Updated: Feb 15, 2021
Do you struggle to pray the rosary consistently? I have.
I’ve been an on-again-off-again rosary-prayer for as long as I’ve been Catholic. I know I should pray the rosary every day (look at all the saints who did!), but it’s been a really difficult prayer for me to consistently fit into my life. Actually..that’s not entirely true--I can totally “fit” the rosary in--it takes under 20 minutes AND can be prayed while doing just about anything else with my hands (if I’m praying along with an audio recording).
So why is it so hard to pray it consistently? Honestly, I think it’s because of how powerful the rosary is. This is what St. Louis de Montfort had to say about it:
“Even if you are on the brink of damnation, even if you have one foot in hell, even if you have sold your soul to the devil as sorcerers do who practice black magic, and even if you are a heretic as obstinate as a devil, sooner or later you will be converted and will amend your life and will save your soul, if—and mark well what I say—if you say the Holy Rosary devoutly every day until death for the purpose of knowing the truth and obtaining contrition and pardon for your sins.”
Satan is real. Evil is real. You have a very real battle being waged for your soul right now.
Now, if there was a weapon so powerful that it would guarantee your victory, do you think your enemy would want you to use it? Umm, no.
Here’s what he would do instead: convince you that you don’t have time for it, tell you it’s super-boring, make you think it’s something only pious old ladies do, tell you that you can always pray it when your kids are older, or-- you gotta love this one--you’re basically a “good” person--even if you aren’t praying every day.
I felt God leading me back to the Rosary during the election last Fall (2020). I was anxious and stressed about the future of our country and I felt powerless to do anything. So I told my husband that I thought we should start praying the Rosary as a family every evening after the kids’ baths. It turns out, he had been feeling a very similar prompting from the Holy Spirit, so we committed to do it.
Our Lady works fast. Praying the rosary daily started to bear very obvious fruit in our lives almost immediately. I’m hoping that by reading about my experiences, you’ll be encouraged to try it for yourself.
This is what a totally normal person and family can reasonably expect when they take the plunge with devotion to the rosary:
It was suddenly easy for me to avoid temptations to a certain sin that I have struggled with for years. At first (in my pride) I thought I’d just “outgrown” this sin. However, when my family missed praying the rosary for just a few days, this temptation came roaring back--I was left assured of my own weakness and the absolute power of the rosary to overcome sin.
I made remarkable progress in my business. I’d been struggling to get anything done at all in my business or to have any clarity about what to focus on for almost a year. When we started praying the rosary, I was able to accomplish more in a month than I had in a year and I had more inspirations, ideas, and clarity than I have ever had in my work before.
I am way more patient with my kids and our relationship has improved because of it.
I am inexplicably happier. I feel more peace and joy in my everyday life that I really can’t explain.
I don’t despair over my weakness or fear that I will somehow lose God’s love for me. I used to have a sort of nagging doubt that maybe I wasn’t just quite good enough for God to love me really. Even in times of consolation, I would start to dread when the consolation would pass and the “other shoe would fall”. Now I just rest like the child in Psalm 131 on my Mama’s lap.
My prayer is deeper and more personal both at Mass and in other times of prayer.
My 3-year-old has asked if we’re going to pray the rosary and when I said yes, she said, “Yay! I love the rosary.” While she rarely stays for the whole thing or says the prayers, she loves the time of snuggling together.
My 6-year-old described his heart during the rosary as “getting bigger and bigger and rising up and bursting into a million little hearts raining down.” Out of the mouths of babes!
My 8-year-old started reading the bible on her own and has made posters of her favorite verses that she’s put on her bedroom walls.
I’ve had deeper insights into the life of Jesus and the mysteries of the rosary and have been able to connect them more easily into things that have happened to me or are going on in my life now.
Praying the rosary has gotten easier. What used to seem like a drag that took forever to get through now goes by really quickly and smoothly.
Lest you get the wrong impression and start to think that my family is a group of perfect little saints or that our family rosary is all sunshine and rainbows every evening...I have to be honest: it isn’t! For all the amazing graces and awesome fruits from the rosary, it is STILL hard to do. We’ve missed days, sometimes the kids get into a fight in the middle of it, the kids don’t always participate, and we often get complaints about doing it. I say this to assure you that even an imperfect family of sinners can (and should) pray the rosary.
If you’re looking for a little extra help to get started, I’ve put together The Ultimate Guide to Praying the Family Rosary, which you can get for free here:
Some parting words:
"The Holy Rosary is a powerful weapon. Use it with confidence and you'll be amazed at the results." St. Josemaria Escriva
“The Rosary is the most excellent form of prayer and the most efficacious means of attaining eternal life. It is the remedy for all our evils, the root of all our blessings. There is no more excellent way of praying.” Pope Leo XIII
“No one can live continually in sin and continue to say the Rosary: either they will give up sin or they will give up the Rosary” – Bishop Hugh Doyle