Thursday, November 27, 2008

I can't meditate

Some people who have been praying the Rosary for many years can be heard saying: I Just can't think any more. Certainly I can't meditate. I seem to be lost. My answer is: "Welcome to the club!"
The point is that such people may have gone past complicated ways of meditating. They are not inclined to hold on to clear images or concepts. They just want to rest in the Lord and his Blessed Mother. Fine! A time comes when we should move on to this kind of prayer of rest and simplicity. One should not let our Rosary become a mere formula, or a fossilised form of prayer. It it an organic living reality and one may expect it to conform to the rules of life and growth.

My own suggestion is that when you announce the Mystery to be contemplated, you focus in on one simple phrase or thought,-- what they call a mantra. Rest in that simple prayer word and let it carry you through the decade or indeed through your whole Rosary. Maybe I can develop this trend at a later stage.

May I wish you well. You might like to contact me: Fr. Gabriel Harty,OP, The Dominican Priory, Tallaght Village, Dublin 24, Ireland.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Hello Everyone
Read my story of the Rosary at world At this site you will find the full text of my most recent thoughts on the Rosary. The Rosary is a kind of University of prayer. What I mean, is that it is not just a once off formula of prayer--the same for everyone. Some folk will be content with saying the vocal prayers slowly and with sincerity. They may well enter into a deep contemplative spirit with these heavenly-sent prayers. Others will want to study the mysteries and turn them over in their minds and imagination. Again there will be those who can no longer cope with the detail of pictured scenes or complicated thoughts. They just want to linger in love with the Lord and be nursed by the Blessed Mother.
The picture at the top has been given to me by my fellow Dominican, Fr. Donagh O'Shea. He is the Director of the Retreat House in Tallaght and a world renowned teacher of contemplative prayer and leads people in the ways of stillness and silence.