Wednesday, October 29, 2014

More on the Rosary...

Perhaps you have heard enough about the rosary.  I know there are some very good Catholics who are not drawn to the rosary as a devotional.  I always think in response that the way to start loving the rosary is to start saying it on a regular basis.  Just thinking about the rosary may not be that appealing for two reasons.  First, just thinking about the rosary and whether or not it seems like a devotion that you would enjoy does not bring forth the grace that saying the rosary imparts.  And secondly, the idea of saying 53 Hail Marys and 6 Our Fathers probably sounds repetitive and bland.  What is important to consider is that while you are saying the rosary you are to contemplate the mystery of each decade.

Contemplating the mysteries draws your mind into the lives of Jesus and Mary.  You are invited to immerse yourself into these mystical realities.  Therein lies the avenue for grace and peace to flow within you.

It can be hard to stay focused on this task.  It's OK if your mind wanders a little.  Jesus knows how our minds work.  Just draw your attention back.

I have written a series of prompts and ideas for meditating on the rosary for  They are not deep theological treatises or profound philosophical insights.  Just ideas and Scripture quotes that have helped me stay focused on the mystery.  I offer the links to these ideas below for anyone whom they might help.

The Joyful Mysteries

The Sorrowful Mysteries

The Luminous Mysteries

The Glorious Mysteries

Mary, Queen of Peace, pray for us!!

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