Difficulty with the rosary
#21
Here’s a good video for anyone struggling with prayer:

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#22
I must mentally prepare myself. But I do pray the rosary EVERY day. For me I enter our bedroom shut the door, and start with the bible. I read a chapter or two and get my mind in the right place. Then I grab the rosary. Once the rosary is done I finish with some of my other prayers that I like to say. The rosary is always with me, and always on me! It is my protector.
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#23
I have struggled with saying a daily rosary for awhile, and still struggle some to this day. Any other devotion, even longer ones, no issue. Saying the rosary though, an inner resistance if you will to it. Something that has helped alot was bringing it up in confession. After that, still some resistance but not the deep aversion to it. I would suggest doing the same, mention it next time you go to confession.
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#24
Thank you all for your input.

I've ordered the booklet Praying the Rosary Without Distractions from the Rosary Center, which is run by the Dominicans.  TruthwhichIsChrist posted their Web site above. The booklet has ten points of meditation for each mystery of the rosary.  They say one can choose two or three to meditate on for any given mystery, and that is what I intend to do.
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#25
I've been lucky in this regard. I'd rather leave home without my keys, id, money, etc than I would without my rosary. St Dominic, Lourdes, Fatima keeps me focused.
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#26
I also struggle with the Rosary...but I think Satan does his best to keep us from saying it every day precisely because it is such a powerful prayer. I have the old blue Pietá prayer booklet and in it are these 15 promises of Our Lady to those who recite Her Rosary every day. (link)

[b]1. Whoever shall faithfully serve me by the recitation of the Rosary, shall receive signal graces.
[i][A signal grace may be a simple sign in daily life that answers a question made in prayer or points towards God’s will. For example, seeing a rose after finishing a novena to St. Therese of Lisieux could be considered a signal grace. Signal graces are often subtle or seemingly coincidental.][/i][/b]


[b]2. I promise my special protection and the greatest graces to all those who shall recite the Rosary.[/b]

[b]3. The Rosary shall be a powerful armor against hell, it will destroy vice, decrease sin, and defeat heresies.[/b]

[b]4. It will cause virtue and good works to flourish; it will obtain for souls the abundant mercy of God; it will withdraw the hearts of men from the love of the world and its vanities, and will lift them to the desire of eternal things. Oh, that souls would sanctify themselves by this means.[/b]
[b]5. The soul which recommends itself to me by the recitation of the Rosary shall not perish.
[i][In other words, anyone who faithfully prays the Rosary and asks for Mary’s intercession will not go to hell.][/i][/b]


[b]6. Whoever shall recite the Rosary devoutly, applying himself to the consideration of its sacred mysteries, shall never be conquered and never overwhelmed by misfortune. God will not chastise him in His justice, he shall not perish by an unprovided death; if he be just he shall grow in grace and become worthy of eternal life. [i][An unprovided death means dying while not in a state of grace (that is, in dying with unconfessed mortal sin in the soul). The Blessed Mother promises that anyone who regularly prays the Rosary, and earnestly tries to live according to God’s will, will be spiritually prepared when their time of death comes.][/i][/b]

[b]7. Whoever shall have a true devotion for the Rosary shall not die without the sacraments of the Church.[/b]

[b]8. Those who are faithful to recite the Rosary shall have, during their life and at their death, the light of God and the plenitude of His graces; at the moment of death they shall participate in the merits of the saints in paradise.[/b]

[b]9. I shall deliver from purgatory those who have been devoted to the Rosary.[/b]

[b]10. The faithful children of the Rosary shall merit a high degree of glory in heaven.[/b]

[b]11. You shall obtain all you ask of me by the recitation of the Rosary.[/b]

[b]12. All those who propagate the holy Rosary shall be aided by me in their necessities.[/b]

[b]13. I have obtained from my Divine Son that all the advocates of the Rosary shall have for intercessors the entire celestial court during their life and at the hour of death.[/b]

[b]14. All who recite the Rosary are my sons and daughters, brothers and sisters of my only son Jesus Christ.[/b]

[b]15. Devotion of my Rosary is a great sign of predestination[i][That is, devotion to the Rosary is a good indication that the devotee is on the path to Heaven.][/i][/b]



I like to listen to the Rosary while I wash dishes or fold laundry (below is a link to my favorite Latin Rosary). Perhaps this is not the most reverent way to pray it, but I do try to meditate while I'm working, and I do think Our Lord understands that sometimes we have to multitask. 

St. Joseph, Terror of Demons, Pillar of Families, Glory of Domestic Life, Pray for Us!

When I was a kid my parents moved a lot, but I always found them.
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#27
Yes.  These promises are one of the reasons I pray the rosary every day despite my resistance to it.  Sometimes I remind Our Lady after praying the rosary that I want those "great graces."
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#28
Don't try to say all 5 decades if you have issues
say one or two
I find that doing it rapid style like an auctioneer helps
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#29
Praying the Rosary with another person or family member, while gazing at Our Mother may help too.

The Rosary is the weapon of our time. After the Rosary I say St. Michaels prayer.
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#30
No, I will continue to pray all five decades.  I pray in a measured way, not rushed.  It takes me exactly half an hour to pray the rosary.  When I hear people say a rosary takes 15 minutes, I really wonder what they're doing.
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