Most of us cross ourselves with holy water each time we enter a church. The practice of using holy water is so common we might not give it a second thought. But it is an important gift the Church gives us that we would be remiss not to take advantage of.
When I was praying the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary recently, I realized an ugly truth about myself: if I were in Mary’s shoes, I would have a difficult time seeing the events in the mysteries as joyful. In fact, I imagined myself complaining about them and using each of the events as a reason to feel sorry for myself. This idea took over my meditation, and I began to see each mystery primarily in terms of the sorrow it caused for Mary.