By Hannah Morais
Repetition leads to familiarity, familiarity leads to knowing, knowing leads to learning, and learning leads to growing. Basically, repetition is key to growing one’s brain, therefore maximizing one’s skills and one’s ability to learn other things. Whether one is studying for a test, practicing for a play, or shooting layups, repetition can help one to master the skill one is practicing so one can move on to a new, harder skill. Repetition is present in many places at school and at home, but it is also present in the Catholic faith. The Rosary is, at its most basic, a series of prayers that Catholics say to honor Mary and reflect upon the life of Jesus and Mary. There are only four different sets of mysteries said in the Rosary, and there are only six different prayers. However, most of the prayers are repeated, so one will end up saying the Hail Mary 53 times in a Rosary. Repetition, though, is part of what makes the Rosary so special. One can gain new insight and wisdom every time they pray the Rosary because of what God is speaking to them or trying to tell them as they meditate on the mysteries. Also, one can become closer to Mary through the shared experience of the Rosary. The first time one prays the Rosary won’t be hard; it is the daily habit of praying the Rosary that is the challenge. Just as it is hard to learn a skill through repetition, so too is it hard to make the Rosary a daily priority. It can also be hard to focus on the Rosary because of the repetitive prayers and the seemingly long process. The Rosary only takes about twenty minutes to pray- that’s 1/72 of the 24-hour day. And again, the repetition of the Rosary will lead to growth in one’s relationship with God and Mary that can have an everlasting effect on who they are as a person. So, considering last month was the month of the Rosary, I invite you to pray at least one so that you can reflect on Mary, Jesus, and your relationship with both. And if you are not Catholic, pray a special prayer to Jesus about His mother, Mary.