Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste
to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth.
When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the infant leaped in her womb,
and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said,
"Blessed are you among women,
and blessed is the fruit of your womb.
And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy.
Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled."
I used to majorly struggle with the Rosary. To me, it seemed almost idolatrous until I understood the reasoning behind it. Imagine my annoyance when I realized that basically all of the Rosary was based on scripture! But, even in that knowledge, I still felt like something was off.
I realize now that the “weirdness” wasn’t because it was a sin or something wrong to do. It was because I had never developed a true relationship with the person Mary. It would be like pleading to a perfect stranger you maybe see once a year a Christmas parties! #Awkward!! Gradually, build your relationship with our Heavenly Father, Jesus, Mary and the Saints. It takes time and determination, as with any relationship.
(P.S. To any Protestants reading, I am ALL ABOUT ecumenism and uniting Protestants and Catholics. Before rolling your eyes and thinking Catholics are totally off their rocker (as I would’ve done a few years ago), I encourage you to delve into researching the roll of Mary a little further before totally ruling out Catholic understanding of her. Just know, it’s ALL about Jesus. And we are all about bringing the Church back together in unity. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us).