Love of Rosary; Distracted while Praying

by Steve Ray on July 14, 2011

From a Sister in Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist in Ann Arbor Michigan. Incredible group of holy sisters. This order is growing by leaps and bounds.

SISTER MARY KATE, 18: We pray the rosary at the same time every day at the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist — always after lunch. You’re basically repeating the words that Archangel Gabriel said to Our Lady. These are the most important words in history, so to say them over and over again doesn’t make them in the least bit old.

Distraction is normal. You have to have a way to fight it. God, our father, is so merciful to us. As soon as I know that I’m distracted, I say, ‘‘Oh, I’m sorry!’’ and come back to him, because I know he understands that we’re his children and we’re weak. That’s what the beads are for, they help.

When I was little, praying the rosary every night with my family helped me get into the habit of fighting distraction. You’re a kid, you wanted to be doing other things, but I always wanted to be the one to lead the prayer. And that set good habits for the future. Praying the rosary also teaches you to be silent. You’re really quiet and in front of what’s really true for a few minutes. (Interview by Jessica Bruder, NY TImes)

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