The question directly addressed to Rosary, therefore, is not its repetitiveness or length, but that it was rather empty and mechanical, devoid of intimacy with God.
Ask Fr. Francis
Ask Fr. Francis: Why Would You Offer Your Sufferings to God?
We all suffer, and suffering is not from God and so is meaningless in itself. But for the suffering that we cannot avoid, He shows us that we can make it into a sacrifice, a useful offering to God.
Ask Fr. Francis: I’m Struggling With Intense Lust and Falling…
Lust is the opposite of love: it objectifies and demeans the other; it uses the other to gratify and it reduces the other to the merely physical level.
Ask Fr. Francis: How Can I Know I Will Be Saved?
It is the same to ask: how can I be certain I won’t sin tomorrow?
Ask Fr. Francis: Can You Receive the Eucharist on the Hands?
The Church has standard, well established procedures for both minimizing crumbs as well as dealing with any fallen particles of the Eucharist.
Ask Fr. Francis: Can You Sprinkle Ashes in the Sea?
Lastly, every baptized person is baptized to be a saint.
Ask Fr. Francis: Will I be Saved From Hell if I Attend Mass Every Friday During Lent?
The promises given by legitimate devotions, when properly understood, always presuppose a spirituality or a lifestyle that is centered on God.
Ask Fr. Francis: When and Why Are the Statues and the Cross in the Church Covered or Removed During Lent?
The idea is to build anticipation for Easter, while we intensify our desire to come closer to Christ.
Ask Fr. Francis: Do We Have to Pray the Stations During Lent?
These and many other forms of devotions and prayers are tools given to us, to be freely chosen to assist us in our discipleship with Jesus.
Ask Fr. Francis: What Should I Do With the Ash?
What should I do with the ash (cross) that the priest marked on my forehead during the Ash Wednesday? Wash it away with water, clean it with facial tissue and throw it away or leave the ash until it goes away gradually.