NEW: “Praying the Rosary With Pope Francis” Just Released by USCCB

Praying the Rosary with Pope Francis

Hot off the presses:  Praying the Rosary with Pope Francis, an easy-to-carry booklet of meditations by Pope Francis on the twenty mysteries of the Rosary and the life of Jesus.In the book, Pope Francis reminds us that praying the Rosary prepares our hearts to receive God's grace and teaches us to place ourselves in the hands of God, allowing him to guide our steps along the path of our faith journey. Praying the Rosary allows us to make room for God, to glorify his name, and to make him … [Read more...]

Saturday Special: A Garden of Roses for Our Mother

This is a favorite, because it's so personal.  I bought this carefully sculpted large Rosary as a gift for my husband in Savannah; but it actually came from Rome, where shavings of alabaster from stained glass windows--like the Holy Spirit window in St. Peter's Basilica--are formed into a resin, then molded into chunky beads.

In this Marian month, I continue my weekly focus on Mary, the Mother of God. This week:  the Rosary."The holy Rosary is a powerful weapon. Use it with confidence and you'll be amazed at the results." - Saint Josemaria EscrivaI confess:  I've sometimes had a difficult time praying the Rosary.I could try to persuade you that I prefer a more intense, less repetitive form of prayer.  But you’d see through that in a second:  Devout Catholics pray the familiar Hail Mary’s and Our … [Read more...]