I know children’s prayers hold special favor with our Lord….But I have to think hearing a room full of grown men praying a Rosary must also command His attention!
Our parish men’s group is named Emmaus. The name is based on the biblical passage showing our resurrected Lord walking with two men on the way to a town named Emmaus. I dedicated this blog to my walk with the Lord and the many obstacles and challenges I face along the way. When the men’s Emmaus group meets, we always begin by praying the Rosary.
It never ceases to amaze me when I sit back and listen to the powerful male voices praying in unison to our Blessed Mother. I sense a feeling of raw power when we pray as a group one of our faith’s most traditional methods of prayer. We take turns offering each of the five decades to a personal petition. It’s awe inspiring to hear a man dedicate a decade of the Rosary to his wife, or to his family or for a sick child or friend…. I hear offerings for vocations, addictions and healing.
We Catholics have many forms of prayer, including the traditional rote, contemplative and thanksgiving ….to name a few. But the Rosary to Our Lady is a powerful, yet relaxing tool. Our non-Catholic brothers miss the point when they say they pray directly to our Lord…. We Catholics do that as well – but also pray to our Blessed Mother to intercede on our behalf with her son. What more powerful intercession than that of a mother to a son?
I look forward to these Emmaus group meetings in order to feed off of the exuberant faith displayed by my brothers. We are all challenged with day to day crosses we bear, however, when we focus on praying the Rosary we are strengthened in our desire to continue serving our Lord.
It serves our society well for men to take leadership roles in evangelizing to others. In a world of unhinged sexual desires and topsy turvy morals, we men of faith must show others the importance of walking with our Lord….
May we realize the wonderful gift we have in praying the Rosary…….And may we continue to be a light in this ever darkening world.
Maria, Ora Pro Nobis