“Continue to pray the Rosary every day.”
(Our Lady of Fatima to Sister Lucia)
I don’t think there’s any practicing Catholic out there who would deny the importance of daily recitation of the rosary. The saints, the Popes, and even the Blessed Mother herself invites us to pray it on a regular basis, promising great spiritual wealth and growth as a result of it. And, I have no doubt at all that that is true.
But, for the vast majority of us, praying the Rosary daily is actually rather challenging. Or, maybe that’s just me. I am not sure if it’s that I lack focus or the ability to sit still that long, but when I am attempting to pray it alone (which, let me tell you, happens about 0.1% of the time of my life) or when I am driving (which is more realistic), I easily get distracted. I do much better when I pray it aloud with other people.
But, the only people I am with on a regular daily basis are these tiny human beings that I call my children. Which, hey, is GREAT! Because, praying the FAMILY rosary is possibly an even more beneficial and spiritually efficacious type of prayer than praying it alone.
Maybe efficacious isn’t the right word. Perhaps saying it’s a source of “great sanctification” is more appropriate. Especially when your prayer partners are 5, 3, and 20 months old.
“It is dangerous to make everyone go forward by the same road, and worse to measure others by yourself.” (St. Ignatius of Loyola)
Dear Fellow Good, Practicing Catholics,
Please stop trying to “out-Catholic” others all the time.
I get it, you know the faith really well. You’ve read some (or maybe many) books and watched some faith-based shows and movies. You’ve heard some great speakers and been on some highly spiritual retreats. You’ve had deep encounters with God and maybe have a deep understanding of one thing or another. Perhaps there’s someone in your family with religious vocation or you are good friends with a priest or a nun.
Maybe you are able to get to daily Mass. Or have a daily Holy Hour. Perhaps you serve the Church in some form of ministry. Possibly you have a deep devotion to Mary or one (or many) of the saints. Novenas might be a regular form of prayer for you or perhaps you never miss praying your daily rosary.
Uh-oh! I made a joke about holiness...i must not be very Catholic!
You might be an activist who stands outside of Planned Parenthood every Saturday morning to pray for the end of abortions. Or, maybe you write letters to your congressmen on a regular basis trying to get laws changed. Maybe you vehemently oppose all things secular or use Facebook as a platform to preach the word of God.
And, every one of those things are good and noble. But, they don’t make you a “better” Catholic than everyone else.