Mary and the Rosary

The rosary has not been a lifelong prayer for me. Only about ten years ago did I start praying the rosary, and then not that often. Over the last few years, especially as my sister Jill was struggling with a multitude of illnesses, did I begin to pray it more often. I had made the Consecration to Jesus through Mary a couple of times. Each time that I made the promise, I would be faithful for a while but then drop away. It was difficult for me to “assign a time” for the prayer, and I didn’t see much benefit in it.

The year that Jill died, as I accompanied her during those final months, I began to be more faithful to the prayer. Now I cannot go a day without praying the rosary, even though some days I am praying the rosary as I go to sleep at night.

I prefer praying the Rosary before I get out of bed in the morning. After I rise, I know that the day will be busy. Things I didn’t plan will call out for my attention. Since it is still dark when I awake, it seems the perfect time to pray. I still struggle to meditate on the “mysteries”, though when I have difficulty as I say the prayers, I am silently thinking “thank you Mary”. Sometimes the questions or thoughts which arise during the prayer are enlightening and help me think about Mary and the Lord differently. Sometimes I find it helpful to stop after praying a mystery of the Rosary and spend a few minutes thinking about that mystery. I have been told that others repeat the verses from the Bible that describe that mystery, as they pray the ten beads.

I carry a rosary with me everywhere now; I have several throughout the house and even take one to bed with me. If I awake in the night and have had a difficult dream or just feel frightened, I reach for my rosary and know that Mary is there loving me. That gives me peace.

Mary as Mother and Queen

John 19:26-27 When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son.” Then he…

Keep reading

The Resurrection

The recommended “mysteries” of the rosary for Sunday are the Glorious ones. Mysteries of the Rosary are particular scenes of events in Our Lord’s life.…

Keep reading

Just like Mary

May 8, 2021 Tomorrow is Mother’s Day. I was thinking about Our Blessed Mother this morning as I prayed with the Magnificat. The very first…

Keep reading

The Ascension of Christ

I was driving to the HEB on Williams Drive this morning to pick up an order, praying the rosary as I drove. I usually smile…

Keep reading

What if? A Bible Reflection

Whenever I pray the Glorious mysteries of the rosary, I am always intrigued with the mystery called: The Ascension. In my mind’s eye I can…

Keep reading

How did Mary know?

Each time I pray the joyous mysteries, I am always at a loss at the first one – The Annunciation. Mary is approached by the…

Keep reading

Wedding at Cana

I was thinking something this morning as I was praying the rosary. In one episode of The Chosen there was a “re-enactment” of the wedding…

Keep reading

More thoughts about Mary

After Jill died and after her funeral, I couldn’t help feeling or asking “so what next in my life?”, “so, now what do I do?”…

Keep reading

Mary and the Way of the Cross

Karen’s friend, Shawn, wrote a post recently about the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Way of the Cross. According to Shawn and others, after Jesus’…

Keep reading

Christmas Eve Thoughts

I read somewhere recently that Jesus cried two times in His life – although as a child he would have cried when he was hungry…

Keep reading

A Big Change

Yesterday afternoon, while I lay down on the bed, preparing to pray the rosary, it occurred to me that my belief in Jesus was no…

Keep reading