I love praying the Rosary and I have a stong love for the tradition of the Rosary in my family. A friend of mine recently told me she was going to pray the Rosary at lunch break, sacrificing her lunch time and fasting for that meal. She said she had a lot to ask for. I can relate. Can’t we all?
I read this “Beginner’s Guide to Praying the Rosary” on Catholicity.com this morning. I was looking for a nice and easy guide to share on my blog. I was taken with the fact that anyone can say the Rosary and you don’t have to be Catholic. I have always wanted to share what I love about the Rosary with all my friends, but hesitated to do so because I felt it was “so Catholic.” There are many “rules” that go with it, but the best rule is – there are no actual rules! It can mean whatever you want it to mean. Symbolic, or simplistic, it is a way to meditate and reflect.
I must admit, it has been a very long time since I was in the practice of praying the Rosary regularly and with intention. But I have always known that it is powerful, meaningful, worthwhile and something I can return to.
This is what I connected with this morning as I read about praying the Rosary:
Ask for big and small gifts. Be bold! In this sense, the Rosary is an exchange of gifts between friends.
It is widely known that Our Lady answers seemingly impossible intentions to those who are first beginning to pray the Rosary. This is her way of drawing you closer to Her and to Jesus. If you are praying your first Rosary, or returning to the Rosary after years of not talking to Our Lady, ask for something big, spectacular, “impossible.” She’ll often surprise you.
I believe in the Virgin Mary as a mentor of motherhood and womanhood. The fact that she is referred to here as “Our Lady” is significant because she can inspire all women, all people, with the story of her life and the life of her Son.
Prayer and meditation play a big role in my life. I pray in many ways. I wish to share them with you now and then and would love to hear how prayer fits in to your life.
If you want to read more about Our Lady, check out my post on Fatima.
The Featured Image on this post is from the R.C. Gorman collection. R.C. Gorman is one of my favorite artists and this particular picture is one that I love to use in prayer. I feel that warmth of light shining on me when I pray.
Life is a mystery, everyone must stand alone
I hear you call my name
And it feels like home
When you call my name it’s like a little prayer
I’m down on my knees, I wanna take you there
In the midnight hour I can feel your power
Just like a prayer you know I’ll take you there
I hear your voice, it’s like an angel sighing
I have no choice, I hear your voice
Feels like flying
I close my eyes, oh God I think I’m falling
Out of the sky, I close my eyes
Heaven help me
Like a child you whisper softly to me
You’re in control just like a child
Now I’m dancing
It’s like a dream, no end and no beginning
You’re here with me, it’s like a dream
Let the choir sing
Just like a prayer, your voice can take me there
Just like a muse to me, you are a mystery
Just like a dream, you are not what you seem
Just like a prayer, no choice your voice can take me there
Just like a prayer, I’ll take you there
It’s like a dream to me
(Madonna/Like a Prayer)
A Mother’s Prayer
Thank you, Lord,
for bringing my children into my life.
Help me guide them and teach them through example
to lead lives of wisdom
and strong, loving faith.
Please let them learn
to serve you always
in thought and deed.
And remind me, Lord,
to always be there
for my family
as you are always
there for me.
Mothers Plant the Seeds of Love
Guide us so we grow strong in wisdom and grace.
Give us sight to see the talents God has given us,
the will to develop them,
and the generosity to share our talents with others.
Instill in us the desire to constantly learn,
the goodness to serve generously,
and the courage to follow where Jesus calls.
We pray for these blessings for ourselves,
for our children,
and for all of our family.
Grant us a Mother’s Blessing
and a Mother’s Care,
now and forever.
July 18, 2011
Let my heart respond to Your Love.
If God were trying to tell me something, would I know?
If God were reassuring me or challenging me, would I notice?
I ask for the grace to be free of my own preoccupations
and open to what God may be saying to me.
In God’s loving presence I unwind the past day, starting from now and looking back, moment by moment.
I gather in all the goodness and light, in gratitude.
I attend to the shadows and what they say to me, seeking healing, courage, forgiveness.
Father Ignacio Larranaga’s Novena
You may not end up where you thought you were going….
but you will always end up where you were meant to be……
Father Ignacio is the healing priest of the Rosary. He is an excellent priest and truly cures. He has performed many miracles of healing.
This is a novena of Father Ignacio that he began the 10th of January 2005, and still has not been broken.
If you are reading this, then you have received the Novena . . . just pray a Hail Mary and ask for a special favor. You will see what will happen the 4th day after having received this.
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee, blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.
Amen. (Ask for your favor)
Please do not break this Novena. Share it with others who you know believe in the power of prayer and that you believe deserve justice, peace, love, health, prosperity, and well being.
10/25/2005 – 6:10 AM PST
Interview With Father Ignacio Larranaga on Prayer
MADRID, Spain, OCT. 25, 2005 (Zenit) – A big part of Father Ignacio Larranaga’s work has been trying to teach people how to pray.
Born in Spain in 1928, he was ordained in 1952. For a time he evangelized in South America. In 1974 he began the apostolate of Meetings of Experience of God, which he taught in 33 countries over 30 years. In 1984 he founded the Prayer and Life Workshops, an ecclesial service approved by the Holy See and covering more than 40 countries.
He has now published the book “God Within,” a manual for prayer.
Q: In “God Within” you talk about “adult faith.” Is there a process of maturation in the faith?
Father Larranaga: Of course, the overcoming of a faith that is too rational or centered on the search for securities, [leading to] a faith capable of assuming all kind of risks and fears — that faith which enabled Abraham to walk in the presence of the Lord, which ended up by becoming the inspiration, center and meaning of his life.
Q: Does life without God have meaning?
Father Larranaga: We are infinite wells that infinite finites will never be able to fill. Only the infinite can satiate an infinite well. Modern culture has displaced God from the center of life, a center which has been taken over by the ego.
The consequences? Lack of solidarity; permissive morality; nothing has meaning; no one is worthwhile; the advent of nihilism, the consequence of which is an infinite void that threatens to asphyxiate humanity. And the end is suicide. A society without God ends up as a society against man.
Q: You say that what most disconcerts man is God’s silence. Is prayer the best way to be “in tune” with him?
Father Larranaga: Prayer is a way of establishing an affective current with a You, so that two presences previously known and loved make themselves mutually present, and that current is established by giving and receiving, by loving and feeling loved in the silence of the heart, in faith, in love.
Q: Can one learn how to pray?
Father Larranaga: Prayer is a gift of God, and God’s first gift. But it is also an art, as it is the convergence of grace and nature. And, as art, it is subject to the norms of learning and other psychological laws. To pray well, therefore, one needs method and discipline.
Q: Is it easy to pray?
Father Larranaga: To pray an Our Father or Hail Mary is easy. However, if it is a question of concentrating one’s mental energies on a You, in the silence of the heart, in faith, in love … to pray is not easy.
One must calm one’s nerves, let go one’s tensions, silence interior clamor, and, in the final solitude of one’s being, accept the infinite mystery of God and adore! That’s not easy.
Q: “He who feels loved by God knows not fear,” you say in “God Within.” In our fear-ridden society, does prayer liberate? Does relating to God and experiencing him do away with our fear definitively?
Father Larranaga: To live profoundly the loving and powerful presence of God, to experience his tenderness in all its depth, to live abandoned and full of confidence in his hands … all this uproots inexorably and forever the apprehensions and fears of the heart. And they are replaced by peace.
Q: People complain that they “pray and don’t change.”
Father Larranaga: One must ask if by praying they are as they would be if they didn’t pray. People make constant efforts to be patient, but no one sees it. How many silent successes there are without any one having noticed them! One cannot say so lightly, they “pray and don’t change.”
Q: Did Christ also revolutionize prayer?
Father Larranaga: Jesus called God “Abba,” “dear Daddy,” and he said: “When you pray, go into your room, shut the door and pray to your Father, who is there alone with you.”
And he also said: “Worship the Father not on this mountain, or on Mount Sinai, or in this or that temple, but in spirit and truth.” There is no greater revolution.
Q: What are the Prayer and Life Workshops?
Father Larranaga: They are a method of new evangelization in which one exercises friendship with the Lord, a radical process of purification and pacification takes place, and one undertakes the path to holiness, imitating Christ.
Q: What are the keys to realize a profound and fruitful prayer?
Father Larranaga: To persevere in patience, in pure naked faith. To remain alone with God in loving and peaceful attention, in calm and quiet. God will do the rest.