Monday, October 22, 2007

My Struggle with the Rosary

My last post was about my struggle with the rosary and there was a great response in both written and verbal comments and emails with tips and suggestions about how to pray the rosary (or other prayers to pray instead). I can't tell you how blessed I felt to know of the great number of people who cared to help me in this spiritual journey. I kindly thank each of you who offered your advice or lent your support. Unfortunately (I suppose it's really bittersweet), I feel in the depths of my heart that I am supposed to be praying the rosary -- no matter how difficult or burdensome it can be for me.

I have learned a lot and grown a lot in the last few weeks. I have not yet said an entire rosary without great difficulty but what good ever came of easy tasks? I know my Lord in a new intimate way because of this. My struggle has helped me to trust more, surrender more. I can't count on my fingers and toes the number of times I have had to turn to the Lord to help me finish my prayer. But in doing so, I have learned of the great love our Lord has for me and for my efforts, however pitiful.

Perhaps I will share more about this journey later... for now, this is all. Thanks again to all who have offered their words of support, advice, and encouragement. Thanks also to those who have prayed for or with me. May the Lord bless your kindness and generosity.

7 Comments:

Blogger ~m2~ said...

i am with you on this one, kiddo. i even went so far as to make rosaries (which came out gorgeous!) and i carry one with me (i love the sacramental, ya know?) but i have difficulty praying it (even though i have led it at church prior to Mass, go figure).

so tell me where i go wrong, too?

i'll pray for you if you pray for me, how's that?

10/24/2007 01:07:00 PM  
Blogger Laura H. said...

you've got a deal, my friend.

10/24/2007 02:54:00 PM  
Blogger Ouiz said...

I was never much of a rosary person either -- still not much of one, although like m2, I make some REALLY beautiful ones and love to hold them.

Anyway, I have found the book on a Scriptural rosary to be quite helpful:
http://www.amazon.com/Rosary-Praise-Scriptural-Based-Meditation/dp/1592760368/ref=pd_bbs_sr_2/103-0970326-6560665?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1193493970&sr=8-2

And when I was experiencing panic attacks recently, praying the rosary proved to be a great sanity saver...

Still, I much prefer the Chaplet of Divine Mercy!

10/27/2007 09:07:00 AM  
Blogger Laura H. said...

Unfortunately, the rosary sometimes leads to anxiety attacks! (Oops. Haha.) However, I, like you, am also very fond of the Divine Mercy Chaplet. :)

10/27/2007 11:22:00 AM  
Blogger Mrs Jackie Parkes MJ said...

i find it easier when led by the Priest in Church..

10/28/2007 03:06:00 AM  
Blogger phatcatholic said...

Check it out! You're a "Marauding Marsupial" now! :D

11/12/2007 01:11:00 AM  
Blogger UltraCrepidarian said...

Can I suggest something? Forget about the conventional rosary, as you know it. You know, fifty some odd stacatto repetitions of the Hail Mary, and whatever.

Can I suggest a little book called "Scriptural Rosary"?

Conventional rosaries leave me dead cold. As a Franciscan, it is not even suggested that the plain old rosary is a suitable devotion for us Franciscans. I think that it's fine if it "works" for you.

The object of Devotional practices, the purpose of Piety if you like, is the orientation of the heart towards God.

The beads themselves are VERY important to me. They keep my mind from wandering off. The scriptural rosary book is also necessary for me, because without the verses, my mind and heart do not seem to know how to hold these mysteries and contemplate them. The verses of scripture in the little book are something for my brain to use the same way my fingers use the little beads.

W

12/20/2007 12:13:00 PM  

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