The Rosary is one of the most powerful prayers that one can invoke. In fact, Pope Francis said, “Contemplating the face of Christ with the heart of Mary our Mother will make us even more united as a spiritual family and will help us overcome this time of trial.”
He also urged Catholics to pray the Rosary to help heal the world of the social afflictions it’s facing, and again to combat and pray for deliverance against the deadly coronavirus. (Read: Famous Personalities Who Never Leave Home Without Their Rosaries)
Aside from these, a rosary is also a powerful tool for meditation— a practice that aims to better mental, physical, and spiritual health. Here are three reasons why a rosary, though simple, is a great way to meditate.
#1: Praying the Rosary Is Repetitive
The gentle repetition of its prayers makes the rosary an excellent means of moving into deeper meditation. As one recites the prayers, we open ourselves to God’s word, therefore, refining our emotions and thoughts to the life of Jesus Christ— from his infancy, all the way through his Passion, death, and resurrection. (Read: Prayer for the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord)
#2: The Beads of the Rosary Help You Focus
The act of using a string of beads during prayer has been proven to be a powerful form of meditation. It can help focus your attention on the prayer itself which will naturally lead you to a state of meditative prayer. (Read: Croatia’s head coach clings to the rosary as team makes it to the finals)
#3: The Simplicity of the Rosary Helps in Concentration
You don’t have to have a complicated process when it comes to meditation. The practice of meditation is not intellectual nor analytical. Monks during the olden times have meditated by memorizing the words of the Bible and repeating them— it’s a deep and simple concentration. (Read: Here’s What the Pope Wants You to Know About Praying the Rosary)
The rosary, in its simplicity, is a perfect way to do it. By recalling the events of the mysteries and pausing to think about them for a moment, one can draw a deeper relationship with God.