I am reading books on the Rosary and its divine origins and listening to Catholic podcasts stressing the importance of praying it daily. I do pray it daily, and I truly wish to be a great devotee of the Rosary. I wish to teach it to others and increase its devotion. How can I, however, when I get distracted easily? No, don’t say something like, “Meditate on each mystery. Create a picture in your head.” That’s redundant advice. Clearly, we have to meditate on the mysteries, and I do that already…for a short time, because then my mind stealthily turns to other far less serious matters, like replaying a rundown of the day. I used to watch videos because they’d show images of each mystery, and that would keep me more grounded to the present. But I jettisoned the videos for the pleasure of reciting the Rosary on my own. But, I reiterate, my mind is fugitive. I don’t mean it to be, and I fear offending God and our Lady. Whenever I finish saying a Rosary, I ask Mary to please accept it, however imperfect. I am in dread that I’ve been praying “wrong.” Maybe I am not sincere enough, but I feel that I am. I have good intentions, but the execution is subpar. Sometimes I grow discouraged and consider quitting, but I don’t.
I know our Lady is more merciful, but in the messages from her many apparitions she sounds like a strict mother.