Feb 19 2012

Now is not the time to let up on your prayers, but to re-double your efforts, to focus your attention on remaining in the Divine Will…

Published by at 11:48 pm under Divine Will,Grace,Mercy,Peace,Temptation

1 Thessalonians 2:11-12 As you know, we treated each one of you as a father treats his children, exhorting and encouraging you and insisting that you conduct yourselves as worthy of the God who calls you into his kingdom and glory.

“Beloved, now is not the time to backslide, weary though you may be. Now is the time to renew your resolve through prayer and fervent supplication. The God of all grace will shower you with every gift you need to sustain your faith in these days of temptation and trial. Now is not the time to let up on your prayers, but to re-double your efforts, to focus your attention on remaining in the Divine Will. If you are weary it is because you have not asked for the grace to live each moment in the will of God. In grace your spirit is refreshed and at peace, even while a tempest rages around you. I am not leaving you to your own devices, my children. I am offering you all the strength of the Divine Will. Fear not! I am yours, your are mine, we are one!”

Jesus, by your holy will may your presence within me sustain me in every moment. In the Divine Will I accept every grace and gift it pleases you to give me and I draw living water from the springs of mercy to flood the whole world. Lord Jesus have mercy! Amen.

66 responses so far

66 Responses to “Now is not the time to let up on your prayers, but to re-double your efforts, to focus your attention on remaining in the Divine Will…”

  1. Ginaon 20 Feb 2012 at 12:07 am

    Thank you, Jesus…you know how much I needed this message. I have been unemployed for 3 years now and am on the verge of hopelessness. I have been finding it almost impossible to pray (fervently) for months now. I ask for the grace to live each moment in the Divine Will. Amen.

  2. June1on 20 Feb 2012 at 9:25 am

    Oh, man… For weeks I have been promising myself I would return to praying the rosary and DMC everyday, but haven’t. If I’m lucky, I’ll do the DMC, but mostly because it only takes five minutes. Same goes for Mass, but for a few other reasons. I feel awful. Thanks to this message, I realized that it’s been so hard because I haven’t asked God for help at all. What am I thinking?

    Maybe doing the Consecration will help put us back on track.

  3. Beckyon 20 Feb 2012 at 9:35 am

    Amen! Amen! Thank You, Lord Jesus! Come quickly! This world so needs Your Kingdom! Maranatha!

  4. pelianitoon 20 Feb 2012 at 9:57 am

    June1 when I first wanted to start praying the rosary every day, I would often forget. So I started not making my bed until after I had prayed the rosary. Then if I was getting into an unmade bed at night, I knew that Our Lady was still waiting for me to pray with her. Now I would rather miss any other thing than miss the rosary. As Marino Restrepo says, the enemy tries to divert our attention with all manner of things so we will not do what the Lord is asking. DO NOT BE DIVERTED! PRAY! It is your only safety.

  5. Jeanon 20 Feb 2012 at 10:23 am

    The timing of this message is so strange. Last night I decided to quit doing the Devotion to the Most Precious Blood, which involves the Rosary, Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Prayers for the Pope, Chaplet of Precious Blood, Litany of the Precious Blood, Consecration Pray to Precious Blood, and Prayers for all Benefactors of the devotion. As you can imagine, this is an exhausting prayer list and I was beginning to feel like it was becoming so cumbersome and rote that I was unable to concentrate fully on the prayers themselves anymore. I was truly feeling very weary and exhausted in attempting to maintain this intense prayer life when I work full time and am involved with family and Church as well. I thought I would replace this devotion with the Rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet to simplify my prayer life and make it more quality-time then quantity time. Now I’m not sure what to do. I often wonder about the Most Precious Blood devotion because it replaced the Divine Mercy Chaplet in my prayer routine; since the DMC comes from a church-approved apparitions whereas I am not sure about the status of the Most Precious Blood I often wondered whether this was the right decision. I think sometimes I have doubts about this devotion because it is so demanding, but then I keep reminding myself that any prayers devoted to the Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ, regardless of length, are worthy of the effort. Any thoughts about this? Do these doubts rob me of the graces available through the devotion? What about replacing the DMC with this devotion in the first place? I guess I had finally decided to return to the DMC, and then Pelianito receives this message above.

  6. Mary Thereseon 20 Feb 2012 at 10:49 am

    PRAY, PRAY, PRAY…

    http://crownofstars.blogspot.com/2012/02/blessed-are-peacemakers.html

  7. Donna Allenon 20 Feb 2012 at 1:33 pm

    Awesome website, many crusade prayers for us to pray and wonderful messages!!

  8. Judeon 20 Feb 2012 at 1:57 pm

    What great timing this message is for me. I really needed to hear my Lord right now. I am struggling with something right now and feeling hope is lost. I know for a fact that I am not praying as much as I should–I know I am not doing my part. Actually over lunch, before I read this message, I was telling my husband that I want to visit the Blessed Sacrament today. OK, my Merciful Jesus, I hear You. I love you and and I hear You.

  9. pelianitoon 20 Feb 2012 at 5:07 pm

    Jean the Lord does not expect us to ignore our daily duty but only to place prayer above those things that are distractions. Mark Mallett addressed this point in one of his most recent blog posts. We could pray 24-7 and never finish all the prayers that come our way. Do what is prudent in your situation. Perhaps a novena to the Precious Blood is all that is needed–nine days. Even contemplatives have their daily duties. That said, I think we can all simplify our lives, getting rid of all the meaningless distractions that keep us from prayer. What helped me is having a rule of life, a structured prayer life. I don’t have to guess anymore. I am free to add more prayers, and I do some novenas, but I find it liberating to have it spelled out.

  10. pelianitoon 20 Feb 2012 at 5:08 pm

    Donna Allen, welcome to the blog. All praise to God from whom all blessings flow!

  11. Kathy AEon 20 Feb 2012 at 6:03 pm

    Jean, I don’t remember where I heard or read it, but somewhere Our Lord told one of his faithful that our prayers should not interfere with our duties in life, maybe a hour or so for busy people. So many devotions are indeed worthwhile, but I discern the desire to keep my prayer life simple so that I do not fragment myself. I would rather intensity to quantity. If what you are doing does not give you peace, you need to pray to discern what God is asking.
    It seems to me you just did that before reading Peli’s blog. God is not asking for us to multiply prayers, but to intensify those we do pray. Realize that the Holy Spirit will never come right out and tell us which prayer/s to say, but in the quiet of our heart, we have to search our inclination in His presence. When we reach the decision that is His Will, we should feel peace. If all we do is sit in silence repeating His name, if that prayer comes from the heart in all sincerity, that is what He wants. Don’t forget the sacrament of the moment, the INTENTION to remain in His Will, the INTENTION to love Him in everything we do. We have only one 24 hour period per day. That is all we have to give–He is the one who established our schedule of life!

  12. Reneon 20 Feb 2012 at 7:42 pm

    I have followed all of you for a long time on this blog and have stayed prayerfully in the background but I thought I would share my thoughts about prayer. First let me say I love you my brothers and sisters in Christ for your struggles, your faith, your sharing strengthen all of us who stay on the sidelines. However eventually the Holy Spirit moves us who are on the sidelines to share our faith and our struggles with you to build up the Body of Christ and to strengthen each other. Pelianito unlike you I am a morning person and if I pray at night it lasts maybe 5 minutes more like 5 seconds before I fall asleep.
    I fully agree with being structured at prayer, I have my daily routine and during the work week my prayer routine is set. To find time for prayer I have found that saying the DMC while driving is really helpful. My commute to work is 30 minutes and I have four DMC I say on the way to work. My first is offering the Lord thanks for my day and offering him all my thoughts words and actions and ask that they may be in keeping with his will, the second for those who have passed away and souls in purgatory etc. I am Blessed to work 15 minutes from a Eucharistic Adoration Chapel so at lunch I go and say the Rosary. My commute to and from the chapel complete my various DMC’s chaplets that I pray. I could share so much more but this is a rather long post. I am so Blessed to have such a wonderful spirit filled group here. Thank you Pelianito for this site and this blog were we can share our Faith.

  13. mjon 20 Feb 2012 at 8:30 pm

    Jean, I also was attempting to do the Precious Blood Devotions and found them to be too demanding. I have been reading Peli’s blog for a long time and find it to be very encouraging. I never thought that I would actually write a comment, but I have been experiencing the same conflict with the devotions that you are. From the time I started really meditating while praying the chaplet of the precious blood, I feel an uneasiness when I reach the fifth mystery, The Piercing of the Sacred Side of Our Lord Jesus. The prayer states “through the pain of the lance which pierced Your Sacred Side …” I have always understood that Jesus had already died when the soldier pierced His side, therefore, He wouldn’t have experienced any physical pain. When I questioned others praying that devotion, they seemed to think I was taking it too literally, but I still don’t feel peace when I pray that mystery. Overall, I think it is a beautiful devotion, but it is very rigid as it requires you to pray the rosary immediately before the Chaplet of the Precious Blood. Time does not always allow for that. I pray the rosary daily, and also the DMC. At first I felt like a failure for not being able to pray all of the Most Precious Blood Devotions daily. Now I just pray it when I feel I have enough time. I try to pray constantly throughout the day, praising and thanking God in whatever it is I am called to do. I would appreciate any comment or input from Peli and others. What a wonderful group trying to live in God’s Divine Will.

  14. Terryon 20 Feb 2012 at 8:36 pm

    Gina, I will keep you and your work situation in my prayers. I know how difficult it can be, as my husband was without a fulltime job for over 2.5 years (after being employed at one company for 30 years). He did eventually get a good job in a growing industry. God is good, but I must admit, our patience was worn thin. Much good came out of waiting for a job though. We were forced to get a handle on our finances, so the entire process was liberating for us. Thanks be to God.

  15. pelianitoon 20 Feb 2012 at 8:54 pm

    Rene, thank you for your comment and for your presence on the blog. Thank you for your prayers–especially those for souls!

  16. Terryon 20 Feb 2012 at 8:54 pm

    thank you, Peli, for this reminder. I have been lulled into complacancy the past few weeks. How dangerous that is as a Christian and for the many souls we are responsible for.

  17. pelianitoon 20 Feb 2012 at 8:56 pm

    mj as Kathy said so well, lack of peace is a good indicator that perhaps this devotion is not for you. Our Lady always asks for the rosary, and I for one always feel peaceful afterwards.

  18. Michael Patrickon 20 Feb 2012 at 8:57 pm

    June1, I took this picture for you today:

    http://www.sweetwaterhaven.com/olg/index-adoration_june1.html

    I took my six year old daughter with me. On the way in, she plucked a little wild flower from the desert that she wanted to give to Jesus. If you look closely at the vase of spectacular white and red flowers, you’ll see a tiny little yellow one tucked in at the base that she put there.

    You can see from the picture that we’re blessed with a beautiful adoration chapel. Even so, all I really saw today was Jesus, my daughter, and that little yellow flower which looked like a golden gem at His feet.

    I too struggle with a bunch of distractions lately. It’s like an avalanche threatening to bury me. It’s a good thing that we’re all praying for each other because I’m certain that it’s one of the powerful reasons I’m able to keep getting up and trying again.

    Jesus, we trust in You!

  19. pelianitoon 20 Feb 2012 at 8:58 pm

    Terry, I agree that times of hardship can show us how imprudent we are with finances. My husband and I went through a trial a few years ago. Now I see others spending copious amounts of money on excess “stuff”. I know that but for the grace of God I would still be wasting my resources. Liberty! Good word. :)

  20. Ginaon 20 Feb 2012 at 11:06 pm

    Thank you Terry…I appreciate your kindness.

  21. Kathy AEon 20 Feb 2012 at 11:47 pm

    I have scoured the internet for the most beautiful versions of daily devotions: Daily Mass, Liturgy of the Hours, Chaplet of Divine Mercy, Rosary & Rosary of Our Lady of Sorrows. Find all of them on this page on my parish website: http://stpaulbr.webs.com/devotions.htm
    I have been praying with many of these for the last two years, and I am hoping that the repetition of music and pictures will stay in my memory when the internet is no longer available. Be sure to see the CELESTIAL ROSARY, the STAINED GLASS ROSARY. The different versions of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy will teach you how to sing it, if you don’t already know how. Don’t miss the children’s version. It will bring you to tears. Share it with your children.

  22. Maryon 21 Feb 2012 at 12:21 am

    Pelianito,

    The gift from the Blessed Trinity for our time, of living in the Divine Will, like Luisa Piccarreta. It’s a free gift.

  23. LauraLeeon 21 Feb 2012 at 1:09 am

    Michael Patrick, I recognize that Adoration Chapel. I love it there. :)

    Jean, K AE, mj, – I also looked into praying the Devotion to the Most Precious Blood. I knew it was too much for me to do and I did not feel it was right for me. I remember feeling a pang of guilt about that too. So, the posts here have helped me :)

    However, the picture of the face of Jesus, associated with that devotion, where he is bloodied, bruised, wearing the crown of thorns draws me in and I often find myself staring into His tear-filled eyes. It touches me deeply … I find myself talking to Him. The picture brings to light, for me, how much he suffered for me, for us. It inspires me to prayer; in particular prayers of reparation and conversion. Even so, I do not feel inspired to pray that particular devotion.

    And like you mentioned Kathy AE sometimes I do just repeat the name of Jesus over and over as I go about my day and I feel peaceful just doing that.

    Other times I sing one line from the DMC for hours, “Eternal Father I offer You the body and blood, soul and divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and the sins of the whole world.”

    If I am ill, and I simply cannot pray, I offer myself and my suffering to Jesus and ask that the prayers of the faithful hold me up as I recover.

    If I am having difficulty focusing, I ask my Guardian Angel to help me … say the prayers with me … keep me present. Sometimes I call down all of heaven … well, a lot of times I call down all of heaven to help me :)

    But the one prayer that I feel deeply to pray is the Rosary and like you Peli, I cannot let the day go by without spending that time with our Holy Mother. It always brings me peace. If on a rare occasion, I am too ill to pray the Rosary, I simply hold my Rosary in my hand and ask my Guardian Angel to say it for me.

    It is our heart, our intention, our love the Lord asks for.

    God bless us, protect us and fill us with His Peace!

    love, LauraLee

  24. Kathy AEon 21 Feb 2012 at 1:26 am

    Entire ebook online– A HUNGER FOR GOD, Desiring God through Prayer & Fasting: http://dwynrhh6bluza.cloudfront.net/resources/documents/1591/hfg_all.pdf?1281041095

    This book by John Piper (who, by the way is a devout Baptist) is one I plan to read this lent. What drove me to find it was the title. I have a constant hunger for God that drives me by day and by night, and I cannot be satisfied. Look at the table of contents and some of the quotations.

  25. June1on 21 Feb 2012 at 4:38 am

    MP, thank you so much for that picture! It made my morning. :) Just to know someone was prayerfully thinking of me means more than you know.

  26. Donnaon 21 Feb 2012 at 5:42 am

    What a beautiful message and encouragement as we enter the lenten season. As I reflect on what distractions God is asking me to give up, so that I have more room and more time for Him, I am excited for the possibility of drawing even closer to Jesus. I love this time of year.!!

  27. Michael Joyceon 21 Feb 2012 at 11:00 am

    Michael Patrick. Thank you for posting that beautiful web site address.

  28. Kathyon 21 Feb 2012 at 12:02 pm

    Michael Patrick,

    A little gift for you (in case you may not have it yet):

    http://houstonfranciscans.wordpress.com/2009/07/10/eucharistic-miracle-buenos-aires-argentina

    Rene,

    I have also used my drive to work as a wonderful prayer time. I cannot get in the car now without immediately beginning to pray. The tires roll and the prayers rise.

    ;-)

  29. Sr Lorraineon 21 Feb 2012 at 1:42 pm

    Jean, others here have offered some good advice about your question. What God really wants from us is devotion, not devotions. He looks for the love in our hearts above all else.
    Perhaps you could just pick one prayer to honor the Precious Blood and don’t worry about doing all of them. And the Divine Mercy chaplet is also a way of honoring Jesus’ Precious Blood.
    In the Office of Readings tomorrow, the reading from St Clement has this beautiful thought:
    “Let us fix our attention on the blood of Christ, and recognize how precious it is to God his Father, since it was shed for our salvation and brought the grace of repentance to all the world.”

  30. Jeanon 21 Feb 2012 at 5:57 pm

    I appreciate all the comments about prayer, especially in answer to my questions. It gives me a lot to think about as I work this out. I do have an established prayer routine, but have also felt some uneasiness with the Devotion to the Precious Blood, due to it’s length. There’s always been a question mark in my mind about it. It doesn’t get in the way of my duties, but it does wear me down (along with so much else). I’m just not clear in my own mind yet if this uneasiness is a sign from God that this is not in His Will, or is it Satan trying to pull me away from a powerful prayer. I think ultimately, I will give much thought to the one comment, ” in the quiet of our heart, we have to search our inclination in His presence”, and try not to over-analyze it but to discern and follow my inclinations without subjecting myself to rigid adherence to full routine when I am simply unable to do it.

  31. June1on 21 Feb 2012 at 7:17 pm

    @Kathy AE: The Divine Mercy Chaplet in song sends me to Heaven every. single. time. :) I can’t explain it better than that. Singing in a group is unbelievable. I’d give so much to be able to go back to my university chaplaincy and soak in that moment all over again. I’ve lost so much but I have those moments in my mind to hold onto. Thanks for the reminder.

  32. the phoenixon 22 Feb 2012 at 12:10 am

    “Now is not the time to let up on your prayers … ”

    Something I dreamed about in relation to what I thought might be prayer, wondering exactly what it was and meant, I have discovered exists in reality because I’ve just seen a picture of it on the Internet. Am not sure whether it’s appropriate to post a link without permission from both Peli and the person who owns the photo.

    Dreamed a couple of weeks ago that I was in what looked like the gift shop area of a medieval grey stone building that could have been a castle, a museum, or both. There was no light inside except what looked like sunlight coming in through the long, tall glass windows, making pretty geometric rectangular spaces of light among the shadowed parts of the interior of the building.

    My best friend, who had been an artist and died just this past January, was in the next room. It seemed like she was thanking someone who had prayed for her.

    Then she came in to see me, who had been waiting for her. She was standing in a medieval gown, looking peaceful yet serious. (During her life, she had become disabled and came to rely on a wheelchair.) Anyways, I did what I came for, which was to present my friend with the gift of a great big necklace made of pink crystals, cord, and pink gemstones, and which was very beautiful. She received the gift gratefully.

    When I woke up from the dream, I wondered if the “pink necklace” had possibly anything to do with a plastic pink rosary that another friend had made for me with love to send to my best friend, only I never got the opportunity because my best friend died before I could send it. But the rosary didn’t quite seem like the answer, since it didn’t look exactly like what I dreamed.

    This past Sunday, I was shopping online for a St. Michael’s Chaplet, thinking that if I had the physical beads of the chaplet it would encourage me to pray it more often. I happened to find a real nice one, described something like, “Warm Gold Cord” that appealed to me, so on Monday I bought it. The seller only had the one chaplet in her store, so I was left thinking she had better list another one to sell, because someone else would want one.

    I went back to take a look at her shop tonight, and guess what I saw? A beautiful cord with pink crystals and pink gemstones … it was another St. Michael’s set of chaplet beads … and in fact, it was exactly what I saw in my dream, only in my dream I didn’t see the centerpiece/angel medal parts of the chaplet! :-)

    So when I receive my new “Warm Gold Cord” St. Michael’s chaplet beads in the mail, the first intention on it I will pray for is the repose of my best friend’s soul.

    ~~ the phoenix

  33. Lucyon 22 Feb 2012 at 1:59 am

    Thank you dear family for so many beautiful and wise comments of discernment and thoughts of inspiration. Thank you Peli for making this possible.
    Thank you Lord Jesus for taking us all now into the desert, where in the company of Our Mother , the Holy Angels and Saints, we may contemplate more deeply your passionate sacrifice of love for each and every living soul.
    May the Lord bless this desert time with Manna from Heaven…
    with great filial affection and love, lucy

  34. Kathy AEon 22 Feb 2012 at 2:05 am

    Over every Christian fast should be written the words,
    “I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of
    knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the
    loss of all things, and count them but rubbish in order that I may gain Christ” (Philippians 3:7-8). In fasting, as well as in all other privations, every loss is for the sake of “gaining Christ…This is the essence of Christian fasting: We ache and yearn—and fast—to know more and more of all that God is for us in Jesus..” P. 48

    JOHN PIPER
    http://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/25423.John_Piper

    Brothers and sisters, as we fast this Lent, let us always remember that we turn away from perfectly good gifts, whatever they may be, only to turn more deeply to our Lord and God

    (Note from Pelianito: an exception was made for this excerpt as it is a small quote from a larger work and the author is cited. Also it is not in the realm of private revelation.)

  35. Jameson 22 Feb 2012 at 8:35 am

    Thankyou all for your wonderful insights into prayer. There are so many worthy and wonderful devotions. In the midst of trying to say them I often pose this question to myself. Do I just mutiple words like the pagans or say them just to recieve some promised goody? I’m always looking for the “biggest bang for my buck”. It sounds terrible but I’m afraid thats me. So in my foolhearty old age I’ve committed myself to the 12 year prayer of St Briggett. Sometimes its all I pray. I’ve tried praying the Rosary but I can get so distracted and bored. Any hints on praying a proper rosary?
    Peace,James

  36. pelianitoon 22 Feb 2012 at 10:36 am

    Phoenix that is a wonderful confirmation! Go ahead and post the link if you wish.

  37. Sparrowon 22 Feb 2012 at 12:34 pm

    James …… Most things done day after day run the risk of becoming automatic or stale so when praying the rosary looses its savor or is difficult for me, one thing I like to do is combine it with scripture. It’s like opening the windows in a stale and stuffy room …….. it blows out those cobwebs and dust bunnies that distract and freshens it with oxygen rich air to invigorate the bored and sleepy. I start by asking Our Lady to be with me and lead me through the particular mystery, giving me her eyes to see and ears to hear the Word, her Son, ….. a tidbit I missed, or crumb I forgot, or maybe something that is just what I needed for today ….. that “daily bread” I pray for. I read the passage slowly, pausing on whatever stands out before I pray the Hail Marys. She never fails to show me something.

    Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, pray for us!

  38. Mary Thereseon 22 Feb 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Could your lent include these?

    Could we begin to really spread these???

    Just three wishes…

    http://divinemercyillumination.blogspot.com/2012/02/three-wishes-for-world.html

  39. Danielleon 22 Feb 2012 at 2:47 pm

    The Father, Son and Holy Spirit are Great!!

    Maranatha!!

  40. Mimion 22 Feb 2012 at 2:54 pm

    http://ingodscompany2.blogspot.com/2012/02/11-year-old-child-teaches-us.html

    Please read this beautiful story if you haven’t already. It was linked on Spirit Daily. The little girl’s faith is the faith that we are all called to. I desire the confidence that she has that all will work out according to God’s Will. And she is happy and at peace no matter what that is. Let’s be CONFIDENT that God will indeed grant us every grace to remain in His Will if we but ask.

  41. June1on 22 Feb 2012 at 3:34 pm

    @the phoenix: That is crazy! :) If the cord is exactly what you saw in your dream, there’s no way that isn’t a message.

    @James: This might sound funny, but sometimes, I like to visualize scenes from the mysteries of the rosary as I’m praying. If I can’t really imagine them, I’ll think back to scenes of movies such as The Nativity Story (i.e., Elizabeth greeting Mary–I love that scene!).

  42. the phoenixon 22 Feb 2012 at 7:16 pm

    Thank you, Peli, for allowing me to share.

    Here is the link to the photo showing the image that appeared in my dream posted above, which has turned out to be a “St. Michael Cord Crystal and Quartz Chaplet Rosary.”

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/93536964/st-michael-cord-crystal-and-quartz

    Stella is the one who made this chaplet.
    She lives in Portland.
    Her Etsy shop is called RosariesForMary.
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/RosariesForMary

  43. Nancyon 22 Feb 2012 at 9:53 pm

    James, I too had trouble staying focused on the rosary until someone gave me a pile of stuff from a relative’s attic. In a box, I found an old (1953) copy of a prayerbook “Mary, My Hope”. In it I found meditations (3 for each mystery) as part of a rosary novena. After that, I would read the meditations while I said the Hail Mary’s. I figured that I was, after all, meditating while I read, stopping to think now and then about deeper mysteries that came to mind as I went. Then I began to collect other meditations from other prayerbooks and books. I now have quite few and have found out that I have more meditation material than I have time to actually pray the decade. Sources include commentaries by the popes on special feast days or Sunday homilies around the rosary mysteries, for example Christ’s baptism in the Jordan (4th Luminous mystery). One of the best I have found is “The New Rosary in Scripture” by Edward Sri. After a while, the meditations stick in your head and you don’t have to read. I still look for material to add to my meditations because there is always more to be found.
    Anyway, that is what I have found that helps me. Maybe it can help you.

  44. Nancyon 22 Feb 2012 at 10:12 pm

    :) Sorry Christ’s baptism is the 1st Luminous mystery.

  45. pelianitoon 22 Feb 2012 at 10:54 pm

    Nancy and James I too use a Scriptural Rosary when I pray. I find it helps keep me focused. I read the Scripture quote as I pray. I find that by doing both at once it is easier to keep distractions at bay. There are two variations on this website.

  46. Kathy AEon 22 Feb 2012 at 11:22 pm

    I, too, love the scriptural rosary. I find it helpful to use the computer when available. Go to this page: http://stpaulbr.webs.com/devotions.htm
    Go to the ROSARY section. You’ll find many versions of the rosary. I like the Stained Glass Rosary. As the voice prays, and the wonderful pictures come before me, I have my scriptural pages one or another scriptural rosary prayerbook. Sometimes I close my eyes and pray with the voice, look at the beautiful stained glass (be sure to enlarge to full screen!) and I always read over my favorite little scripture passages as I go through the mysteries. Sometimes I use the DRAMATIC/FILM rosary versions. I used to hate saying the rosary; it was so difficult. Now I will not miss it. You’ll find that practicing these methods daily will grow on you and enable you more and more to visualize, reflect, remember, and contemplate Mary’s and Christ’s life and the sacred mysteries. It’s worth doing it. PERSIST.

  47. Noelon 23 Feb 2012 at 3:32 am

    Sparrow has it right, I think. A devotion that might have been very valuable at one time can lose meaning through a sense of duty (rather than devotion) and repetition. This might mean it’s time to try another, and certainly ‘the phoenix’s story shows the Lord is very willing to lead to what is next. In the ‘Screwtape Letters’ C. S. Lewis talks about the very human sense of ‘same old, same old’ and how we can misread this sense. Things do get stale, but by no means should we give up devotions completely. The Church has seasons – God created the stars to move in the heavens, giving different constellations prominence at different times, so why not different devotions in our lives?

    There’s also sometimes a trap of pride that says, ‘I promised I’d say this’ or ‘I’ve been doing this for umpty-ump years without a break’ and missing what Sr. Lorraine pointed out so well.

    I must admit I was dreading this Lent. I knew I needed the call to return to discipline but I wasn’t looking forward to it. At all.
    It really wasn’t until a few days ago I became even reconciled to the idea of fasting and rooting out some bad habits to plant good ones in their places. It’s been a difficult time (to put it mildly) and I’ve been feeling very much exhausted and beat up.

    However, at an Ash Wednesday Mass today I had a brief vision of beginning the journey. The path lay through a very thick woods; dark, dangerous and with barely enough room to move through the branches. Almost instantly attacks began and I got out the Sword of the Spirit, the Word of God, and began to fight. Then I felt a hand clap me on the shoulder from behind. I turned, and who should be there but the Lord! Instantly the verse came, ‘The glory of the Lord shall be your rear-guard’.

    I thought, ‘Oh, this is a DIFFERENT story!’ Yes, a completely different journey when He’s with us and we know it. He is always with us – but we don’t always know it or have a sense of it.

    I have no illusions about this Lent, but I can actually say I’m looking forward to the journey because the Lord is with me.

    Once, when I was feeling particularly cut off from Him, I heard the Lord say, rather tartly, ‘You’ve studied Hebrew. What does Emmanuel mean?’ Of course, it means God-with-us. Always. Never to leave or forsake. It’s vastly harder when the sense of His presence is gone, but the reality has not changed, and that was the point.

    There’s an old story that Satan attended a Fair where supernatural beings showed their spiritual ‘wares’. Various demons had temptations on display, and there was some trade between them. One strolled up to Satan’s booth and asked if there was a single weapon or implement he would never part with. ‘Yes,’ the devil replied, and indicated a very old, worn and unimpressive tool. ‘That’s Discouragement. With it, I don’t really need all the others.’

  48. LauraLeeon 23 Feb 2012 at 1:11 pm

    Kathy AE – thank you so much for sharing the St. Paul’s website. I love it!! My husband asked me to share the url with him :)

    James – When I first started praying the Rosary, I focused first on learning it, reciting it and disciplining myself to finish a mystery. I did not focus too much on the mysteries themselves at that time. I asked the Blessed Mother to lead me in this and she slowly and gently let this devotion grow and flower in me.

    I set up a small altar in my house with a picture of the Sacred Heart, a small statue of Our Lady of Fatima and a small statue of St. Joseph. I lay my Rosary on that altar and leave it there (I now have a Rosary for my purse and for every room in the house LOL) The altar is in a place where I see it every day … I pass it all the time. It is my reminder on my busy days … pray!! Plus when I am at my altar my family knows it is my time with the Lord and my own ego recognizes, “she’s at the altar, time to be quiet” (little mind tricks).

    Now, after many years of praying the Rosary, to keep it ‘fresh’ within me, I sometimes use sites on the web such as the one Kathy AE posted. I love http://www.comepraytherosary.com because it lists how many people are praying the Rosary with you (which is one of the sites mentioned on the St. Paul site Kathy AE posted)

    I have on my computer a collection of pictures/images I searched out on the web, all having to do with the mysteries of the Rosary. I put the appropriate pictures up on my monitor and focus on them while I pray a particular mystery.

    I also have cd’s that i can pop into a player in the car or at home and I say the Rosary that way. At times i will play the Gregorian Chant, softly, in the background … it helps set the tone for me. Also lighting a candle in the “Name of the Father & of the Son & of the Holy Spirit” before prayer. Sometimes burning Frankincense and Myrrh incense sticks.

    Let me just be clear, I do not do all of this all at once LOL :) I pick and choose what feels inspiring to me at that moment.

    I hope my suggestions help you as you continue to develop a prayer life that lifts your heart and gives you peace. God bless and protect you on your journey :)

    Yours in Christ,
    LauraLee

  49. Jameson 23 Feb 2012 at 2:31 pm

    Thankyou Sparrow, Nancy, Kathey AE and Peli for your wise recommendations. I will take them to heart and try and put your recommendations into action. I will pray my first complete rosary for your intentions. I often think when we say… “we are old” that God must just chuckle and say “Old…you don’t know what old is”. We are always going forward and sometimes backwards but we are always learning something new about God even if we don’t feel it in the moment.
    Peace, James

  50. Christinaon 23 Feb 2012 at 3:07 pm

    I am new here, having just discovered this site today.
    I have to admit I was not a very devout Catholic for quite some time and was sinking deeper into darkness. My eyes were suddenly opened in late 2010 and I realized I was in trouble. I began praying the Rosary and reading everything I could about Our Blessed Mother, which lead me to apparitions of the Blessed Mother, which lead me to Garabandal, Spain, which lead me to Sister Faustina, which lead me to various websites of multiple visionaries worldwide and finally to this website! Thanks be to God!!!
    It has been difficult for me this past year, learning all that I have learned and trying to pass on the knowledge, only to be met with hostility. It is such a comfort to know that this site and you wonderful people exist. May God Bless each and every one of you and keep you steadfast in your devotions to Him and Our Blessed Mother.

    Mary Queen of Peace, pray for us!

  51. Colleenon 23 Feb 2012 at 6:26 pm

    Hi Everyone, A silent but devoted reader, I just wanted to share a wonderful answer to concentrating on the Rosary. There is a little book called Let’s Pray (not just say) the Rosary by Richard Rooney, SJ. This booklet is a gem as each decade gives a line of meditation for EACH BEAD. They are beautifully written and very simple. If you hold this little booklet in your hand and skim each line for each bead while you pray, your distractions will be minimal. The lines are wonderful and many are from scripture. An example follows:

    Joyful Mysteries – Annunciation

    1. Our Lady, rapt in prayer, is kneeling in her little home in Nazareth.
    2. Suddenly, a bright light glows in the little room.
    3. Unafraid, Our Lady looks up to see the Archangel Gabriel standing before her.
    4. He gazes at her lovingly and says, “Greetings, highly favored one.”

    After using this book, you will memorize the lines without even realizing it because of the mental image they provide and you will no longer need the book. I do not know how I would have stayed so devoted to the Rosary for the last 20 years without it. It is published by Liguori and runs about $2.50. I have placed a link below.

    http://www.liguori.org/productdetails.cfm?PC=10905

    Thank you for all of you who pray for us (the silent ones) on this site. We pray for you too.

    Blessings

  52. pelianitoon 23 Feb 2012 at 8:35 pm

    Welcome Christina! God be praised for your ‘conversion’ and for your hunger and thirst for him. May his words of love and encouragement edify you!

    We have spoken before here about all those we are praying for. What I often say is that your words may convince some people, but your prayers will call forth the grace of God into their hearts. And only God can change hearts. Be patient and share your knowledge in God’s timing. Peace be with you dear sister!

  53. pelianitoon 23 Feb 2012 at 8:41 pm

    Wonderful Colleen! Thank you for coming out of the shadows to share that with us! Your prayers are much appreciated. :)

  54. Polycarpon 24 Feb 2012 at 7:32 am

    J.M.J.

    A friend of mine sent me this link to a homily on the Rosary preached by a deacon in Rome. I found it helped me understand the meaning of the prayer of the Rosary:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7OsEFVPiZzk

    It reminds of a quotation by St. Josemaria Escriva:

    “To say the Holy Rosary, considering the mysteries, repeating the ‘Our Father’ and ‘Hail Mary’, with the praises to the Blessed Trinity and the constant invocation of the Mother of God, is a continuous act of faith, hope, and love, of adoration and reparation.”

    -St. Josemaria Escriva in Holy Rosary.

    God bless.

  55. Sparrowon 24 Feb 2012 at 11:35 am

    James …. I had to chuckle at your “old” comment. :)

    No matter what our “age”, we are still children. At Medjugorje as well as here to Peli, in Our Lady’s messages she calls us her little children … comforting words actually. I am happy to be a child, her child, sitting beside her, learning in her school …. hearing, seeing, smelling, feeling, imagining and taking part in the story as it comes alive.

    The method I use with the mysteries is similar to the one used by St. Ignatius in his “exercises” …. that of using all of ones senses to place oneself somewhere in the story. I then become part of the story, not just a passive observer, which has tremendous power to stay with you and “become” part of YOUR story, your life. It has the power to change you. Our Lady said that through the rosary and scapular she would someday change the world …. the Triumph of Her Immaculate Heart ….. one soul at a time. So, one bead at a time, I become like that upon which I think …. Jesus, Jesus, Jesus.

    You are forever young in Our Lady’s eyes :)

  56. Lucyon 24 Feb 2012 at 1:34 pm

    Reading the many comments about the Holy Rosary ….I recalled the occasion when I was using a Scriptural rosary booklet (as discretely as possible! ) with a friend, while we were in the waiting room of a hospital …and a couple ladies sitting near to us came over:
    “Is that the Rosary you are praying? We were just wondering….” Turns out the two ladies were Protestants and had never heard a Rosary before… and were astounded that it was so “Scriptural” ! So we gave them our copies…and realised that God’s Providence is amazing : this is the version of the Rosary that will open the door for our brothers and sisters in Christ …. A SCRIPTURAL (clausular) Rosary ! The one we used was written by a French monk from Solesmes Abbey, Dom Jean Guilmard OSB . It is called “The Rosary in the Steps of the Gospel”, and can be found at http://www.avemariapress.com
    Thanks be to God, His Mercy and Love endure Forever !

  57. ajon 25 Feb 2012 at 9:04 am

    Friends,

    Lent is a time of preparation for Springtime (meaning of Lent). See inspirational links below.

    http://www.markmallett.com/blog/2012/02/pentecost-and-the-illumination/#more-7852

    http://ingodscompany2.blogspot.com/2012/02/11-year-old-child-teaches-us.html

    IHSOUS (Greek) I Trust in YOU!!!!

    JESUS, MARY and JOSEPH we Love YOU, save souls.

  58. pelianitoon 25 Feb 2012 at 12:02 pm

    Thank you aj. I had wanted to draw attention to Mark’s blog post. You beat me to it! :)

  59. Pattion 25 Feb 2012 at 1:41 pm

    Our Blessed Mother Mary’s message from Medjugorje for February 25, 2012. Jesus, I trust in YOU!
    http://ingodscompany2.blogspot.com/

  60. anneon 25 Feb 2012 at 5:45 pm

    Yes, you beat me too AJ. fantastic post from Mark Mallett. COme Holy Spirit Come and renew the face of the earth.

  61. annon 25 Feb 2012 at 6:52 pm

    As always I am uplifted by reading all these comments (and welcome to Christina and Colleen–God bless!). I have taken to praying the Rosary scripturally by using a line from the Gospel for each bead according to the Mystery. I find it is a helpful way to memorize the scriptures too–example: the first Joyful Mystery, on the first bead I pray “The Angel Gabriel was sent by God…” etc. Then the second bead, “He said, Hail full of Grace” third bead, “and she was greatly troubled by his greeting and pondered what it could mean”–obviously I don’t always get the absolute exact wording from the text but pretty close, and it does help me stay focused and it does help me remember the gospel texts that connect to the Mysteries. Every once in awhile I wonder if I’ll be glad for this if a time comes when Bibles are in short supply. Thanks for the Mark Mallett link aj–as always he is scholarly and faithful and clear.–his candle flame (so clearly in tune with the Holy Spirit)helps to light the darkness doesn’t it?

  62. ajon 26 Feb 2012 at 8:21 am

    In the second link I posted I definitely can say “out of the mouth of babes Wisdom pours forth”. This 11 year old child sums up everything St. Faustina has imparted to us…total Trust and abandonment to JESUS. This blog has also been dedicated to our Trusting in HIM. Her words are so ‘simple’ and clear “You know, Jesus will decide for me, I know that He will make the best decision”

    We are afraid, disturbed and anxious of so many things and JESUS our LORD and SAVIOUR says we “must” become like a child to enter the Kingdom of GOD and here is why…”I am not afraid to die! If I live, I win. If I die, I win! In both cases I’ll be with Jesus!”. This is from an 11 year old cancer riddled child.

    For those who may have missed it. http://ingodscompany2.blogspot.com/2012/02/11-year-old-child-teaches-us.html

    GOD Bless us all as we continue to support and strengthen each other!!!

    Oh IHSOUS we Trust in YOU!!!

    JESUS, MARY and JOSEPH we Love YOU, save souls.

  63. ajon 26 Feb 2012 at 8:30 am

    Friends, I came across this article in Spirit Daily. It is about deleting our Google history as of March 1 Google’s privacy policy will change. Read for more info: http://www.digitaltrends.com/web/how-to-delete-your-google-web-history/

    God Bless.

  64. reenion 26 Feb 2012 at 8:35 am

    love, love ,love the site given to us: http://www.comepraytherosary.com . I have been forwarding this on to many people. Thank you !!! How wonderful that we can pray with over 100 people each time we go to recite the rosary. Thank you again.

  65. pelianitoon 26 Feb 2012 at 9:05 pm

    Reeni, here is something I posted some time ago about the incredible benefits of praying the rosary with others. It is from the booklet The Admirable Secret of the Rosary by St. Louis-Marie de Montfort. From the “Forty-sixth Rose”:

    132 This way of praying is of the greatest benefit to us:
    1 because our minds are usually more alert during public
    prayer than when we pray alone;
    2 when we pray in common, the prayer of each one belongs
    to the whole group and make all together but one prayer,
    so that if one person is not praying well, someone else in the
    same gathering who is praying better makes up for his deficiency.
    In the same way, those who are strong uphold the weak, those who
    are fervent inspire the lukewarm, the rich enrich the poor, the
    bad are merged with the good. How can a measure of cockle be
    sold? This can be done very easily by mixing it with four or five
    bushels of good wheat.
    3 One who says his Rosary alone only gains the merit of
    one Rosary; but if he says it with thirty other people he gains
    the merit of thirty Rosaries. This is the law of public prayer.
    How profitable, how advantageous this is!

  66. pelianitoon 26 Feb 2012 at 9:49 pm

    Friends there are a couple of new prayer requests on the prayer requests page. Please check and pray from time to time.

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