09 My ROSARY by my Pillow - Fr Cedric Prakash sj

posted May 2, 2018, 11:45 PM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated May 2, 2018, 11:46 PM ]
As one grows older, one tends to develop certain 'tics' — a kind of a 'prop' for the journey ahead! These 'tics' are sometimes really good: a habit which one has been nurturing over the years, and at one stage, one realises that one can really not do without it!

Since I was a little child, my mother taught me and my siblings that one should never go to bed without saying the Rosary. Come what may, however late one was, or tired or sleepy—the family Rosary had to be said! It was another matter that sometimes we rattled it out with a speed that would put a 'Rajdhani' to shame. It was a duty, a discipline which became part of one's life; but without realising, it also helped nurture, enrichen and deepen one's faith! The Rosary had come to stay!

Over the years, my Rosary became an 'essential' in my 'carry-ons'; I have found it difficult to go anywhere without the Rosary in my pocket! I have often wondered if it is just a 'superstition' like the charms or amulets that people wear for 'good luck' or to ward off evil. No, for me, it is much deeper—a sign of my faith! The fact that Mary my mother accompanies me in this journey of life, in the very same way she accompanied her son Jesus in the Joyful, Luminous, Sorrowful and Glorious stages of His life on earth.

Of late, together with my little crucifix, I need to have my Rosary by my pillow. It has become another absolute necessity for me. It is my WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter accounts all rolled in one! Completely synced! As I touch the beads, I remember the people I encountered during the day: my colleagues, my collaborators, my companions; the refugees and the displaced; my family, my close friends, my other near and dear ones; those with whom I communicated during the day; the many who have asked for my prayers: those sick with cancer, the lonely, the old; those gone before me…