Speak Up! — What Rosary Prayer Teaches Us About Stating Intentions


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Speak Up!  — What Ros­ary Pray­er Teaches Us About Stat­ing Inten­tions

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Speak Up! — What Ros­ary Pray­er Teaches Us About Stat­ing Inten­tions

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Do you remem­ber one of the early scenes in Mil­lion Dol­lar Baby where Cli­ent Eastwood’s char­ac­ter kneels in pray­er next to his bed? He says some­thing to the extent, Lord, you know what I want, there’s no use in me repeat­ing myself.” Boy, how often can I relate to that sen­ti­ment? I some­times think to myself that God knows everything and def­in­itely knows my inten­tions and my needs bet­ter than myself so why go through the exer­cise of for­mu­lat­ing them in pray­er? The Gos­pel read­ing from 10÷6÷16 addresses this dilem­ma.

Last Thursday’s Gos­pel read­ing included this pop­ular verse from Luke:

And I tell you, ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For every­one who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”
The Regnum Christi website’s med­it­a­tion on this Gos­pel read­ing talks about how we fall into the sin of pride when we don’t expli­citly ask God for help through pray­er. From their web­site:

When I Don’t Ask for What I Need, I Treat God as My Ser­vant: When we expect God to give us all we need without ask­ing, are we not pla­cing the whole burden of our sal­va­tion on him and noth­ing on ourselves? Are we not in a sense being lazy? You know what I need, Lord. Just give it to me, take care of it, while I focus on my own interests.” Not only is this lazi­ness, it is pride, treat­ing God like a ser­vant whose role is to provide whatever I need. We for­get he is God. Cer­tainly God is gen­er­ous and lov­ing, will­ing to give us everything that is good for us; but he is still God, and he deserves our respect, ador­a­tion, and espe­cially our grat­it­ude.
The ros­ary con­nec­tion to this Gos­pel read­ing is the Fifth Glor­i­ous Mys­tery — Mary’s Coron­a­tion as Queen of Heav­en. Tra­di­tion­ally, the mother of a king held tre­mend­ous presti­ge because while a king may have mul­tiple wives, he only has one mother. The king’s mother was referred to as the gebira. It makes sense then that Christ, being King of Heav­en, would coro­n­ate his mother Mary as Queen of Heav­en.

The chief respons­ib­il­ity of the gebira was to act as a medi­at­or and speak on behalf of the king. When we pray the ros­ary, we acknow­ledge Mary as our medi­at­or of our needs and inten­tions to her son, Jesus Christ. But she can bet­ter medi­ate on our behalf when we con­sciously and humbly come to her and ask for her help in pray­er.

Crowned Madon­na, Rokit­no, Poland, 1671
Crowned Madon­na, Rokit­no, Poland, 1671 (Pho­to cred­it: Wiki­pe­dia)
Think of Mary like a doc­tor and you are the patient. Mary is here to help you and she will do whatever she can to cure the ill­ness of sin and bring you into God’s grace. How­ever, she will be bet­ter able to help you if you are forth­right and hon­est with her by humbly stat­ing your needs in pray­er. The bet­ter the patient you are, the more effect­ive Mary can be in her role as your Queen of Heav­en. When you can for­mu­late your inten­tions in pray­er then you will be able to under­stand how God responds to your request.

If you know what ails you spir­itu­ally, speak up! Because if can’t form the request in your head, how will you recog­nize the heav­enly respon­se?

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Speak Up!  — What Ros­ary Pray­er Teaches Us About Stat­ing Inten­tions

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Speak Up! — Liema Rużar­ju Pray­er Ensei­gne Us About Jid­dikjara Inten­z­jon­iji­et

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Do you remem­ber wieħed mill-xeni kmi­eni fil Mil­lion Dol­lar Baby fejn il-kar­at­tru Klijent East­wood kneels fit-talb li jmiss għall-sod­da tiegħu? Hu jgħid xi ħaġa safe­jn, ““Mulej, int taf dak li nix­tieq, hemm ebda użu lili tir­re­peti myself.”” Boy, kemm-il dar­ba nista jir­relataw għal dik sen­ti­ment? I kult­ant naħseb li myself li Alla jaf kollox u definit­tiva­ment jaf inten­z­jon­iji­et tiegħi u l-ħtiġiji­et tiegħi aħjar minn ruħi hekk għaliex tmur per­mezz tal-eżer­ċizzju ta for­mulazz­joni min­nhom fit-talb? Il-Vanġe­lu qari mill 10÷6÷16 ind­i­rizzi din id-dilem­ma.

Evanġelju qari nhar il-Ħam­is kien­et tinkludi dan il-poeżiji popolari mill Luqa:

“U jien ngħi­dilkom, staqsi u inti ser tirċievi; tfit­tex u inti ser iss­ib; knock u l-bieb se jin­fetaħ lilek. Għal kulħadd li jit­lob, jirċievi; u l-wieħed li jfit­tex, iss­ib; u għal dak li knocks, il-bieb se jin­fetaħ. “”
med­itazz­joni Il-web­sa­jt Regnum Christi dwar dan taħ­didi­et qari Evanġelju dwar kif naqgħu fil-dnub ta kbur­i­ja meta aħna ma espliċitu jistaqsu Alla għall-għa­jnuna per­mezz ta’ talb. Mill-web­sa­jt tagħhom: