Since becoming engaged in 2013 I have been on an ever deepening spiritual journey back into the Catholic faith. Through sacramental grace & intense personal study I fueled the fire in my heart for knowledge, learning & re-learning everything I could about Catholicism. Inevitably, I grew close to the Blessed Virgin Mary & closer to Jesus than I knew was possible. The more I learned about the Rosary the more I prayed it & as a busy mom with a full life, it didn’t take long to notice a marked difference in my days.
When I grounded myself with the meditation I found I had more patience, the house felt lighter, I was more focused on God & the peace was palpable! When I didn’t, my fuse was shorter, my emotions held more reign & I was quick to turn to distraction- things other than God- to get me though.
It quickly became clear to me that the strength & refuge I found in the rosary was a daily need. So I challenged myself to pray 5 decades a day of the prescribed mysteries for a week. At first the prayer felt long & repetitive but once I got the hang of it, my time in meditation didn’t seem long enough. So I prayed for a month, then 54 days, then a year.
I prayed it everywhere. At the airport, in the car, during nap time, in adoration, on audio while I did chores, at the grocery store, on vacation, on walks with my dog & in bed before falling asleep.
It wasn’t always silent or uninterrupted but each day I meditated on the holy life of Jesus & the divine motherhood of Mary. As I walked through joyful & sorrowful mysteries in my own life, I began to realize just how relatable & universal these mystical events truly were. The human experiences of Jesus & Mary connected us through time & united us in Spirit.
As time went on I grew deeper in trust, bolder in faith, stronger in virtue & more mature in motherhood through the fruits of the spirit prayed for & the graces given therein. I felt different inside too. Calmer. The rosary was a tether to the anchor of Christ, steadying me through all of the ups & downs.
I didn’t realize how significant the change in me was until others began to notice too. The improved state of my interior life was reflected in my interactions with my family, my daily habits, my surroundings; even how I carried myself had changed.
Now I am not claiming that the rosary worked like a magic spell that took all of my problems away or that it made everything in my life perfect- Only God can choose what to do with our prayers- but it gave me the sweet grace & support I needed to keep moving in the right direction.
I still pray the rosary every day. Everywhere I go, at all hours, for everyone, for all intentions, in good & bad times. If you’re reading this (rest assured!) I’m praying it for you. I’ve added other prayers & taken up different devotions over time but the rosary remains a staple of my life.
This project was born of this devotion & marries a love of storytelling & contemplation in a way that I pray will promote empathy, encourage community & speak to the hearts of women everywhere.
Oh God, who’s only begotten son through his life, death & resurrection has purchased for us the rewards of eternal life, grant we beseech thee that by meditating on these mysteries of the most holy rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary that we may imitate what they contain & obtain what they promise through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen.
In His Love,
Caitlin Winters, Founder
To read more from Cait visit her personal blog prayersoverthekitchensink.com