Ok, I am going to admit. I don't particularly like saying the rosary! In fact, most times it is a chore to me.
Oh, I have tried some very beautiful meditation books. I especially love the ones from "Jesus Living in Mary." Some have worked. However, I am still drawn to do what Francisco did when the Blessed Mother asked the children at Fatima to pray the rosary daily. Instead of repeating Hail Mary's he would say one and then on the subsequent beads say "same to you, same to you, same to you...". You get the idea.
Of course, Our Lady was not very pleased with this shortcut and reprimanded him, after which time he prayed it devoutly. When Lucia asked the Blessed Mother if they would go to heaven she replied, yes, she and Jacinta would go to heaven, but Francisco would need to say many rosaries first. Must have been to make up for the ones he missed!
Still, it has been decades since I began praying this prayer daily. Not because I want to, but because Our Lady asked me too. She has made many promises to those who faithfully recite this prayer. I admit, sometimes it is hurried, sometimes distracted and many times in my car, but in spite of my resistance it has become an important part of my daily life, a friend to me, a comfort. It may be because of my consecration and love for Mary , I am not really sure, but I would venture to say it is a gift from her to me. All I know is my day would not be the same without my recitation of the rosary.
"Do you wish to offer yourselves to God, to endure all the suffering that He may please to send you, as an act of reparation for the sins by which He is offended, and to ask for the conversion of sinners?"
Mary asked the children at Fatima, as she asks each one of us today. Yes, I do, especially for those separated from God because of a past abortion, and so I pray my rosary daily knowing very well that I may get distracted and struggle through it, but I also know my feelings do not matter as I give it all to her to use as she see fits for these reasons only...she asked me to and I love her.
Blessed 100th Anniversary!