To be honest, as much as I love Mary, I don’t love praying the rosary.
I get distracted midway through, and feel guilty when I lose my place. I like the idea of the prayer, and I ask Mary to pray for me, but the rosary has never really been my thing.
I wrote the Rosary Companion Journal for these very reasons: to help me pray better, with more intentionality.
This journal has a variety of sections, to pray the rosary in different ways:
- Write your own Intercessions: sections to write tailored meditations on each mystery. Use these spaces to reflect on scripture, creative interpretations, or modern issues that parallel the mysteries.
- Write your own petitions. For each mystery (or even for each bead!), plan your intentions. I think this method is especially helpful way to keep me focused, when I’m praying for things I care for most.
- Write your own interjections. In each Hail, Mary, add a specific Marian trait: “Holy Mary, Mother of God and Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us.” “Holy Mary, Mother of God and Virgin most pure, pray for us.” This can also be done with Jesus’s name: “Blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus, King of the Universe.”
Mary’s “Fiat” is an example to all of us: we are called to say “yes” to God, to be open to his plan for our lives.
On this the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, let’s thank Mary for her selflessness and her commitment to Our Lord.
Mary, Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us!