does anybody out there still pray the rosary?

Philippines
February 20, 2007 7:26am CST
or are you like someone i know who says it is just a boring repetition of the hail mary's? (shudder!)
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@flowerchilde (12520)
• United States
20 Feb 07
Hi! I consider myself both catholic and protestant! I don't think some people are aware that the purpose of the Rosary is to calm the mind and to focus the heart and mind on God and our Lord.. I personally love to quiet my heart and mind and focus on the Father and the Son, but I was never taught the rosary. I did however study eastern meditation practice in younger years, and that's what gave me the understanding of the rosary and then I heard someone on EWTN confirm that understanding..! So I guess, if ya just say it and repeat it, without the quieting of the heart and mind, and worshipping or pouring out of love toward God, the person is likely missing the whole thing, and yes it might seem pointless or boring. To clarify, in eastern meditation, the idea is to still the mind very quiet, so quiet you can 'hear' the 'voice' of God.. that "still, small voice" spoken of in the bible.. which seems to come down sort of like a feather drifting down.. or the sense and feeling of His Presence.
• Philippines
1 Mar 07
very well said and you've got it all right there! i do believe, too, that giving up 15 minutes of your time every day to pray the rosary is in itself an apt offering to God. i agree that being "quiet" while you do it, somehow keeps the communication line between you and God open. yes, it's repetitive and yes it's just lip service but when your mind is into the prayer, oh, how light you feel after.
@abednego7 (1060)
• Philippines
20 Feb 07
When I was still Catholic, I used to pray the rosary. But since I was converted to other religion, I never pray with it. Still my relatives in my hometown does it, for in our country the major religion is Catholic. There are reasons why someone stops praying the rosary. One as you say its repetitive and thus it feels like you are talking to a wall and not to God. So even I was still in Catholic, I felt that its not really a type of prayer that a supreme person God would want to accept from us. It may not be that long or even a simple whisper come from our heart would be a great prayer that would gain a God's nod.
• Canada
12 Nov 10
Your negative view of The Rosary is based on your lack of understanding of Catholic Theology and ignorance of The Bible. The Rosary id Biblically based, that is, everything about it can be supported with Biblical references. It is a summary of the most important events of the life of Jesus and Mary. It is a meditative devotion that focuses on the mysteries of our faith. The 150 psalms in The Bible are a repetitive prayer so I assume you consider them to be "talking to a wall" also?
@superbren (861)
20 Feb 07
it is still common in our country , ireland but i think mainly with the older people. we were not brought up saying it every night so we dont do it now. i think if we pray in to ourselves and do good onto people and live a reasonable life it is just as god as repeating the same prayer over and over.
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• Philippines
20 Feb 07
yeah, i guess, habit plays an important role in this "ritual". our family says it, though not every night. for us, it's our calm down time and it helps get the troubling issues back to its perspective. and we're training the kids early, too. maybe, it might be the only legacy we can leave them.
@estherlou (5026)
• United States
21 Feb 07
I'm a convert and though I have prayed the rosary, I never fell in love with it. I was too focused on learning about Jesus and increasing my fellowship with Him, that focusing on Hail Marys didn't work for me. I fell in love with the Chaplet of Divine Mercy that is prayed on the rosary beads. I tend to be a penetent person, anyway! LOL
• Canada
11 Nov 10
your "fear of focusing" on Mary stems from your lack of understanding of Catholic theology and the role that Mary plays in salvation history. Go to the website called "Catholic Answers" and type 'The Rosary" in the search box and you will find a detailed explanation of The Rosary and how all of it is Biblically based. You also might want to type "Mary: Ark of The New Covenant" in the search box for a better understanding between the relationship of Jesus and Mary and the role that she still plays in our salvation.
• Canada
11 Nov 10
I pray The Rosary and it's a wonderful devotion to The Blessed Mother. It is a powerful prayer if prayed sincerely with devotion, meditating on the mysteries that recall the most important events in the lives of Jesus and Mary. It's not something for "old people" but is for all the faithful at any age. There is no one who could devoutly pray the Rosary on a daily basis and be separated from the Church and her Sacraments.