One of my favorite sites is Real Men Pray the Rosary a group dedicated to sharing the spiritual blessings of praying the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary. They post great daily meditations for the daily Rosary and really do a good job of spreading information about it.
And now Real Men Pray the Rosary has issued a 33 Day Rosary Challenge starting May 1, 2013.
Here's why they are doing it...
Pray the Rosary daily. Not for 30 days but 33 days. 33 represents the number of years that Jesus dwelt among us in the fullness of his humanity. 33 constitutes a direct connection to the fullness of the Divine- made man, a connection to Jesus himself. One day of praying the Rosary for every year that Jesus gave us, setting aside his glory as God, and living and breathing and walking among us. Pray the Rosary daily for 33 days. Focus on the content of the mysteries. Meditate upon that Gospel story and apply the lessons to your life. Pray for the Holy Spirit to open your heart to receive the fullness of His mystery-the fullness of faith.
I know the daily Rosary has been a huge benefit for myself and really helps me get through tough days. It is extremely difficult being out "in the world" on a daily basis, where we can be constantly under attack. With the help of Our Lady, the Rosary can be a spiritual weapon to help us defend against these attacks. So I encourage you if you're not praying the Rosary daily, take up this challenge! You'll be glad you did!
Last year marked the first time in over 20 years I went deer hunting. It was my nephews first year of hunting and one of them needed an adult to sit with them. It was alot of fun. We saw a few deer, but none we could shoot at.
This year, I decided to take it a step further and actually get a license and sit out near them. I haven't shot a gun in over 20 years but with my past hunting experiences that won't be a problem. Once again, alot of fun, the boys were very excited, and it was a beautiful morning.
I didn't see any deer today, but it sure was a great time to pray! I don't know how many rosaries I was able to say in the 4 hours I was out there, but what an amazing experience! This year I made a list of intentions for my "hunting prayers" and it really helped me get the most out of my time in the woods.
Thanks be to God for nephews, deer, family, and the great outdoors! Maybe I'll actually see some deer and take aim this year, but if not, I'll know it's not time wasted!
I don't know how I missed having a link to Real Men Pray The Rosary already, but I have one now! I stumbled upon this site one day and it made me think about the Rosary and what it means as a Catholic Father and Husband to pray it. The Rosary is a powerful weapon (at a recent talk a priest described it as having a machine gun at your side) to help us on our journey to sainthood. I've gone through phases where I pray it consistently and also when I've struggled with saying it, but Real Men Pray The Rosary helps and gives us some useful tools in our modern internet age to help!
RMPTR uses the web and particularly social media to help spread their message and mission...
TO SHARE WITH ALL CHRISTIANS, ESPECIALLY MEN, ON THE SPIRITUAL & EMOTIONAL BENEFITS OF PRAYING THE ROSARY
I particularly find RMPTR's Facebook page useful as they post the mysteries and meditations daily and also from time-to-time gather members a Virtual Rosary where we join together to pray online.
You can also find great RMPTR gear to help support the mission (I need one of those t-shirts!) and spread the good word!