Some might say that meditative prayer and 2-year-olds don’t mix. For years, I’ve tried to find some quiet time during the day to be with the Lord. But things happen when I’m not constantly in the presence of my children. And they’re not good things. So it’s not like I can sequester myself off into a quiet distraction-free corner. I have to be in the middle of things, for now, anyway.
Rather than take this to mean that I’m not to have my quiet prayer time until my kiddos get a bit older…I think God has been telling me that I need to incorporate more family prayer time.
So, I am teaching all the kiddos how to pray the rosary. A little bit. At. A time. One decade at a time, to be exact.
Even adults have difficulty focusing for long periods. We need to slowly train ourselves to be quiet with our Lord. It simply makes no sense to expect the kiddos to stay quiet and focused without some help and a little consideration for their limitations.
Last week, we started with the Joyful Mysteries.
First, each of the kiddos made a small, kid friendly pocket rosary. Emmie and Peter had some help.
Some of those are glow-in-the-dark beads, so they are way cool.
These are one decade rosaries and we pray one decade each week day, which allows us to complete one group of mysteries each week. The hail Mary beads are designed to be “pulled” so they don’t lose their place.
We’re using Speak, Lord, I am Listening: A Scriptural Rosary by Christine Haapala (published with Ecclesiastical Permission Diocese of Arlington):
What is a scriptural rosary? From the book:
A scriptural Rosary responds to the words from the Catechism of the Catholic Church. “Prayer should accompany the reading of Sacred Scripture, so that a dialogue takes place between God and man.” (CCC 2653)…
A Scriptural Rosary simplifies, yet spiritually edifies, the mental power in the Most Holy Rosary. A Scriptural Rosary is a conversation with God. He speaks to us through His Word and we respond with the Our Father, or the Angelic salutation, the Hail Mary. Sacred Scriptures are added to the praying of the Most Holy Rosary to keep us alert, to help to understand the mysteries, and to converse with God in the presence of His Blessed Mother.
I had concerns about the Littles, but the first week turned out to be a very positive experience for everybody. Yeah!
Peter was very intent on keeping up with which bead we were on. One day, he was concentrating his hardest, walking around and around the room, the rosary clutched in his little hands, up against his forehead. Not saying the words out loud, but totally intent on what we were praying.
All of us are learning to refocus our intentions. We had gotten a little too wrapped up in academics. And personal wants. Our Lord should be the center of our days, not something on the periphery.
This is definitely a win!
What are some ways that you incorporate your prayer life into your homeschool?