The prolific Englishwoman Rosemary Haughton may be the quintessential contemporary Catholic spiritual writer: she holds on to all the traditional customs, rituals, symbols but strives to make here-and-now sense of them. This time out, she takes on the rosary. Inventively she weaves together three parallel strands: the rosary's fifteen mysteries (five ""joyful,"" five ""sorrowful,"" five ""glorious""), from the Annunciation to Mary to her Assumption into heaven; a woman's experience of being a mother; and the growth of the word of God in the human heart. Although the reflections verge at times on sentimental piety and some global observations seem dubious at best (""all women know. . . ,"" ""Men must work and women must weep,"" etc.), Mrs. Haughton's wisdom about persons and her grasp of the essence of Christian faith together generate helpful insights into the feminine side of Catholic spirituality. Speaks best to modern moms who still know something about praying the rosary.