Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Family Rosary

I recently chose to begin saying a daily family rosary again. We had fallen away from the habit during my pregnancy with Lydia, and I missed that consistent family prayer time. Lent seemed a good time to start up again, and I'm happy to say that it is going well.  What amuses me is how we go about it.

We say the rosary in the evening, right before we tuck the kids into bed. I purchased a CD from the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration and loaded into iTunes. Then, we connect to my iTunes through our XBox360 (using Connect360 since I have a Mac) and listen to the audio through our TV sound system.  Who would have thought a gaming system would have made our family rosary easier?

Of course, we could just say the rosary, but the CD helps us keep track and I don't lose count of prayers when Lydia needs help or redirection.  As I mentioned before, I really like this CD because the prayers are not muddied with music.

Everyone is happy and willing to spend this time in prayer, and I feel almost foolish that it took so long to come back to the habit.  Lydia is content to putter around us while we pray, but I know that it is sinking in. As another advantage, the boys seem more calm as they head to bed each night.

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