The Mary month of May…

May 5, 2010 at 2:14 am (Uncategorized) (, , )

Today was the May crowning at school. What’s that, you ask? The kids brought in flowers and in lieu of mass (priests are on retreat) we said the rosary and crowned statues of the Virgin and Child. Of course, when I pulled my rosary out of my bag, my two-year-old asked in the shrillest of tones, “Mommy what’s that?” thus demonstrating both what a lousy Catholic and what a lousy Catholic mom I am.

It’s not even that I don’t like the rosary. I always have one with me actually. Lots of different cultures use prayer beads…mine just happens to have a crucifix on it. It’s immensely comforting when I’m anxious (airplane) or impatient (doctor’s office). I think I have kind of a pidgin rosary thing going on…that is, I’m not clear on how to pray the Glorious vs. the Sorrowful vs. the Joyful Mysteries, but I am grateful for the calming and meditative effect of saying a pile of “Hail Marys.” In fact I could probably do with saying them quite a bit more often…and then Lucy wouldn’t be wondering what that thing that looked like a necklace was.

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1 Comment

  1. New Mama said,

    I love the idea of a rosary — sort of like a worry stone. Plus, some of them are so beautiful. That’s one thing I miss about the Catholic church — some of the statues/windows/etc. are so lovely.

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