"When a soul recognises the will of God and shows a readiness to submit to it entirely, then God gives Himself to such a soul and renders it most powerful succour under all circumstances." - Rev. Jean-Pierre de Caussade

Monday, October 8, 2018

One of my favorite things about the Rosary

I couldn't go the month of October without writing a post about the Rosary, now could I?

I don't think I can adequately explain just how much I love the Rosary and how much it has changed my prayer life. I went through periods of praying a daily Rosary starting in my college days, would fall off the wagon, start praying it every day again, and so forth. Cue endless cycle. Until 2015 when I finally stopped making excuses.

And now I couldn't imagine NOT praying the Rosary every day.

You know something crazy? Which is one of my favorite things about praying the Rosary? With as many times as I've prayed the Rosary, I still gain new insights about the mysteries.

Like recently. While meditating on the Wedding at Cana, I suddenly realized it was the perfect example of why we ask for Mary's intercession.

Jesus was not expecting to perform a miracle that day. He even told his mother "his time had not yet come."

But Mary told the servants, "Do whatever he tells you." And then Jesus performed his very first miracle! And at a wedding! (Marriage is my fave, if you haven't noticed.)

Why wouldn't we ask Mary for prayers? Jesus totally listens to his mother.

Maybe people have totally written about this before. Maybe I should have had this epiphany a long time ago. Maybe I sound really crazy right now.

But meditating on the mysteries every single day for years now has brought me closer to Jesus - through the eyes of Mary. Meditating on the events of their lives has helped me grow in love for both of them. And I'd like to think it brings them joy too!

I know there have been countless intentions that have been answered because I've asked for Mary's intercession. There have been so many times where I've been in the middle of the Rosary and I receive an answer to prayer, an inspiration for a blog post, or a much-needed consolation.

I still remember a priest friend telling me that whenever he doesn't know what to say, he prays a Hail Mary and immediately the right words come to him.

Our priest now is constantly telling us to "let Mary take care of it." And that's exactly what she did from the very beginning, right? Jesus started his earthly ministry at her prompting.

So what are you waiting for? Ask the Blessed Mother for her help - she won't disappoint you.

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