Gearing up for a 33 Day Rosary Challenge

33 Day Rosary Challenge

33 Day Rosary Challenge

Last week, I received an email from my friend David Calvillo, author of the book Real Men Pray the Rosary. David’s email held an invitation to join him and others around the world in an initiative they are calling the “33 Day Rosary Challenge“. Here are some of the basics:

Pray the Rosary daily. Not for 30 days but 33 days. 33 represents the number of years that Jesus dwelt among us in the fullness of his humanity. 33 constitutes a direct connection to the fullness of the Divine- made man, a connection to Jesus himself. One day of praying the Rosary for every year that Jesus gave us, setting aside his glory as God, and living and breathing and walking among us. Pray the Rosary daily for 33 days. Focus on the content of the mysteries. Meditate upon that Gospel story and apply the lessons to your life. Pray for the Holy Spirit to open your heart to receive the fullness of His mystery-the fullness of faith.

This 33 day challenge begins August 29th, 33 days from the start of the month of the Rosary on October 1. I’ll be honest — when I first saw David’s note I panicked a bit. September is slated to be one of my craziest months ever: I begin work in earnest on my new book, deliver my baby off to college, and prep for some big speaking engagements and a trip to Rwanda. “I’m so busy, God!” I begged…

And then the answer came to me: All the more reason to accept this challenge.

Starting each of those days by earnestly meditating upon the mysteries of the Rosary is likely the most effective way to deal with all of the stress, activity and emotion that will be contained within the space of those 33 days. Focusing on the needs of so many around me in focused prayer through the intercession of our Blessed Mother will likely help me be less focused on my own messes.

So I’m “all in”.

If you’d like to join David, me and countless others around the world in this challenge visit

Copyright 2013 Lisa M. Hendey


About Author

Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.


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