The Rosary has been a huge influence in my life and I want to start a thread on how the Holy Rosary has shaped our lives and share these stories together.
For me, the biggest shaping the Rosary has done for me, beyond leading me home into the Church; is that it provides a spiritual anchor and go to in my life as my chief devotion. I’ve heard it said that the Rosary is Our Lady’s Psalter and I believe it and live it. Religious pray the LOTH; I pray the Rosary.
What the Rosary does for me is that it grounds me daily in the shared life of Our Lord and Our Lady; fortifying my soul in contemplating the Mysteries. As well as teaching me how to focus and to underline my actions with prayer. Going about, doing what I’m doing; with prayer underlining everything.
I’m a believer in the Fatima Apparitions and I try to live out that spirituality: Daily Rosary and reparations for sins.
My favorite Mysteries are the Sorrowful Mysteries. I love contemplating Our Lord’s Passion and how He handled it: Simply remaining intent on doing the Father’s Will and offering up His sufferings on our behalf to the Father. In fact: One of my favorite Gospel scenes is the Agony in the Garden. It amply shows me what sin cost Our Lord, His humanity in asking the Father if this cup could pass but He stayed focused on Your Will be done, not My Own. To me, that was the quintessential moment of how I can relate to Our Lord.