Continuing on Pope Benedict's reflections on meditation from his Wednesday audience:
"Mary teaches us how necessary it is to find in our days -- with all their activities -- moments to recollect ourselves in silence and to ponder all that the Lord wants to teach us, how He is present and acts in the world and in our life: to be able to stop for a moment and meditate...
The holy rosary is also a prayer of meditation: In repeating the Hail Mary we are invited to think back and to reflect upon the mystery we have announced."
If one has difficulty with meditation, or has never really engaged in it, the Rosary is a good place to begin to learn to practice the art of meditation. When we pray the Rosary, we meditate on the mysteries of the life of Christ. Yet so often I hear people praying the Rosary at rapid speed and wonder how they can ponder the mysteries or even reflect upon what God might be saying to them as they pray? I wrote in a previous post that I did get impatient with the way people were praying the Rosary after Mass, and I later recalled that St. Therese got annoyed at the way one of her sisters would bang her beads on the pew. I am far from being a saint so I still have a long way to go offer it to God as Therese did. I hope the ladies receive many graces through their race to get through it. I am also not saying that I always pray the Rosary immersed in meditation. Sometimes I forget what mystery I am up to, telling me that I am not really paying attention nor putting my heart into prayer.
|Agony in the Garden|
by El Greco
To those who say the Rosary is simply a rote prayer or boring, the Pope is asking us to use the Rosary to lead us into meditation. As Mary contemplated the events in the life of her Son, so too we imitate her and ask her to bring us closer to Jesus.