Saturday, May 24, 2008
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!