Pray the Rosary, Don’t Just Say the Rosary

Praying the rosary is something that we should all be doing more often. A lot of people simply say the prayers though, and this is not the purpose of the rosary. You should feel something deeper than just the words coming out of your mouth. The words should resonate inside of you and make you feel something more. I read a post with tips to help you pray not just say the rosary and I thought it was really awesome.

Some of the tips on this post included one claiming less is more. What they mean is that instead of rushing your way through the entire rosary, it would be a lot better to say only a decade or two and make it more thoughtful. They also suggest saying each prayer more slowly and clearly, as if you were speaking to God rather than blurting out the words. There are a lot more tips in this post, and if you need some more reasons to make praying the rosary more of a habit then I suggest reading them.

Inspirational Moments That are Fueled by God

I read a post on a blog called Ignitum Today that I thought was really cool. The post was called, “Kickboxing and Moments of Grace“. The author talked about her experience at Mass this past Sunday. The responsorial psalm was Psalm 54, and the response was about the Lord lighting their life. She reflected on what this meant to her personally, and I found her words to be inspirational. She also went on to talk about how she has taken up kickboxing, and saying a quick prayer before class has helped her a lot.

I know personally I can relate to being tired and not wanting to exercise. I’m going to try a quick prayer the next time I have no motivation to exercise and I know I will feel revitalized and ready to go!

Praying the Rosary Before Bed

“Is it wrong to lie in bed praying the rosary until you fall asleep, when you have trouble sleeping? I’ve done it. My husband is scrupulous and feels this is wrong and disrespectful. He is the insomniac – gets very little sleep at night, has tried everything, etc. Yet – during our daily rosary he invariably gets drowsy and falls asleep. It’s been like this for years. I tell him, “why don’t you pray the rosary, that always puts you to sleep?” But for him this is out of the question, because the intent is wrong. Me, I think it’s fine, it’s better than thinking dumb thoughts or worrying while waiting to fall sleep…” – “Rosary as a Sleep Aid”, Catholic Answers Forum

This question was a featured post over on The Catholic Answers Forum, and I thought it was a good one. I think that falling asleep in prayer is probably the best way you can fall asleep! I cannot believe that this woman’s husband thinks it is wrong to fall asleep praying. The wife raises a valid point, all anybody does when falling asleep is concentrate on random thoughts. So why not use that time as time for prayer? In my opinion there is no wrong time to pray!

Rosary Beads: Choosing the Right Ones for You

Rosary beads and rosaries are made for various reasons. Some are just made as plain rosary beads for those who wish to have a regular set of them, while some others are made for specific purposes. Many rosaries are made because they are intended to be given as a gift for a certain occasion, like the celebration of an important sacrament in a person’s life. Some others are made in remembrance of Mary, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, or a special patron saint. Also, you can find rosary beads that are made specifically for women or men. A popular rosary set made for women are the numerous different versions of bracelet rosary beads that are out there right now. No matter what the case may be there is one thing that is for sure, which would be that there is a rosary out there for everybody. If you are unsure of which set might suit you, there are many different options to consider.

Rosary beads that are made in honor of patron saints can be a great choice to consider when shopping for yourself or somebody else. You can always get them a set made after the patron saint they share their name with, or you could get them one made for their favorite saint if you know theirs. A prime example of a patron saint with her own rosary set would be Saint Anne. Saint Anne was married to a man named Joachim, and their marriage had been a long one. The only issue for them was that they had never produced any children, and this saddened them because they wanted so badly to have one. They endured much ridicule from people in their town for their troubles as well. Mary and Joachim got news from an angel one day that they would be having a child, which they would. Their child was a girl by the name of Mary. And yes, this is THE Mary we all know, the mother of Christ. Mary would be raised by Joachim and Anne to love the Church and lead a religious lifestyle. Saint Anne’s rosary set is gorgeous, it consists of blue beads all the way around and a silver cross and chain. Mary is featured with Anne on a medal on the rosary to show that it was made in her honor. This is a great example of a patron saint with a wonderful life story who has her own rosary. There are a plethora of saints just like Anne who have their own medals, so you just have to get out there and look for them.

If somebody you know and love is receiving a sacrament of the Church, a great gift idea would be to get them a set of rosary beads that have to do with the sacrament. This is definitely a thoughtful gift that they will appreciate. There are rosary sets for Baptisms, Reconciliations, First Holy Communions, and Confirmations. A gift that would be great for a First Holy Communion would be a rosary set that comes inside of a Holy Communion Box. The beads themselves are black with a silver chain. The chaplet medal includes a visual of the Eucharist and the goblet of wine that are used at Mass, and the entire rosary set comes in a beautiful wooden box. This is just one of many rosary sets created specifically for different sacraments.

The last kind of rosary set that I will give you a heads up on would be the bracelet rosaries I mentioned earlier. These make great gifts for women, and can be worn casually or out to an important ceremony. They come in many different forms and can be very flashy or very plain. Three particular types that come up a lot are pearl rosary bracelets, sterling silver rosary bracelets, and a combination of the two. The pearl bracelets are sophisticated and may be a bit much if the woman you are shopping for isn’t into getting all dressed up. The sterling silver one is very plain and could be worn by anybody on a more daily basis. The last set, being a mixture of the other two, is like an hybrid that really works all the time no matter the situation. So no matter who you are shopping for, you should be able to find at least one set of these bracelet rosaries that fits into what you want.

Now this list is surely not the be all, end all for rosaries, but it makes a good start. Hopefully you have found something you liked after reading all of this, and if not then it was still a good start to show you what you may have been neglecting when thinking about rosaries. Now get out there and find that perfect set of rosary beads!