Olive Wood Crucifix-4 Bottles from Holy Land

I have added a new item to the Religious Articles section of my web store at MichaelsRosaries.com.  Made by Catholics in Bethlehem, it is an olive wood crucifix that comes with four bottles containing holy water, incense, olive oil, and earth from the Holy Land.  The items come in a box as pictured.  I have only one in stock.

CX 4 Bottle Set 1

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Olive Wood Candlestick from Bethlehem

I purchased a few items from a Catholic in Bethlehem.  I am adding them to the new Religious Articles section of my web store.  This Candlestick has the most impressive spiral cut.  It is 6 inches tall and holds candles with a 1/2 inch diameter.  I only have two.  Click here to see it in the web store.

Candlestick 1

Published in: on August 9, 2016 at 22:49  Leave a Comment  

Olive Wood Rosary Box from Bethlehem

I purchased a few items from a Catholic in Bethlehem.  I am adding them to the new Religious Articles section of my web store.  This Rosary Box is nice and large.  It could be used to hold other items, too.  As I mention in the description, the largest rosary I have ever made (pictured) fits in it easily.  I only have two.  Could you use an olive wood box from the Holy Land, or would it make a good gift for a loved one?  Click here to see it in the web store.

Rosary Box Interior Corner Open

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Recommendation-Diary of Saint Faustina

I am currently reading the Diary of Saint Faustina.  I am about halfway through the book at this point.  It is such an incredibly moving book.  This would be a book I recommend to ALL people–Catholic, protestant, agnostic, it doesn’t matter.

Sister Faustina was a Polish nun.  She had visions of Jesus and His mother.  She was directed to keep a diary and write about her visions.  To be honest, I can’t help but realize how lacking I am in sanctity when I read about her devotion to Jesus and His mercy.  As I said, it is moving, and there are parts that make my eyes well up with tears.  I was reading it to my mother before she died (unfortunately, I didn’t get to finish it with her), and there were times when she would tell me to stop because it would be too much for her emotionally.

It is through Sister Faustina that we received the image of the Divine Mercy, the Divine Mercy chaplet, and it is by direction of Jesus, through Sister Faustina, that we celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday one week after Easter.

If you don’t already own a copy of The Diary of Saint Faustina, you can get one here via my book recommendation page on Amazon.  It’s just a little over $6, and you can hardly spend such a small amount of money in any better way.  Books by saints–I love them.  And this one ranks at the top of the list.

Published in: on July 31, 2016 at 14:45  Leave a Comment  

New Pocket Rosaries

I have made three new pocket rosaries as custom orders.  A pocket rosary is a one decade rosary with a medal at one end and a crucifix at the other.  It takes up little space and can be stored in the glove compartment of your car, in your desk drawer, or, as the name suggests, carried in your pocket.  One pocket rosary is made with red coral beads, one is made with dark blue lapis lazuli, and the third is made with Tibetan agate.  Each have a sterling silver medal and crucifix.

Published in: on July 31, 2016 at 14:20  Leave a Comment  

The Importance of the Family Rosary

The following comes from the fall newsletter of Mother Miriam’s new community, Daughters of Mary, Mother of Israel’s Hope (pdf), and I thought it was appropriate for this Month of the Holy Rosary:

[F]rom the booklet “Our Glorious Faith and How To Lose It” by Fr.  Hugh Thwaites, S.J.  “It seems to me,” wrote Father Thwaites, “that a principal cause of the loss of faith is the dropping off in the practice of the family Rosary.”

Father Thwaites begins: “Without delay now, I want to talk about my theme.” (Note: Bolded type below in original.)

In Austria, after World War II, there was a complete collapse of vocations.  One year, apparently, no one at all entered the seminaries.  So the bishops held a synod, to find out how it could be that this had happened.  The conclusion they reached was that the war had so disrupted family life that the centuries-old practice of the Rosary in the home had stopped, and had just not started up again.  This is my experience, too; when the Rosary goes, the faith soon collapses.

I remember someone telling me of a friend of his, a great Catholic, the pillar of the parish, whose children had all lapsed, one after the other.  They had all fallen away from the sacraments and from attending Mass.  So I said to him, “I wouldn’t mind betting that your friend had been brought up to recite the family Rosary when he was a boy, and that his children haven’t.” The next time I saw him, he said that this was indeed true.  His friend had recited the family Rosary at home when he was a boy, and when he had got married and started his own family they all said the Rosary.  But then, one evening when they were about to start the Rosary, one of the children switched on the television, and that was that.  The custom of the family Rosary was dropped, and in due course, they gave up the practice of the faith.

After this life, that one unrebuked action will be seen to have affected the eternity of many people.  God sent His Mother to Fatima to tell us that we had to say the Rosary every day.   There were no other prayers She asked us to say.  Accordingly, we should do what She asked.

A layman I met once who did not say his Rosary told me that he read the breviary every day.  That is fine.  It is what priests have to do.  It is the prayer of the Church.  So in a way it is better than the Rosary.  But it is not what Our Lady asked for.  She asked for the Rosary.  If a mother sends her child to the shop for a bottle of milk, and he comes back instead with ice cream, is she pleased? In a way, ice cream is better than milk, but it is not what she asked for.

In that most holy home at Nazareth, do you think that Our Lady had to ask for anything twice? If we want in any way to be like Jesus, we must do what His Mother asks.  If we do not, can we expect things to go right? We cannot with impunity disobey the Mother of God.  She knows better than we the dangers of this spiritual warfare.  She sees more clearly than we do the dangers that beset us.  She warns us: You must say your Rosary every day.

If the garage mechanic warns you that your car needs repairing or else it will break down, surely you would heed that warning.  If the gas gauge warns you that you need more gas, do you do nothing about it? And if Our Lady comes to Fatima and tells us, not just once but six times, that we must say the Rosary every day, do we disregard that warning? If we do, we have only ourselves to blame when we find that our children have lapsed from the faith.

I know that Fatima is only a private revelation, but nevertheless the Church has endorsed it, and that makes it rash for us to disregard it.  If the Church informs us that Our Lady really did come to Fatima and tell us these things, then we must harken to her words.  It really seems to me that those Catholics who do not take Fatima seriously and say the Rosary every day in their homes are very akin to the Jews who laughed at Jeremiah.  If God sends us His prophets and we do not take them seriously–well, we have the whole of the Old Testament to tell us what happens as a result.  But at Fatima, God sent us, not His prophets, but His Immaculate Mother.

So I think that the abandonment of the family Rosary is a main reason why so many Catholics have lost the faith.  It seems to me that the Church of the future is going to consist solely of those families who have been faithful to the Rosary.  But there will be vast numbers of people whose families used to be Catholic.

In my work of going round visiting homes, I have seen this conclusion borne out time and again.  Homes can be transformed by starting the recitation of the daily Rosary.  I remember a woman telling me that she could not thank me enough for having nagged her into starting it; it had united her family as never before.  And I remember another home where I called.  There was a strange tension there: the children were silent and the wife seemed withdrawn, but the husband was willing to start the family Rosary.  When I called back again a couple of months later, the atmosphere was quite different.  The children were chatty and the wife was friendly, and the husband walked down the road with me afterwards and said how amazing it was that the home was so much happier.

One reason, I think, why the daily Rosary makes for a happy home, is this.  From what some possessed people have said, and from what some of the saints have said, it seems certain that demons fear the Rosary.  It makes their hair stand on end, so to speak.  Holy water certainly drives them out, but they come back again.  The daily Rosary drives them out and keeps them out.  It is rather like living in an old house where there are mice everywhere.  The only way to get rid of them is to bring cats.  If you get a couple of cats, after a week or two there simply will not be any more mice.  Mice fear the very smell of cats.  And in a home where the Rosary is said every day, after a time the demons realize they are impotent in front of Our Lady, and go elsewhere.

This must be one reason why, as they say, “the family that prays together stays together.” In that home, utterly free of evil spirits, there is an atmosphere one does not find outside.  In a demon‑infested city like London, where I live, such a home is an oasis of God’s grace, and people find a comfort and peace there which they enjoy greatly.  We human beings are not meant to live in the company of demons, but with God and with the angels and saints in heaven.

So, as I see it, in this effort we are making to keep the faith and pass it on, the practice of the Rosary is absolutely indispensable.  Whatever else a person may do, even though they go to Mass every day, they still need to say the Rosary in their home.  It is the medicine our Mother has told us to take, to keep our faith strong and healthy.

Try to say the Rosary everyday and please Our Lady of Fatima, Our Lady of the Rosary.

Turquoise Rosary Bracelet

I have just added a turquoise rosary bracelet to my web store.  These are a great way for women to keep a rosary with them at all times.  It has 11 chunky turquoise beads, i.e. one decade.  Pray around five times to pray a five-decade rosary.  The Pater bead is separated from the 10 Ave beads by the 1/2″ Saint Benedict crucifix and 1/2″ Saint Benedict medal.  It closes with a toggle clasp.  It should fit an average sized wrist.

Turquoise Rosary Bracelet

Published in: on January 8, 2013 at 23:01  Leave a Comment  

Blue Fire Agate Rosary

Blue Fire Agate Rosary

I just added a blue fire agate rosary to the web store.  This one has 6 mm faceted blue fire agate for both the Ave and Pater beads.  Czech glass is used as accents on either side of the Paters.  The color center depicts Our Lady o f Fatima with the Fatima kids kneeling before her.  The crucifix style is called risen Christ.

 

Published in: on January 7, 2013 at 17:34  Leave a Comment  

Crackled Glass Rosary

Crackled Glass Rosary

This new rosary is made with chunky crackled glass beads.  The Pater beads are flat John Paul II “coins.”  The centerpiece depicts the Immaculate Conception, and I used John Paul II’s papal crucifix.

Crackled Glass Rosary Beads

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Imperial Jasper Rosary

Imperial Jasper Rosary

I have added a new rosary to my web store.  This one is made with imperial jasper.  I used a Saint Benedict centerpiece and crucifix.  The spacer beads and the accent beads are both Swarovski crystals.

Published in: on January 7, 2013 at 17:22  Leave a Comment  

Black Onyx Rosary

Onyx Rosary

I have added a new rosary to my web store.  This one is made of onyx.  The 8 mm round beads have a matte finish.  The round facets are polished.  I used hematite beads as spacers between the Aves and as accents around the Pater beads.  The Paters have four-leaf bead caps.  The centerpiece is a cutout Miraculous Medal.

Published in: on January 4, 2013 at 14:32  Leave a Comment  

Safari Jasper-Queensland Opal Divine Mercy Chaplet

Safari Jasper Divine Mercy ChapletI added a new Divine Mercy chaplet (or rosary) to my web store yesterday.  The Ave beads are 6 mm safari jasper.  The Pater beads are 8 mm Queensland opal.  The accent beads around the Paters are metal and “crystal copper” Swarovski crystal bicone beads.

The centerpiece has a color image of the Divine Mercy, and the crucifix is made of pewter.

Bead Detail

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