In recent weeks, many of us have been deprived of spending our usual amount of time enjoying the great outdoors – and perhaps that has made us appreciate it even more.
I will be the first to admit to you, I have never felt a strong connection to the Rosary in the past. I knew I should pray it more often; I knew that people had experienced great comfort and a closeness to God by praying it. Growing up, I heard of many popes, saints, and laypeople declaring how powerful it can be. To be completely honest with you, I didn’t get it. Sure, I love and have a devotion to Mary. She is our spiritual mother. But the idea of taking twenty to thirty minutes to repeat fifty Hail Marys made my head spin. Why repeat prayers over and over? What benefit could this bring to an ordinary person, like me? I’m not a theologian. What exactly am I supposed to focus on? The mysteries, the gifts of the spirit, the prayers themselves? Can’t I benefit from simply talking to God using my own words, versus an organized prayer? I’m not sure what led me, then, to praying the Rosary every day for two weeks.
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How deep are the wounds we carry, scars that say, “I am not loveable.” And this fear effectively makes it impossible for us freely and purely to love another, be it a spouse, our children, and good friends.
Even if a person has very strong faith, that doesn’t necessarily guarantee them perfect mental health at all times.
St. Paul wrote a lot of letters, and he didn’t address any of them specifically to you or me. But, we definitely should be reading them.
The scent of roses when no flowers are present is thought to be a sign that God’s presence is with us or a blessing from God is imminent. This same occurrence with the smell of roses has often been associated with miracles and encounters with Marian apparitions.