is photographs of stained glass windows that show events listed in the mysteries. “Most of the photos came from local churches,” said Steve Hesprich, president of Spirit of Leadership, which published the book. “We had to go online to locate others so we could finish the project. Something like the Last Supper is easier to find than say, the Wedding at Cana or the Baptism in the Jordan.”
The initial run of “Reflection of the Son” numbers 750 copies. Hesprich said some of the proceeds will go to a second run. Other money will benefit seminaries in Colorado.
“Reflections of the Son” can be found at New Life Bookstore at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe and Sacred Heart Cathedral School, both in Dodge City.