Experiences of the Rosary

Fr. Edward Lee Looney

Fr. Edward Lee Looney

Fr. Edward L. Looney was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Green Bay on June 6, 2015. Fr. Looney has a deep devotion to the Blessed Mother, is a member of the Mariological Society of America, and has researched and written extensively on the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help, recognized as the first and only approved Marian apparition in the United States. His most recent work is A Rosary Litany. To learn more visit: arosarylitany.com. Disclaimer: The views expressed by the author are his alone, and do not reflect those of his diocese. He seeks to always remain faithful to the Magisterium.

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2 thoughts on “Experiences of the Rosary”

  1. I believe the rosary is best when we are frightened or in great need of God’s help. We should also say the rosary when we are most free from distractions if possible.

  2. I do not like to pray the Rosary in a group. I prefer to pray it more slowly than most people. Listen to a group in Church sometime. Many people pray the words so fast that it sounds like they are saying “now at the time of our death” instead of “now AND at the hour of our death”. The word “and” just gets left out. My father isn’t Catholic and he said he had wondered for years why Catholics thought now was the time of their death. He finally saw the words written out and realized he hadn’t heard the words right because of them being slurred together. It’s like they want to get it over with as fast as possible. I’m not sure the Rosary should be prayed faster than we normally talk. Also, I have read that it is more beneficial to say one decade well with reverence and attention than the entire Rosary rattled off.
    And it is also difficult to offer thanks after Mass or prepare before Mass when others are praying out loud. But I do think it is very beneficial to pray in a group in a Church if you are able.

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