Seasons may change, but our busy schedules only seem to get more crowded. Our schedules can make days feel long and leave our souls restless. During this Marian month, let us magnify the love of our Blessed Mother through the meditative practice of the Rosary. This powerful devotion allows us to take a deep breath and be ever-present in our daily living.
The dilemma for some may be:“I’m too busy to devote time to praying the Rosary” or “How can I be present in prayer when I have a long list of other tasks to think about?”
If this is you, do not fret, for you are in good company. Many saints who have gone before you have struggled with the Rosary as well. St. Therese of Liseux once confessed,
“I am unable to fix my attention. For a long time, I was sad because of this lack of devotion which surprised me, for I love the Blessed Virgin so much that it should be easy for me to say in her honor prayers which please her so much. Now, it saddens me less; I think that the Queen of Heaven being my Mother, she must see my good will and be content with it.”
Whether you’ve struggled to keep your attention like St. Therese or have simply never given much thought into making the Rosary a daily habit, we want to provide you with steps that will help you make the journey towards introducing the Rosary into your daily routine.
1. Begin with a deep breath.
Center yourself. Prayer is best when there are no distractions, and your spirit is calm and full of clear, still thought. Begin each day by being aware; mindfulness will set you up for an engaging experience and provide complete serenity through the practice of the Rosary.
2. Give yourself space to reflect.
True mindfulness in prayer begins with a serene space for your heart and mind to dwell. Treat yourself and your soul with great care and find a meditative spot; this could be a favorite park bench in your neighborhood, a cozy chair in a favored nook within your home, or even a cool, quiet pew in your church. Try calm music, too—thisplaylist provides music to meditate and reflect upon as you glorify God.
3. Keep yourself focused on the task at hand.
It’s easy to let our minds wander and for us to fall off course when embarking in a more involved prayer practice like the Rosary. Call to mind intentions and focus your attention on them, or keep an illustration for a mystery or a photograph of a loved one in need of prayers nearby. Gentle movement, such as standing, swaying, or even small steps in one space can encourage the mind and body to remain on course and better dedicate your time and intentions to Mary.
4. Start small and slowly increase your time spent in prayer.
The Rosary can seem intimidating to those who are not used to praying it regularly. Begin with a decade a day. Start this practice at the beginning of the week, and at the start of the following week, add on another decade. Slowly phase yourself into this routine and intentionally create time within your daily schedule to offer a few moments of your day to Mary and her most Blessed Son.
5. Share this time with others.
Do you find power in prayer through others? Many churches, prayer groups, and ministry organizations have Rosary groups. It’s easy to get involved, and it is powerful to unite many voices in prayer together.
As you begin to embark on your journey to praying the Rosary daily, we encourage you to reflect on this verse from the book of Job:
“Yet, if you devote your heart to Him and stretch out your hands to Him, if you put away the sin that is in your hand and allow no evil to dwell in your tent, then, free of fault, you will lift up your face; you will stand firm and without fear.” - Job 11:13-15
Stand firm in your faith and begin this journey without fear. Share your journey with us in the comments below.