Q: Will God ignore my rosary if I am at my worst at concentration? What's the best
way I can do in order to feel God's presence?
Use various approaches, depending on disposition and degree of
concentration. Overall principle: don't let yourself float and slide,
carried away by your imagination. Keep it in check at all times, as much
as possible. When tired and without much focus, "concentrate" on the
peaceful repetition of the Hail Marys, entering its rhythm and imaging to
be in the company of Mary. Leave it at that. If in somewhat better
disposition, try to focus on images, one or more of Christ, Mary or scenes
of their lives as mentioned in the mysteries. Look at and contemplate what
you see, while saying the different decades. Don't even attempt to enter
into a more intellectual mood exploring only the imagery. A different and
more demanding mode will lead you to a reflection on the deeper meaning of
each one of the mysteries: What is their meaning regarding salvation
history then and now? What is the mystery's immediate significance for my
personal spiritual life? Entertain some of these considerations while
reciting the decade. Also, don't forget to make of the rosary a prayer of
praise and thanksgiving, once in a while at least, because in the rosary
we recapitulate our salvation and the great things God did for Mary and
through her. In a special manner, try to develop a personal habit to say
the rosary in company with Mary. The mysteries are stations of a beautiful
journey leading to eternal happiness. Mary leads the way and is our
traveling companion. Be self-critical enough to shift gears when needed.
It may well happen that all the various modes are methods which need to be
applied during one and the same rosary. May your rosary prayer be perseverant.
Further information see:
Rosary Information Index
The Rosary Since Vatican II
*artwork by Sr. Mary Grace Thul, O.P.
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