My Spring Reading List!

After the heavier reading of Lent, I thought I'd like to continue some inspirational spiritual reading through the Easter season as well. 

Here's my book list!

Private and Pithy lessons from Scripture - Mother Angelica
Little Book of Life Lessons - Mother Angelica
Three to Get Married - Fulton Sheen
The Little Oratory
Diary Sister Faustina
Getting Past Perfect - Kate Wicker
The Words We Pray - Amy Welborn
Perfectly Yourself - Matthew Kelly 
Crossing the Threshold of Hope - Pope John Paul II

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Our Lady of the Rosary

October is a wonderful month to start saying the rosary, or to renew a practice of saying the rosary. As I was looking around the internet for some new ways to spark enthusiasm in my children for the practice I came upon these very interesting sites!

Rosary links on Diigo
Follow Elena LaVictoire's board rosary on Pinterest.


About 20 years ago my mother gave me a huge wall rosary. At the time Mr. Pete and I were very blase about our Catholic Faith, but my mom kept praying for us and giving me stuff like this. I would politely accept it and then put it away somewhere. I am so grateful that I never threw any of it out! Anyway, now I treasure my wall rosary. It's beautiful. It's large beads make it very interesting for smaller children and easy for them to follow along.
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Coming of age in the 70's I have to say we weren't big on saying the rosary during school - in fact I'd say it was almost discouraged as being kind of old fashioned.

I didn't rediscover the rosary until I was starting to homeschool my children. I remember going to one of my first homeschool meetings and the lady leading the meeting said we were going to listen to so religious music for meditation, and then we were going to say the rosary.

I remember thinking in my head at the time, "Well that's dumb.  Who carries around a rosary any more?  This is going to be awkward."

After the hymn, everyone started digging in their purses and voila! Rosaries!! Lots of them.  I was so chagrined - I couldn't imagine that women my age even owned a rosary let alone carried them in their purses!  I was humbled further when the kind lady next to me offered me her extra one.

That was one of the key moments in my re-conversion to my Catholic faith

I've come along way since then. I have a few rosaries in my purse.

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A day or so after my baby was stillborn, I was talking to a very kind and holy woman. She told me that I should think of my child as a little saint because he had lived and had never committed a sin, a holy innocent. Then she said something about relics and it occurred to me that I had nothing that my baby had touched to keep with me.  So I quickly went down to our religious book store and bought the prettiest rosary that I could find and afford and then I drove over to the funeral home and asked them to let me spend a little time with my baby.  I remember that I touched the center piece and the cross to his little body, so this is my little remembrance of him as well as a relic.

The second rosary is a gift to my from my oldest son from a year or so back. It's beads are very tiny and it is very strongly put together, so I can let my granddaughter hold it when we visit church.

The purple heart rosary was made for me by my sister-in-law. She made it for me herself and then sent it to me after my stillbirth. I treasure it. It's probably the rosary I used the most because it is strong, and I love the feel of the heart-shaped beads in my fingers.  It was a great kindness of her to do that for me.
When people ask me for guidance in saying the rosary I have a few favorite sources.

How to say the RosaryVirtual Rosary
The Virtual Rosary easily downloads on your computer and guides you step by step through the entire rosary. It also tells you what mystery to say. Very helpful!

I also have a Rosary App on my phone.

My favorite rosary book is Amy Welborn's Praying the Rosary

Praying the Rosary

This includes all of the prayers and also special medications on each of the mysteries.

The Rosary Shop has lots of rosaries for sale as well as free tutorials such as getting started on the Liturgy of the Hours. They also provide special custom rosaries. A service I recommend all of the time to new brides, for anniversaries or funerals is the Rosary Shop's commemorative rosary. From their site:

If you have flowers from a special event in your or a loved one's life -- wedding, birth, funeral, etc. -- we will be happy to create from them beads that can be incorporated into a rosary. This is sometimes referred to as a memorial, keepsake, legacy, remembrance or heirloom rose petal rosary.

There are many different processes for making rose petal rosary beads, most of which involve boiling a large number of petals and mixing them with various organic ingredients. We do it a little differently because we not
only wish to preserve the flowers, but want to make sure that the finished bead is going to last as long as possible. We chop and then grind the dried petals down with a mortar and pestle, gently knead the rose powder into ceramic clay, hand-roll the beads to 8mm each and fire them (unglazed) in a kiln. This creates strong, ceramic beads that contain the essence and elements of the original
petals, thereby preserving the memory for a lifetime. Alternatively, we can use polymer clay.


As I was looking around for further inspiration, I found some of the writings that I would like to share from Pope Pius XII, who served from 1939 to 1958.

But the rosary, beloved sons and daughters, also signifies that the mysteries of your future will not always be uniquely b e made  up of joys. They will also be made up of providential sorrows. It is the law of all human life, just as it is for every rose branch that thorns be intermingled with flowers
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Rosary of children, rosary of the little ones who holding the rosary
beads between their tiny, clumsy fingers, repeat slowly, with application and effort, but already with love , the Our Father and the Hail Mary which their mother has patiently taught them. They make mistakes, it is true. At times, they hesitate, they get confused, but there is such confident candor in the gaze they fix on the image of Mary, on her whom they already recognize as their heavenly mother. Next it will be the rosary of their First Holy Communion which has a place all its own among the memories of the great day. It will be a beautiful memory, provided that it remains what it should be, not an empty article of luxury, but rather an instrument which helps them to pray and which
conjures up the thought of Mary.

Rosary of the mother of a family. Chaplet of the working woman, or of the humble and strong farm wife worn out with age, which she perhaps cannot take up until evening when, exhausted form her day's work she will still finding her faith and in her love the strength to say it, fighting against sleep, for all her loved ones especially for those who are most exposed to dangers of body or soul, for those who are tepted or are grieved or whom she sorrowfully sees shun God. Rosary of the woman of the world, perhpas more rich, but often burdend with worries and still more with heavier sorrows.

Rosary of the father of a family, of the working and energetic man, who never forgets to carry his rosary with him along with his fountain pen,
and notebook, who great professor, famous engineer, renowned doctor, eloquent lawyer, artistic genius, expert agronomist is not ashamed to say the rosary with devout simplicity during the brief moments of respite taken from the tyranny of professional work, in order to strengthen his Christian soul in the peace of a church at the foot of the tabernacle.

And lastly, rosary of the entire family, recited by all young and old, in
common, which , come evening gathers at the feet of Mary those whom the day's work had separated and scattered; which unites them with the absent and with the dead in fervent prayer; which in this manner consecrates the bond which joins them all under the maternal protection of the Immaculate Virgin Queen of the Most Holy Rosary

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