I came across this great article by Jennifer Fulwiler on how she used to pray the rosary. I say used to. Apparently she missed the whole point of the rosary, which is to meditate on the mysteries. Her mind would drift to her own life - not Christ's.
My story is similar to Ms. Fulwiler's. Just like her, as a convert, it took me a long time to memorize the prayers. After that I felt I was pretty well home free until recently.
I decided to pray the rosary on a daily basis. I hadn't done that in a long time and I really felt that God was calling me to resume that practice. My BFF (of 45 years!) sent me the rosary you see pictured as a gift so I had a brand new rosary and a brand new start. So I thought.
I started praying in the evening and it seemed to be going well. My mind would wonder, but I would get back on track. Sometimes I would lose my place or once, I nearly fell asleep!
One particular day I went for my walk and decided to listen to Fr. Groeschel's beautiful recording entitled The Rosary Is A Place (and also The Rosary is a Luminous Place). Ah! Fr. Groeschel's distinctive narrative and Simonetta's beautiful vocals helped me stay on track.
Like Ms. Fulwiler, I realized what the rosary is for: peace of mind and a better understanding of Jesus as I renew my relationship with Him through those prayers.
With a little help from an old friend.