Recently I went to an abortion clinic to pray the rosary with a small group of parishioners, when two of the men pulled these tough, masculine-looking men’s rosaries out of their pockets. They weren’t the pretty, jewelry-like rosaries that most women use. They were made for a man and a man’s hands. Hmmm, I thought . . . there is something attractive about a man that prays the rosary.
Okay, men . . . let me let you in on a little secret: devout Catholic women LOVE devout Catholic men. It’s true. This quality is actually attractive. Why is this? Ever since the Garden of Eden, men have been charged by God with the protection of their wives and their children, both physically and spiritually. When men fail to lead and protect, women not only feel vulnerable and unsafe, they also feel that they have to “fill in” for this lack, especially for their children. This creates a stressful burden for a woman that is definitely present in a marriage and creating a strain on it, even if it goes unmentioned or unnoticed.
So, men, if you want to bond your wife even more closely to you, and ignite some sparks in the process, become a man of prayer. Give her some rest by letting her know she can rest in your leadership. She will love you for it. Better yet, acquire a devotion to Mary and use her weapon for all her children—the Holy Rosary. The rosary is not only a way to meditate and reflect on the life and passion of Christ, the rosary is also a spiritual weapon and powerful tool against sin and the devil. It will strengthen you to live a life of virtue and it will be efficacious in overcoming the spiritual battles in your family. The rosary does not fail.
P.S. : Men often need leadership too. Becoming a man of prayer will also draw other men to look to you as an example. If men see other men praying the rosary and turning their lives around in the process, they may be encouraged to do the same. You can pray the rosary with your wife, with your children, or with a group of guy friends—like these men going for a hike while praying the rosary in this video: http://youtu.be/61SY9ARlgc4. However you incorporate the rosary into your life, you will only be sorry that you didn’t start sooner.
Note: This article was written by my coworker Gretchen, from her perspective, and she wanted to share with Catholic Dads Online readers. If you have older sons, please share this article with them.