Conversation Corner
Family Corner (Praying the Rosary--October 2003)

How does praying the rosary draw you closer to God and others?


Date: 11/21/2003 2:25:03 PM
Name or Pseudonym: entwydumela
Subject: Difficulty in Prayer

Dear Sqwid, First off, nothing is easy, not even prayer, though many of us would like to think so. Prayer takes concentration, effort, and practice. Why practice? It is in praying often that we come to see our relationship with God. Whether we ask the Saints to help us in our prayers, or our parents, or friends, or religious, we end up praying alone with our thoughts. We, alone, can initiate prayer, We, alone, know our own deepest thoughts and feelings. We, alone, have the choice to ask the Holy Spirit to aid us in praying to God. The practice part comes in in being sensitive to the urgings of the Holy Spirit. For it is the Holy Spirit that speaks through us, perfecting our prayer so that it may be pleasing to God. In the the Rosary, we are given a chance to practice. Sometimes that practice leads to a sense of peace and sometimes not. Praying the Rosary is multi-dimensional in that it can lead to meditation or contemplation, leading to a deeper and richer prayer life. All because we practice with the Rosary. Yes. It is difficult, but so was learning to walk, or ride a bike, or roller skate, or being good in baking or so many other things that fill our lives. Prayer is no different, especially praying the Rosary. But, like so many other things that we learn and then, after learnig it to the point where it becomes second nature, it will seem like it just doesn’t take quite so long to recite the Rosary. In time, while praying the Rosary, we may find ourselves in some meditation that will lead us to a better understanding of a particualr mystery and sometimes how that mystery relates to events in our lives. Sometimes we may find ourselves in a contemplation that leads away from the Rosary, but more into a deeper knowledge of our personal relationship with God the Father, with Jesus His Son, and with the Holy Sirit so that we become more in tuned with their wishes and find that our will is blending more closely with Theirs. That is where practice can lead and where perfect practice can aid in perfect prayer: All because we took the time, and yes, the pain, to practice with the Rosary. We do two things when we recite the Rosary: One, we venerate, that is we offer our respect and admiration to the Mother of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Two, we heed the teaching of our Lord and Savior to pray as He taught us to pray. We are reminded of our faith when we recite the Apostles Creed, and we bring our humility before God while we recite the Act of Contrition. We are, after all, human, and we need all the practice we can get in. What better way to practice prayer that that prayer form that enables us to seek to be in the presense of God in so many different way? If you will allow me to pray for you, I shall. Thanks be to God.

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