We all know about the spiritual fruit that comes from praying the rosary. Throughout the centuries, the popes have encouraged, even insisted upon the regular recitation of the rosary. Our Lady, in her apparitions, requested the praying of the rosary, and our priests and religious lead by their example of fidelity to this prayer.
But praying the rosary doesn’t come easily for all of us. It has always been a challenge for me to consistently pray the rosary. I’ll do great for one week, then totally bottom out the next. After chatting with many people who struggle with the same thing, I decided to find ways to incorporate the rosary more into my life in various ways.
1. Pray the rosary in the car.
For those of us who are rather busy (who isn’t?), praying the rosary in the car on the way to/from work or on our errand runs is a great way to bring pause to our hectic days. We remind ourselves of our greatest calling and re-center our hearts and minds on the Lord. By praying the rosary in the car, we invite the Lord into the midst of our days, welcoming Him into our various tasks, joys, hopes, and worries.
2. Divide the rosary into segments.
I have found it helpful to pray the entire rosary throughout the whole day. For example, I’ll pray a decade in the morning before my son wakes up; then, I’ll pray a decade while making lunch; and another during nap time, etc. This method does not overwhelm me as much and I find that I am better able to enter into each mystery by truly taking them one at a time.
3. Pray the rosary as a family or with a loved one.
By consistently praying the rosary with someone else, we are both held accountable and joined in communion. Having my husband as my “accountability partner” has been a huge help to me in praying the rosary more.
4. Listen to the rosary on CD.
Folding laundry? Making dinner? Cleaning the house? Listening to the rosary on CD is an awesome way to fill those spaces of time when your hands are occupied and your mind can be set in prayer. For those who enjoy musical prayer, a sung rosary is an awesome option!
5. Engage your heart and mind.
When we enter into the prayer of the rosary with focus and true contemplation, the fruits are endless. By fixing our full gaze upon the life of Our Lord through the eyes of His mother, we open our hearts to the total transformative power of an authentic encounter with Him. For some of us, this means removing all distractions so we can close our eyes and feel the rhythm of the beads. For others, it means praying the Scriptural rosary so that we have something specific to focus on during each Hail Mary. For others, it means singing the mysteries. For others, it means drawing scenes from the mysteries while praying. Whatever helps you more fully engage your heart and mind during the rosary will of course aid its bearing of fruit in your heart and mind.
What’s your favorite way to pray the rosary? How do you find ways to pray the rosary more frequently?