Oct 19, 2010

Marian devotion is not a relic but a relationship.

I wanted to instill in my family that October is the month of the Rosary. So, during night prayers, we prayed a decade on the first night, then 2 decades the next night until we ended up saying all 5. My kids’ ages are 3, 7, 8 and 10; so, I thought that would be too much for young children. But they were calm during the recitation. I didn’t have to be repressive or glare at mischief (well maybe once in awhile). In fact, when I had everyone lead decades, they were “calling it” i.e. “I call the 3rd. etc...”  I still don’t want them to develop an aversion for practices of piety so, I try to maintain a certain mix e.g. on Saturday when we go to Confession, we just say a decade. The same is with Sunday because we already went to Mass.

What surprised me was the calming effect of the Rosary brought. They did not get bored or annoyed. After October, we’ll still say it once or twice during the weekdays or on the weekends when we don’t go to Confession.  And when May comes along, we'll have a floral offering to her statue in the garden while singing Marian hymns.  Maybe I'll post a video by then.  We'll make it a family tradition and that way, Mother Mary becomes more and more part of our family.

Marian devotion is the most important devotion of the Christian community.  It is not only a lifeless tradition or festivity but part of the life of the Church;  just how many Marian apparitions have there been since her Assumption, how many miracles were done through her intercession starting from that party at Cana.  And for me, Mother Mary is not just an element of Catholic heritage.  She lives and continues to intercede for us.


cbellace said...

There is much you can heal through prayer and the rosary. I found a great website that has a link that allows you to pray the rosary with others. It is just fantastic and I feel it is important to share good finds with others.


God Bless!

Rick said...

@cbellace: I followed the link http://www.comepraytherosary.org/ and will update my post with it. It is great for those who are alone. Thanks for sharing.

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