In keeping with my blog post novena, I thought I’d use my seven quick takes this week to answer the age-old question: How do you find the time to pray the Rosary everyday? As you’ll see below, I often pray the Rosary while performing other tasks, which may not be the perfect way to do it, but I find that I am able to focus surprisingly well, perhaps because multi-tasking silences that little voice inside my head that says, “You should be mopping the floors,” or, “The toilets are filthy,” or “Did you forget the mountain of laundry you need to fold?” These little “tricks” enable me to pray a daily Rosary, and many days I pray a full fifteen decade Rosary. I do believe that it’s quality – not quantity – that counts. But, “nature loves a vacuum,” and I’d much rather fill the empty moments of my brain with thoughts of Christ and his Mother than whatever “nature” might choose to put in there instead.
At the computer… in those moments when I’m ready to throw my antediluvian laptop in the trashcan because it’s so slow, I use the interminable wait times to say a few Hail Mary’s and meditate. Not ideal, but it does greatly decrease frustration.
While walking the dog, or going for a run… sometimes my motivation to get off my bum and go get some exercise lies purely in knowing that I haven’t prayed the Rosary yet that day and this gets me out of the house so that I can better focus.
While doing the laundry… I’ve actually had some of my best Rosary moments while folding socks and t-shirts. It occupies my hands and allows my mind to run free. I use a set of sacrifice beads, like these, to keep track of the Hail Mary’s.
Tucking the kids into bed… if it’s late, and my first response is, “no,” my kids will actually beg me to pray a decade with each of them. It’s our special time together, just me and that one child. Plus, they get to stay up a few minutes longer.
At my little makeshift alter… I have a beautiful framed Our Lady of Guadalupe in the entry of our home. On my better days, I pull up a padded stool, kneel, and pray before that image. Since Our Lady is expecting in the Guadalupe image, it helps me to focus on both Our Blessed Mother and her infant son, the humility into which he chose to be born, the value of human life, and much more.
In Adoration… well, of course this would be the very best of all options. While having an infant prevents me from having a regularly scheduled hour in the Adoration Chapel, it does not prevent me from going to Adoration as often as possible. There is simply no comparison to time spent contemplating the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Christ, while also contemplating his life, and his mother’s.
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