Day 4

Day 4

"The devil, of course, hates the Rosary, precisely because it changes hearts, detaches from sin, attaches to the all–pure Mother of God, and leads to conversion. One of the ploys he uses to deter people from praying it is to suggest that unless one can pray it well, i.e. perfectly, one shouldn't pray it at all. I would suggest, rather, that the Rosary, even prayed badly, is better than no Rosary at all." ― Fr. Mark Kirby

Sometimes conversion takes a while. I remember wondering why people gave me rosaries as gifts for my First Communion if they just sat untouched in drawers. It wasn't until I was an adult and my then-boyfriend, now-husband had a rosary in his car (and he actually used it often) that I realized I could also start putting my own rosaries to good use. If we were headed somewhere at least 30 minutes away he would suggest we say a Rosary together and it became part of our routine. A handful of years after praying it every so often together I began to desire to pray the Rosary daily, but it felt like a big commitment! When could a mother of young children find enough quiet time in a day to say an entire Rosary? I was hesitant to start, knowing interruptions were imminent. As I looked forward to one Lent, though, I continued to have a desire to pray the rosary each day and was reminded that since nothing I did could be as perfect as God, He would accept an imperfect Rosary, too. I also noticed that if I could find time to be on my phone, I could also find time to pray, and committed to staying off of all social media until I finished a Rosary. This was very motivating. I'd begin the Rosary in the car and usually had time for a decade or two after dropping off my oldest at school. Another decade while putting down the baby for a nap, one more while starting the laundry or weeding the garden, and so on, sometimes not finishing until I was laying in bed at night. This Lenten commitment made a daily rosary part of my routine-one that continues even today, 4 years later. There is a marked difference in my day once I have started the Rosary and the fruits which have come from this devotion are abundant. Turns out even an interrupted Rosary is powerful.

What "roadblocks" in your life get in the way of saying a daily Rosary? What is one action you can take to overcome them?