My Rosary

My Rosary

In 2002 after completing my Right of Catholic Initiation for Adults (RCIA) we had a family gathering and I received my one and only Rosary.  I thought it was the most beautiful Rosary I had ever seen.  I remember tucking it away for a little while.  After a year of not really knowing where it was, thinking it was lost at times; I found it.

From that point on I kept it with me in my purse where it still resides today.  I am not masterful in any way shape or form when it comes to praying the Rosary.  I only wish I prayed it more often and with more reverence.

It is something I hold near and dear to my heart.  See it was my mother-in-law who gave me my first and only Rosary.  I can’t imagine receiving another from anyone else.  She, however, prays the Rosary masterfully, dedicated and with beautiful reverence.  Something I have always admired about her.  At times, as a family, we would tease her and say she has a connection with God like no other.  Most times I believe she truly does.

When the family needs special pray we call her.  Even when we don’t call her we know we are in her prayers.  There is not a day that goes by when my mother-in-law doesn’t pray her Rosary and I am personally thankful she does.  We could all learn a lot from her, but sometimes get too caught up in our own lives to pay attention.  I know I am guilty.

I am not sure she realizes how much she and this Rosary have impacted my life.  Why this is the most precious gift I have ever received.  I have broken the Rosary, pieced it back together and yet to me it still remains beautiful to me.  When I am not feeling well, depressed, or need the presence of God; I take out my Rosary and put it around my keck.  It’s with me in church.  Sometimes I fall asleep with it in my hands while praying.   I often roll the beads between my fingers to clear my mind.  Sometimes I just hold it in my hands.

My mother-in-law means the world to me.  She is a friend, a confidant and most of all she has been a Mother to me.  Today while receiving a service award I kept the Rosary close to my heart.  I found peace in knowing it was there and knowing the giver of such a precious gift was sitting in the audience.  I don’t tell her enough how much I love and appreciate her and my father-in-law.  I don’t see her enough anymore or talk to her as often as I like.  I do however carry her with me every single day of my life.

I love you mom.  Thank you for being part of my special day.  Happy Birthday!!

Luv, luv,

 

Julie

 

By | 2015-01-06T18:34:22+00:00 April 17th, 2012|Life, Prayer|0 Comments

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