projectblessed Prayer Pledge Day 23

Elizabeth Foss originally wrote this post for her blog almost ten years ago, but the lessons and graces of the Rosary are timeless.


A few months ago, a friend suggested we pray a daily rosary.  Actually, she suggested a fifteen decade daily rosary.  We were both tired, frustrated and stressed to the limits.  We had exhausted all the typical remedies for this state of being.

Veterans of this Catholic home education large-family lifestyle, we tweaked our diets, our exercise plans, our chore systems, our sleeping (well, we tried), our school plans.  We both changed parishes (we live two time zones apart but somehow we both were in the wrong church). All the tried and true remedies for burnout and frustration were failing us.  As our families grew and our children got bigger, the stakes went up.  We recognized that nothing on earth was “working” to gain for us that much needed peace.  Our souls were restless indeed.

All of this we shared with each other.  We hashed out all the usual solutions, we swapped meal plans and chore plans and lesson plans.  Independently, we took it to prayer.  That’s when she came back with the absolute certainty that she was supposed to pray a fifteen decade rosary every day.  And she was pretty certain I was supposed to do the same.  Only glitch was that she had this revelation while I was reading Rosarium Virginis Mariae.  I was increasingly sure that I was supposed to shower my soul with the light of those five Luminous decades as well.  Fifteen for her, twenty for me.

I bought a CD so that I could turn driving time, walking time, bed time into rosary time.  Really, the Holy Spirit did the pointing and clicking this time.  I bought Praying the Rosary with St. Therese of Lisieux.

My daughter, always looking over my shoulder as I blog, objects to the “Just for Mom” category.  She reminds me that she hears the CD all the time, too.  And she is increasingly devoted to both the Blessed Mother and the Little Flower.  Those quotes are touching her.

This beautiful CD has it all.  Lovely Gregorian chant in the background.  Soothing voices of prayer.  And every Hail Mary is preceded by a quote from the Little Flower.  Those quotes have worked their way into my soul, they are becoming me… or I am becoming them. Either way, through the powerful intercession of the Blessed Mother, that elusive peace is happening.

My friend and I exchange emails, coveting each other’s decades.  All is not peace and green pastures.  Life is still happening.  And it is really, really hard sometimes. There are days when I beg her to offer all fifteen of hers to me and days when I reciprocate. We rarely pray the whole thing at the same time; instead we snatch decades throughout the day.  And maybe that is better, kind of like booster shots for the soul. We’ve shared some pretty amazing success stories. And we’re both pretty sold on the power of ALL those decades.

photo by Elizabeth Foss

Comment below with your thoughts:

Have you grown in your devotion to the Rosary since our last post about praying to Jesus with Mary? Has the Rosary brought any special graces into your life?

or, simply answer:

Did you pray today?

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    January 23, 2016 at 5:59 am

    I’ve never even thought about “snatching decades” here and there. I feel like a failure when I don’t recite 5 decades in one sitting, much less 15 or 20! You’ve given me hope!!! 🙂

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    January 23, 2016 at 7:16 am

    Wow, this has given me something to consider! I either sit down and pray a whole rosary, or I just don’t do it. I would consider a new decade at any given point during the day as starting the rosary over. Snatching decades…I love that! I am not good at praying the rosary. In fact, my husband will ask me to pray with him before bedtime and when I’m half asleep. I say no sometimes because of my weariness and I feel terrible. However, I do try to pray throughout the day and in that time I’m sure I could work in a decade here and there. You have given me hope as well!

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    megan w
    January 23, 2016 at 7:23 am

    What a spiritual punch! One of my goals this month was (is?) to pray the rosary twice a week. I’ve done it once. Just once all month. And I only got through three decades that day. Maybe my problem isn’t so much pushing myself to do too many, but not enough. Maybe I need to make this an everyday thing. Thank you for this beautiful reminder that it’s but really about me 🙂

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    January 23, 2016 at 8:19 am

    I was stressed beyond the limit a little while back – I do the five decade Rosary every day now, and boy howdy do I still notice if I slip and go a few days without it! The Rosary has basically thrown me over its shoulder and carried me along. 🙂 I also “snatch decades” when necessary…it’s the only way for me to get through the whole thing some days. But I figure if St Therese of Liseux took interruption from her community with a good grace, and then returned to praying after, it’s an okay practice.

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    January 23, 2016 at 8:37 am

    The rosary has helped me so much lately, I’m so much calmer, nicer, less stressed and more a daughter of God. It’s truly amazing the power of it. I’m going to look into getting that CD, I have been thinking about a CD rosary for the car. Thanks for the rec!

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    January 23, 2016 at 9:19 am

    I, too, listen in the car. The are many free rosary podcasts on iTunes.

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    January 23, 2016 at 11:05 am

    I, too, love the idea of snatching a decade. I am going to pray at least a decade today. I know that I need to draw near to Jesus through Mary. Here is a link to the english version of Rosarium Virginis Mariae: https://w2.vatican.va/content/john-paul-ii/en/apost_letters/2002/documents/hf_jp-ii_apl_20021016_rosarium-virginis-mariae.html

    To all the gals at BIS, thank you for this challenge. I am loving all the daily posts!

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    megan w
    January 23, 2016 at 7:17 pm

    P.S. Where can I get the rosary in the picture? It’s gorgeous

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      Elizabeth Foss
      January 25, 2016 at 9:32 am

      Thank you! I made that rosary and gave it as a gift several years ago. I’ve lost touch with that young woman, but hope she still treasures it. You can find similar rosaries here: https://loretorosaries.weebly.com/

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    January 25, 2016 at 6:37 am

    I read this post of Elizabeth’s a while back, and bough the Little Flower rosary CD – I love it. It turns every commute into a meditation, and really helps me focus on what is important. The rosary brought me to the Catholic church, and I can really tell when I’ve slipped from saying it regularly. It is the best way for me to refocus and grow.

    Just wanted to belatedly chime in with the CD recommendation. It’s lovely, thought-provoking, and perfect for car rides.

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