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Pray The Rosary Together

 

What a wonderful thing to have Jesus Christ in our midst!

And the only thing we have to do to get Him to come is to pray the Rosary in a group.

 

When people say the Rosary together it is far more formidable to the devil
than a rosary said privately, because in this public prayer,
it is an army that is attacking him.

Someone who says his Rosary alone gains only the merit of one Rosary,
but if one prays it together with their family or thirty other people in a group
they gain the merit of thirty Rosaries.

This is the law of public prayer.

 

Pray Always


If you genuinely want to save your soul and walk in the Saints' footsteps
and never, never, fall into mortal sin…
If you wish to break Satan's traps and divert his flaming darts,
you must pray always as Our Lord taught
and commanded you to do.

If you really have this wish at heart, then you must at least say your Rosary
or the equivalent, every day,
exposed as you are to the strong current of the world's wickedness
by which many a strong soul is swept away.  


Perseverance in Dryness

Even if you suffer from dryness of soul, boredom and interior discouragement,
never give up even the least little bit of your Rosary.

On the contrary, like a real champion of Jesus and Mary,
you should say your Our Fathers and Hail Marys
quite dryly if you have to, without seeing, hearing, or feeling any consolation whatsoever,
and concentrating as best you can on the Mysteries.


You ought not to look for candy or jam to eat with your daily bread as children do,
you should even say your Rosary more slowly sometimes
when you particularly find it hard to say.

 

 

Do this to imitate Our Lord more perfectly
in His agony in the garden:

"Being in an agony, He prayed the longer."

 

Reverence,  Good Will,  Faithfulness

The Rosary ought to be said reverently...
as far as possible, kneeling…

However, if people are ill they can, of course,
say it in bed or if they are travelling,
it can be said on foot-
and if infirmity prevents people kneeling,
it can be said seated or standing.

The Rosary can even be said (on the way to or from one's job or even) at work,
...because the work of one's hands is not by any means always incompatible with vocal prayer.

Of course, since the soul has its limitations
and can only do so much, when we are concentrating
on manual work we cannot give our undivided attention
to things of the spirit, such as prayer.

But when we cannot do otherwise, this kind of prayer
is not without value in Our Lady's eyes,
and she rewards our good will
more than our external actions.


I advise you to divide up your Rosary into three parts
and to say each group of mysteries (five decades)
at a different time of day.

This is much better than saying
the whole fifteen decades all at once.

If you cannot find the time to say a third part
of the Rosary, all at one time, say it gradually,
a decade here and there.

I am sure you can manage this; so that, in spite of
your work and all the calls upon your time,
you will have said the whole Rosary before going to bed.


Saint Francis de Sales sets us a very good example
of faithfulness in this respect.

 
Once when he was quite exhausted from the visits
of the day and remembered, towards midnight,
that he had left a few decades of his Rosary unsaid,
he would not go to bed until he had finished them
on his knees, in spite of all the efforts of his secretary who saw he was tired and begged him to let the rest
of his prayers go until the next day.

How can we expect God to listen to us if we ourselves do not pay attention to what we are saying?
How can we expect Him to be pleased if,
while in the presence of His tremendous Majesty,
we give in to distractions just as children
run after butterflies.

Of course, you cannot possibly say your Rosary without having a few involuntary distractions
and it is hard to say even one Hail Mary without your imagination troubling you a little
(for, our, imagination is, alas, never still.)

The one thing you can do, however, is to say your Rosary without giving in to distractions deliberately
and you can take all sorts of precautions to lessen involuntary distractions and to control your imagination.

 

The Best Rosary

Do not listen to the devil.

 Be of good heart even if your imagination has been bothering you throughout your Rosary, filling your mind with all kinds of distracting thoughts as long as you really tried hard to get rid of them as soon as they came.

Be sure to fight well.

Do not stop saying your Rosary even if it is hard to say and you have absolutely no sensible devotion.

Always remember that the best Rosary is the one
with the most merit, and there is more merit in praying when it is hard than when it is easy.

 

 

 

 

You are encouraged to commit with other members of
PrayTheRosary Web Apostolate
to pray the daily Rosary with us

 

 


 

Immaculate Heart of Mary,

Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, pray for us!