Pastor’s Letter, January 29th, 2017: Prayer, a way for the soul to breath.
This past week two different parishioners shared their experience with starting to pray the Rosary, making it a part of their daily life. One woman said she has always had trouble sleeping at night and since she has started praying the Rosary she had been able sleep at night. Perhaps it is the sense of peace that comes with praying the Rosary. Praying the Rosary can cut some of the anxiety that just comes from daily living and human interactions.
The other parishioner shared that he and his wife have started praying the Rosary as a couple and how this had enhanced their relationship. This reminds me of my parents when they were alive. After my dad retired my mom and dad would pray the Rosary in the morning together before their day started. It soon became “their” Rosary. How they prayed it, who and what they prayed for and what parts each would do was a real partnership and complementary effort. If you prayed the Rosary with them, you were just along for the ride; the Rosary became a very personal prayer for them.
The beauty of Rosary is that it has the ability to create that space within a person and between persons for God to come, act and move. St. Francis de Sales, whom we celebrated this past week, was an advocate for creating this space in a person’s life. He kept up a correspondence with people from all walks of life. He encouraged each to tailor one’s personal prayer or spiritual life to one’s particular circumstances. The same measure cannot be applied to everyone. But the fact that a spiritual life was necessary was essential. The soul needs to breathe God like the body needs to breathe air to survive. The Rosary happens to be a handy little tool that opens the door for the soul to breathe. To quote St. Francis de Sales: “When God the Creator made all things, he commanded the plants to bring forth fruit each according to its own kind; he has likewise commanded Christians, who are the living plants of this Church, to bring forth the fruits of prayer and devotion, each one in accord with his character, his station and calling.”