I have a few questions for other Catholics?
Do you pray the rosary everyday?
Hi Frank… No. I do try to pray it every Saturday - five decades. Chaplet of Mercy only on a Friday.
Do you think that at some point in our journey, this devotion is a requirement to advance in our walk? Or a vital component to taking the next step?
Spirituality, I think is very personal and in many ways unique to the person. Hence I cannot give a straight yes/no answer to your questions…only a “possibly”.
I think The Rosary is a very important and beautiful prayer. Certainly it was my very first experience in meditating. That probably led on to recollection during my day.
I have felt really drawn to praying the rosary & reading scripture in the early morning the last 8 months, but I am battling a real lack of time.
I am in the same boat “lack of time”. Also I like to live a very orderly life - I thrive on it and disorder disorientates me. Just a quirk of my nature with a touch, I am told, of Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder (OCD - not OCD = Order of Carmel Discalced:D ) We dont have to work against our intrinsic nature, for Grace, it is said, will build on nature.
Certianly our duties and all they entail re our state in life or associated matters to our lives, can be offered as a prayer and be an integral part of our life of prayer as in Benedictine spirituality, although certainly not confined to the Benedictines.
When I opt for a quicker form of morning prayer, I some how feel that I am not on the right road & even feel some guilt.
Anyone else exp anything like this?
If something comes up and I have to miss a prayer time, and for the most reasonable of reasons…my day can feel "not right"even I can feel guilty. These are only feelings which are very often not the best of guides to reality…they are merely a personal reaction to reality and realities which feelings can have many reasons possible as the actual trigger to that personal reaction. Feelings really are amoral…it is what we do with our feelings that introduce morality. At times my ‘not right’ and guilty feelings I accept merely as a cross…if there is no justified reason to feel so…only my reaction to a reality for some unknown reason really.