In the past, I’ve never really been consistent with praying the Rosary. I have prayed it, but then stopped, or done it part way because I though it was too long and I couldn’t get through it. I know, very childish (sorry God). But then there was a moment during Lent that I said, “That’s it, I’m going to pray the Rosary!” I chose Lent to start because it was easy, for the 40-days, it’s usually the Sorrowful Mysteries. In that way, I can pray the rosary, but memorize the Sorrowful Mysteries as well–awesome, right?
What I didn’t know was how I was going to love praying the rosary. How the prayer was like breathing, and the days that I missed it (due to the craziness of life), are the days that feel like it was incomplete. I still go through moments when I’m on fire and pray the rosary sometimes up to 2 times a day, and other days, I struggle to get through one full rosary in a day.
Over the years, I’ve noticed that I love pretty rosaries. Which is very funny-because I never used to like them in the past. My thing was always about having pretty jewelry. My husband indulged me in earrings and necklaces and I wore them that complimented my clothes. Now, I wear a simple chain with my miraculous medal, and a cross. Call it life with kids, or simple living–I don’t know. This has been my style now. But I digress.
To many, a rosary are just beads. I get it. I used to feel like that too. But today, a rosary is just more than prayer beads. It’s my lifeline when I’m feeling anxious. It’s my speed dial to heaven when I need help. It’s my mind’s portal out of this world, and into the life of Christ. When I focus heavenward, I don’t have time to focus on my problems. Even if it is a 20 minute prayer (15 minutes for others), that’s time out of my head. Time for me to focus on what matters, and soothe my soul.
Do you have a love for the rosary? When did you start to pray it? If you don’t pray it, what’s stopping you? I really would like to know.