The Daily Rosary

Raffaello, "Madonna Tempi"

Raffaello, “Madonna Tempi”

I know this has been said very often already, but as we are at the beginning of the year it might be fitting to say it again: after Mass, the Rosary is very probably the most important individual salvation tool at our disposal.

I have already written about the promises of Our Lady to those who pray the Rosary faithfully and devoutly and I will not go back on the details. What is particularly worth insisting on, though, is that the Rosary allows us to factually secure our biggest venture on this earth (salvation, compared to which every other aim simply disappears) at the very affordable price of…. twenty minutes of serious application a day.

It has been rightly said that our time tells everything about our priorities, exposing the inner logic of the usual “I haven’t the time” we so often use to avoid an issue. As there are 24 hours in a day and I sleep seven and work eight of them, there are nine hours a day on which to arrange my priorities. If, therefore, I do not find the twenty minutes a day to seriously pray the rosary (in the bus, say, or on the train, or in the car, or during lunch time, or whenever it is) it simply means that I have found things things which, together, take 540 minutes of my time a day and I consider, both collectively and singularly, a more pressing instance than reasonable security about my salvation.

I maintain, on the other hand, that once the priorities are clear enough one will not need more than some minutes of reflection to find the time to say the rosary every day, which will be even easier considering the decades can be split and prayed singularly. Now you might call me scrupulous (or a wretched sinner, that I undoubtedly am) but I can’t imagine the Catholic who is so confident of his salvation  that he considers a 20 minutes investment a day an unreasonable price to pay.

Cela va sans dire, to pray the rosary every day does not, in itself, guarantee salvation; you can’t be Goebbels and think you are certainly going to make it because you invest the 20 minutes. But if you pray the Rosary faithfully and devoutly every day, you’ll know that Mary will powerfully intercede for your salvation, and that you will rather not become a Goebbels in the first place. The idea is that as long as you pray the Rosary faithfully and devoutly to the end of your days you will be saved in the end, but if you choose to be evil (perhaps thinking you pray the Rosary so you’ll be fine) you are very probably going to stop praying it devoutly every day before your day comes. A corollary of this is that as long as you pray the Rosary devoutly every day, you know you are on the right path to avoiding Hell (there’s no guarantee, of course, about the length and hardness of our permanence in Purgatory).

Is, therefore, twenty minutes of our time a day too heavy a price to pay? How important are all the activities which daily occupy the above mentioned 540 minutes (or how many they are in your case)? Where do our priorities lie? I do not know you, but I am a wretched sinner and a worrier, and this is the only thing in life I can really, really not afford to get wrong.

I’ll gladly spend my twenty minutes with the Rosary, then. It used to be a bit of a chore, you see, but it isn’t any more. It’s a handful of years now I have started to recite it everyday. Never skipped a day, or looked back.

You may want to consider making of 2013 the year you start to devoutly pray the rosary every day. it’s not a great price to pay.

Take it from me, you will not regret it.


Posted on January 7, 2013, in Catholicism and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. awkwardcustomer

    Thank you for posting this. I went back and read your excellent piece on Our Lady’s promises. If you were were to publish your thoughts on all 15 promises as a booklet or pamphlet, I would definitely buy it.

    A couple of years ago I started a daily Rosary recitation. At first I had quite a struggle, but persevered. My reasoning was simple. Our Lady of Fatima asked us to pray the Rosary every day so how could I refuse such a request. As someone who is capable of swinging from scrupulosity to laxity quite easily and regularly, I have found that these extremes have become less and less pronounced. This is only one of the benefits I have noticed.

    From my experience, the Rosary works slowly and gradually, but profoundly. I view the daily Rosary as an obligation which, on occasion, I wish I did not have to fulfull. But I do because, again, Our Lady asked us to. It’s that simple. Even on a bad day, I can still take solace at having done this small thing.

    • Beautiful words, awkwardcustomer, and thank you for your kind words.

      Gutta cavat lapidem, as we say in Italy. The rosary is like a drop of water falling every day on our (my) hard, cold hearts of stone. It’s difficult to see the work of the simple drop, but it’s impossible to ignore the work decades of drops make on the stone.


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