7 Reasons to Pray the Rosary as a Single Catholic

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When you think of praying the Rosary, you may envision the older women at your local parish gathering for prayers before Mass. But the Rosary isn’t just a prayer for your grandma. Instead, it’s a powerful prayer that every Catholic should turn to.

So why should you pray the Rosary as a single Catholic man or woman? Here are seven reasons to add this prayer into your daily routine.

1. Our Lady asks us to pray the Rosary 

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Perhaps the most convincing reason to pray the Rosary regularly is because Mary herself has asked us to do so. When Our Lady appears to us here on earth through apparitions, she often mentions the importance of the Rosary.

When she visited the children at Fatima, she stressed the importance of a daily Rosary. “Pray the Rosary every day in order to obtain peace for the world and the end of the war,” she told Jacinta, Francisco, and Lucia. Our Lady has also talked about the Rosary during apparitions in Ireland, Poland, Italy, Nicaragua, and Argentina.

“When you say your Rosary, the angels rejoice, the Blessed Trinity delights in it, my Son finds joy in it too, and I myself am happier than you can possibly guess,”  Our Lady told Blessed Alan de la Roche. “After the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, there is nothing in the Church that I love as much as the Rosary.”

2. The Rosary can bring peace to your discernment

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As a single Catholic, you’re in a season of discernment. Where is the Lord calling you? What is God’s will for your life? Adding the Rosary into your prayer routine can help bring peace into this season. Whether you’re praying about a certain potential relationship or for a first date to go well, the Rosary is the perfect prayer to turn to.

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“The Rosary is a powerful weapon to put the demons to flight and to keep oneself from sin,” Pope Pius XI said. “If you desire peace in your hearts, in your homes, and in your country, assemble each evening to recite the Rosary. Let not even one day pass without saying it, no matter how burdened you may be with many cares and labors.”

The next time you’re feeling anxious about your experience as a Catholic single or your online dating journey, turn to Our Lady in the Rosary.

3. Praying the Rosary daily can bring order to your prayer life

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If you struggle with a consistent prayer routine, or don’t know where to start when it comes to structuring your interior life, the Rosary is the perfect starting place. Meditating on the Rosary typically takes about fifteen to twenty minutes. This can be a wonderful way to start your morning routine, or even to end your day.

You can reflect on anything during the mysteries of the Rosary. Perhaps you’re reading a spiritual book that you’d like to think about more. Take a passage into your time in the Rosary and pray about what struck you. You don’t have to say the Rosary by yourself, either. Especially during COVID, there are many digital resources out there to help you pray the Rosary daily.

If you’re worried about the length of the Rosary, remember that you don’t have to say the Rosary in one sitting. You can pray a decade on a short drive, or while you’re waiting in line at the grocery store.

4. The Rosary creates space for silence and deeper prayer

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“For a Christian, vocal prayer must spring from the heart, so that while the Rosary is said, the mind can enter into contemplation of each one of the mysteries,” Saint Josemaria Escriva said.

The Rosary is a prayer that encourages you to enter deeper into meditation. Saying the words of the Hail Mary and Our Father are only the beginning. The deeper you’re about to enter into the mysteries of the life of Christ and the Catholic Church, the more the words of the prayer can become a background to your meditation.

“By its nature the recitation of the Rosary calls for a quiet rhythm and a lingering pace, helping the individual to meditate on the mysteries of the Lord’s life as seen through the eyes of her who was closest to the Lord,” Pope Paul VI wrote. “In this way the unfathomable riches of these mysteries are unfolded.”

5. Praying the Rosary helps you heal

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Maybe your experience as a Catholic single has included suffering. Perhaps you’re healing from a rough breakup, or you’re experiencing loneliness. The Rosary is the perfect place to bring any intention you have for healing.

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You can pray each decade of the Rosary for a specific intention, a place where you desire healing in your story as a single Catholic man or woman. As you pray, reflect on times in the life of Christ where he brought healing (physically and spiritually!) into the lives of those he encountered.

6. The Rosary helps defend you against temptation and sin

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The life of virtue as a single Catholic is something you have to fight for. Our modern society encourages us to give up on the pursuit of virtue in favor of relativism and comfort. But you’re created for God, and you’re created for sainthood. If you’ve found yourself battling temptation and sin in your daily life (and who hasn’t!), turn to the Rosary. It’s one of the best spiritual weapons out there.

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“The Rosary is a powerful weapon to put the demons to flight and to keep oneself from sin,” Pope Pius XI said. “If you desire peace in your hearts, in your homes, and in your country, assemble each evening to recite the Rosary. Let not even one day pass without saying it, no matter how burdened you may be with many cares and labors.”

7. The Rosary is the perfect prayer if you’re feeling lonely

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As a single Catholic, you may be experiencing loneliness. With the holidays around the corner, your desire to be in a healthy, holy relationship might be growing even more. When you’re feeling lonely, the Rosary can unite you to the entire body of Christ.

“When you pray ‘Holy Mary Mother of God, pray for us sinners now…’ the Blessed Mother comes instantly to your side to pray with you,” Father Gabriel Amorth said. He was the chief exorcists of the Vatican. He went on to explain how when Our Lady comes, she brings angels with her. “And not just one or two for she is the Queen of Angels, so choirs of angels come with her. She and Jesus are joined at the heart and cannot be separated so she brings Jesus with her. And Jesus cannot be separated from the Trinity so He brings the Father and the Holy Spirit with Him.”

Praying the Rosary is a beautiful reminder of the reality of the body of Christ. Not only can you join with a group of people here on earth to say the Rosary, you’re also surrounded by your Heavenly family in reflecting and meditating on the goodness of God.

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