The Rosary Challenge
In this column I have probably written a great deal about keeping a good life balance. There's always more to be said on the subject. This week I want to focus on prayer.
I have long maintained that prayer, exercise, and sleep are the three most important contributions that one can make to living a well balanced life, including your professional life. If you don't have a sufficient amount of any of those three, you start to run into trouble. Maintain all three, and life gets better.
The most powerful weapon in your private prayer is the rosary. On the advice of my spiritual director, I carry a rosary with me at all times. This doesn't mean that I am continuously holding it or praying parts of it -- though those are certainly fine things to do. But I do keep a decade rosary in my front shirt pocket. Just having a rosary on you can help big time. But I also pray the rosary nightly with my wife and children (solo, if they aren't available).
For those that are trying to make life improvements, including in the professional life, and are not praying the rosary daily, I offer this challenge: pray the rosary with as much attentiveness as possible, every day, for a month. Just do it and see what happens.
Now, I have been told this before: "I don't have time to pray the rosary." Really? No time in the car, on the bus, or on the train? No time while exercising? No time when you would ordinarily be watching TV? No time while making dinner? No time while working in the garden? No time at all?
Life is for living, and part of living well is praying well.
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Posted by: Justin8110 -
Jul. 19, 2010 9:25 AM ET USA
Excellent advice Mr. Mirus.
Posted by: mvanmun1747 -
Jul. 17, 2010 8:53 PM ET USA
You are so right about saying the rosary every day. Pray for me when you say it that I too will say my rosary every day. God bless you and your family.
Posted by: jasoncpetty3446 -
Jul. 16, 2010 10:59 AM ET USA
Amen. Thanks for this, Mr. Mirus.