Gabriel greeted Mary with the words, "Hail Mary, full of grace." Can you imagine how many millions of times we have repeated those words?
We grew up hearing that Mary had given the Rosary to St. Dominic in the year 1210, but we have since learned that was introduced by a Dominican priest two centuries later. That being the case, I have felt free to alter it in ways
For years i have been happy saying my Rosary on my fingers instead of on my beads.
I have a special reason for doing it that way. When I was four years old, and my mother would take me Christmas shopping in the busy department stores, I would hang tight to her hand for comfort and assurance, but all the time i would be gaping around at other kids and at holiday displays. Now I can give full attention to the mysteries.
Now, for my rosaries I cling as tightly to Mary's hand as I put all my attention on the mysteries of her Rosary.
Another thing, I have enjoyed making up my own mysteries. In the mornings I say a rosary on the Beatitudes. In the late afternoons I break Chapter One of John's Gospel into fifteen mysteries. I love meditating on such phrases as. "Through him was life, and this life was the light of the whole human race."
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