Recently, my 2nd daughter began to say the rosary on more of a regular basis. The rosary used to be something that I personally made time for on a daily basis, but for one reason or another fell away from this practice. Looking back, I don’t know why I let it slip away from my daily routine because the internal peace I obtained from it was very noticeable. When I didn’t do it, I felt the difference.
It’s a good thing my daughter began that routine for herself because after she told me she’d been doing it more regularly she went on to state, “the days that I do it go amazingly well for me”. Wow, I thought, what a testimony of just what power that prayer has. I never told her the great feeling I received after praying that prayer. She just found out for herself. Well, that was all I needed to hear. My decision to begin it again was made that moment. At the time we had this conversation, I was driving, and immediately following the conversation I began to say the rosary and had it completely recited by the time we drove up the driveway.
I knew that feeling. The feeling of inner peace and contentment, coupled with lots of tolerance to get you through the day no matter what comes your way. I wanted that back. I wanted to experience the unwaivering spiritual strength that I gained from that prayer. I’ve been saying it first thing every morning since that recent conversation took place and I don’t regret it. It’s back, that ability to go with the flow more easily, to be more fluid througout my day whatever comes down the pike ( and in my house, with 8 kids, 3 being teens and every age thereafter, there’s alot comin’ down that thing!) LOL!
The sense of spiritual renewal that I recently gained back from the rosary reminded me of yet another devotional practice I used to engage in without fail. That is the practice of participating in Adoration. For those that aren’t familiar with what that is, I’ll preface this with a bit of explanation.
As Catholics, we believe that the true presence Jesus Christ is in the Eucharist. The Eucharist, also referred to as the “Host” means Thanksgiving. The Eucharist is the wafer of unleavened bread that we eat during Holy Communion at Mass. It’s referred to as communion because we are communing with our Lord through that act. In adoration, the Eucharist is displayed for a designated time, but also can sometimes be perpetually displayed. This is referred to as Perpetual Adoration, which is the case at my former parish. Then people sign up to spend an hour with the Lord displayed in this way, on a 24-7 basis.
Visiting our Lord in Adoration was something I used to make a habit of on a weekly basis. Sometimes, I would go in the very early a.m. hours before getting kids off to school. Many times with a sleeping baby in tow, which may seem like alot to go through to get there, but the sense of rejuvenation I gained after those visits was undeniable and kept me motivated to keep making the effort to get there. After spending an hour in the Lord’s presence, I felt such a fabulous sense of restoration and well being. If I had to make an analogy to help you understand just how satisfying an experience this was, I’d have to use the feeling I got after running a long distance, something I did frequently in my younger years and still do todayonly less, due to joint wear and tare. Anyone that is a distance runner knows the feeling of coming off of a long run, and the satisfying and serene feeling that is experienced afterward. Well, this was the very feeling I left Adoration with.
This was another thing I didn’t want to miss feeling anymore. So, as a result I’ve implemented that back into my lifestyle as well. Some would say, how do you fit all that in plus handle the eight kids and the house and etc. My answer? I don’t know, it all comes together somehow. I’ve added more to my plate, but it all flows, and it flows beautifully I might add. Without too much chaos or craziness. Although, you’ll never completely be without those two things in a family this size! However, if your inner peace is strong, you won’t find yourself too shaken, even with more to do.
I won’t be without these two Catholic devotions again. I suppose it was good in some sense to not have practiced them for some time, if for no other reason than to feel the positive difference that I now know again since getting back to them. If that’s what it took to get me hooked again, then I’m glad I stopped. But, that won’t happen again.
Live well, pray hard….enjoy!!