Happy Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary! I decided to make this Feast the day I start sharing this blog more widely, due to the particular intercession I’ve received from Our Lady through praying the rosary.
Although I’ve always thought that the rosary was a beautiful prayer, I’ve never been able to get into a good habit of praying a daily rosary. I always felt like I was missing something. But over the summer, I started to get the strong sense that the Lord was asking me to pray a 54 day rosary novena for my marriage. This seemed crazy. There was no way that I could keep up praying a rosary each day for 54. whole. days. Yet I couldn’t shake the feeling (a sure sign that the Lord is trying to tell us something!) and little signs kept popping up everywhere, so I decided I would begin the novena the day after the Feast of St. Monica (whose novena I had prayed), on the Feast of St. Augustine (a guy who knows a thing or two about men who think they do not need God).
For those who are not familiar, the 54 day rosary novena consists of 27 days of petition, and 27 days of thanksgiving for your intention. I am on day 40, and by God’s grace, I have not missed a day yet. I’ve tried to say the rosary earlier in the day so that I can be focussed, but there have been days when I’ve prayed it right before going to sleep. I am sure that I would not have succeeded in getting this far if it weren’t for very large doses of grace being doled out from Heaven.
I am here to tell you that this novena is incredibly powerful, and will bring great conviction that Our Lord and Our Lady love you deeply and listen to your prayers. My experience with it has been genuinely miraculous; there have been transformations in my marriage that are completely out of my hands, and so can only be attributed to this novena.
Even if you’re not ready to commit to a daily rosary, or a 54 day novena – pray a rosary today on this Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, and then commit to one decade per day thereafter. You can build up from there. If you feel like you can’t possibly manage it, pray that God will grant you the grace and the time to make it a habit. I promise that He will answer your prayers.
I can’t tell you the ways that your life will be transformed by devotion to Our Lady through the rosary, but I have no doubt that it will.
Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us!