Coffee with Mary: The Rosary as A Welcome Element in the Morning Routine
Is it difficult for you to find the time to pray? I know it's hard for me to find—or make—the time to pray. If you're like me, you have a schedule that's jam-packed and that leaves you exhausted at the end of the day.
You know that spending at least a few minutes in prayer each day is vital. Why? Because you realize that communicating with God, recalling His Truth, and listening to His Word is at the heart of the spiritual life, which is a life more real than much of what is on our schedules and daily agendas and plans for the weekend. We know prayer's important, yet it's still difficult to carve out time for it each day.
What's worse: I find that I often make it more difficult by waiting for perfect conditions. If I'm going to pray, I want:
- quiet in the house,
- mental alertness,
- freedom from pressing tasks needing my attention,
- and a cheerful, eager spiritual disposition.
But I have a spouse and toddlers, a job and a mortgage, and a disposition very different from that of the cheerful Catholic cartoon father in My Catholic Family. If I, an over-extended curmudgeon involved in more projects than is good for him and who lives in a noisy house not distinguished by its spaciousness, were to wait for the-above-outlined conditions, I'd never pray at all. And that wouldn't be good.
So here's what I've started to do.
When I wake up, I pour a cup of coffee, grab my beads, pick up My Pocket Rosary, and find a seat in the living room. I crack open the little booklet to one of the Mysteries, and then I pray, I sip, and I pray some more.
The images in the booklet give my groggy mind something to focus on. The repetition of the words gives my sleepy soul something to keep it active. And the caffeine beginning to seep through my body helps the whole morning spiritual exercise move along quite effectively.
And if, instead of cloister-like silence reigning majestically over my prayer, there's a small, prone-to-pestering child awake with me, she can either sit with me and look at the pictures or play with her toys while I say my Ave Marias (when I'm praying out loud it seems to register with my kids that I'm actually doing something that they shouldn't interrupt; silent prayer or meditative reading strikes them as an invitation to ask dad what fun thing they're doing that day or what they'll get to eat that morning).
Usually I can get through two or three Mysteries before everyone is up and I need to start breakfast. Two or three Mysteries isn't five, but it's better than none. And I find that I'm more inclined to pray the Rosary at day's end if the day began with it and I need to finish it up. That's a good thing.
Is this the ideal way to pray the Rosary? No.
Is this one way of praying the Rosary? Yes.
Is it a way for you to pray the Rosary? Maybe.
Give it a try and let me know what you think. Or let me know if you've found other ways to incorporate prayer into your schedule.