OCTOBER DEVOTION – THE HOLY ROSARY – DAY 5 – THE HOLY ROSARY – “PRAYING IN SECRET” (MATTHEW 6:5-6)
Reading meditatively the definition of prayer according to the heart and mind of the Church as contained in her principal catechetical resource material, The Catechism of the Catholic Church, reveals that “Prayer is the raising of one’s mind and heart to God or the requesting of good things from God.” But when we pray, do we speak from the height of our pride and will, or ‘out of the depths’ of a humble and contrite heart? He who humbles himself will be exalted; humility is the foundation of prayer, only when we humbly acknowledge that ‘we do not know how to pray as we ought,’ are we ready to receive freely the gift of prayer. ‘Man is a beggar before God.’” (CCC 2559). There are two main movements in prayer. The movement from words to unite with God and our neighbours. And the movement beyond words. Jesus taught us the two movements. The first movement He taught us with examples like “Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you” (Matt. 7:7). The vocal prayer or prayer of words in the Our Father and Hail Mary takes care of the first movement of prayer. This we have been doing very well but we are almost stuck to it and we are becoming too spontaneous and our spontaneity without guidance seems to be leading us out of track. On the other hand, we have the second movement of prayer; “praying in secret” (Matthew 6:5-6), “not babbling on as the Gentiles do” (Matthew 6:7). To pray in secret is to pray beyond words. It is to say the mental prayers of visualising the mysteries of the Rosary. This points to openness to God and not seeking for so much understanding but for God to totally control every bit of our lives. These all point to meditation and contemplation. Unfortunately they are the roads less travelled in the spiritual life particularly in the department of prayer. The good news is that the Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary has the capacity to offer us the opportunity to actualise both movements in and of prayer. All thanks to OUR LADY OF THE HOLY ROSARY. PLEASE PRAY YOUR ROSARY TODAY AND ALWAYS. PLEASE PRAY FOR ME!