“Daily recitation of the rosary in the family was once widespread. How worthwhile would such a practice be today! Mary’s rosary removes the seeds of family breakup; it is the sure bond of communion and peace.“ ~ Pope St. John Paul II
In our world today, there is a lot of chaos, disturbances, and insanity. As mothers, we all watch thinking to ourselves, what is going to happen to our children, how will I ever raise them during this crazy time, and how can I protect them.
The month of October is dedicated to the Rosary. This beautiful and powerful prayer was given to us by Our Lady herself! She composed this prayer, so that we would always have a direct line to her. She asks us to pray the Rosary daily! Our Lady of Fatima, a hundred years ago, begged her children,
“Say the Rosary every day, to bring peace to the world and the end of the war.”
~Our Lady of Fatima.
One of the many beauties of the Rosary is that it is so simple to pray. It might seem long at first and seeing all of the beads might intimidate you. However, our dear Mother made it so easy that even a child can pray it! St. Maximillian Kolbe says,
“It [the rosary] is so easy to understand that children, and also simple people who do not know how to read, can use the rosary as a means to prayer.”
The Rosary is also a family weapon. It is powerful against all evils and brings Our Lady’s presence into the home. The enemy hates this prayer and anything that involves our dear Mother! Many saints, over the years, have asked us to make use of this weapon and to use it whenever we are scared or uneasy about something.
“The holy rosary is a powerful weapon. Use it with confidence and you’ll be amazed at the results.” ~ St. Josemaria Escriva
“The power of the rosary is beyond description” ~Venerable Fulton Sheen
“Love the Madonna and pray the rosary, for her rosary is the weapon against the evils of the world today.” St. Pio of Pietrelcina
Now, I know that with little toddlers it might seem impossible. However, it isn’t! One way that helps them to sit still is to have a little chair for them to sit in. Tell them it is their prayer chair and then make them stay in it. Explain to the children that there is no walking around during prayer time, just like at Mass! Another way, that might help keep their attention, is to use YouTube. There are countless videos that you can use to follow along. What makes them so great, is that they also help you stay focus with the many religious images and meditations for the decades. Children will also enjoy watching it!
So, during this rosary month, try praying a family rosary daily! See what it does for your family and form this beautiful habit. Make it a part of your daily routine and something that your children can take with them when they are all grown!
“It would hardly be possible for me to put into words how much Our Lady thinks of the holy rosary and of how she vastly prefers it to all other devotions.”
~ St. Louis de Montfort