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Whether you love the rosary or struggle to understand its appeal, Karen Edmisten will help you enter more fully into its mystery. She offers here an encouraging guide that will enable you to leave behind the distractions and time constraints of daily life, the temptations to rote repetition, and allow you to find yourself, through the rosary, in the...
Whether you love the rosary or struggle to understand its appeal, Karen Edmisten will help you enter more fully into its mystery. She offers here an encouraging guide that will enable you to leave behind the distractions and time constraints of daily life, the temptations to rote repetition, and allow you to find yourself, through the rosary, in the presence of Jesus and his Mother.
Posted May 4, 2012
Posted June 23, 2009
The author is a former atheist who became a Catholic at the age of 39. In this book she has produced "a primer, a reference, and a source of support" for all who are interested in the Catholic practice of praying the rosary. She addresses common misunderstandings about the rosary and provides practical tips for incorporating it into our prayer life.
After a brief report on her own introduction to the rosary, Edmisten explores its origins and miracles associated with it. She frequently returns to the often problematic issue of praying "to" Mary, explaining that Mary is not the granter of prayers but one who intercedes on our behalf. Two chapters are devoted to the mechanics of the rosary and the role of the mysteries, with a brief description of each.
Her chapter on meditating on the mysteries begins with a quotation from the Catechism of the Catholic Church defining meditation as a quest for greater understanding of God and our life with him through "thought, imagination, emotion and desire." Edmisten provides rosary examples for each of these four elements. While praying the third joyful mystery, she suggests we think about the birth of Jesus, imagine being a witness, and consider Mary's emotions. Lastly, we ask ourselves if we desire to be transformed by the nativity. Meditation is not high drama, weeping, or levitation, she writes, but simply focusing on one thing about God at a time. "Meditation is a way of herding the stray thoughts, corralling them and setting them aside for a time," so that we have room for the moment's one thing.
This little book has something for everyone, from individuals unfamiliar with the rosary to those who pray with it regularly.
Posted May 23, 2009
When this book arrived, I found the "something else" I had been seeking (though I couldn't have told you I was looking for it). For one thing, there's the title. I love the image of the rosary as a time to just hang out with Jesus and his mom. It has given me a whole new approach to my morning rosary, an entirely new paradigm and a breath of fresh prayer for me.
Unlike so many devotional helps, Karen Edmisten doesn't flowery-phrase you to death. She says what needs said -- I had quite a few "ah-HA!" moments -- and she shares enough from her own experience that I caught myself, a few times, looking over to see if she was standing over my shoulder.
It's the kind of book that has a voice you can actually hear. Karen's approachable and she's not out to convince you to pray the rosary. Instead of a volume of reasons you should be praying the rosary already, Keeping Company is one woman sitting down, coffee in hand, to discuss it calmly with you. She gives some history, she gives some tips, she gives some anecdotes, and in the midst of it, I found myself smiling and nodding and asking her if she wanted more coffee, if she could stay for another few pages, if she would pray with me.
This is one of my very favorite books. I can't recommend it highly enough, whether or not you're a Catholic or you struggle with the rosary.