The power of the rosary

November 15, 2006 | Conversion, Prayer | 8 comments

Something strange has been going on over here lately. So many good things have been coming at me so fast that it’s hard to keep up with it all. Doors are opening, things are falling into place, I’m meeting wonderful new people, having a positive impact on people in my parish, etc.

As I was driving home from RCIA last night I was thinking about this and realized that it all came about rather suddenly. It was like some sort of grace explosion happened a couple weeks ago and I’ve been riding the shockwave ever since. I thought for a moment if there was anything I’d been doing differently and gasped a little bit when I realized: I started praying the rosary every night about two weeks ago.

I’d heard enough people I respect extol the power of the rosary (Fr. John Corapi is extremely insistent about this) so I’d wanted to try it, but always found an excuse not to make it happen. Also, I was just sure that there’s no way I’d be able to concentrate long enough to get through it.

Then, a friend invited me to pray the rosary with her family, and for the first time I sat down and said the whole thing, the right way. Shortly after that Tony of Catholic Pillow Fight was so incredibly kind as to send me a rosary (I’ve been meaning to publicly thank him for that for a while — what a wonderful thing to do).

Even after that I kept putting it off and putting it off, until finally I decided to make it part of my nightly routine. To be honest I didn’t expect to get anything out of it. Per our discussion about faith and feeling, I was only doing it because it seemed relaxing and it felt like something I should do. I didn’t expect to see results or feel big emotions. I’m just trying to teach myself to be obedient to what God would want me to do, even if I’m experiencing doubts (when do I not?). I’m taking the advice I got on this site to think of faith as a verb instead of an emotion.

So imagine my surprise when my life has just been clicking on a whole new level ever since I started doing this. The only thing I can liken it to is some sort of drug. I feel fairly certain that I’m not just seeing what I want to see since I expected nothing at all. It was only after remarking on the striking, distinct changes I’ve seen that I began to think about what might have caused it.

Anyway, I need to get to bed. All this rambling is just to say I am now convinced of the power of the rosary. All I can say is: WOW.

8 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    OK you got me! I am heading off to bed now, but I am going to say the rosary first. I am not a big rosary person, but I did go to Lourdes in May and I did say it there.

  2. Chad Toney

    The rosary has a lot of power. To make me yawn about 50 times whilst saying it.

    Seriously though — I love praying it, and usually do on my drive home from work.

  3. Bekah

    I love hearing the wonderful works of the LORD! He is so faithful, especially to us as we make the journey into the Church. I have heard so many miracles that have happened when one makes that step of faith to overcome one’s doubts, and experienced it myself as well. With me, it was not the rosary per se, it was a prayer to St. Joseph, overcoming my doubts about the Communion of Saints. And the miracle was the purchase of a home, just in time as we discovered the impending arrival of baby #4. We’d previously been living in a two bedroom apartment.

    I am back and forth in my faithfulness with the rosary. I’ll be very faithful for weeks or months and then I’ll fall away. Thank you for the extra incentive to pick it up again. Don’t forget to start teaching your little one these powerful prayers. I’m sure he can say, “Hail Mary”, or will be able to soon. 😉

  4. Martin

    I love hearing this about your experience with the rosary!

    I remember listening to a Scott audio tape a few years ago when he talked about praying the rosary for one of his first times as a Protestant. There was sin he had always struggled with, he called it an impossible situation, so he figured “what the heck”, asked God not to be offended, and prayed the rosary and then put it away and forgot about it. It was only until months later that he realize that he hadn’t struggled with that particular sin since then.

    Every Mother’s Son: Confessions of a Marian Prodigal – Scott Hahn

    And another nice thing is, you can do it without the beads. When I was having a tooth drilled on yesterday at the dentist, I took the opportunity to divert my attention away from the drill in my mouth, and prayed the rosary. I just kept count with my fingers …. a “manual rosary”!

  5. Martin

    Oops .. typos abound. That should have read a “Scott Hahn” audio tape.

  6. Tony

    When we received our new pastor about three years ago, there was a lot of tribulation. Due to required changes (and some changes that shouldn’t have been required but for the hardened hearts of some firmly entrenched staff) we lost a lot of our community and there was a lot of acrimony.

    I and another fellow decided to pray the rosary in the church every sunday night at 7:30pm for the intention of peace in the parish, to combat the palpable diabolic influence, and an increase in devotions and a return to our Catholic roots.

    Now, a year later, we are getting new members, our collections are almost pre-tribulation levels, we have survived two floods (one required $1M of renovations from the diocese) and our pastor has started a holy hour every week at different times with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, rosary (or devine mercy chaplet, or stations of the cross, etc.) and benediction.

    I am a firm believer in the power of the rosary.

    (BTW, you’re very welcome, Jen. :))

  7. Anonymous

    My life completely turned around when I started praying the rosary. I was given a rosary cd from the Mary Foundation and would play it every morning and evening while I would get ready for the day and end the day. I must say- God reveiled the people that were not good in my life and helped me see the path that I should go. Now,
    I love my life- my job- my friends and met the most wonderful boyfriend I could ever have asked for. I actually believe he is an angel sent to me by the good Lord. My life changed completely! For those of you who have almost give up on miracles- just try it for a few weeks and see how it will change your life!

    Love and Blessings,

    Carpe Diem…

  8. davjack

    I always wake up in the middle of the night and say a little of the rosary, fall asleep, wake and say some more. On the rare occasion I sleep through to morning, I just lay in bed and say it before I get up. It's like the Blessed Mother is with me all through the night.

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