I’m praying a modified version of the Rosary this Lent Season. Here are a couple of random but initial thoughts after the first week. Some of these might not be very surprising for some of you, but this is what has floated to the top this week.
1. The anchoring effect is surprising. I’m a person who get’s easily distracted and can float from one project to anther without fully finishing something. This is mainly because my something will come into my mind and I’ll drop everything to pursue it. However, when I’m on bead 36, I have physical reason to keep going with the praying and not get pulled away.
2. Praying “Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors” is much shorter than “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.”
3. I didn’t know the beatitudes as well as I thought I did. I’ve had to intentionally re-commit them to memory.
4. Over the course of the whole string of Beads, I say the Lords Prayer 53 times. With that much repetition different parts of the prayer come out over the course of the whole prayer time. Somedays, “forgive us our debts/sins/trespasses” floats up. Others, it’s “Your kingdom come” that has come out. I’ve noticed a deeper prayer/message that shows up because of the repetition of the smaller prayer.