By now you probably have noticed that I have a devotion to the rosary. Getting to this devotion has been the work of the Blessed Mother, without a doubt. I did not grow up with the rosary at home, just the infrequent occasion at Catholic day school. Praying the rosary never occurred to me in college or early in my marriage. In fact, it was after we had started homeschooling (my faith has grown by leaps and bounds since starting homeschooling) that a very dear friend asked me if I was I interested in learning how to make a rosary, and I answered "yes." Because my faith was depening more and more each day, a devotion to praying the rosary came hand-in-hand with making them. The Blessed Mother came to me through my hands because it was a sure way to get me!
I now depend on the rosary -- not just in time of extreme need, but when is there not a need in one way or another? As long as we are on this earth there will be a need. But every day does not offer a perfect time for quiet, prayerful contemplation with beads in-hand. Throughout most of the day, when we are not schooling, I have something I am trying to accomplish, whether cleaning, ironing, or working on a knitting or sewing project (usually a gift or necessary item like children's clothes). It's a rare moment that is completely free and all to myself.
My lap with knitting and iPhone this morning.
I recently discovered how wonderful the iPhone (or iPod/iPad) is for helping me pray. I can knit, sew, iron -- any quiet activity-- while praying the rosary with my iPhone nearby. I dislike using earphones but my iPhone has small speakers, so as long as it is fairly quiet, I have no trouble hearing it.
I thought I'd share this concept, in this month of the rosary, because it may not have occurred to you that you can use modern technology for this ancient devotion. You can use an app for this purpose, but there are plenty of online audio rosaries as well -- you can use them on an iPod/Pad/Phone or on the computer.
The apps might cost a few bucks (but this free one is very nice) but you don't need a data plan (or use data) to use it. Alternately if you have wifi, the online versions are free and some take no space on your device. I like a scriptural rosary and found this one to be very nice. I dislike scripture read with drama, but maybe that's not your preference. Just google "audio rosary online" or "audio scriptural rosary online" and you'll find a lot of choices. Some require you to download an mp3 file and some stream. Or if you like an app, search iTunes and find the multitude of apps out there.
Though technology can be so disruptive to our lives, it's a good thing when we use it to become closer to God.