How does the Chaplet differ from other prayers? Isn’t any prayer great, even one that is unskillful and the most simple?
On September 13, 1935, St. Faustina had a mystical vision of “an Angel, the executor of divine wrath.” “I found myself pleading with God for the world, with words heard interiorly,” the mystic writes in her Diary (474). These were the words of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. “As I was praying in this manner, I saw the Angel’s helplessness: he could not carry out the just punishment which was rightly due for our sins” (Diary 475). The next morning, St. Faustina heard the following words in her heart: “This prayer will serve to appease My wrath” (Diary 476). Next, Jesus explained which prayers and in what order they should be recited.
The reciting of the Chaplet may not be merely an automatic repetition of memorized words. We are well aware that such a prayer would be idle. Instead, God surely wants us to make use of its entire huge potential. Thus, while reciting it, we must engage not only our mouth but also imagination, thoughts, heart and above all will. But then comes the question, how?
How to recite the Chaplet?
When we pray the rosary, our mouths pronounce the words of prayers (Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory be to the Father), providing the background for meditations. The rosary is above all a meditative prayer, that is to say the imagination and thoughts of the praying person should concentrate on a given mystery from the life of Jesus and Mary. For instance, be – ginning the first part of the rosary, we see with our mind’s eye a young woman unexpectedly visited by an angel. She is frightened. The angel calms her down. He says that she has found exceptional favor with God, is full of grace, will bear a Son, etc. Let’s hear in our hearts the di – alogue held by heaven with earth and try to uncover the truth or draw a conclusion.
In reciting the Chaplet, it is above all our will that is engaged, because making a sacrifice is an act of the will. It would be a help also if we engaged our imagination and feelings as well
Other people pray the rosary in a contemplative manner, which means that they engage not so much their thoughts as their heart. They simply stand by the loving Mother. They want to feel her love. You can pray the rosary in many different ways.