Prayers and More Prayers
And all along that way, I didn't learn a lot of prayers.
Oh, I knew the basics. Our Father. Hail Mary. Glory Be. Apostles Creed. Act of Contrition. Grace Before Meals.
But that was about it.
I didn't know how to say the Rosary. I didn't know some of the the other prayers associated with it (other than the basic four). I didn't know the Mysteries.
I didn't know the Memorare. Or the Hail Holy Queen.
I didn't know the St. Michael Prayer.
I didn't know how to say the Divine Mercy Chaplet or any of the prayers associated with it.
My most embarrassing moment came when I was in the college seminary. I went to a local church for confession. After years of going to communal services with printed booklets/sheets I blanked and couldn't remember the Act of Contrition (which I did know at one point). The priest prompted me, but when I admitted I couldn't remember he tossed me out of the confessional (not really sensitive pastorally!).
And in recent years when I pray with other people I find myself mumbling the prayers I only half know.
I've learned some of the prayers, but I need to learn more.
One at a time, I'm learning them.
And in the learning, I'm praying. A double benefit!