Today, I finished my 1,000th Rosary! (The picture is just a fraction of the finished, individually bagged Rosaries!)
The Rosaries, each hand-strung, were comprised of:
1000 Crucifixes and Marian Centerpieces!
14,000 “spacers” [the plastic pieces between decades]
59,000 colored beads
More than 32,000 inches of black and white cord
These Rosaries, laid end to end, would stretch over ½ mile!
Of course, I could not have accomplished this goal without the help of friends and supporters. While I tried to complete 3 Rosaries each day, due to vacations and other events, I fell a bit behind from time to time! Fortunately, friends “volunteered” their time to help me catch up on four separate “Rosary Saturdays.” Without their help, this wouldn’t have happened!
And of course, there are thanks to be given to those who made financial donations to the Rosary Construction project. I received donations by hand, by mail, via PayPal from the “Donate” button on the lefthand sidebar of the blog! Friends, relatives, and individuals I didn’t know (from both the US and abroad) contributed, allowing the purchase of Rosary supplies and the shipping costs to send them to those in need. In total, approximately 40% of the just-over $1,000 it cost to make the Rosaries came from donations… and for that I am deeply grateful!
Please join my in praying that the Rosaries made over the course of this “year of prayer” will reach those in need of spiritual guidance and prayer aids, and that Our Blessed Mother will lavish upon them the grace of Our Lord, bringing souls to Christ through the power of the Rosary!
God bless you all!
Why pray the Rosary every day for a year?
Each time the Blessed Virgin has appeared-- whether it be to Saint Bernadette Soubirous at Lourdes; to Lucia, Jacinta, and Francisco at Fatima; or to Mariette Beco at Banneux-- she has asserted the importance, saving grace, and power of praying the Holy Rosary on a daily basis. Based upon her words, the Rosary is penance and conversion for sinners, a pathway to peace, an end to war, and a powerful act of faith in Jesus Christ. Pope Paul VI presented the Rosary as a powerful means to reach Christ "not merely with Mary but indeed, insofar as this is possible to us, in the same way as Mary, who is certainly the one who thought about Him more than anyone else has ever done."
To show us how this is done, perhaps no one has been more eloquent than the great Cardinal Newman, who wrote: "The great power of the Rosary consists in the fact that it translates the Creed into Prayer. Of course, the Creed is already in a certain sense a prayer and a great act of homage towards God, but the Rosary brings us to meditate again on the great truth of His life and death, and brings this truth close to our hearts. Even Christians, although they know God, usually fear rather than love Him. The strength of the Rosary lies in the particular manner in which it considers these mysteries, since all our thinking about Christ is intertwined with the thought of His Mother, in the relations between Mother and Son; the Holy Family is presented to us, the home in which God lived His infinite love."
As Mary said at Fatima, "Jesus wants to use you to make Me known and loved. He wishes to establish the devotion to My Immaculate Heart throughout the world. I promise salvation to whoever embraces it; these souls will be dear to God, like flowers put by Me to adorn his throne."