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(04-13-2010, 06:03 PM)RalphKramden Wrote:
(04-13-2010, 04:43 PM)Miquelot Wrote: What is the efficacy of the Rosary if prayed with distraction, lack of concentration, etc.? 
Like all things in the spiritual life, just giving lip service is of no use, Our Lord knows our hearts.
BUT if you are honestly trying to say the rosary and  meditate on the mysteries and are just not able to then I would say:

Praying the rosary would be of GREAT benefit to a soul in this type of case. Persevering in praying the rosary in spite of our weakness and distractions is to me a great sign of many virtues. Offering Our Lord and Our Lady a rosary said with great difficulty would be, IMO, a much sweater gift than offering one said with ease.
Our Lord is constantly sending us crosses, how can we preserver through any real hardships if we can't ever perserver through a rosary? Offering our own sufferings and difficulties to Our Lord is not only a noble and pious thing, but just what Our Lord commanded us to do when he said to take up our cross and follow Him. My thought is that if we can't manage the small crosses, we're going to be in grave danger when the big ones come. Just my two cents.

also the link tim gave, it's a great one!

Wonderful thoughts. Yes, St. Francis de Sales remarked on this in his sermons on prayer. He said that those rosaries said by one who struggles to concentrate, to rid his mind of distraction, and to be recollected interiorly, are more valuable than those prayers which are said without effort.

After St. Theresa of Avila made herself pray her rosary on a night she was not particularly recollected, she received a gift she would never have expected:

Quote:One night I was so unwell that I thought I might be excused making my prayer; so I took my rosary, that I might employ myself in vocal prayer, trying not to be recollected in my understanding, though outwardly I was recollected, being in my oratory. These little precautions are of no use when our Lord will have it otherwise. I remained there but a few moments thus, when I was rapt in spirit with such violence that I could make no resistance whatever. It seemed to me that I was taken up to heaven; and the first person I saw there were my father and my mother. I saw other things also; but the time was no longer than that in which the Ave Maria might be said, and I was amazed at it, looking on it all as too great a grace for me. But as to the shortness of the time, it might have been longer, only it was all done in a very short space.

She then went on to describe her experience; it is quite remarkable.
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Miquelot,

I think it depends on your situation.

My brother works 11 hrs, and has 2 hrs driving each way. He has 3 children and 3 foster kids, so kneeling at the bedside with the beads really is not an option for him.  He gave up jammin' to rock music on the way to work and he replaced it with the rosary.  I admire him for that and I think he is receivng many graces because of this little sacrafice.

For me, I should use the beads by the bed.  I'll be honest, if I prayed the rosary during driving, it would be because of laziness and would not be out of neccesity or require much sacrifice. 
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(06-08-2010, 12:28 PM)AxxeArp Wrote: Miquelot,

I think it depends on your situation.

My brother works 11 hrs, and has 2 hrs driving each way. He has 3 children and 3 foster kids, so kneeling at the bedside with the beads really is not an option for him.  He gave up jammin' to rock music on the way to work and he replaced it with the rosary.  I admire him for that and I think he is receivng many graces because of this little sacrafice.

For me, I should use the beads by the bed.  I'll be honest, if I prayed the rosary during driving, it would be because of laziness and would not be out of neccesity or require much sacrifice. 


That's exactly how I would feel too, very lazy , get it over with kind of thing.  For some , it is an impossible task to pray when every minute is consumed with the daily grind, your brother for an example.
I found this while reading some on de Montfort, most edifying:

http://ladiesofsthelen.com/rosary_centr_doc.doc

Twenty-third Rose
The Rosary is a Memorial of the Life and Death of Jesus
Jesus Christ, the divine spouse of our souls and our very dear friend, wishes us to remember his goodness to us and to prize his gifts above all else. Whenever we meditate devoutly and lovingly upon the sacred mysteries of the Rosary, he receives an added joy, as also do our Lady and all the saints in heaven. His gifts are the most outstanding results of his love for us and the richest presents he could possibly give us, and it is by virtue of such presents that the Blessed Virgin herself and all the saints are glorified in heaven.
One day Blessed Angela of Foligno begged our Lord to let her know by which religious exercise she could honor him best. He appeared to her nailed to his cross and said, "My daughter, look at my wounds." She then realized that nothing pleases our dear Lord more than meditating upon his sufferings. Then he showed her the wounds on his head and revealed still other sufferings and said to her, "I have suffered all this for your salvation. What can you ever do to return my lover for you?"
The holy sacrifice of the Mass gives infinite honor to the most Blessed Trinity because it represents the passion of Jesus Christ and because through the Mass we offer to God the merits of our Lord's obedience, of his sufferings, and of his precious blood. All the heavenly court also receive an added joy from the Mass. Several doctors of the Church, including St. Thomas, tell us that, for the same reason, all the blessed in heaven rejoice in the communion of the faithful because the Blessed Sacrament is a memorial of the passion and death of Jesus Christ, and that by means of it men share in its fruits and work out their salvation.
Now the holy Rosary, recited with meditation on the sacred mysteries, is a sacrifice of praise to God for the great gift of our redemption and a holy reminder of the sufferings, death and glory of Jesus Christ. It is therefore true that the Rosary gives glory and added joy to our Lord, our Lady and all the blessed, because they cannot desire anything greater, for the sake of our eternal happiness, than to see us engaged in a practice which is so glorious for our Lord and so salutary for ourselves.
The Gospel teaches us that a sinner who is converted and who does penance gives joy to all the angels. If the repentance and conversion of one sinner is enough to make the angels rejoice, how great must be the happiness and jubilation of the whole heavenly court and what glory for our Blessed Lord himself to see us here on earth meditating devoutly and lovingly on his humiliations and torments and on his cruel and shameful death! Is there anything that could touch our hearts more surely and bring us to sincere repentance?
A Christian who does not meditate on the mysteries of the Rosary is very ungrateful to our Lord and shows how little he cares for all that our divine Savior has suffered to save the world. This attitude seems to show that he knows little or nothing of the life of Jesus Christ, and that he has never taken the trouble to find out what he has done and what he went through in order to save us. A Christian of that kind ought to fear that, not having known Jesus Christ or having put him out of his mind, Jesus will reject him on the day of judgement with the reproach, "I tell you solemnly, I do not know you."
Let us meditate, then, on the life and sufferings of our Savior by means of the holy Rosary; let us learn to know him well and be grateful for all his blessings, so that, on the day of  Judgement, he may number us among his children and his friends.
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Twenty-fourth Rose
Meditation on the Mysteries of the Rosary is a great means of perfection.
The saints made our Lord's life the principal object of their study; they meditate on his virtues and his sufferings, and in this way arrived at Christian perfection.
Saint Bernard began with this meditation and he always kept it up. "At the very beginning of my conversion," he said, "I made a bouquet of myrrh fashioned from the sorrows of my Savior. I placed this bouquet upon my heart, thinking of the lashes, the thorns and the nails of his passion. I applied my whole mind to the meditation on these mysteries every day."
This was also the practice of the holy martyrs; we admire how they triumphed over the most cruel sufferings. Where could this admirable constancy of the martyrs come from, says Saint Bernard, if not from the wounds of Jesus Christ, on which they meditated so frequently? Where was the soul of these generous athletes when their blood gushed forth and their bodies were wracked with cruel torments? Their soul was in the wounds of Christ and those wounds made them invincible.
During her whole life, our Savior's holy Mother was occupied in meditating on the virtues and the sufferings of her Son. When she heard the angels sing their hymn of joy at his birth and saw the shepherds adore him in the stable, her heart was filled with wonder and she meditated on all these marvels. She compared the greatness of the Word incarnate to the way he humbled himself in this lowly fashion; the straw of the crib, to his throne in the heart of his Father; the might of God, to the weakness of a child; his wisdom, to his simplicity.
Our Lady said to Saint Bridget one day, "Whenever I used to contemplate the beauty, modesty, and wisdom of my Son, my heart was filled with joy; and whenever I considered his hands and feet which would be pierced with cruel nails, I wept bitterly and my heart was rent with sorrow and pain."
After our Lord's Ascension, our Blessed Lady spent the rest of her life visiting the places that had been hallowed by his presence and on his terrible passion.
Saint Mary Magdalene continually performed the same religious exercises during the last thirty years of her life, when she lived at Saint-Baume. Saint Jerome tells us that this was the devotion of the faithful in the early centuries of the Church. From all the countries of the world they came to the Holy Land to engrave more deeply on their hearts a great love and remembrance of the Savior of mankind by seeing the places and things he had made holy by his birth, his work, his sufferings, and his death.
All Christians have but one faith and adore one and the same God, and hope for the same happiness in heaven; they know only one mediator, who is Jesus Christ; all must imitate their divine model, and in order to do this they must meditate on the mysteries of his life, of his virtues and of his glory.
It is a great mistake to think that only priests and religious and those who have withdrawn from the turmoil of the world are supposed to meditate upon the truths of our faith and the mysteries of the life of Christ. If priests and religious have an obligation to meditate on the great truths of our holy religion in order to live up to their vocation worthily, the same obligation is just as much incumbent on the laity, because of the fact that every day they meet with spiritual dangers which might cause them to lose their souls. Therefore they should arm themselves with the frequent meditation on the life, virtues, and sufferings of our Blessed Lord, which are presented to us in the fifteen mysteries of the Holy Rosary.
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