Friday, December 16, 2011

Haiku My Heart ~ Friday

Today I was reminded of the many times I would receive a text message or phone call from one of my family members.  Being a rosary artisan, beads and "bows" are everywhere in my home.  Sometimes I just can't explain how they appear where they do.  One day my son texted me from school to say he found a bead in his backpack.  I guess that's just Mother Mary, reminding him to pray his rosary?

 My beads are everywhere
In my sons' back packs at school
and on ev'ry rooms' floor

Visit Rebecca's site:   recuerda mi corazón .   
Join in on her Friday event Haiku my Heart.  

~Totus Tuus~ 
Peace be with you!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Mornings With Mary ~ Because I Just Can't Let Go

Even though the Virgin A Day project is over, this morning I awoke wondering what other beautiful image of the Virgin Mary could I find.  

I shuffled through my files and came across a photo of a beautiful sunrise from my bedroom window earlier this month.  Of course, I found an image of The Blessed Virgin Mary to put with it.....


And because today is the Feast Day of Saint Lucy, a photo of my own Lucy.  

Contessa Lucia Conchita Lolita de la Corazon.... Gomez.  
You have to pause before saying Gomez, or she gets upset with you.  She loves her bling, her current choice is a black beaded necklace with tiny Saint medals all about.  This one matched the color scheme better.....

Blessings to you all!

Peace be with you,

Monday, December 12, 2011

Virgin A Day ~ Day 12 ~

Today has been a very crazy day for me, I apologize for being tardy...

Being the final day of Virgin A Day I wanted to share with you the remainder of the Virgin images throughout my home and life.

I am sure many others have done the same, but we seem to have a lot in common ~ this "tribe" of Rebecca's corazon.

I must say, I have thoroughly enjoyed being a part of this meme. Each and every day I looked forward with such anticipation to visiting everyone's blogs, and each day it was a gift of beauty to behold. In words, in images, in so many art forms, the Virgin made her presence made known to each of us. I believe she has also been a matchmaker of sorts, leading us into new friendships and camaraderie.

Thank you Rebecca, for hosting this event. You have brought me great joy!

Peace be with you, my Peace I give you, 

~ Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe ~

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Virgin A Day ~ Day 11

These are my hands.  The hands of a rosary maker.  In the beginning, I felt Mary place her hands over mine and ever so gently show me "this way, this is how it is done".

Rosary making came very easy to me.  Others said how wonderful they thought my "bows" were, and marveled that they were so "perfect".  I told them always, "it is not me, it is Mary."  Yes, we are on a first name basis, she whispers my name all the time.  I recite a litany of "Hail Marys" whenever I am in need.   We are very close, we two.

Mary nudged me to have my rosary pliers blessed, which I did, way back in 2000?  Father Fryar (who later became Monsignor Thomas Fryar) looked at me sideways, shrugged, and blessed my tools. Tools which were held in my hands.  These hands.  Blessed by Father, blessed by Mother, and blessed by God himself, I'm sure.  My tools have never needed sharpening, nor replaced.  A fellow rosary maker told me he replaced his pliers every couple of years.

These hands have made thousands of rosaries over the years, rosaries that have gone far and wide to those who will pray to Mary for her intervention in their lives and sorrows, and in thanksgiving for their joys and happiness.

When I look at these hands with these pliers, I see Mary. Can you see her too?

Peace be with you!


This image is borrowed from Rebecca of recuerda mi corazon.  

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Virgin A Day ~ Day 10

Joseph Stella's rendition of The Blessed Virgin really speaks to me.  I love the vibrant colors, the flowers, the fruits, the birds....Especially the vines painted....growing on her hands.

Isn't she just lovely?

Rebecca's meme, A Virgin A Day ends on the 12th of December.
Follow the link below to see more of the lovely offerings from her "tribe".  

"remember my heart"

Peace be with you,

Friday, December 9, 2011

Virgin A Day ~ Day 9

I wasn't prepared for the emotions that set in after yesterday's post.  My husband Brian passed in 2005, the last year we had the Mary statue in our home.  It was a fishing/boating accident, he was here and then he was gone, taking us all quite by surprise.

Today I have been keeping myself busy with preparations of the coming of our Lord.  Without the Virgin Mary's "Yes", none of us would be where we are now.

Without the Virgin's help, I would not be here.  Period.

I share with you today my lovely nativity scene Mary, who is but a foot from me now as I type, telling me "All is well".  Imagine how she felt, once her child was safely within her arms reach?


recuerde mi corazón

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Virgin A Day ~ Day 7

Can you just imagine what this little one is saying?  How wonderful that in her innocence, she knew right where to go for quality conversation.  

Hail Mary, Full of Grace
the Lord is with Thee,
Blessed art Thou amongst women,
and blessed is the fruit of Thy womb, Jesus
Holy Mary, Mother of God
Pray for us now 
and at the hour of our death.

recuerda mi corazón
Virgin A Day continues until December 12, join in!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Virgin a Day ~ Day 6

I saw this painting in another post this weekend.  You can read the whole article here, as it is in a Catholic publication, and I realize not everyone is interested in that.  Although the story of how the painting came to be is quite interesting. 

Morgan Weistling "Kissing the Face of God"

There are plenty more Virgins to be seen at  recuerda mi corazon, where the rest of the gang is posting their images of Mary.  Stop in, you will be happy you did. 

Monday, December 5, 2011

Virgin a Day ~ Day 5

This amazing statue is 40 feet tall.  She stands beside the highway in Pine Bluffs, Wyoming.  Before my dad, and then my aunt passed away, we would see Her every time we went home to visit.  We don't travel that way much anymore, bittersweet memories still linger.  

I imagine the site has changed since then.  This particular photo was taken in 2004.  You can read about the shrine here.

Don't forget to visit recuerda mi corazon to see today's other posts.  

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Virgin A Day ~ Day 4

Queen of Peace

I love how her hand beckons to me, "come my child".  I would follow her anywhere.....


The Virgin a Day virtual pilgrimage continues today and daily until December 12, the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe.  Visit Rebecca's site recuerda mi corazon for even more beautiful images of Our Blessed Mother.  This has truly been an inspiring endeavor so far! 

Peace be with you, 

Friday, December 2, 2011

A Virgin a Day ~ Day 2

Our Lady of Fatima
Another of my personal statues.  This one stood at the foot of our staircase for a long time.  One of the boys knocked her over when they were very young, and pieces scattered everywhere.  Poor Mary is missing a piece, but this statue is my favorite and will always hold a special place in my heart.

Here is the original invitation to A Virgin a Day, join in with us if you'd like!

calling all virgins...
enchanting, traditional, contemporary, 
exotic, edgy, campy, irreverent, irresistible,
unusual, joyful, rapturous, lovely,
glorious, ordinary, astounding,
 bring her on!

i hope you will join me in a pilgrimage of marys.
feel free to re-post this invitation on your blog,
and link back to
recuerda mi corazon.
as december grows busier we will
quietly greet the new day one mary at a time.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

A Virgin a Day, Mornings with Mary

Rebecca over at recuerda mi corazon has invited others to join in on her Virgin a Day, Mornings with Mary project, twelve days of sharing Virgin Mary images leading up to her feast day on December 12.  
This is my offering for today, since I am The Rosary Lady, it only seems fitting. 

Our Lady of the Rosary
This is a beautiful statue I have in my office.  I love how Mary and Jesus are both holding onto the rosary.  I love the peaceful expression on their faces, too.  

Be sure to visit Rebecca's page, so you can view the virtual pilgrimage of Marys .  They are truly lovely!  

Ave Maria!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Dominus tecum

      Numerous stories, some apocryphal, some true, abound in the literature describing the spread of devotion to Mary through the use of the Hail Mary.  One legend recorded widely during this period tells the amusing story of Eulalia, who was very devoted to the Blessed Virgin.  One day our Lady appeared to the holy woman.  Although Eulalia was at first alarmed, the legend tells us that the apparition reassured her in the following words:

    "Do not, my daughter, be afraid of the fond Mother to whom each weekday you pay all homage in your power.  But I caution you that if you wish the services you render me to benefit yourself more and to be more acceptable to me, then do not in the future pronounce the words [of the Hail Mary] so rapidly, for let me tell you that when you greet me with the Angelical Salutation, I experience a great thrill of joy, and more especially when you utter lingeringly the words  Dominus tecum [the Lord is with you].  The delight I feel then is more than can be expressed in words.  For then it seems to me that I feel my Son within me even as He, true God and man, was with me when he vouchsafed to be born of me for the sake of sinners.  And this was an unspeakable joy for me at that time, so is it now when Dominus tecum is said to me in the Angelical Salutation."

Taken from The History and Devotion of the Rosary by Richard Gribble, C.S.C.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Christmas 2011 -- Birth of a New Tradition

Disclaimer:  I read this post as an email sent by a fellow team mate on Etsy.  I agree wholeheartedly with all it entails, and I am blatantly re-posting verbatim.  My only addition would be "Buy handmade, buy HOME made, buy American made".  Let us band together and help one another this Christmas season.  

Christmas 2011 -- Birth of a New Tradition

As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high gear to provide Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods -merchandise that has been produced at the expense of American labor.This year will be different. This year Americans will give the gift of genuine concern for other Americans. There is no longer an excuse that, at gift giving time, nothing can be found that is produced by American hands. Yes there is! It's time to think outside the box, people. Who says a gift needs to fit in a box, wrapped in Chinese produced wrapping paper? Think about these ideas instead:  Everyone -- yes EVERYONE gets their hair cut. How about gift certificates from your local American hair salon or barber?  Gym membership? It's appropriate for all ages who are thinking about some health improvement.  Who wouldn't appreciate getting their car detailed? Small, American owned detail shops and car washes would love to sell you a gift certificate or a book of gift certificates.  Are you one of those extravagant givers who think nothing of plonking down the Benjamins on a Chinese made flat-screen?  Perhaps that grateful gift receiver would like his driveway sealed, or lawn mowed for the summer, or driveway plowed all winter, or games at the local golf course.There are a bazillion owner-run restaurants -- all offering gift certificates.  And, if your intended isn't the fancy eatery sort, what about a half dozen breakfasts at the local breakfast joint.  Remember, folks this isn't about big National chains -- this is about supporting your home town Americans with their financial lives on the line to keep their doors open.  How many people couldn't use an oil change for their car, truck or motorcycle, done at a shop run by the American working guy?  Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom? Mom would LOVE the services of a local cleaning lady for a day.  My computer could use a tune-up, and I KNOW I can find some young guy who is struggling to get his repair business up and running.  OK, you were looking for something more personal. Think about your local artists and crafts people . . . paintings, photography, sculptures, jewelry, pottery, hand made sweaters and scarves - rosariesPlan your holiday outings at local, owner operated restaurants and leave your server a nice tip.  And, how about going out to see a play or ballet at your hometown theatre.  Musicians need love too, so find a venue showcasing local bands.  Honestly, people, do you REALLY need to buy another ten thousand Chinese lights for the house? When you buy a five dollar string of light, about fifty cents stays in the community.  If you have those kinds of bucks to burn, leave the mailman, trash guy or babysitter a nice BIG tip.  You see, Christmas is no longer about draining American pockets so that China can build another glittering city. Christmas is now about caring about US, encouraging American small businesses to keep plugging away to follow their dreams. And, when we care about other Americans, we care about our communities, and the benefits come back to us in ways we couldn't imagine. THIS is the new American Christmas tradition.  How else can you help?   Forward this to everyone on your mailing list. Post it to discussion groups.  Throw up a post on Craigslist in the "Rants & Raves" section in your city.  Send it to the editor of your local paper and radio stations, and TV news departments.  This is a revolution of caring about each other. Isn't that what Christmas is about?

PS: this plan works for birthdays, anniversaries and any other gift giving occasion.


Please visit my Etsy shop or my website to view my handmade HOMEmade offerings.  

Peace be with you!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

I feel the need to share a few prayers today....

I'm not sure why, I just feel a gentle nudging that someone may be in need of them.  

This prayer is from Father Peter Mary Rookey, O.S.M "The Healing Priest"

Prayer cards can be ordered here.

Holding a Crucifix, say this prayer faithfully, no matter how you feel. When you come to the point where you sincerely mean each word with all your heart, something good spiritually will happen to you. You will experience Jesus, and He will change your life in a very special way. 

The Miracle Prayer

Lord Jesus, I come before you just as I am. I am sorry for my sins, please forgive me. In your name, I forgive all others for what they have done against me. 

I renounce Satan, the evil spirits and all their works.

I give you my entire self, Lord Jesus, now and forever. I invite you into my life, Lord Jesus, I accept you as my Lord, God and Savior. Heal me, change me, strengthen me in mind, body, soul and spirit. 

Come Lord Jesus, cover me with your precious blood and fill me with your Holly Spirit. I love you Lord Jesus, I praise you Jesus, I thank you Jesus, I shall follow you everyday of my life Amen.

I personally prayed with this prayer card for days on end, which finally led to my conversion to Catholicism.  When I have the prayer cards available, I include them with all of my rosary orders.  I feel it is necessary to pass the prayer on to others.  


This one too:

God our Father, walk through my house and take away all my worries and illnesses; and please watch over and heal my family.  In Jesus' name.... AMEN

May God's Peace be with you,

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

All Souls Day

Today the Church observes All Souls Day, a day of rememberance for the dearly departed.  There are many prayers one can pray on behalf of those who have gone before us.  We pray for the repose or rest of their souls.  We pray that their time in Purgatory be lessened.  We pray asking them to watch over us and put in a good word for us!  

In my opinion, as long as we pray, it's always a good thing.

Prayer of
St. Gertrude the Great

Our Lord dictated the following prayer to St. Gertrude the Great to release 1,000 Souls from Purgatory each time it is said.

"Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Most Precious Blood of Thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with the masses said throughout the world today, for all the holy souls in Purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the universal church, those in my own home and within my family. Amen."

Peace be with you,


Friday, October 28, 2011

And the Winner Is.....

I jumped out of bed bright and early this morning and decided today was the day for the rosary drawing.  I made a list of the people who made comments on the post, then used to generate a random number for the winner.

So, the winner is The Woodwife.  She has assured me she will Pray It Forward with the World Mission Rosary, and keep me informed of it's travels.

Check back from time time, as I will post should anything wonderful happen.  You know whenever Mama Mary is involved, wonderful things do tend to happen.  Since Blessed Mother Teresa is involved, and of course our Lord Jesus Christ this has gotta be good.

Peace be with you!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Pray It Forward Rosary Giveaway Countdown

 So, here it is, the Pray It Forward Rosary that I decided to add to my original giveaway.  

As the story goes, Mother Teresa of Calcutta gave to a fellow passenger her World Mission rosary at the end of a flight.  The rosary was then passed on to those in need as time goes on.  

My hopes are that whomever wins the giveaway will in turn pass this rosary on to someone else in need.  Then it could be returned or passed on to yet another person in need.  Pray It Forward to help those who need our prayers, and those of the Saints and Angels in Heaven.  "Bless the Lord, O you his angels, you mighty ones who do his word, hearkening to the voice of his word! Bless the Lord, all his hosts, his ministers that do his will!" (Ps. 103:20-21).

If you would like to be included in the giveaway, please leave a comment at the bottom of this post.  Drawing will be next week, so there is still time to get your name in!  

Peace be with you!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Rosary Giveaway - Pray It Forward

To follow up on my previous post, here is the rosary I designed that is similar to the one that I was given when I came into the Church.  

It is made with Job's Tears seed, the same type rosary that Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta and Pope John Paul II were so fond of.  I've attached a medal that has been blessed during an apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Medjugorje, similar to the one I was given by the woman in the pew behind me when I was Confirmed.

While searching for a photo of Mother Teresa with her rosary, I came across this story, which has been circulated via email for years.  You've probably seen it already:

Jim Castle was tired when he boarded his plane in Cincinnati, Ohio, that night in 1981. The 45-year-old management consultant had put on a week-long series of business meetings and seminars, and now he sank gratefully into his seat ready for the flight home to Kansas City, Kansas.
As more passengers entered, the place hummed with conversation, mixed with the sound of bags being stowed. Then, suddenly, people fell silent. The quiet moved slowly up the aisle like an invisible wake behind a boat. Jim craned his head to see what was happening, and his mouth dropped open.
Walking up the aisle were two nuns clad in simple white habits bordered in blue. He recognized the familiar face of one at once, the wrinkled skin, the eyes warmly intent. This was a face he'd seen in newscasts and on the cover of TIME. The two nuns halted, and Jim realized that his seat companion was going to be Mother Teresa.
As the last few passengers settled in, Mother Teresa and her companion pulled out rosaries. Each decade of the beads was a different color, Jim noticed. The decades represented various areas of the world, Mother Teresa told him later, and added, "I pray for the poor and dying on each continent."
The airplane taxied to the runway, and the two women began to pray, their voices a low murmur. Though Jim considered himself not a very religious Catholic who went to church mostly out of habit, inexplicably he found himself joining in. By the time they murmured the final prayer, the plane had reached cruising altitude.
Mother Teresa turned toward him. For the first time in his life, Jim understood what people meant when they spoke of a person possessing an "aura." As she gazed at him, a sense of peace filled him; he could no more see it than he could see the wind, but he felt it, just as surely as he felt a warm summer breeze. "Young man," she inquired, "do you say the rosary often?" "No, not really," he admitted.
She took his hand, while her eyes probed his. Then she smiled. "Well, you will now." And she dropped her rosary into his palm.
An hour later Jim entered the Kansas City airport, where he was met by his wife, Ruth. "What in the world?" Ruth asked when she noticed the rosary in his hand. They kissed and Jim described his encounter. Driving home, he said. "I feel as if I met a true sister of God."
Nine months later Jim and Ruth visited Connie, a friend of theirs for several years. Connie confessed that she'd been told she had ovarian cancer. "The doctor says it's a tough case," said Connie, "but I'm going to fight it. I won't give up."
Jim clasped her hand. Then, after reaching into his pocket, he gently twined Mother Teresa's rosary around her fingers. He told her the story and said, "Keep it with you Connie. It may help." "Although Connie wasn't Catholic, her hand closed willingly around the small plastic beads. "Thank you," she whispered. "I hope I can return it."
More than a year passed before Jim saw Connie again. This time, face glowing, she hurried toward him and handed him the rosary "I carried it with me all year," she said. "I've had surgery and have been on chemotherapy, too. Last month, the doctors did second-look surgery, and the tumor's gone. Completely!" Her eyes met Jim's. "I knew it was time to give the rosary back."
In the fall of 1987, Ruth's sister, Liz, fell into a deep depression after her divorce. She asked Jim if she could borrow the rosary, and when he sent it, she hung it over her bedpost in a small velvet bag.
"At night I held on to it, just physically held on. I was so lonely and afraid," she says, "yet when I gripped that rosary, I felt as if I held a loving hand." Gradually, Liz pulled her life together, and she mailed the rosary back. "Someone else may need it," she said.
Then one night in 1988, a stranger telephoned Ruth. She'd heard about the rosary from a neighbor and asked if she could borrow it to take to the hospital where her mother lay in a coma. The family hoped the rosary might help their mother die peacefully.
A few days later, the woman returned the beads. "The nurses told me a coma patient can still hear," she said, "so I explained to my mother that I had Mother Teresa's rosary and that when I gave it to her she could let go; it would be all right. Then I put the rosary in her hand. Right away, we saw her face relax! The lines smoothed out until she looked so peaceful, so young." The woman's voice caught. "A few minutes later she was gone." Fervently, she gripped Ruth's hands. "Thank you."
Is there special power in those humble beads? Or is the power of the human spirit simply renewed in each person who borrows the rosary? Jim only knows that requests continue to come often unexpectedly. He always responds though whenever he lends the rosary. He says, "When you're through needing it, send it back. Someone else may need it."
Jim's own life has changed, too, since his unexpected meeting on the airplane. When he realized Mother Teresa carries everything she owns in a small bag, he made an effort to simplify his own life. "I try to remember what really counts-not money or titles or possessions, but the way we love others," he says.

Since reading the above story, I have decided that the giveaway will include two rosaries. The second rosary is sent with the intention that it, too, be a Pray It Forward rosary. Pass it on to someone in need, and ask them to return it to you when they are finished, or Pray It Forward to someone they know who is in need.  It's the littlest things that often mean the most.  

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment on this post and I will choose a winner using a random number generator.  I am not posting a deadline as of yet, let's see how many entries we get in the next few days and go from there!  Please consider following and/or sharing my blog with others.  Visit my Etsy shop: and my website:  Each one has items not available at the other!

Peace be with you,
Shannon ~ The Rosary Lady