Some parish had the good idea to fashion a rosary from helium-filled balloons. Then they set it to sail, for all to see, above their church.
Are any of you up for the challenge? See me. We already have a helium gas tank and some balloons left over from our school Heritage Days parade float. It could be a wonderfully uplifting opportunity for prayer and witness to our community.
As an added incentive, October is Rosary Month. We as Catholics all need to be reminded every now and then how blessed we are to have within our tradition the gift of the rosary. To an outsider, the rosary may seem like a tediously rote and monotonous prayer. To those who get into its rhythm, the rosary can be a sure source of peace and transport us to the heavens like nothing else.
I love praying the rosary. It is a wonderfully simple prayer that can be as soothing and natural as deep breathing. At times when my spirit is troubled I pick up the rosary. I have come to experience that there is no agitation, no rough edge in my spirit that a little time with the beads cannot help to soothe.
The beauty of the rosary is that it effortlessly combines vocal prayer with mental and physical. As our lips recite those prayers that we all can recite in our sleep (Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be, etc.) our mind is free to contemplate. Our thoughts are carried deeply into the mysteries of Christ and our salvation. Somebody who once described the rosary’s combination of vocal and mental prayer said it’s like watching a movie. In many movie scenes, behind the voice that is speaking, there is a soundtrack of background music to enhance and intensify what is happening.
Then, as our voices and mind engage in this symphony of prayer, our fingers keep the beat as they move along the beads. This added physical activity makes the rosary all the more therapeutic. Those who knit have told me how, through keeping one’s hands busy with a simple activity, all of one’s nervous energy is able to pass out the body through the fingers. I like to walk as I pray the rosary too. Like the Mass, the rosary is designed to be a great opus of prayer – vocal, mental, and physical.
Throughout this month of October and beyond I hope you all can fall in love again with one of our tradition’s simple pleasures. Spend some time with the Blessed Mother and those holy beads. Pray for the Church and for your parish. Pray for your loved ones and for your enemies. Pray for the world. May we all be lifted up in heavenly peace.