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How Do I "Feel" The Rosary Consistently?

by Anonymous

When I pray The Rosary, I want to consistently feel that nice feeling before, during and after prayer. I felt it at times, but not always. When that feeling is present, I feel very powerful, confident, and very resistant against vices. When that feeling is also present, I feel that I am e most sincere and faithful to the Blessed Virgin. I also feel very inclined to pray the rosary more times during the day.

I really want to pray The Rosary at least once a day and i have been doing that even if that feeling is not present?. How important is that "feeling"? because when that feeling is not present, i feel like my mind is not focused, and I am simply uttering words, and I worry that the prayer may not be as pleasing to the Blessed Virgin Mary. So is "feeling" The Rosary very important?

Thanks.. I will appreciate your insights on this.

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Distractions In Prayer Are Not Displeasing To God
by: The Rosary Team

That "feeling" you are referring to is not at all important while praying the Rosary. We just posted an answer to a similar question but for convenience sake, we will post a portion of that answer here:

"Prayer is the lifting up of our minds and hearts to God (Baltimore Catechism). Uniting with God in prayer will always produce happiness and often times will be accompanied by pleasure (or this good feeling you are speaking of). But you must not confuse the two. Happiness and pleasure are not the same thing and do not always go hand in hand. The Catholic understanding of happiness is perfect union with God. You will not be truly happy until you are eternally in His presence in Heaven. While on earth, the things that bring about this happiness are not always associated with pleasure the way you may think. Things that bring about happiness are often not pleasurable: sacrifice, suffering and even at times prayer."

When you are new to something like praying the Rosary, you may experience good feelings, but don't forget the purpose of praying the Rosary is to draw you closer to God not to bring about pleasure. Just keep praying. The benefits are the same whether you feel good about it or not. And Our Lady is pleased just to have you try your best and persevere.

Here is one more point taken from the Baltimore Catechism that may put your mind at ease: "Distractions in our prayers are not displeasing to God, unless they are willful."

Thank you for your question. And keep up your daily Rosary.

by: Anonymous

Your love of God is not measured by the consolation you feel in his presence. It's best measured by the longing you feel in his absence and the desolation you feel by his perceived abandonment. ...I love "cake" with prayer, but its not necessary. As long as you focus on the mystery. It does take discipline. Cheers.

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