NAS: Rosary + Single Life





October is dedicated to the Holy Rosary, so we wanted to honor Mary and reflect on her help during this time of singleness. How have you called on her intercession before? What is your relationship with our Blessed Mother like? If you don't know much about Mary or the Rosary, is there something keeping you from getting to know her?





I love, love, LOVE collecting rosaries. I love finding the perfect one that represents a new place I visit. Especially countries. Every time I buy one, I get this renewed energy to pray the rosary. THIS is the time I will integrate it more into my life.

And then, a month later... not so much.

It's a sad reality, really. It's not as if I don't enjoy praying the rosary. I do. Even after all of these years, it's not a habit that has taken hold.

I desire to have a strong relationship with the Blessed Mother... I really do. One that is reflective of my relationship with my momma. Where we can talk about anything, I can cry, she offers advice, and just loves me.

I still hold out hope. Every time I do pray a rosary and ask for her intercession, I feel as though it's a hug from my mom. I learn more about our Father, and the lives of holiness they both lived.

What the rosary helps us to reflect on the most, though, is her fiat. Her yes, to the Lord.  She never said no. And she is an incredible example for us, as single ladies.  Most of us are waiting patiently (sometimes not so much) for our YES to our vocations. That moment when we have met our future hubbies or found our community.

But, our YES is more than that.

Our YES is to living life according to Him.

Our YES is to serving all those we know and meet in love.

Our YES is to embracing our singleness right now!

Our YES is to love Him with all your strength and all your mind and with all your heart.

Mary said YES when the Angel Gabriel came to her. She said YES to raising God in human form. She said YES to loving him. She said YES to the pain of watching her son die a horrific death.

She could have said no. How different would our world be if Mary said no?  And, how different would your world be if you said no to God?

What are your thoughts about the rosary? Mary? Her intercession? Tell us and link-up below!! :) And don't forget about the...........



GIVEAWAY!!!!!!

I am giving some CatholicTV swag away today! We want to ride our awesome NASBoston wave as looooong as we can!!


What you get: 
August CatholicTV magazine (where NAS is featured)
One mug
2 Car Magnets
2 containers with candy
One pen

How to enter:
Browse the CatholicTV website and comment below with what show you would most want to watch.
Also, please sign up to get CatholicTV in your area, too! (This is on the honor system, people!)
The order you comment, is the number you will be given, which will be put into Random.org, and the winner will be chosen!

Dates:
Enter NOW (midnight on Tuesday, October 7) to 11:59pm Sunday, October 12.
I will announce the winner on next week's NAS post. :)



Next Week!
Modesty
Continuing our reflections about our make-up routines, let's chat about modesty! What does modesty mean to you? Does it just involve the clothes you wear and how you wear them? What about the things you say or do? In what ways can we improve our overall modesty?

October 21
Sex!
Our culture is obsessed with sex. With anyone! At anytime! If you want to, just do it! But, the Church teaches that sex was created for the context of marriage. Why do you choose to abstain? Why aren't you going around having sex with just anyone? How would you encourage others to do the same? How do you remain strong when everything in our culture is encouraging you to abandon your convictions?

October 28
Discernment Challenges
We all agree that discernment is challenging. Figuring out what the Lord is calling you to do with your life can be frustrating and exhausting. But, then add on lack of family support, cultural pressures, and your personal expectations... ugh. And, this isn't just in relation to vocational discernment, but general life discernment, too! How do you keep going? What helps you to push through? How can we encourage one another? What indicators have you experienced that lets you know you're going down the right path?

November (already?!) 4
We have chatted about our deal breakers/non-negotiables before, but how do you keep from letting your standards fall? What prevents you from just dating any guy out there? What keeps you going?

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4 comments :

  1. Obviously the whole Our Lady of the Annunciation Fiat theme you got going on here I LOOOVEE. Praying for you as you continue to say your yes!

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  2. Great NAS topic!

    We don't have CatholicTv in my area but I've enjoy watching House + Home on their website.

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  3. Catholic Destinations and Papal Programming sound like the best shows to me! Downloading the app now so I can watch in bed!

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  4. Don't think I'm crazy but the CatholicTV On-Demand (that's the only way I see it on tv as we don't get the channel as far as I know) recordings of the rosary are SO helpful and nice to use. I get frustrated because I lose track even though I've been praying the rosary since I was a kid in parochial school. Some nights I just decide at 7:30 I'm going to put on the rosary and pray.

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