I have admitted in other forums that I have had a hard time developing a love for saying the rosary. I don't think I have a problem with devotions in general, in fact, the Divine Mercy Chaplet is my "go to guy" when I feel my prayer life is in need of a pick-me-up.
So many wonderful saints (and people striving to be saints) stress the importance of saying the rosary and the spiritual benefits of this devotion; how Heaven's gate is virtually propped open with a silver filigreed, rose scented doorstop to those who honor this devotion.
To be perfectly honest... that guilt doesn't help!
But in a homily I heard, not too long ago, this amazing priest was relating a talk given by another amazing priest (what are the odds?) about the Holy Spirit. He explained how the Holy Spirit, the perfect spouse, will rush into any place where he finds the Blessed Virgin, just to be with her. So by creating a space of honor and nurturing a love for the Blessed Virgin, you are also creating room where the Holy Spirit will want to dwell to be with His beloved.
Now, a few years ago, when I was going through a very difficult time, a trusted confessor advised me to learn more about the Holy Spirit and encouraged me to pray for specific gifts and and increase of certain fruits. He recommended a book called Swift Victory.
The book was very enlightening but this homily I was hearing second hand captivated my attention! I was determined to try--- for myself and for my kids.
Since May ended, and our lovely basket full of Mary's titles and our special intentions had been put away, we started June with a bedtime prayer to the the Sacred Heart and one decade of the rosary. It takes us one week to get through a whole set of mysteries but hey... baby steps!
We usually start off the decade by asking the children if they know the next mystery. I should be embarrassed to admit this, but Husband and I get a little chuckle at what they come up with. (Moses isn't in the rosary? How 'bout Noah?)
Each child has a special rosary; sentimental ones that we don't let them have full access to all the time. Except BigBoy, who is still using the chunky wooden kind, but knows exactly which drawer it is kept in and insists on retrieving it himself! They have enjoyed getting to use these treasures and we have enjoyed sharing with them these mysteries and seeing this devotion through the eyes of children. The oooohs, the aaahs and the sleepy little yawns have already inspired some stirrings in my heart... I hope in theirs too.
What ways have you encouraged your children's appreciation for the Rosary?