My earliest memory of devotion to Mama Mary was praying the rosary before bed with my family on my plastic glow-in-the-dark beads. There were many evenings when I would feign sleep so that we would pray a shorter version of it or I could skip it altogether. For the life of me, I couldn’t remember the mysteries nor could I understand why we mentioned them when the entire time we were “Hail-ing” Mama Mary. If there was one thing that didn’t change in our home, it was praying the rosary and when I left home, I left the rosary as well… until I was introduced to the Legion of Mary by my parents. In addition to the five decades, they had added the Catena Legionis prayed by every faithful legionary. It was at this point that my notion of Mama Mary as a docile, quiet and caring mother was turned on its head.Continue Reading
Today, many view the rosary as monotonous, but I have experienced it as renewal for an indifferent heart and a guide for a fruitful life.
In my younger days, I was indifferent towards the sacred mysteries. Every time my family would gather for the rosary, I would feel hungry or sleepy or sometimes both. My mother almost always gave in. During my college days, I kept hearing more about Mama Mary and the rosary. I once tried reciting the entire rosary and it felt pretty good. But I knew if I had to do this every day, it would get monotonous.Continue Reading
Many times when we lift up our prayers and offerings to our King, they may be tainted with our self-love, like the distractions or sleepiness that come our way when we pray. But when we offer them to Jesus through the hands of our Queen, she purifies and embellishes them and presents them to our King with her own hands and with all the love in her heart.Continue Reading
How many times do I claim to be a know it all, or a ‘Google it all?’ How many times have I searched my symptoms on the internet and found out that I have a cancer of the throat, blood, skin and every organ of my body? In a similar manner, what about the teachings of the Catholic Church? Do I claim to be a ‘know it all’ or ‘a search it all’?Continue Reading