I hold the rosary in my hand today and feel the lightness of it. It is almost nothing. Yet Mary tells us that it can change the world. In her apparitions over the ages, she begs us to use it.
It can change me, that I know. I say the prayers, sometimes noting the meaning, sometimes reflecting on the mysteries. Eyes shut, I forget the other people in the Adoration chapel; I forget the statues and the candles. It is the middle of the busiest time of the year, and I am sitting still for 20 minutes. There are cookies that need baking, cards to send, presents to wrap, and an entire house that shouts at me to clean it. I forget all these things as I finger the small beads.
I say the prayers because Mary has asked us to say them. That is enough reason, but am I saying the prayers well? Does it matter if I say them well, or is it the simple act of saying them, taking the time, that makes the magic happen? There is much that I do not understand about the rosary and this praying notion. Maybe that is just as well. Maybe it is not necessary if I understand how God changes the world.
Books by Jane Knuth
Love Will Steer Me True
A Mother and Daughter’s Conversations on Life, Love, and God
Love Will Steer Me True shows how a mother and daughter swerve and weave their way into a new understanding of themselves, of their familial relationship, and of their faith.
Thrift Store Graces
Finding God’s Gifts in the Midst of the Mess
Jane Knuth is back with another book full of her experiences serving as a once reluctant, now enthusiastic volunteer at a Saint Vincent de Paul thrift store in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Thrift Store Saints
Meeting Jesus 25¢ at a Time
Thrift Store Saints is a collection of true stories based on Jane Knuth's experience serving the poor at a St. Vincent de Paul thrift store.