When You Need More Than the Rote of the Rosary

“The Rosary prepares you to pray.”

Wait, whaaat?!

I heard these words at a First Saturday talk about prayer. They stopped me in my tracks.

I always thought the Rosary WAS prayer (and a pretty good one, too!)

The priest who spoke these words continued to explain, and when I took the time to reflect deeper – it made total sense.

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Teaching Kids to Pray the Catholic Way

This post originally appeared as a guest blog I wrote for The Thin Place. You can find the original posts here:

Part 1: Teaching Kids to Pray: A Catholic Perspective.

Part 2: Teaching Kids to Pray: Common Catholic Prayers.

As Christian parents, we long to see our children embrace the faith we hold so dear to our hearts.

We teach them about Jesus and about the Bible. We help them learn about the virtues. We have them memorize daily prayers and, as they grow, study theology.

But most of all, we want them to have something deeper than a collection of facts and information.

We want our kids to love Jesus with all their hearts. To have a meaningful and vibrant relationship with Him.

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What do you know about the Rosary?

We play Catholic Trivia over on Instagram each month. These are the questions and answers to this month’s #4thFridayTrivia game.

The Rosary is a very Catholic prayer. In fact, the Rosary may even make some people nervous.

Are we praying to Mary? Worse, are we worshiping Mary? Saying vain repetition?

This article should lay some of your worries to rest, as well as introduce you to some interesting facts about the Rosary!

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aromaRosary: Where Grace and Wellness Meet

This post is sponsored by aromaRosary. I received a free Nativity Rosary and Bracelet set in exchange for an honest review (and I honestly love it to death).

The excited laughter grew louder as my children ran from mailbox to front door, arms filled with papers and envelopes – and a package!

They couldn’t wait to see what was in it, and neither could I. The return address read “aromaRosary” and I knew I was in for a treat. My lovely friends at aromaRosary sent me a gift to experience, and to share my experience with you.

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Family Move? How to Pray the Joyful Mysteries

A meditation on the Joyful Mysteries of the Holy Rosary for a family who will be moving soon.

We’re counting down the days until the big move.

Everyone has something to be excited for: a new job, a new house, a lovely yard, and a welcoming neighborhood. We have an ice cream store and a beach right down the road. Five plus parishes to choose from.

But the upheaval in our life is undeniable. We’re all feeling the stress of moving away from family and friends. The house is a mess. And our emotions can be even messier. Continue reading