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Much has been written of St. Francis – he is perhaps one of the most well known saints, even in non-Catholic circles. My husband took him as patron, and honestly, St. Francis did have a lot to do with our conversion to the Catholic Church. If you talk to my husband about it, you will probably hear his (soon to be famous, haha!) statement, “I realized that if St. Francis could love the Church as much as he did, then it was worth looking into.”
The Catholic Church in Francis’ time was not in a good place. There was corruption and all kinds of bad stuff going on…but Francis did not leave the Catholic Church. There were plenty of heresies and other religions that he could have turned to, but he did not. Instead, he worked hard to ‘rebuild the Church’ from the inside out, by living a holy life and encouraging others to do the same. We would all do well to learn from his example: instead of complaining or lashing out because of all the evil we encounter (be it in the Church or anywhere else), we should concentrate on bending our own hearts toward God. Because once we realize our own sinfulness, we will understand that the problem of evil begins in our own hearts. This is where we must begin if we wish to change the world…in our own hearts.
FEAST DAY: October 4th
COLORS: Brown 'Ave' and 'Pater' beads, Brown hemp cord, silver San Damiano crucifix
MATERIALS: Polymer clay, hemp cord and metal crucifix. 60% Ethical Materials (see my Policy for more information)
PROCESS: In some cases, the clay is first hand-mixed from base colors to create custom colors. The clay is then hand-rolled and pierced to create beads. The beads are hand-strung and knotted on 20lb. strength hemp cord. All cord ends are mega-super-glued and hidden under beads. This makes them extra secure, and gives the rosary a ‘seamless’ appearance. For the crucifix attachment, I mega-super-glue a metal loop into the first ‘Our Father’ bead in addition to the hemp cord loop. This gives the crucifix a sturdy attachment point and prevents it from tearing through the hemp cord over time. The way I attach the crucifix gives the appearance of it only being attached by hemp cord.
Because these are created by hand (and not machines) some minor imperfections are to be expected. For instance, not all the beads are perfectly the same size, or perfectly round. Many of them bear little traces of my fingerprints and other signs of being handmade. If a bead is truly ‘no good’ I do not use it, and the same goes for any other material that I use.
CARE: I take pride in making strong rosaries that – if treated with care – should last a lifetime. However, please remember that this rosary is sturdy but not invincible. It is not a cheap plastic rosary so do not treat it like a cheap plastic rosary!
You should expect the hemp cord to ‘relax’ with use – that is, it will stretch a bit and get nice and soft. To prevent over-stretching do not yank out of your pocket, twirl around, or anyhow ‘rough house’ your rosary. If you plan to carry it in your pocket, I recommend making or buying a little case or bag to keep it in. This will prevent over-stretching of the hemp cord or possibly pulling off the crucifix. (Please also read my policy on broken rosaries).
Although these rosaries are usually big enough to be worn around the neck, a rosary is not a piece of jewelry and should never be treated as such. A ROSARY IS NOT A FASHION ACCESSORY! It is a very sacred item meant for devotional purposes only. If you decide to wear a rosary around your neck devotionally, it should be kept hidden under your clothing.
In order for a rosary to take on the sacramental nature, a Catholic priest must first bless it. These rosaries have not been blessed so please be aware that you will have to arrange for this.
Thank you so much for your interest in my work – I hope you are inspired to grow in holiness!