Saturday, May 24, 2008

A sad thing

USA Today article: Rosaries are Newest Gang Symbol

To be honest, I am a devout catholic and the rosary is a very sacred thing to me. It is never an article to be worn, it is not jewelry, it is used only for contemplative prayer. It is a very special sacremental given to us by Our Lady, and to be used any other way is a profanity. Most rosaries have been blessed by a priest and are no longer just a thing, but a sacremental. Whenever I find a broken one, or a fragment in antique shops etc. I buy it because it has to be destroyed in a very specific way.

I don't want to make anyone feel bad, I know this is not general knowledge. But I don't think people would use them in this way if they knew that they were offending others. People wouldn't wear a Jewish yamakah on their heads as a fashion accessory,or wear a prayer shawl around their waist, it is the same thing.

I am sad to see this association with something that means so much to me. But you will never see a true catholic wearing a rosary around their neck.

OK, I'm gettin down off of my soapbox now!


michelle said...

It is a sad world we live in sometimes isn't it when people are so brutal about abusing something that is sacred to someone else. I am glad you do your bit to take care of the little broken ones.

Shonna said...

I just found your blog and I totally agree with your post! I did not know that Gangs were using Rosaries in this manner, that is horrible! -Shonna

Barbara Shores said...

Hi Annie...I am really late on this one. I too am a devout Catholic and it just saddens me to see such abusive & sacrilegious acts done to what is so holy and sacred to us. Good idea about picking up the bits & pieces and giving back the honor & dignity that is conferred to them.
I would like to know what your knew blog spot will be...Can you keep me updated?
Many Thanks with Peace & Blessings, Barbara

KaReN EiLeeN said...

Thank you so much for this info. I am a christian and had no idea of the sacredness. I am always looking for rosaries for jewelry makings...I will no longer. There isn't enough "sacred" left in our world today and I will truly respect this new enlightenement. I love your blog and look forward to coming back.

Warm Regards & Blessings,
Karen Eileen