The rosary used to be a part of the daily prayer life of most Catholics, but like so many other prayers (the Morning Offering, Acts of Faith, Hope, and Charity) the rosary has fallen victim to the busyness of our lives.
That's a shame, because there are great graces to be gained by praying the rosary. It only takes 15-20 minutes (less time than it takes to watch a rerun of The Simpsons on TiVo), and it's an ideal activity for times when you're doing other things that don't require your undivided attention. For instance, I often pray the rosary when I take a walk at lunchtime, or on my way to or from work.
October 7 is the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, commemorating the victory of Christian naval forces over the Muslim Turkish fleet at the Battle of Lepanto on October 7, 1571. As we prepare for this feast, let us resolve to pray the rosary as a novena. (Begin praying the novena on September 28, to complete it on the eve of the feast.) Who knows? Perhaps, come October 7, we'll find that we want to continue to pray the rosary daily.
(A statue of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary in the Basilica of Santa Maria sopra Minerva in Rome, Italy. Photo © Scott P. Richert)