“You Want to Count to Five Hundred with Me?”

Dear Beginner,        
                 
    Two different scenarios:                 
 
    “You want to count to five hundred with me?” your friend asks you.  Agreeing, you grab your string of beads and begin: “One... Two... Three...” And between each number, your friend responds with: “One and a half... Two and a half... Three and a half...” After reaching five hundred, the two of you continue with a normal conversation.

    Another scene: “You want to pray the rosary with me?” your friend asks you.  Agreeing, you grab your string of beads and begin: “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit...” Between each “Hail Mary, full of grace...” your friend responds with: “Holy Mary, Mother of God...” After the Sign of the Cross to finish, the two of you continue with a normal conversation. 

    Two different scenarios which outwardly seem similar.  For about fifteen or twenty minutes, you and your friend are repeating the same thing, over and over.

    Two different scenarios which, inwardly, are completely different. In the first, you are wasting time counting the seconds that are literally passing you by. In the second, you are forming a relationship with our Blessed Mother and her Son, Jesus, by meditating upon their lives.  You are not only giving glory to God in doing so, but also receiving graces of conversion and virtues to imitate Our Lord and Mary.  It may seem that you are constantly thinking about the same thing, but there are many facets to each mystery of the rosary.  By studying the Bible, using a meditation guide, or by simply invoking the Holy Spirit, you are opened to the depth of each moment in the life of Christ.

    Is it like that for you? Are you exercising your soul when you pray the rosary, or just your mouth and fingers? No doubt the outward actions help as well, but much more so when you are conscious that you're talking to Mary, not like you're counting to five hundred.

Perseverance,
Another Beginner