As we make our way through this Month of the Holy Rosary, I want to continue to encourage everyone to make the rosary a part of your regular prayer life. One of my “priest heroes” is Father Patrick Peyton, who is often called the Rosary Priest. He preached the rosary in rallies throughout the world, speaking to millions of people. His most famous saying is, “The family that prays together stays together.” I think that there is great truth and great wisdom in these words.
Is there someone in your life who is going through difficult times? Of course there is. There are probably many. Say the rosary for them. What I often do as I pray the rosary is to offer up each decade for a particular intention. For instance, if there is not someone I feel that I need to pray for in a very specific way, I will offer a decade for the people of Mother of God, another for my family members, another for friends. If there is someone who I am struggling with negative feelings towards, I will offer a decade for that person. If there is some decision that I need to make, and am feeling uncertain, I will offer a decade for that situation and ask for God’s guidance.
When praying as a family, it is often difficult for young kids to stay focused. Don’t overwhelm them. Perhaps pray one decade of the rosary each night, highlighting one of the Mysteries of the Rosary, and presenting it in a way that the children can connect to. We feed little kids baby food, not meat and potatoes. In the same way, we help them to pray in a way that they can handle.
One of the most significant moments in my own faith journey was a pilgrimage that I made to Medjugorje, Yugoslavia, where the Blessed Mother has been appearing for many years. The many messages that she has offered can be boiled down to a very simple statement, “Pray! Pray! Pray!” Any form of prayer is good prayer, but, after the Mass, the greatest form of prayer that we have been given is the rosary.
—Fr. Mike Comer