This morning I drove straight from dropping of son #3 at his school and went to our church for daily Mass. I can’t do this every day during the week, but I have found that taking the hour (including travel time) to do so can have a wonderful effect on my day. What better way to spend 30 minutes in church than in prayer with other believers?
Today is the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. So, of course it is a perfect day to say the Rosary.
While I used to say the Rosary daily (usually before bed), I have to admit that over the years it has fallen by the wayside. Praying the Rosary doesn’t take a lot of prep time…just carving out 15 to 20 minutes to spend in prayer. And, I know that that repetition of the prayers while meditating upon the mysteries can help to clear my constantly rambling mind. Yet, I fail to take that time and reap the benefits.
During his brief homily, Father Tom shared about how we are called to engage in both meditative and contemplative prayer. The meditative prayer includes all those petitions we lay at our Heavenly Father’s feet. This form of prayer seems to come easily to most, although I can admit there are times when I’ve hesitated to put something in my prayers even if I really should. Contemplative prayer is when we quiet ourselves and listen for Him to speak to us. Sadly, I find that unless I pop into the Adoration Chapel I rarely let things get quiet enough for me to hear. (You can see our Adoration Chapel behind the altar in the photo below.)
Starting the day in #Mass.
Sometimes I wonder if the noise preventing me from entering into contemplative prayer is left there by me. I’ll admit that there are times when what God has spoken to me has made me rather uncomfortable. He knows our hearts and there are times that it feels like he can throw a spotlight onto a defect of character we’d rather not admit to having. Hence, my train of thought this morning which had me wondering if what seems like an apparent lack of response from God to my prayers (meditative / petition) is really brought on by myself from a fear of not knowing what He’ll say.
I feel like my being at Mass this morning to hear Father Tom’s words is a way that God is speaking to me and asking me to quiet myself and fully embrace a relationship with Him again.
So, scheduling that quiet prayer time either early in the morning before the boys rise or by removing myself from the home and going into the Adoration Chapel at our church is something that is in need of priority. I just hope that when I do hear God speak on things that weigh heavy on my heart at the moment I can be receptive to His words and allow Him to guide my steps.
Do you carve out time in your busy day for prayer?
Is the Rosary a regular part of your prayer life?