Monday, November 28, 2011

My Favorite Catholic Things: Rosaries

There are few things more self-indulgent than a blog.  Here, I can express my opinion, and if no one cares, it's no big deal.  If someone disagrees, I can delete his comments.  The name of the blog, after all, is "MacBeth's Opinion" and nothing more ought to be expected.

The name itself is a joke, after my brother Pete's appreciation of film critic Leonard Maltin. Maltin's Movie Guide is often referred to as "Pete's Opinion" in the family; when we want to know about a film, we consult "Pete's Opinion."  The idea so amused me that I took it for the blog in honor of a stupid joke.  I know, that's absurdly stupid, too, as there is no critic whom I consult.  Yet, here, my opinion is actually what you'll find...only, this is actually my own opinion.  Still with me?

Now, to the point.  Oprah has episodes of her show that reveal her favorite things.  I have favorite things, too.  So here is the first post of my Favorite Catholic Things.

Still here?  Read on.


Favorite Catholic Thing:  The Holy Rosary

I love my fingers.  There are ten of them; they are quite flexible.  They are beginning to resemble my mother's fingers, but I guess that's just the way of things.  They are great as a wake-in-the-middle-of-the-night rosary.  But, you know what?  I like real rosaries better.  And I like beautiful ones.  Sure, it's really all about the prayer, but we are tactile and visual people.  A lovely set of beads is a help...and I need all the help I can get.

It just so happens that in the wonderful world of social media, one finds lots of like-minded people.  Fortunately, one also finds lots of quite skilled people.  Some of my friends actually make gorgeous, inspiringly beautiful rosaries.  If you have a chance, take a look at these sites and see some real beauty.

From Jennifer's site:  (this lovely bead had me interested immediately)      

Miracoli Rosaries | Designed with Centuries in Mind

From Ruth's site:

From Anne's site:

And check out Darlene's friend's site.

Sometimes, the beauty of the rosary is in the intention of the makers...Divine Twine provides twine and instructions for making knots, for the cause of Autism Awareness.  The beauty is in the colors, the task of knotting, and the prayers, of course.

More information on the Rosary.

My favorite online virtual rosary site.

Rosary for Android 
Rosary for iPhone


Ruth said...

Thank you so much, MacBeth! I'm honored to be included in your favorite Catholic things post. May Our Lady grant you many graces!

Anne (aussieannie) said...

Thank you MacBeth. I use to love making religious jewellery with a passion but I've changed, the love and joy of creating rosary beads and similar devotional pieces is a very special thing. I have had so many people say to me, "I'm offering the first rosary for you." I've had one lady say she will always remember me in each rosary she's a great honour to bead for greater glory of God.