Monday, July 12, 2010

monk gazing...

... I bought a Franciscan rosary for myself as a birthday present. I am ashamed to admit it, but I haven't owned a rosary in over a year. I would fall asleep praying and wake up with broken rosary bits tangled in the sheets. I went through six rosaries in this manner. I decided it was time to remedy that.

I'm not a fan of the Franciscan charisma but that's only because their order seems to have been hijacked by hippies. But I am softening my opposition to his order. Franciscans really are bad ass.



Photo: JP Sonnen

20 comments:

Just another mad Catholic said...

That sort of thing happened to me so I brought a corded Rosary with NO metal links; its still intact after over a year and has been blessed more times than I care to count

Rick said...

Rosary rings won't entangle and are convenient when driving.

I have some attraction to Francis' simple and carefree surrender to God's Will. God is simple for He is One. That is why children get to know Him more than theologians. St. Francis also stripped down in a public square to give his clothes back to his earthly father and turn himself totally to the heavenly Father. I don't think I can do that though. But FYI.

missjeanevil said...

I feel slightly envious of you for just having one rosary. I have been put on some sort of list with Catholic charities. I think the list is called "People who desperately need rosaries and medals". I have at least 12 rosaries, including a macrame one from the Cappuchins and a JP2 commemorative edition. In the medals, Mary leaves St. Anthony in the dust.

P.S. Rosary rings can be used like brass knuckles in case of emergency.

Maryjohn said...

Oh my. I have a lot of rosaries. I think that I may have an addiction to them. Friends who travel bring me rosaries from their destinations. I even have one made by the people who make them for the Blessed Mother Theresa's Missionary Sisters of Charity in Calcutta!

All are blessed, all are loved, and all are used.

This may be a holdover from childhood. I had about five little rosaries that I had purchased with my lunchtime milk money. They mysteriously disappeared. Now I have about two dozen (plus) and no end in sight!

Christopher Lake said...

One of the most serious priests (in terms of taking sin seriously) to whom I ever confessed was a Fransciscan, many years ago, prior to my falling-away (and now, reversion). Not all Franciscans are hippies. Some of them them are like Marines who simply have a Godly check on their hardcore punk tendencies. :-)

G said...

I will again quote from that book by St. Therese you haven't gotten through:

"The fact that I often fall asleep during meditation, or while making my thanksgiving, should appall me. Well, I am not appalled; I bear in mind that little children are just as pleasing to their parents asleep as awake."

St. Therese was somewhat notorious in her cloister for falling asleep during prayer. :)

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3puddytats said...

If you or someone you know can crochet--there is a pattern for a crochet rosary..a lady friend makes them for folks in the nursing home.

You can also make a knotted cord "Ranger Rosary". If you know someone who makes the mission cord rosaries they can make one up for you. Although not the prettiest in the world they are practically indestructable.

Sara

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Smiley said...

The best sleeps I ever have is when in the Adoration at the Blessed sacrament. At those times all worldly worries stop. God looks at me I look back at him and soon im off to sleep. Deep restful slumber. I dont think He would mind. I agree with St Therese.

s-p said...

I dig the beards and the hat. And yup, us old hippies are hijacking the Orthodox Church too. Any excuse to look like Jerry Garcia AND be considered pious too boot.

Thom, sfo said...

The Franciscan charisma is nothing more, nothing less, than the Gospel.

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Barbara B. said...

Where are the monks? All I see are friars.;-)

j said...

meh. benedictine monks are cooler.

Christopher Lake said...

Steven,

Maybe that's one of the subconscious reasons that I returned to the Catholic Church, rather than becoming Eastern Orthodox. I'm more of an aging punk (37) than an old hippie. :-)

Badger Catholic said...

I used to think the same was about the Franciscans, until I met the Friars of the Immaculate.... You might like to know that the Thomists opposed the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception, it was the Franciscans(specifically Bl John Duns Scotus) who followed St Bonaventure(Franciscan equivalent to Aquinas and who's feast is today!) who fought for years for this doctrine. .... I better stop there.

Lee Strong said...

Father Groeschel --- a hippie?!

(I'll concede John Michael Talbot and maybe Fr. Stan Fortuna.)

Hilary Jane Margaret White said...

"Charism"

Charisma is something else in English.

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