Praying the Rosary Part II
October 24, 1993
Brother John Raymond
It is still October and the month of the Holy Rosary. Some of us
may already pray a Rosary a day. If you do I would like to say to
you - don't stop there! Pray more Rosaries every day! Pray in the
car, pray waiting in lines, during free time, etc. Don't say "well,
I already pray one Rosary a day and that's enough." Don't limit
yourself. You would be amazed at how many Rosaries you can say a day
even under the busiest conditions. Do you take a coffee-break?
Perhaps you take two. Well, there's two more times to pray the
Rosary. One must not think that to pray the Rosary one must pray all
five decades at once. Sometimes while driving in the car I'm not
able to finish all the Mysteries. Next opportunity I get I finish
where I left off.
A help to praying the Rosary in difficult situations such as
driving is to buy a finger or ring rosary. The basic form of the
finger-rosary is a ring of ten beads that fits around one's finger.
By placing the ring on the index finger one can use one's thumb to
rotate the beads. One finger rosary which I really like looks just
like a wedding ring. It is made of two metal rings one on top of the
other. The top ring rotates while the bottom ring remains
stationary. Instead of beads the top ring has ten raised bumps.
Whatever the style of finger rosary used it is a good practice to
wear it on one's finger all the time. Then when one has a few spare
minutes it becomes a reminder to pray a decade. Also wearing a
rosary-ring can represent one's total dedication to Our Lady.
Praying the Rosary during one's spare time throughout the day can
be a witness to others. Once when I was waiting for a plane. I took
out my Rosary and started praying. A woman sitting across from me
was waiting for the same plane. After a little while she took out a
prayerbook and started praying too! I thought to myself later how
one's witness of prayer can inspire others to pray in places one
does not normally associate with prayer. It's a type of disease that
I would like to spread and become an epidemic. Anyway, it's a good
idea always to carry a rosary with you. It's even a better idea to
People's rosaries lately have been turning to gold. A few years
ago I was at the North American Martyrs Shrine in New York. A man
came over to me surprised because his Rosary had just turned gold!
He did not know what to make of it. I did. Our Heavenly Mother was
telling him and us that the Holy Rosary is as priceless as gold.
Parents are happiest when their children obey them. Our Heavenly
Mother will be happiest if we obey Her. She tells us to pray -
especially the Rosary. Our Heavenly Mother has asked us frequently
to pray the Holy Rosary. In many recent apparitions She has asked
that it be prayed three times a day. We have to listen to Her urgent
requests. More than any other time in the history of the Church now
is the time to pray the Rosary. This is Mary's Time by the Will of
God. She will help us during the soon-to-come very difficult time
that has been predicted in many of Our Lady's apparitions. Look at
the signs of the times. Why all these apparitions? Why all this
urgent request for prayer? Why so many weeping statues Our Blessed
Mother? Even the secular newspapers and news programs on television
have been covering these events. Because a chastisment is coming as
we were told by Our Lady at Akita Japan. And these apparitions have
been approved by the Church. But we are told how to prepare:pray the