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Book Club – The Imitation of Christ Week 8 of 10

February 12, 2013 by  
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The Imitation of Christ Week 8 of 10

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 Conquering Nature through the Rosary

 

Nature hankers to know secrets and to hear the latest news, to be seen in public and enjoy all manner of new sense experiences, desires to be noticed by others and to do whatever results in acclaim and good portion picture1admiration. Grace, on the other hand, cares little about hearing the news and has no interest in trivia, for it knows that all curiosity has its beginning in man’s original corruption and that there is nothing new or lasting on this earth. – The Imitation of Christ, Book III, Chapter 54, p. 164.

The above quote, combined with the wisdom of another book I’ve been reading, has really caused me to think about how I spend my time. With Ash Wednesday just around the corner, I’ve decided today is a day for confessions and resolutions.

First, confessions.

The command, “Be still and know that I am God,” is calling out to me – not like the barking of an order, but quietly – a summons from a loving Father, suggesting that I Slow Down and Listen.

His beckon has probably been there for quite a while – years maybe – but I’ve been too busy to notice. As you may have gathered through my posts – I’m a doer. And a thinker. Martha has nothing on me. And Mary? Well, let’s just say I’ve always thought that I was resting at the feet of Jesus while progressing through my daily work. What I’ve realized recently is that in my effort to Learn my Faith, I’ve probably been unknowingly sabotaging my spiritual development for years.

Let me explain. As a convert, I’ve always felt so far behind the eight ball that I want to learn as much as possible to make up for lost time (Yes, I know you cradle Catholics are struggling for different reasons.).  Anyway, I decided long ago that the iPod is the one of the greatest inventions EVER, because I could listen to podcasts, books or CDs while completing daily household chores. Whether doing dishes, folding laundry, cleaning house, washing my face or waiting to pick up my kids from some activity, I could use that time to learn about my Faith or find inspiration on how to become a better wife and mother. I listen to Catholic Answers, Father Robert Barron, Father Larry Richards and many others.

But The Imitation has caused me to question my zeal. Through reading The Imitation I’ve realized that through the pursuit of a better understanding of my Catholic Faith, I have “dashed about every which way…totally unmindful of the injury that it [caused my] spiritual life…” I’ve had the faulty notion that learning about the spiritual life would create for me a spiritual life.

Until a week ago.

Now for resolutions.

A week ago yesterday I was given a book that changed the way I will use my time. This book (the title of which I hesitate to mention because, while it has an imprimatur, it is based on private revelation) suggested that mothers pray all mysteries of the rosary every day. Six months ago, I would have thought this a ludicrous concept. In fact, I even joked in an email once that I was praying all twenty mysteries every day (being absolutely facetious, because I thought – WHO DOES THAT?!). Nevertheless, because of the way this suggestion was presented in my reading, I decided to give it a try.

So for the past week, rather than listen to my podcasts, Catholic radio, or even rather than calling a friend while running errands, I decided to quietly pray all twenty mysteries of the rosary each day. I told myself that if I finish before bed time and I want to call someone or listen to a podcast or Catholic radio, great! But I would not give in to those old habits until I’ve finished praying.

Do you know what I’ve discovered? That listening to podcasts about my faith will not make me holy. Knowledgeable, perhaps; but not holy. It will not fill me with the grace that I’ve been seeking for years.

On the other hand, I’ve noticed that if I start praying the rosary when I wake in the morning, focusing on each mystery as I can throughout my day, I am a much more quiet, contemplative, and peaceful individual. By enmeshing myself in the gospel stories, they become real in a way that I’d never imagined. Throughout my day I have been seeing every activity in light of the Life of Christ.

It’s hard to complain about the drudgery of housework while meditating on The Scourging at the Pillar. Or to overlook that card I should be sending to someone when thinking about The Visitation. I don’t feel quite so alone in my sorrows when I meditate daily about Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane; and, I offer my children to God every day as I pray over the Presentation of our Lord.

What strikes me most about this past week is how much time I did NOT spend THINKING about MYSELF – generally, even while filling my mind with “knowledge,” my thoughts tend to be on overdrive. Constantly on my mind are my plans, my goals, my obligations, my fears, my worries, my spiritual life, my finances, my children, my parents, my relationships with my friends, my future, my past, my day, my…my…my….

And yet, this past week, as I have been praying the rosary, I have replaced those thoughts with gospel images. In other words, through God’s grace, I’ve been trying to “conquer and curb my Nature.” No, it hasn’t gone perfectly. And yes, there have been a couple of days when I haven’t finished. Some days I’ve had to interact with people or projects throughout enough of the day that I’ve only finished ten mysteries. But that’s not the point. The point is not “to finish”. The point is to direct all my “idle” time to prayer – not to stay awake until midnight to manufacture more idle time.

I realize I’m probably sharing my “revelation” a little prematurely. If not for Lent, I’d probably keep it under the cuff for a while. But I’ve decided to share this experiment because of the amazing amount of peace I’ve experienced this past week. Praying throughout the day has allowed me to be more humble, patient and understanding toward my children and my husband. And I've felt at peace in situations that normally would cause my blood pressure to rise.

Words cannot adequately express this experience. At the very least, I feel that our Lord and His loving mother have been at my side for every thought, conversation, and deed. Not just at my side – but intimately involved in every aspect of my day.

So praying all twenty mysteries of the rosary daily is my Lenten resolution.

I have no doubt that some of you have been doing this for years – if so, I wish you’d have shared it with those of us who are a little slower on the uptake:)! If you haven’t tried this before and would like to give it a go with me, I’d love to hear whether it impacts your life as well. Let’s touch base about this again at the end of Lent and see where we are.

 

Note: Recently there was a post announcing our next book – Navigating the Interior Life by our own Dan Burke. I'm a little behind with our book club announcement; but keep your eye out for a post this week. We have only two weeks left of The Imitation.  

 

Discussion Questions:

1.  Are you interested in joining me in this Lenten resolution?  If not, what are your resolutions this Lent?  Have they been impacted by our reading?

2. Open discussion: Feel free to comment on any topic from this past week's reading.

 

Reading Assignment:

Week 9: Book 3 Ch. 55-59; Book 4 Ch. 1-7

 

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About Vicki Burbach

Vicki Burbach is a wife and homeschooling mother of six children ages four to sixteen years who relishes the calm inspiration of spiritual reading amidst the roller coaster of life. A passionate convert to the Faith, Vicki is an avid reader who started the SpiritualDirection.com book club so she could embark with like-minded bibliophiles on a spiritual journey through some of the greatest Catholic books ever written. She is author of the new book How to Read Your Way to Heaven - A Spiritual Reading Program for the Worst of Sinners, the Greatest of Saints, and Everyone in Between. You can also find her at pelicansbreast.com

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  • Robert Kraus

    Wow, what a resolution. I listen to way too many podcasts myself, Catholic, Orthodox, general Christian, etc. I’ve had to trim it down but I listen to at least 1 1/2 hrs of religious podcasts a day plus additional podcasts on non-religious subjects, totaling more hours. This is all done at work. I’ve found that the religious podcasts just cause my brain to go crazy with thoughts, counter-thoughts, doubts, suspicions, and really make we wonder about the truth of it all. Even the solid Catholic podcasts still make wonder at how much I don’t know or even envy those who sound so holier than I am.

    I don’t know if I’m up to the 20 mysteries a day, though it sounds extremely attractive, especially with my problem with podcasts. My wife and I are making a resolution to do a Friday Rosary this Lent, so maybe I’ll add to that and try to make it a daily occurrence and build from there. And it sounds like I need to consider cutting podcasts too this Lent. Or trim it down some more.

  • magdalen54

    I’m attracted to the idea of praying all 20 mysteries every day during Lent. I spend way too much time playing games on line; not to do so until after the mysteries might be just the Lenten discipline I need.

    I’d planned to read the Passion narratives, bit by bit, every day during Lent. I may still do that as a further way to focus my mind and heart on Our Lord.

  • abcmore

    awesome post. My Lenten practice was going to be the Stations of the Cross every day. I pray the rosary every morning anyway – but praying it all day long would make my whole day a prayer. Thank you for sharing!

  • Lisa Pearce

    I am going to join you.. I will lay my rosary over my iPad and say as many mysteries of the rosary as is possible without being interrupted by my husband.. I have to admit his interruptions are good for me too e.g. What would you like me to cook for you this evening, or shall I do the ironing… No.. No… It’s not a problem, really I will do it. Love him…I will do them whenever I would have normally reached for the iPad. This discussion couldn’t have come at a better time for me. Thank you, from one eager convert to another.

    • Vicki

      Laying a rosary on the computer is a great idea!  I should do that too – this sneaky thing can rob me of a lot of time before I even know it:)!  

    • CeciliaMarks

      Lisa, here’s a web site my friend uses: http://www.comepraytherosary.org/ She says it helps her to focus when she’s praying w/others. This gives her the opportunity when she’s alone at home….

  • carl641

    Hi Vicki, 20 decades of the rosary a day is a lot, but I’ll commit to 5 a day and 20 a day or some other amount if I can. I’m doing some other things for Lent as well. The readings we’ve been involved in have given me a clarity about the need to practice what I’ve learned wholeheartedly; meaning not being double minded and not holding back. I’ve always struggled with that. I don’t want to know about it, I want BE it.

    The best way to get to know the Lord is through his mother. She has brought things into my life at different times that I needed and had no knowledge of.

    As far as slowing down and listening goes, I’m on the same page. I’ve been doing a lot of spiritual reading for several years now and it keeps coming to me that its good to read and understand, but it better to actually enter into reaching out and experiencing the Lord. I need to take the time to let the meat fasten to my bones. ( not suggesting one shouldn’t read).

  • rjk123

    I’ve been praying and asking the Lord to tell me what He wants me to do this Lent. Meanwhile, just today alone–in addition to this past week–three friends revealed very serious medical issues, and as I listened to them and told them I’d pray for them, I kept thinking: the rosary. So, I joyfully commit to all 20 mysteries a day. Ok, practical, maybe stupid, question: when you’re washing dishes, folding clothes, etc. etc., how do you count the Hail Marys etc? How do you know when you have completed one mystery and move on to the next? By the way, one of my most beautiful Catholic friends, who now has five children ages 6 to 21, is an awesome second grade teacher, and runs a learning center for infants through pre-school, just learned she is pregnant with a baby growing in her ovary. It’s big enough that she put my hand on it and I could feel it. A few years ago, the lining of her uterus (my old brain can’t think of that simple word), was removed due to excessive bleeding. This baby, if they can move it down, might reach into other areas for nourishment, possibly and dangerously into her other organs. She has–as is evident in all she does, a heart for children. My heart weighs heaviliy for her and I pray for whatever good God has in mind for her in this experience. I will joyfully pray the rosary for her every day. Who better than the Mother of God to entreat on her behalf! My friend’s name is Nancy.

    • Scott Kallal

      Hey RJK,

      Please let your friend know she will be in my prayers as well. I don’t know about others, but I tend to count my Hail Mary’s by tapping the appropriate finger when I can’t have a rosary in my hand. How do I know if I’ve done 5 or 10? I always start with the right hand and then move on to the left. I hope this helps. 

      God bless,

      Fr. Scott, AVI
      Apostles of the Interior Life

      • rjk123

        It does. Thank you. And thank you for your prayers for my friend. I hope you’re doing well. You will always have a special place in my thoughts. Rachel

      • rjk123

        Also, Father Scott, I lose track of what finger I’m on! But I don’t think God or our Mother, is that picky. Just keep praying is all that matters! God bless you. Rachel

      • rjk123

        Father: Thank you for the prayers for my friend, Nancy. Monday, when she went for a followup to her sonogram, after a weekend of intense pain, they did another sonogram, and told her the baby “had passed.” There was no sign of it. She didn’t use the word “miscarriage” when she told me about it, but I think that’s what it was. Anyway, thank you for your prayers. I am strangely numb about it. Don’t know why.

  • RobinJeanne

    Thnk you Vicki, for sharing that, I know what you mean about having more knowledge… but it is becoming holy we really want, so we can spend eternity with our most Precious and Loving Father…. I think I may have to give this a try.

  • CeciliaMarks

    Vicki, from what I understood you to say, you separate your Spiritual studies of trying to learn more of your faith rather from the prayerful devotions which would help you to grow in personal holiness. Doesn’t faith grow w/knowledge? “Faith is the act of the intellect assenting to divine truth under the dominion of the will as moved by God’s grace”, St. Thomas Aquinas (Magnificat Year of Faith Companion). The key may be that in your zeal you may have been led by the Holy Spirit to the studies which may have brought you to the place where you were open to hear His Voice when He said, “Be still and know that I Am God.” Maybe its more of “balance” that is the call. I say this ’cause my studies lead me into prayer and this prayer then leads me back to studies. There becomes a mental conversation going on. Then when the Stillness leads me into the quiet of contemplation, understandings come which may later lead me into greater studies.

    You mentioned private revelation which, I must tell you, was part of my daily life as I grew up. My father, Polish-Hungarian, had an incredible devotion to Jesus of Divine Mercy long before all the revelations were revealed. No matter where we lived, the picture of Divine Mercy was attached to my dad’s mirror. My mother, a convert, had a very deep devotion to Our Lady, her messages, and to the life of Padre Pio. I carried these devotions and beliefs into my adult life not shying away from this gift given to God’s people. Yes, false prophets and false visionaries do exist. The study of the mystical life is required along with much prayer asking for the Gift of the Holy Spirit and His gifts of wisdom, knowledge, understanding and greater discernment. St. Paul writes that the Lord did not give us a spirit of cowardice but of Truth that calls us to put out into the deeper waters of faith where the Church lives. Our Lord and His Mother have never stopped speaking to God’s children thru this gift. Anyone who is interested in this gift of Prophecy, I would recomment two books written by Fr. Edward D. O’Connor, C.S.C, “Listen To My Prophets..Divine Mercy & Divine Justice” and “I Am Sending You Prophets…The role of Apparitions in the History of the Church” Finally, Fr. DeGrandis and Fr. John Hampsche have writings is gift.

    Thank you, again, Vicki for challenging us to the next level in our faith journey…..

    • Scott Kallal

      Cecilia,

      I think you are right that prayer and study are meant to help us to grow closer to God. And at the same time it is possible, as a Kempis points out, that we can get so caught up in “learning” that we fail to take the time to step back and listen to God, to contemplate, to wonder, to apply what we learn to our own lives… Yes, I think Vicki is talking about balance which is always hard, and yet the hard is what makes it great, as Tom Hanks said in A League of Their Own…

      God bless,

      Fr. Scott, AVI
      Apostles of the Interior Life

      • CeciliaMarks

        Thank you, Father….

    • Vicki

      Cecilia – I wholeheartedly agree that knowledge of our Faith is critical. Recently I gave a talk about spiritual reading and quoted from the Counsel of Perfection from Christian Mothers.  Rev. P. Lejeune says, “Why have the saints so highly extolled the advantages of spiritual reading?  Why have they exalted it- almost to a level with prayer?  …It arises from the fact that spiritual reading is one of the principal sources whence we draw light.”  I love this quote – but I think the saints would agree that there is a danger in making spiritual reading an end in itself.  I wonder if there are times when I’m guilty of seeking knowledge for its own sake.  Spiritual reading should always be a means to an end – the end being our sanctification. 

      • CeciliaMarks

        Vicki, thank you for the wonderful quote from the Rev. P. Lejeune. I’m going to add it to my journal since that was the direction in which I was trying to go. Yes, I see what you meant of seeking knowledge for its own sake. For me It seems difficult to separate the intent and the outcome. Possibly I’m not expressing my thoughts correctly but that’s okay since now I understand what you were saying…..

  • +J.M.J.+
    I agree with carl641:  20 decades is indeed a lot. However, I am resolved to pray at least 5 decades each day during Lent and then to use Lent as a jumping off point for the rest of the year.  🙂  (By the way, for those who might be interested:  a friend and I have a rosary crusade for the intention of consoling Our Blessed Mother:  http://rosecrownsforourlady.wordpress.com/).

    I have really enjoyed this past week’s reading, especially chapter 47 on how sufferings of this life are worth it one-hundred-fold if only we win the “everlasting crown,” the “joy everlasting:” vitam aeternam.  It really helps to bring this to mind when I struggle with day-to-day happenings:  it helps me to refocus and keep my eyes on the goal.

    • Scott Kallal

      Catherine! I’m so glad you’ve decided to join our conversation! Thank you for reminding me about you rosary crusade. I still have to put in my February rosaries…

    • rjk123

      Thank you for mentioning your rosary crusade. I’m going to look into that. How beautiful of you and your friend to love Our Mother so personally and to invite others to participate with you. Thank you. Rachel

    • Catherine, I’m happy to learn about the Rosary Crusade. My husband and I pray the Rosary every morning, so we’ll continue to do that.  I’ll add at least another 5 decades, and with the handy links to RoseCrowns to comfort Mary, and Come pray the Rosary. I may be able to do more. I love the idea of joining others in the Rosary .

      Thanks to all who have responded to these suggestions for Lent. You’re all such an inspiration

  • Scott Kallal

    The passage that most hit home for me this week was from chapter 49. When times are tough, remember what is to be gained by all this suffering and struggle. As my good friend Viktor Frankl loved to say: “A man can live with any HOW as long as he has a big enough WHY,” and considering he survived a Nazi concentration camp, I think he knows what he’s talking about. I also like the idea of contrasting the short-lived sufferings of this life with the joys of eternal life. These two thoughts are like arrows I can keep in my quiver whenever I begin to feel down or discouraged. 

    As far as the rosary, I do pray 5 decades every day as part of our rule. Perhaps I can add a little “colloquy” or conversation with our Lady to my daily routine as a way of keeping things fresh this Lent. Yes, that shall be my prayer resolution for this Lent.

    God bless,

    Fr. Scott, AVI
    Apostles of the Interior Life

    • rjk123

      My own recent suffering as I approached sharing tough experiences with a group of people recnetly was relentless–until it was over. Then it was pure joy and love and gratitude to the Lord. When I was meditating on the Resurrection and then the Ascension, right after praying the Sorrowful Mysteries today, I saw that the Lord always brings Resurrection from obedient, faithful suffering, followed by a period of our hearts being raised in joyful thanks and praise for Him–an Ascension. I can’t describe how deeply the Lord changed and grew me through this experience–and all the experiences of my long life. Obedience may be the most beautiful virtue. Sufferings await me, as they do all of us, in the future, but I praise God for the memory of how faithful and full of love and mercy He is–and always has been. He is worth every bit of anything I have suffered. And to think–there is still Heaven to look forward to. Wow!  God bless all those who are in the dark period, when all it does is hurt. May you soon experience Resurrection and Ascension in the way His mercy grants us while still we are on Earth. 

      • Vicki

        What beautiful insight into the sorrowful mysteries!  Thank you for sharing.  

  • I love to pray the Rosary every day and I try to go to the Blessed Sacrament as much as I can to pray it there.Praying the Rosary it sure has change my ways of thinking. I have become more of a loving person and show compassion for others. For this Lent resolution I am going to see movies on the life of the Saints.

    God Bless us all in Christ Jesus.

  • BeckitaMaria

    I love your writing style, Vicky! You write in such a way that makes me feel I’m sitting right across the table from you and some of your one liners bring me to delighted laughter.

    I reclaimed praying the daily rosary in1992 when I made a pilgrimage to Medjugorje. When John Paul II wrote his encyclical on the rosary in 2002 and added the new mysteries, I began praying them all. I will say, having a prayer partner keeps me motivated when I’m tempted to flag in faithfulness.

    It is entering the Sacred Silence that I have neglected recently.  So this Lent, my resolution is dedicated to this aspect of my spiritual life.

    The greatest gift of reading The Imitation, for me, has been getting over myself at deeper levels.

    • Vicki

      Thank you for your kind words.  It’s funny – I feel like we have this great weekly book club where we’re all sitting around the fireplace, enjoying a little snack and discussing our take on various passages:).  And the comraderie is certainly there – people are missed when they don’t hit the com box and much appreciated when they show up every week – The wisdom of all of you who comment is rich!  The only things missing are the need to travel for a weekly appointment and to work around all our other obligations to make sure we can all make the meeting at the same time:)!

      • CeciliaMarks

        Vicki, hummmm, warm fire, hot cocoa, cup o’tea, good friends, conversation mixed w/prayer….count me in!!!

  • talby

    The readings this week were very timely for me…as soon as started to read chapter 44, it made me think of what transpired just in my day – Kempis wrote: “With a deaf ear you must let go by, and meditate rather on those which make for your peace. It is better to turn your eyes away from things that only annoy, and leave each one to think for himself, rather than be enslaved by wordy arguments. If you stand well with God, and keep his judgment in sight, you will easier bear up against defeat.” It reminded me that yes, there is work to be done in me! And the next chapters continued to unfold more enlightment to me on this spiritual road.

    For my Lenten journey, one of resolutions was to again begin the 54-day Rosary novena, which is an amazing Rosary devotion. However Vicki, your ambitious goal of 20 decades daily for Lent made me wonder…could I possibly do this?  I going to let this one unfold this Lent and strive for 20 decades daily, I know I will have at least 5… I will try. Thank you for your encouragement!

    God Bless,
    Terrie

    • CeciliaMarks

      Talby, thank you for both the quote and the 54-day Rosary Novena. Both actions confirmed the resolution I’m using for my Lenten journey……

  • Hi Vicki I am convert to catholic church when I was 13 years of age. Like you I wanted to know everything about the faith and so I got a bunch of books went to a theology school and moved on to missionary life. Things fell apart my health for one and the Lord was calling me back to the states and to slow me down. recently I recieved a conversion to grow deeper in the presence of God. My spiritual director says we have alot of buzzing going around and especially me and that there is a need to keep things simple. The book the better part and the immitation of christ and navigating the interior life are great books, but nothing beats the divine mercy and the rosary. Just the other day after an exterior conflict that set my soul in such panic and suffering, the rosary helped me pull through adn this was a severe internal conflict. After adnering to the advice of keeping it simple and not complicated, it has allowed me to see a bit more clearer with God’s eyes and not with my own anxiety, fears, and percieved knowledge. It has helped me to stop all the what iffs and I should but to listen to God the father calling his daughter to his heart. I used to get disturbed by own misery and sinfullness but I realize God is there and I need to be like Mary grow deeper in his presence let go of the past, future and even now and give it to Christ. I listen to the rosary and divine mercy on cd or phone app to have lessen distractions and temptations during prayer and even though i may get a message or a phone call while praying divine mercy or rosary or meditating from the book the better part, imitation of Christ, I don’t stop the prayer or meditation unless its an urgency to do so like emergency or something. The visitation of Mary three things occured Mary went in haste she did not linger in charity, She praised God in the magnificat, Mary treasured all these things in her heart every mystery she endured of her son she grew deeper in the presence of God. She was constantly immersed. She is a great example of how God is calling us to himself. The rosary and divine mercy helps to meditate on this calling of us to God and our personal and collective salvation. In the rosary and divine mercy I find tremendous peace. Thank you for sharing!

    • Vicki

      Patricia – Your reminder to “keep it simple” is good for all of us to hear  – Thank you!

  • ymader@gmail.com

    I like your Lenten resolution to ‘pray always’, it is a good way to practice the Presence of God continually in your life. I would like to know, however, how you do keep from distractions in the midst of daily acitivity? My Lenten resolution revolves around self-discipline in every aspect of my life – especially prayer as I wish to enter more deeply into it and into the mystery that is God. May God bless your efforts and may they be fruitful for you.
    in Christ,
    Yvette

    • Vicki

      Yvette – I must say I’m starting a new habit, and it’s not always easy.  I have tried to pray in every moment where I have not had to actively involve my intellect.  I have been distracted, but the moment I’ve noticed my thoughts taking over my prayer, I’ve tried to pause, recollect my mind and focus on the mystery at hand.  When my family life calls me, I have no trouble stopping my prayer – I assume Jesus would want me to tend to my children or to my husband, and I’ve noticed that I’m even pleased by these “distractions,” because they allow me to “live” that life of Christ on which I’m meditating.  Over the past week I’ve felt more united to Christ and the Blessed Mother in my family life.  I hope this answers your question.

  • reynalito

    hi vicki, 
    i want to know your thoughts on praying each decade of the rosary on certain hours of the day like if today was Monday and it’s the joyful mysteries, i would go about praying the 1st mystery, the annunciation at 9am, stop, go about my chores and do other stuff and continue with the 2nd mystery at  12noon, 3pm, the birth of Jesus, 6pm, the presentation, 9pm the finding of Jesus in the temple. I’ve always wanted to pray the rosary and always thought of praying it earlier in the day, but because of so much distractions, i keep delaying it until i couldn’t get to pray it anymore. As i was reflecting and getting some suggestions on EWTN, this idea came to me and i thought i’d give it a try and have done so several times, but not consistently so far…everytime i do it like this though, somehow in the back of my mind i’m thinking this could be butchering a very solemn prayer though my intention is only to be able to pray the rosary at least once a day and i’ve also watched certain programs on EWTN where guests and hosts suggested praying at least a decade of the rosary in a day if one is that busy, so that’s how i got the idea by thinking why not a decade at certain hours and complete one mystery before the day ends? would this be a good idea?

    Funky
    Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines

    • Maayong udto! Sorry am not Vicki but praying a decade throughout the day sounds good! It’s similar to the Liturgy of the Hours which is a series of short prayers spread out through out the day. I normally pray on the way to school or on the way home and finish it before bed at night.

      • reynalito

        Salamat kaayo sister sa imung reply, at least i know that it’s okay to do it and am not just making it up. Thank you and God Bless 🙂

  • Vicki

    Yesterday I received an inspirational email I wanted to share with you.  The person who wrote it gave me permission to print it anonymously:

    I read your article on conquering nature through the rosary. I have a deep devotion to the rosary and Our Lady.  I would like to share the following with you. When I had my first child, I remember talking to my grandmother about being a mother. She had 11 children and at the time 2 of her children (adults) had left the Church and were living very immoral lives. Being a young mother, this bothered me very much. So I asked her how she dealt with this grief of seeing 2 of her children living such sinful lives. She told me she was not worried. I asked her why?  She told me that when her first child was born (which was my mother) she told Our Lady that she was giving her this child to protect and that she would pray 1 rosary everyday for this baby. When her second child was born she did the same thing. And so on until she was praying 11 rosaries a day for for her children. She told me to do the same thing and my children would be protected from the evil one. How did she accomplish this task? She prayed when she was working ( at home of course) she prayed the rosary in evening, at night and probably in the middle of the night when she was up with a sick baby or child. My memory of my grandmother was her with her rosary. I took her advice and I pray at least 5 rosaries a day, one for each of my 5 children. It is not hard to do, in fact once you start praying the rosary and that is more than one a day, it is a source joy and peace. I cannot imagine a day without praying my rosaries. Like the saints who prayed the rosary in all aspects of their lives, we too can do the same thing. I have my rosary in my hand when I am grocery shopping. I cannot tell you how many times, people stop and either ask me what is my hand or “I did not know that the Church still advocated the praying of the rosary. I have not prayed the rosary since my first communion.” How sad!  Like my grandmother ( and my mother, who also prays many rosaries a day) I grew into praying several rosaries a day. At the birth of each child, a rosary was added to the rosaries I was already praying.  So when I read your article today I wanted to share with you about how all mothers can pray the rosary or rosaries for their children. If they cannot start with a complete rosary for each child than a decade for each child is a good start. 

    • Thank you!

    • THERESAEVENBLY

      I witnessed my grandmother doing something similar.  She had 9 children, 42 grandchildren, 78 greatgrandchildren, and 12 great great grandchildren at the time of her death. Toward the end of her life, we would take turns spending time with her to relieve her primary caregivers. My time was always Saturday nights. 

      How I loved how alert her mind was. She would take out her beads, and on each bead of the rosary, she offered it for the intention of one of her children, then her son-in-laws and daughter-in-law, then each bead would be for the intention of one of her grandchildren and his/her spouse, then she continued with her great grandchildren, their spouses, her great grandchildren.    In that way, she ended up doing nearly 4-5 Mysteries of the rosary all in one sitting. I was always very humbled by how much she paid attention to the prayer needs of each one of us and offered it up. Yes, 4 rosaries all in one sitting took time, but it’s a small sacrifice. I hope to eventually build up to that but I’m a long ways off. 

      • Vicki

        Theresa – Thanks for sharing your experience too!  I LOVE these stories – as a convert, I’ve had very little experience watching my elders live the Faith from such a close vantage point.  What an amazing gift!!!  I hope others will share their stories as well – they are sooo inspirational!

  • RJK asked the question about the practicality of praying 20 decades throughout the day. Being a homeschool mom, just two children, but still, I get interrupted often with the daily things I need to do. How do you keep count and just do it? I love this post. Thank you! Thank you for sharing it.

  • Great post! So relevant for me. My lenten resolution involves fighting temptation. I recently discovered I am sensitive to many foods (dairy, corn, wheat, and sugar). My diet is very strict. But, my health has improved dramatically. However, I am still tempted by the foods I used to be able to eat. Quite often I give in to the temptation with ‘just a bite’. So, my Lenten resolution is to not give in to this temptation at all. Practice, practice, practice in the small things means improvement for the big things. 🙂
    I am really going to have to pray and consider this Rosary plan. I like the Come Pray the Rosary site, and the idea of carrying my Rosary around with me everywhere to pray one Rosary for each child (I have 4).
    Thanks for keeping me moving in a good direction and not settling for as is.

  • THERESAEVENBLY

    I really wish I could pray daily all 4 meditations of the Rosary, but where do you find the time? Between morning prayer at 4:30am, kids and chores, then off to work at big law office, then rush home, feed family, their hwk, chores and evening prayer; in bed at 11pm, it’s all I can do to incorporate prayer in my daily life. Thankfully, I do have morning prayer, commute prayer, Mass during my lunch time, and I have Outlook where every hour on the hour I get a popup reminder for a flash prayer, prayer at dinner, prayer while washing laundry, cooking & prayer while doing dishes, and my precious evening prayer at days end. What are my Lenten resolutions? To attend a Lenten retreat (yes I need rest!), to fast from facebook, to fast from fiction reading, to pray all 4 decades of the rosary on Fridays & Sundays (but I already do this as habit), to leave work on time so that I devote more time with the relationships that matter to me: my God, my husband, my family, my friends. It’s easy to be ensnared by the rat race, but I love that Jesus took time in desert to rest. Yes he faced temptations but it also invigorated him too. So this Lent, I will trust that the work will get done in the duty hours, I will then spend time at home.

    Oh and how to get all 4 rosarys done in one day?  It’s a challenge. What works best for me is to do upon waking, at lunch after Mass, on commute home, and before bed. Admittedly, sometimes I cheat and put a cd on to listen to the rosary without it pouring from my mouth, but my heart is always in it. Can I do 4 meditations every day during Lent, it’s exhausting. For me, continuing on the Friday/Sunday plan, I think works best in my schedule right now. But I will explore adding an additional Chaplet of the Holy Wounds, Holy Face, Holy Name, etc into my day (already do the Divine Mercy Chaplet daily too).

    • Vicki

      Theresa – I’m sure God is pleased with all our efforts, and He surely knows our hearts.  I cannot pray when I’m doing anything that requires “mental concentration,” which is every day during school.  And during school days, It’s been difficult to finish all four.  Regarding how I’ve been doing it?  I usually get through one or one and a half while getting ready in the morning (from the time I get out of bed until I go downstairs after shower, etc.).  We pray one as a family in the evening, so that’s two already.  Then I just pray as I’m doing dishes, folding laundry, or waiting for anything.  Driving has been a HUGE help – I can actually concentrate better when I’m driving than when I’m doing dishes, because I can hold the beads and avoid losing my place if I get distracted:).  Anyway – just thought I’d share how its been working so far – I was very moved by that email I shared in another comment – that made it seem somehow more “doable” to me.  God bless!

  • rjk123

    Vicki: I just wanted you to know that after a week of praying the 20 mysteries of the rosary daily, I am so thankful to you for suggesting it! It has been such a peaceful, fulfilling, joyful, lovely practice. I am retired; so, though I have activities etc., I also have a lot of free time; so, it has not been difficult. Thank you for the suggestion. Rachel

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