By Tricia Frey
Challenges are so helpful at getting us pumped to begin a new habit that we have really wanted to implement. But what happens when you are so amped by a challenge but you just have no idea how to get started? Have no fear. There are tons of resources. A few of my favorites are listed below.
In particular the Chaplet Challenge is something that has me so thrilled! I have noticed that praying a chaplet – any chaplet, really, whether you are praying the whole Rosary (going around and around on that chaplet bracelet), or a decade of the Rosary, or the Divine Mercy Chaplet, or maybe even repeating the Jesus Prayer over and over around the beads – just helps to calm me and refocus my life, energy, thought, desires, drive back to Jesus. My blood pressure goes down, my pulse slows, my heart and shoulder muscles relax. Doing a chaplet is like a 5-minute retreat. Exactly what can help get you through the day.
Okay, but enough of all that. Let’s get you those resources so we can kill this challenge together!
This book is only $4 and is one of the best Rosary resources I've ever seen. I suppose it's target audience is teens, but I have 85 year old parishioners who have prayed the Rosary every day for most of their who are still blow away by this.
I use The Complete Rosary by Robert Kochis from iTunes as a daily meditation
CD with Edward Sri: Praying the Rosary Like Never Before
And a blog about Mary the Warrior from Word on Fire
I use Divine Mercy Chaplet by Mark Mallett from iTunes for my frequent meditation
Fr. Michael Gaitley has a book called Divine Mercy Explained
Here is a blog about Divine Mercy from Word on Fire
This homily by Bishop Barron on the Divine Mercy is challenging and inspiring
A phenomenal DVD set on Divine Mercy by Fr. Michael Gaitley
Lastly, and a bonus is this folder of chaplet awesomeness. Check it out here.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Tricia is the Director for Teen Faith Formation at St. Mary of the Falls Parish, working in ministry for middle schoolers, high school teens, and young adults. Her top three loves are Jesus, family, and Cleveland, closely followed by sleeping, popcorn, a perfectly chilled glass of white wine, and a great comedy show.