31 Days of Prayer – Hail Mary

Piggybacking off of yesterday’s post, I want to encourage you to say the Hail Mary slowly and reflectively.

Image by LoveToTakePhotos (2015) via Pixabay, CCO Public domain

Image by LoveToTakePhotos (2015) via Pixabay, CCO Public domain

Cradle-Catholics are taught the Hail Mary at a young age and it is one of those prayers that are recited mindlessly. Yet, it is one of the most powerful prayers we can pray! Popes, saints, and others have written endless pages about the efficacy and power of the Hail Mary. There are even promises attached to praying the rosary.

The rosary is also scriptural. The first part (Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with Thee) comes from the Annunciation when the Angel Gabriel announced to Mary that she is the bear Jesus, the Lord. The second part (Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus) comes from the Visitation when Mary went to her cousin, Elizabeth who was pregnant with John the Baptist.

The last part of the rosary (Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us, sinners, now and at the hour of our death) is our petition to Mary and asking for her intercession for our needs now and when we die.

Let us, today and every day, pray the rosary with attention and focus:

Hail Mary, full of the grace, the Lord is with Thee. Blessed art thou amongst 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.”

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Finding Joy: Week Two

So, we are on week two in our journey to finding joy. I did okay, not great, but okay. I’m not going to kick myself in the head over it, though. I am going to rejoice over small successes. Here are this past weeks ups and downs:

Finding joy in God:

I’ve been doing the decade of the rosary almost every day. Missed only once.

I’ve been doing well in spending quiet time with the Lord; however, I need to push myself to get out of bed. Yep. I’ve been trying to do the 10 minutes as soon as I wake up before getting out of bed because it seems like my son has a radar and knows I’m up – even if we are several rooms apart! Then he’s up interrupting my prayer time. The problem is, though, that when I start to pray while in bed, I soon after fall into a daze. I don’t fall asleep but, zone out. Not good for prayer, is it?! Not sure about how to solve this quite yet. Any ideas?

I’ve made it to a daily mass once. It truly was the only day I could make it, so I’ll be satisfied to do that. Next week I’ll aim for twice a week and work my way up.

Finding joy in my husband:

My husband has been working late and tired, so date nights have been out of the question for now. I have been trying to say (authentic) nice things about him to him and not complain when he leaves the closet door open and his clothes lying around. It is such a small thing so I don’t know why I get so crazed that he leaves the closet door open, but I do!

Finding joy in my son:

I think I’ve been a bit more patient, but need to work on this more. “Why does it have to take 5-10 minutes to put on a shirt? Just put it on already and stop jumping around the room!” is an often repeated in a loud voice…

As for focused fun time, I haven’t sat and played a game with him this week; but, we had a weekend of activity during the 4th of July holiday. And yesterday (Wednesday) he was sick with a fever so I spent extra time cuddling and nurturing him. Thankfully it was a 24 hour thing and he’s better now!

Finding joy in self care.

Well, a couple of days after writing last week’s finding joy post I started menstruating. Not a good time for starting a diet and exercise plan due to the cramps and generally feeling yucky. I did try to watch what I ate and stretched a little bit. I’m going to put this goal in high gear in a few more days.

Finding joy in the home.

We are staying at my in-laws until we find a new place (long story), so my goal of creating a loving atmosphere is a bit limited. Will do little things when I can and go into high gear when we move into our new place.

As for accepting the imperfect, well, I have to do that whether I like it or not. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m theoretically closing my eyes to the “messes” or “imperfections” I see and keeping my mouth shut.

Little ways I’ve found joy this week.

Had such a blast visiting my cousin last Sunday. I hadn’t seen her in a long time and we all had a great day.

Had fun at my niece’s 8th grade graduation party. She’s about to be a high schooler now, wow!

Enjoyed some quiet time when my husband and son went to the beach for fireworks and bonding time July 4th evening.

Although my little guy was sick yesterday, it was nice to cuddle and have little conversations. He is so cute and sweet when he’s sick!

How did (are) you finding joy this week? Come share your joys with us over at Angie’s Many Little Blessings.

Will You Join us in Praying for our Country?

My friend Anne, over at Living in the Two Hearts, clued me in on the America Needs Fatima‘s crusade to get as many people as they can to pray for our country on the Fourth of July at 6pm.

Our country is facing many challenges and it is only through prayer and trust in God that these challenges will be overcome. Our Lord says in Matthew 18: 19-20:

“I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything for which they are to pray, it shall be granted to them by my heavenly Father. for where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”

Let us take claim to God’s promise and act on it! Won’t you take 20 minutes of your time over this holiday weekend to pray the rosary and thank the Lord for the gift of our freedom and ask His mercy upon us?

And hey, for those of you reading this who aren’t Catholic, you’re not off the hook! ๐Ÿ™‚ You are welcomed and encouraged to join us in prayer for our country too! Just join us at 6pm Sunday and say whatever prayer that you feel led to pray.

Thank you in advance for your participation and God bless. “See you” on Sunday, 6pm sharp! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Our Greatest Weapon: The Rosary

I found this awesome YouTube video over @ A Woman’s Place blog and must share it. It is an absolutely beautiful expose on the beauty and importance of the rosary.