Rest a while….and Pray
In the gospel reading this week Jesus says to his disciples, “Come away by yourselves
to a deserted place and rest a while.” I am sure that Jesus wanted his disciples
to take a rest from all the travelling and ministering to recharge physically, but I feel
that he wanted them to reconnect to the source, and have time for prayer. In our
busy schedules, prayer can be left behind and forgotten. Believe me I am speaking
I would like to speak specifically about the Rosary this week and what I feel is the
key to a fulfilling experience of the Rosary. The key, I feel is the meditative aspect
Rosary. Sometimes, I see people speaking of the Rosary as just a repetitive prayer.
However, when you add meditating on the mysteries of the Rosary as you pray, it
makes all the difference. The mysteries follow the life of Jesus and Mary, and how
their lives together were in total service of God. For me, it is a spiritual exercise for the soul, and our minds.
It’s funny how people will work on a Stairmaster for hours, which is extremely repetitive, but it is good to do
as a physical exercise. Well, the Rosary is a spiritual exercise for our souls so that the soul will remain
healthy as well.
Don’t forget to please go to the new section on prayer in our website, http://stm-parish.com/stm-prayerresources/.
I know you will be enriched by the resources there.
God bless you all, Deacon Dan MacDonald