I’m in RCIA. And my love of the Rosary is growing still.
I am reading books on the Rosary such as “The Rosary Chain of Hope” by Father Groeschel. If anyone has a problem remembering what the mysteries are, I really recommend this book by Father Groeschel. And the book is easier to read than it looks, because there are pictures and many blank pages in it. One chapter a day is not hard to read.
I also started reading “The Secret of the Rosary” by St. Louis Grignion de Montfort. I just bought it (a new 2004 printing). The new printing includes a look at the new Luminous Mysteries and a sample of how they can be said in St. Louis de Montfort’s Methods 1 to IV. I think I’ll read only one new rose a day and also re-read the rose from the day before. The red rose introduction implies that I might obtain contrition for my sins.
Last Monday night, our RCIA was about prayer.
Vocal Prayer. Speaking wrote prayers such as “Hail Mary”.
Mental Prayer including both Discoursive Prayer (using words to talk with God) and Contemplative Prayer.
Questions: I suppose am not yet to the point of much Contemplative Prayer in praying the Rosary. But I think there are times when I do experience Contemplative Prayer.
Proposed analogy: Suppose I was a young boy and loved to play baseball. And I liked to read about it and watch it on TV. Probably I have my favorite team. Now suppose I go to Cooperstown New York and instead of being rushed about by my parents, I am allowed the time to look and marvel at the uniform or glove or bat of one of my heroes. Is that marveling a form of contemplation? Inwardly saying “O man, wow, look at that, etc.” I suppose that is contemplative because such an experience has a meaning that is somewhat beyond words.
If you think my analogy is contemplative, then I think there have been a few times during this last year where my Prayer experience has been Contemplative. Or is contemplative prayer more than this?