#88 My Journey with the Rosary

In this show, Jennie explores her journey with the Holy Rosary and how it is an important part of her prayer life. 

Jennie shares, I can remember feeling a sense of dread as a child when someone would say, "let's pray the rosary." I didn't understand the rosary and I didn't understand its importance. In all honesty, it took a while for me to mature in my faith so that the rosary became a devotion. It became something that I looked forward to rather than something that I had to do. Looking back, my devotion to the rosary began to grow as I became a mom. When I had these little people that I was caring for and there were times that I had no idea what I was doing so I felt completely overwhelmed. It was at those times that I turned to the Blessed Mother. I would obviously go to my mom here on earth who is a wealth of information, but I was also reminded that we have this Heavenly mother who is there to guide us and lead us. As a mom, especially as my children got older,  when they started driving, when they were more independent and I wasn't always with them that I felt this neediness that I needed somehow to pray even more for them. That's when I started relying on the rosary. That's when I started picking up the rosary beads and praying for my children. It wasn't always daily. Sometimes, I might pray the rosary during Advent or during Lent but it wasn't probably until the last 10 years that the rosary has become part of my daily routine. It's just part of my prayer time every morning.

I can tell the days that I take the time and pray the rosary, and I can tell the times that I either rushed through it or put it off for later, that things seem a little more chaotic. I'm not as grounded as I am when I pray the rosary first thing in the morning. The rosary has impacted my life and I want to inspire you to pick up your beads and come to know Jesus and the love of the father through the rosary. Mary will take your hand and she will walk you through the mysteries so that you will come to know and love her son and a whole new deeper way.

The Rosary grew in importance the first time Jennie visited Medjugorje. As she was riding a bus with a group of pilgrims, they were praying the Rosary as they arrived in the little village of Medjugorje. Jennie shares how that Rosary was different, more powerful and how she immediately fell in love with the prayers. It was through this knowledge of the Rosary that Jennie felt called to pray the Rosary daily for one year during the pandemic on Facebook Live. 

Listen to this show, to hear how the Rosary can inspire and encourage you in your daily life. 

Jennie is a Catholic speaker, Life Coach, Podcaster, Weekly Radio Show Host on Nashville Catholic Radio, and founder of Catholic Moms in the Middle. After 26 years of working in Catholic education, Jennie felt God calling her "to step out of the boat" to serve in a new way. In her new ministry as a Catholic Life Coach, she now equips and encourages middle-life moms to reconnect with who they are and their unique God-given purpose so they can MAGNIFY Christ in their corner of the world.