30 Days with Mary – Day 21

Pray the Hail Mary’s of the rosary with pious attention

Involuntary distractions while we pray the rosary are inevitable. Even while praying a simple Hail Mary, our mind may wander. Nevertheless, we should do our best to avoid these unintentional diversions while praying. Moreover, we should never pray while entertaining voluntary distractions.

In order to focus our attention during prayer, we need to place ourselves in God’s presence. To do so, let us reflect and know that God and his holy Mother are watching us.

Imagine your Guardian Angel standing at your right side, gathering the Hail Mary’s that you pray. He collects them into a sweet bouquet of fresh roses, and fashions them into beautiful crowns for Jesus and Mary.

In the life of Blessed Hermann, an eleventh century German Premonstratensian Order monk, one reads that when he prayed the rosary attentively and devoutly, while meditating on each mystery, the Blessed Virgin would appeared to him, in a splendorous light, with sweeping beauty and majesty.

However, when Blessed Hermann prayed his rosary with tepid devotion, distracted attention and hurried cadence, Our Lady would appear with an expression of sadness and displeasure on her sullen face. Blessed Herman was amazed at this transformation. Our Lady said to him, “I appear before your eyes as I am within your heart, for you treat me as a vile and despicable person. Where have the times gone when you greeted me with respect and attention, meditating on my mysteries and admiring my greatness?”

Just as there is no prayer more meritorious for the soul and more glorious to Jesus and Mary, so also there is no prayer more difficult to pray well and more arduous in which to persevere in prayer than the holy rosary. This is because of the natural distractions that arise from frequently repeating the same prayer.

“Pray the Rosary every day in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary, in order to obtain peace for the world and the end of the war.”

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