The rosary is a marvelous prayer tool designed to help us enter into meditative prayer. Normally, there are 4 sets of standard mysteries that are meditated on. The mysteries are; Joyful, Sorrowful, Glorious and Luminous. The set of mysteries that I talk about here are not official mysteries recognized by the Catholic church but rather a part of my personal reflection and prayer time.
On a Sunday morning while we were driving to and from a meeting in Austin about the diaconate, we prayed a rosary on the way down using the glorious mysteries. On the way back we decided to try something different. We came up with the Mysteries of Life. The results were so good that I feel called to share it here. These mysteries have taken me in many different directions during my prayer time, everything from my childhood, the lives of my children, my spiritual life, and the life of the church.
First mystery, Conception – Psalm 139:13 You formed my inmost being; you knit me in my mother’s womb. Luke 1:31 Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus.
Second mystery, Birth – Luke 2:6-7 While they were there, the time came for her to have her child, and she gave birth to her firstborn son. John 3:7 Do not be amazed when I told you, ‘You must be born from above’.
Third mystery, Adolescence – Proverbs 22:6 Train a boy in the way he should go; even when he is old, he will not swerve from it. The prodigal son, Luke 15:11-32.
Fourth mystery, Adulthood – Luke 2:52 And Jesus advanced [in] wisdom and age and favor before god and man.
Fifth mystery, End of Life – 2 Corinthians 5:17 So whoever is in Christ is a new creation: the old things have passed away; behold, new things have come.