Since becoming Catholic, I have been drawn to the rosary. I have always joked that I made a terrible protestant because I was hopeless at praying. I am not good with words, so my prayers would last less than two minutes, and I would feel guilty that I hadn't prayed properly. I'm just not eloquent enough. The rosary solves this problem for me. I think of my prayer intentions, then pray the rosary, while meditating on the mysteries. My husband and I try to pray the rosary together every night. BUT...
I fall asleep. Every. Single. Night. It's actually quite hilarious. I'm sure my husband is laughing at me while I am trying to stay awake, praying Hail Marys when I should be praying Our Fathers. Sometimes I even just randomly start saying weird things. Sometimes I just doze and realise there is silence and he just finishes my prayers while I'm trying to figure out what I'm up to. I have the best intentions, but let's be honest. I have 8 children. I hardly get any sleep. The rosary is so relaxing for me, I just sleep. This is where a Pocket Rosary comes in...
The last couple of weeks I have had a Pocket rosary in my jeans pocket, ready to pray a decade here and there. When my sister rang me with an urgent prayer request I was able to stop what I was doing, and pray a decade of the rosary for this particular prayer intention. It took only a few minutes, but it was real prayer. There is no way I could have found time for a whole rosary at that moment. And if I relied on my old kind of praying? Well, that would have been tragic... "Dear God, I pray for ... Please help them... Your will be done. Amen"
Since that day, I have found many opportunities to pray a decade of the rosary. And each night, as I am falling asleep, I pray a decade for the souls in purgatory, and if I'm still awake after that, a decade for priests. And when my baby wakes up during the night? I pray a decade or two for another prayer intention.
Having a pocket rosary available at all times has greatly improved my prayer life, and it will improve yours too. I highly recommend you have one in your pocket, in your purse, in your car, on your bedside table.
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