Ok, some of the difficulties that some persons say that they have problem with in order to pray the Rosary has to do with time: "do not have time" or "too long".
We all have time, for time is there, 24 hours a day, so we have to organize the things we do in life with its priorities which are resumed in loving God with all our strength, above all and loving neighbor as self.
The following saying is credited to St. Padre Pio - phrase which has stuck with me:
"God command us to love Him, not as much as He deserves, because He knows our capabilities and therefore He does not ask us to do what we cannot do. But He ask us to love Him according to our strength, with all our soul, all our mind, and all our heart".
This is true, we can not love God as He deserves because He is infinitely superior than us limited creatures, but God knows our limitations; however, the question is: are we doing as much as we can or are we leaving space and preferences for some other things which are temporal ?
St. Therese of the Little Flower also tells the story that when she was little, her father showed the love for her even though she could not walk well but she was trying her best.
The soon to be canonized Mother Theresa has said: "It is not how much we do, but how much love we put in the doing. It is not how much we give, but how much love is put in the giving."
But are we trying to do? or trying to give our best ?
"Prayer is the best weapon we possess. It is the key that opens the heart of God" - St. Padre Pio. And even with more advantage if we do so through Mary, the mother of our Lord. St. Padre Pio also recommended to pray the Rosary very often.
So now, to combat the "time" issues, it's best if we set about an hour dedicated to the Rosary (it could last less or longer for you). Many TV shows last an hour, and hey, some movies last about 3 hours! but we have time for things like that. So lets schedule a time for the Rosary, this has to be around the same time every day so you get accustomed to it. But not too late, I would say. If you want to start and want to pray right before bed, chances are that you will fall asleep or feel tired. So, especially for those who have the sleepiness issue, let's dedicate a "prime time" for the Rosary, choose a time from 7:00, 8:00 or even at 10:00pm, this way you will be able to dedicate this time with harmony every day. If you can pray earlier during the day, then fantastic!
In the next posts I'll give some suggestions on what can help you get motivated and focused with this holy devotion.
John 3:27; John 15:5; Matthew 19:26