[quote="RobNY, post:10, topic:181431"]
Oh wow, law enforcement. God bless you. :)
Nice! Don't worry about it. The days roll by, and soon you can drop the sheet. I had forgotten how discombobulating it can be when you first learn the rosary-- and then my friend and I learned it in Latin, and it was like starting all over again. Haha.
The peace you feel right now is God's carrot to induce you to get holy. :) Remember, the first rule of prayer is consistency and determination. Promise to yourself and God that even when you lose that feeling of peace, that you'll persevere in prayer to Him.
Exactly. You've got it! All 'meditative' prayer is, is uniting yourself to God by using your mind and heart. It's a fancy word, but don't let it fool you. In St. Therese of Lisieux's autobiography, the Story of a Soul, she has a charming story about so-called 'mental prayer.'
As a little girl, she is speaking to the prioress of a convent, and the prioress gently asks her questions about what sort of life she leads, to see where she is on the path to holiness. And the prioress asks her, well, what do you like doing? And St. Therese says, I like to think. And the prioress asks her, well, what do you think about? And St. Therese answers, I think about God. And narrating the text, St. Therese laughs at herself and says that she now knows this is called 'mental prayer.'
So 'meditative prayer' is a reaaally broad sort of thing. No two people pray exactly alike, and indeed, one can approach the rosary from different directions. I could talk alot and tell you nothing really interesting. Just keep praying and let the Holy Spirit be your true interior master. Ask Him to teach you how to pray.
Good, good. A woman can be a very powerful example for a man. See if you can't prayer together with him. That would be an excellent testing ground and means of growth, over the long term, of your relationship with him.
Thank you for taking time to address all of that for me! I feel better in knowing that I am at least trying to pray correctly! I was given a beautiful Rosary as a gift and it has really helped me in keeping track of where I am (I was learning on my fingers at first) in the prayer.
My main goal is to make sure I'm actually praying and meditating and not just saying a bunch of words. At first, it was kind of distracting and I was getting lost, but it is getting easier and I find myself actually feeling stronger in my walk with the Lord. I am excited to pray each day (several times a day)!
It's so much different from what I'm used to, as a former Baptist, but I really get so much out of it. I sometimes feel like when I'm talking to people about The Rosary, Mass, RCIA, etc they just look at me like I'm crazy (even some Catholics I know :rolleyes:). But, I have never felt this excited about church and growing my relationship with Christ in my life. I sometimes hesitate to talk about it, because I don't want people to think I'm being fake or flippant about it.