Rosary Beads

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Rosary Beads

by Jane Knuth

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.


Jane Knuth 

Jane Knuth is a longtime volunteer in the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Kalamazoo, Michigan. In 2011, Jane's first book, Thrift Store Saints, was awarded first place from the Catholic Press Association for Popular Presentation of the Catholic Faith.

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Books by Jane Knuth

The Prayer List

...and Other True Stories of How Families Pray

Free Leader Guide Available for Download. Storyteller and award-winning author Jane Knuth offers this diverse, heartwarming collection to reveal the power and beauty of families praying together. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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