Somehow back in high school, I remember writing a paper, talking with friends on AIM, watching TV, while playing music in the background. I don’t know how I did it because nowadays, I can’t read a book while someone else is talking in the room.
While multi-tasking is darn near impossible for me today, in praying the Rosary, we undertake a kind of multi-tasking, but in a way that leads to our flourishing (not floundering). Many folks, self included, used to think or still do that the Rosary is just reciting a number of prayers. While that’s true, that’s only part of it. The other (essential) element is meditating on the mysteries of the Rosary.
Here are Our Lady’s words to Blessed Alan De La Roche:
“When people say one hundred and fifty Angelic Salutations (Hail Mary’s) this prayer is very helpful to them and is a very pleasing tribute to me. But they will do better still and will please me even more if they say these salutations while meditating on the life, death, and passion of Jesus Christ — for this meditation is the soul of this prayer.”
It’s not just saying the prayers. It’s meditating on the life, death, and passion of Jesus Christ. Our Lady is telling us not just the technicalities of how to pray the Rosary, but she’s also revealing that Christ is at the heart of the Rosary – “The soul of this prayer.”
To Jesus through Mary.