We need to stop taking the Rosary for granted. It’s falling into nothing but a fashion accessory, even for some Catholics. This isn’t another debate on the evil of wearing the Rosary as a necklace. With this post, I merely wish to inspire some people to pray it more. It’s a weapon that churchgoers tend to waste. It’s a loving gift that we ignore, but nothing can replace it.
The Rosary isn’t just for old people, or those who go to church every week. It’s not even just for Catholics. It’s not for the sinless (nobody is) or exclusively for nuns. In fact, I believe more is gained from the Rosary if a person prays when broken; that’s when we tend to need Mother most. That’s when her hugs help more.
It’s so ancient and perfect. It has a story–next time you see someone wearing a Rosary, explain the decades. Explain how the Rosary over the years changed. Keep one laying around to remind you to pray. It’s okay to have more than one–you get more reminders!
The earliest monks and nuns found that while their hands automatically tossed away a certain number of pebbles, their attention stayed focused on the words of the prayers that they were addressing to heaven, to the exclusion of the world around them, while their minds stayed free to meditate on God’s goodness. Later, people started using strings of beads, which eventually took the form of the rosary beads we know today. Passing a bead through your fingers at every repetition helps ensure that you don’t get lost in hours of meditation, and running out of beads gives you a gentle signal that it’s time to get back to another kind of daily prayer, the prayer of work. (Source)
I can’t say I pray it faithfully every day. Like everything else, it’s something that takes discipline. Sometimes I only feel capable of a decade per day. But regardless to my own failures regarding consistency, every time I actually get through a Rosary, I’m reminded of why I should pray it more. It’s like a warm blanket has been wrapped around my heart.
The devil loves keeping us away from the Rosary because it dispenses so many blessings. We find reasons to procrastinate and we feel ashamed to pray in public.
This website answers misconceptions about the Rosary. I encourage you to take another look if you haven’t prayed for a while; today I was reminded of just how comforting it is.
If you’re feeling down, get a hug from Mother. She’s always around to listen!