I must admit, as a Protestant I strongly believed Catholics praying the Hail Mary or the rosary were placing Mary in the place of Jesus. I believed they were prayers to Mary and were treating her as a god. But, after crossing the Tiber I have grown to fall in love with the rosary – with the blessed Mother.
We can all admit life is stressful. It’s difficult actually. From the joys of life, celebrations, milestones, to the pain and stress of the not so wonderful times, it seems our thoughts and focus are consumed 24/7 with what is going on in our lives.
If we are having problems with family members, we find ourselves waking up early in the morning or staying up late at night worrying about them. If we are having problems at work, we find ourselves overeating, biting fingernails, and doing whatever it takes to deal with the stress and worry that comes with trying to succeed in any occupation.
But, there is a place we can run. There is a place I DO run to….a place of peace, transformation, and transportation.
As I pray the rosary, I am reminded that Jesus had times of celebration. He had times of celebrating his baptism, spending time in the temple, and wedding celebrations where he turned water into wine. But, he also suffered times anguish, stress, and pain. But, the rosary does something extremely crucial (outside the promises Blessed Mother has given us regarding praying the rosary). It transports my thoughts from ME to HIM. It takes me to a different time, a special time when God walked this earth.
All of a sudden my worries seem small, my issues seem almost non-existent compared to looking at Jesus and being reminded that our Lord, our Savior lived as a human. He spent time on earth and experienced the same things we experienced – yet he was completely and totally faithful to the Father.
When I look at Jesus, I can’t look at myself. When I stop looking at myself and start looking at Jesus I have a source of hope, a source of strength, a source of power that only flows from the throne of God – flows through every bead, every prayer, every Hail Mary, every mystery said, every Our Father spoken, every Glory Be proclaimed. The graces that flow through the rosary overshadow the powers of this world.
That’s why I will never lay down my rosary….I will always proclaim the beauty, the mystery of Our Lady’s rosary.
If you’re stressed, pray the rosary. If you’re happy and rejoicing, praying the rosary. If you’re in pain, pray the rosary. If you’re worried, pray the rosary. If you’re celebrating a milestone in life, pray the rosary. If you’re breathing…..pray the rosary.
Stop looking in the mirror – start looking at Him.