Friday, May 26, 2017

Our Rosary of Praying

BEADS OF JOY 05-26-17
“Our Rosary of Praying”
©2017 James Dacey, Jr. OFS

My Friends,

Today’s Focus: Our Rosary of Praying
While some may look upon the Cross and the Rosary with discontent and nothingness. I see the Cross and the Rosary as truly the most magnificent gift the world will ever receive; but sadly, most of the world don’t see the joy and the gift in it. Jesus Himself, God’s only begotten Son gave everything He had to save us, keeping nothing for Himself. That my sisters and brothers is truly amazing and splendid in and of itself. I am very proud of my faith. I know that is against the grain of being humble; but I know that when we have pride of our faith, it’s not the same as when we have pride in ourselves. I love Jesus Christ with all my heart and I sincerely love His mother Mary. My life is what it is today, because of them. For this, I am ever grateful and for this, I dedicate and give my entire life to my Lord.

What is Our Rosary of Praying? This experience of prayer goes beyond the beads, it goes beyond the decades, it goes beyond the structure of a Rosary. This Rosary of praying is all about how I have simply developed a life of prayer because of the Rosary. I promised you this week, that you would have further insight into my own personal prayer life. Well this is the out limits of decades (34+ years) of prayer. My life is a life of prayer. I am no saint, but I absolutely love prayer, especially structured familiar prayer, most especially our Rosary prayers and with all my heart I love our prayers at the Holy Mass. Now hang on, for what I am about to share with you. All of this will make sense, if you simply understand that I love prayer and that I love it in the solitude of silence and loneliness. I know, you know, I know that made sense. LOL.

My typical days are long. Yes, they have the same amount of hours yours does, but being stuck at home, it drags the hours out. With that said I spend much time cleaning and reading and writing. Leaving my brain to drift off and when my brain drifts off, it likes to pray and sing. No, there is nothing wrong with me. LOL. But because I love my Lord so much, all of sudden, I will begin to pray:

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world: have mercy on us. Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world: have mercy on us. Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world: grant us peace.

Yes, you read that correctly. I sometimes even sing that. I love, I really love the prayers at Mass. In the way, I love and embrace prayer; I see the Mass as a Rosary in and of itself, celebrating Jesus. I hope you see the joy, in why I feel that. My life is very simple and some may see it as boring, but I don’t. The greatest part of this entire journey in this life is my time spent with our Lord and our Lady. I can’t tell you how many times I have prayed the Hail Mary:

Hail Mary, full of grace,
the Lord is with thee:
blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death.

That wonderful blessed prayer has given me so much solitude and rest throughout so many of the days of my life. I don’t have to be praying my Rosary to be praying the Hail Mary. Then yesterday my brain was stuck on a song I absolutely love with all my heart: The Gloria 

We are all meant for prayer, yes, all of us. Prayer is the language of love. Prayer is our way to speak with our Lord. Prayer is what makes us unite with our Lord. Prayer is what this life is really all about. Prayer can be familiar. Yet: Prayer can be personal and from the heart. Prayer is the one incredible gift we have been given. Let us embrace this gift every single day. Learn your prayers, carry your prayers, simply speak to Jesus for they are your prayers. I hope and pray that this week has been a blessing for you. I have most certainly enjoyed it.


Your brother in Christ Jesus 
And His Most Blessed Mother,
Jim (The Rosary Man) Dacey Jr OFS

Today is Friday: We pray the Sorrowful Mysteries:

The Sorrowful Mysteries

1. Agony on the Garden (Sorrow for sin) –Matt 26:36-46
2. Scourging at the Pillar (Purity) –Mark 15:1-16
3. Crowning with Thorns (Moral Courage) –Matt 27:27-31
4. Carrying of the Cross (Patience) –Mark 15:20-22
5. The Crucifixion (Perseverance) –Luke 23:33-46

Thank you Lord for loving us so much…

Rosary Man Jim’s Sorrowful Reflection:

I share this meditation I wrote back in 2010. Here I share my own personal insight and experience, as I journey with our Lady from station to station.

Many Franciscan groups around the world use this for their own group gathering while they meditate the Stations with our Lady. It is unique and emotionally very moving as you move from station to station… From my heart to yours.