I realize that in my last two entries I declared the entry that followed to be the “final” post in this series, but this time it’s for real! This is the last Adventures In Rosaries that we’ll see on this blog! As I mentioned already, I’ve really enjoyed delving into the Rosary and pondering it has given me things to think about, things to re-consider, and has challenged some of my beliefs as well! I wanted to share some of the ways in which I plan to apply my reflections from praying the Rosary into my personal life.
Things to Think About…
I think my second favorite scripture in the Bible is where Mary says, “Let it be unto me as you have said.”
I don’t know why the Rosary gets me thinking about my infertility, but I know that I felt God wanting me to respond in the same way as Mary on the day that I prayed the Rosary for the first time. I am not even going to try to explain how massively difficult it is to be infertile. If you know, you know. If you don’t know, I hope you never have to find out. I hate infertility. I hate that it exists. I hate that anyone has to go through it. I hate that I have to go through it. But I am so in love with Mary’s example, and I want to imitate it. If infertility is what God is allowing to happen to me right now, then I at least want to face it with some courage and respond, “Let it be unto me as you have said.”
Things to Reconsider…
Ever since praying the Rosary, I feel like I have gained a new perspective on hope. As I mentioned in the entry about the Apostle’s Creed, I have started to understand that hope is not about waiting to get what you want – or even waiting for a good turnout – as much as it is about knowing that no matter what, God is sovereign. It is also about hope in the resurrection, that this life is not our real life. The enormity of whatever we are going through here and now will pale in comparison when we finally understand the fact that our lives are eternal and we really haven’t even started living yet.
I also thought a lot about Mary’s assumption and the possibility that she never physically died. I had never considered before that just as God did not allow Enoch to taste death, He may have spared Mary from that fate as well. Definitely something I want to do more research on!
Praying the Rosary wasn’t the first time that I came into contact with the idea of asking saints (or Mary) to pray for us, and I do understand and even agree with the reasoning behind prayer to saints. But it is such a challenge for me, as someone who did not grow up with this practice, to fully accept it and want to apply it to my life! Since I am not planning (in the predictable future) to become Catholic or Orthodox, I guess it doesn’t matter. On the other hand, if it’s true that I can have access to the saints and to the Mother of God to help spur me on in my relationship with Christ, why wouldn’t I want that? I feel like I need all the help I can get. Praying the Rosary kind of made me jealous for this extra “perk” of being connected to the entire body of Christ, (physically) alive or dead. I guess I’ll have to keep chewing on this one for a bit…
I hope this series hasn’t been in any way offensive to anyone who is a practicing Catholic. I also hope that this series sheds a tiny bit of light on the practice of the Rosary to non-Catholic Christians. And of course, I hope you didn’t get too bored with my ramblings and enjoyed reading it!
Let me know if you plan to blog about a religious adventure, I’d definitely be interested in following along!