Over the last few weeks, I have been deeply in prayer. I have also been spending as much time as I can with the Holy Spirit.
The deepening of Faith is a step-by-step process and is a necessity in our walk with God. I think it’s important to always be moving ever closer and ever deeper.
During this last few weeks I have been asking the Holy Spirit to help me at work. I have started to get incredible insights that are healing and humbling. I am aware that most of my misery is self-inflicted. I create situations from my own pride and anger with things not going in the way I think they should. There are times I can be very accepting and let go and trust God. But there are other times when I cry out in blame and anger. I do not want to listen to what God has to say or where He is leading me. I think I am being obedient but my thoughts and moods show otherwise.
I pray the rosary every day. Usually one set of the four Mysteries. Over the last week or two, it has been two sets of Mysteries. And over the last few days I have made the decision to do all four Mysteries every day.
There are three reasons for this:
Over the years my rosary devotion has developed. From the barest of understandings (partly because I was struggling to remember each Mystery, let alone experience each one deeply). Until I am now contemplating each Mystery and each part of scripture that the Mystery is from. It is powerful.
When I was working through the Sorrowful Mysteries, I imagined Jesus nailed to the Cross. I looked at sacred art and allowed it to spark my imagination. I saw the event happening in my mind’s eye. I felt such pain and wonder that I sobbed all the way through the Our Father and Hail Marys.
Then I imagined the Wedding Feast at Cana when Christ changes the water into wine. I felt such joy and imagined the festivities and the wonder of His miracle.
Scripture comes alive. Christ’s willing sacrifice becomes so apparent and I am full of awe. Each part of his life experience is there to experience. It is so in-your-face. It is a humbling way to spend time with Jesus and His Beloved Mother.
So, my first reason for praying all four Mysteries is to keep His sacrifice uppermost in my mind. I want to experience the knowledge of it every day. Especially as I can’t go to Daily Mass. Praying all four Mysteries allows me to re-live Christ’s life every day, and to honour Him. (I’m hoping a local church close to my work will allow me to come to their chapel each day to pray).
Secondly, praying all four Mysteries every day gives extraordinary supernatural assistance and protection. Our Lady leads us to her son. She clears a path, speaks on our behalf, and stamps on the serpent’s head. She surrounds us with such love and tenderness and promises us her protection and assistance.
And thirdly, I want to honour Jesus’ mother. Just as I want to show great respect and reverence for the parents of people I love in the world. How much greater should my love be to His mother? (I am just about to read Fr. Donald Calloway’s book Consecration to St. Joseph: The Wonders of Our Spiritual Father to learn more about Joseph and to learn to honour him more fully).
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