Saint Anthony Church (Padua, Ohio) - interior, ceiling painting, the Blessed Virgin Mary gives the Rosary to St. Dominic
Okay, let me say I am really bad at praying the Rosary. I have felt horrible about it for a long time but it’s just so difficult to focus. I get more out lectio divinia or the Divine Offices or Adoration, but praying the Rosary is like pulling teeth. I always thought I was some sort of heathen…
YES!! I relate to this so much! Because it is the month of Mary, I promised to say a rosary every day and I actually have! It’s been hard though and I’ll definitely admit that I rush a lot and don’t focus on the mysteries as much as I should. I am really glad that I’ve perservered!
If it helps, I’ve felt similar feels.
What I’ve done is learned prayers in different languages! It makes it more interesting, and I have to think about what I’m praying.
I pray the German Sign of the Cross, the Latin Our Father (Working on it actually, hah) and Glory be, the Italian Hail Mary.
I’m working on the Oh My Jesus and Hail Holy Queen and such.
But sofar the results are quite positive!
I’m gonna jump on this because I sometimes go back and forth with this. I’ve prayed the rosary daily for about 3 years now (Except for a bad month last year) and I don’t “feel” like I’m any better at it, and I really think that’s the way it SHOULD be. It’s a humbling prayer.
This will sound like terrible advice, but the only way to consistently get into the habit of praying the Rosary is allowing yourself to just be bad at it! Like I said, I’ve prayed it for about 3 years and I’d say that 96% of them were (to me at least) “badly said” Rosaries. Distraction, not “really” meditating on the mysteries, just mouthing words…etc.
St. Therese is (without surprise) spot on with that quote. You grow immensely with the recitation of the Rosary with good intention. It isn’t about how you feel about it, it’s about your desire to pray in the best way possible. Allow yourself to grow in humility through it.
Oh, and learning to pray the Rosary in Latin was a huge boost for me distraction-wise (though it can and does still happen) . =)
Ad Iesum per Mariam.
April 16, feast day of St. Bernadette Soubirous of Lourdes
Tip #23: Offer up something painful or difficult in your life
A lesson from my grandma, God rest her soul.
By Jennifer Rey – OSV Daily Take, 12/13/2012
Read entire post.
I’m going to Mass and confession tonight :) Gonna start the first five Saturdays devotion: http://www.rosary-center.org/firstsat.htm
1. Every year the parents of Jesus went to Jerusalem for the Passover. When he was twelve they went up for the feast as usual (Lk 2:41, 42).
2. As they were returning from the feast, the boy Jesus remained in Jerusalem unknown to them (Lk 2:43).
3. Presuming he was in the caravan, they went a day’s journey looking for him among their relatives and friends. Not finding him, they returned to Jerusalem (Lk 2:44, 45).
4. After three days they found him among the teachers, listening to them and questioning them. All were amazed (Lk 2:47, 48).
5. Seeing him, his mother said, “Son, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have anxiously sought you” (Lk 2:48).
6. He said to them, “…did you not know I had to be about my Father’s affairs?” But they did not understand (Lk 2:49, 50).
7. O God, you are my God—for you I long! For you my body yearns; for you my soul thirsts, like a land parched, lifeless, and without water (Ps 63:2).
8. My son, when you come to serve the LORD, prepare yourself for trials… Cling to him, forsake him not (Sir 2:1, 3).
9. Look to yourselves that you may not lose what you have worked for, but may receive a full reward (2 Jn 1:8).
10. Seek the Lord while he may be found, call him while he is near (Is. 55:6).