Monday, December 04, 2006

The Importance of Pauses During the Our Father and the Hail Mary

St. Louis de Montfort Picture courtesy of CMRI

H/T to Sue

I beg you to restrain your natural precipitation when saying your
Rosary, and make some pauses in the middle of the Our Father and Hail
Mary, and a smaller one after the words of the Our Father and Hail
Mary which I have marked with a cross, as follows:

Our Father who art in heaven, + hallowed by thy name, + thy kingdom
come, + thy will be done + on earth as it is in heaven. + Give us this day + our daily bread, + and forgive us our trespasses + as we forgive those who trespass against us, + and lead us not into temptation, + but deliver us from evil. Amen.+

Hail, Mary, full of grace, + the Lord is with thee, + blessed art thou among women, + and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. + Holy Mary, Mother of God, + pray for us sinners, now + and at the hour of our death. Amen. +

At first, you may find it difficult to make these pauses because of your bad habit of saying prayers in a hurry; but a decade said recollectedly in this way will be worth more than thousands of Rosaries said in a hurry, without pausing or reflecting. ~ St.
Louis De Montfort


Mary - Shia said...

How nice :)
It's not that hard to do it, I lern it by singing.
It helped, if you add a accent to some words.
Soud diffrent and with such a joy.
Gos Bless, and I'm sending you some snow......:)

Anonymous said...

So I guess the five year old rolling around on the floor and the dog chewing on his bone and the 9yo telling the 5yo to pay attention which leads to an argument of who is paying more attention is a REALLY big problem with the Rosary?

I have a new favorite saying: we get points for trying! And sometimes that's the best we can do with kids! Ironically, we DO manage the pauses most nights!

God Bless,

EC Gefroh said...

Mary, thanks for that little tip. My son and I are trying to work our way up by starting with one decade.

Tracy: We sure do get points for trying! I read once that saying the Rosary with the distractions, etc. is like a little kid giving his mother wilted dandelions. He wants to give his mother something beautiful because he loves her and that is how our Blessed Mother sees our poorly said rosaries.