I'm so excited!

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I'm so excited!
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Mon, 05-10-2004 - 3:52pm
Last week I asked my dh if he minded if I put up a small statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary in my herb garden. As you might know, he believes in Jesus but is not Catholic and does not understand about Mary. Let me state that I don't feel like I have to ask 'permission' or anything, but I didn't want to offend him. He wasn't offended, he said to go ahead.

I went on the internet and bought a small resin statue of the Blessed Virgin, 8" high that will 'watch' over my herb garden. She is dressed in a flowing blue robe and it is just beautiful. I can't wait to make her shrine there. I feel it will be a great way to bring up Mary to my ds, 2.5. He is a garden enthuasiast and I'm sure will ask questions.

I am also excited because I also bought a beautiful 'chaplet'. It is similar to a rosary but is shorter to say, it has twelve beads on it. I bought an 'Immaculate Conception' one, it has sapphire blue glass beads and a sterling silver Miraculas Medal attached to it. It is just beautiful. I'm hoping that this will induce me to start praying more to Our Lady. I've never had luck saying the rosary, it seems my mind wanders and it takes too long. I'm sure this is a dicipline thing, and maybe when I start saying this chaplet it will pave the way to my saying the rosary. I was just excited about this I had to share. Somehow I've been drawn to the Immaculate Conception lately. I don't know why, it may be because my own mother is gone and I am sorely in need of some mothering. I've always been a bit afraid of the Blessed Virgin Mary, I don't know why, I had never understood Her greatness before I had done some reading lately. Now I do not fear Her at all, and see her as a wonderful mother figure.

Hope everyone is well. Take care, Beth

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Tue, 05-11-2004 - 1:03pm
I can understand your excitement. I have a love of certain sacramentals, including rosaries - I have 4 of them, one of which I bought and three which were gifts - I would need another like I need a hole in my head, but I am always so tempted, especially by the blue ones.

And I'm a bit envious of your wee Mary garden! If I ever get around to gardening in this lifetime (maybe in another year or two), I would like to make a small Mary garden - though DH would probably have a fit, as he's not even Catholic! We live in an area where Mary gardens in people's yards are not uncommon, and I always want to stop and admire them.

Kelly

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Tue, 05-11-2004 - 1:38pm
It's interesting that you say you have an interest in sacramentals, because I do too. In fact there was a time about 10+ years ago that I went outside the church for this. I was very attracted to the 'Earth' religions because of their use of herbs, incense, oh all that sort of stuff. It started out with one book and became a whole collection of 'stuff'. It was frankly quite pagan, and I've since realized the error of my ways, it actually crept up on me very quietly. Anyway, it was not Satanic or anything, but since it was devoid of Jesus - it was more like worshipping the Earth - I was never comfortable with it. Thank God I was dating a sculptor who was Very catholic (was going to become a monk but liked women too much) and one day he said something to extent of the Catholic Church is full of rituals ripe for the picking, that I didn't need to go outside the church for it. Upon doing some research, I've found him to be correct. So now I have the best of both worlds.
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Tue, 05-11-2004 - 9:36pm
We have a Virgin Mary statue in our backyard, complete with a little fountain. DH rigged it up to be lit up at night, and it is a prayer-focus for both of us. It's kind of hidden away among the trees, but it's so special to me. I have a difficult relationship with my own mom, and she has always been a mother to me.

I, too, love sacramentals. I own 3 rosaries, and I wear a little gold crucifix around my neck at all times (DH has a bigger one that he wears under his clothes). People who walk into our house who are not Catholic probably think we're religious fanatics, because I have a crucifix in nearly every major room, several madonna paintings and even a little madonna statue. In my opinion, part of what gives Catholicism its intrinsic beauty is the obvious Presence of God in the physical. I'm one who wishes we could have incense at every Mass--I love to worship with all my 5 senses! The religious objects in my house and around me (even in my car) are a constant reminder of Him Who is Love. They also serve, I believe, to convey the sacred to my children and to remind us daily of God. And I think they do their part to help drive out any unwanted forces of evil, too. We were so fortunate when we had this house built and moved in, because DH's cousin is a priest, and he came and celebrated a house Mass and blessed every room with Holy Water. I feel like that Holy Presence lingers sometimes.

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Tue, 05-11-2004 - 9:54pm
I just came across this site on the web: www.realliferosary.com. It is a book, but the author gives samples. I printed Joyful mysteries for Mothers. I am looking forward now to meditating on how the scripture applies to my current daily life. I may buy the book, but first I want to see if I could come up with my own connections between "real life" and the mysteries of the rosary. Please do not think this is an ad. I just thought it was interesting that I found the real life rosary site and then this topic came up.

Sharon
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Wed, 05-12-2004 - 10:30am
I fully believe in surrounding ourselves with reminders of our faith and the joy it brings. Far from being superstitious, sacramentals remind us of the constant physical presence of God. I've often said that Catholicism, more than any other branch of Christianity, is a highly Incarnational religion. One of my favorite saints, St. Patrick, seems to have known that very well. He was constantly aware of the Trinity, and his ability to convert the pagans probably owed a lot to his sharing their sense of the divine in everything natural (though "One God in everything," not "gods in everything").

Holy water, the crucifix, and statues of the Holy Family and the saints are ways I remind myself that God is always with me. Surrounding myself with these things helps keep me "wholesome" - much like surrounding myself with friends who love God.

Kelly

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Wed, 05-12-2004 - 9:48pm
Sophia, I know what you mean about incense. Early Easter Sunday I burn Frankincense incense. It makes the house smell soooo good. Lately, though I've learned that myrrh is the incense the Church burns at Easter. So I'll have to find a good source of cone myrrh incense. Anyway, just thought I'd let you know that you can find incense that they burn at church and can burn it at home! Beth
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Thu, 05-13-2004 - 1:28am
Ohmygosh, Beth! You too?! I was so sure I was the only one who burned "church" incense at home!!! That is too funny! I'm right there with you, girl! I burn both frankincense and myrrh, but I feel like frankincense smells more like church incense. It smells so ethereal and spiritual, like a taste of Heaven, and brings me back into my church experiences as a child, when I first began to discover God for Who He is. It's amazing stuff. Often at night I'll light a votive candle in front of a crucifix or some other sacramental, sit in a dark room with just the candle burning, and light the incense, and it really, really helps me to focus in on God for prayer and peace.

What's really funny about what you said is that this past Easter morning I burned several sticks of frankincense! You and I were probably doing it at the same time! We must be spiritual sisters, LOL!

I get my incense on-line from Sensia. They have a great selection. I use the sticks, but I'm sure they have cones, too. They have both frankincense and myrrh, and even offer packages with samples of both, and their packs are very cheap. They deliver to your door quickly, too, and I think it's family-run. Here is the link:

www.sensia.com

Am I allowed to post that here? I hope so! Anyway, check it out, I think you'll find exactly what you're looking for in Church-y incense for a great price. Just type in "frankincense" or "myrrh" into their search bar. Good luck!

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Thu, 05-13-2004 - 9:42am
Glad you posted that! I'm a scented candle junkie, but I'm not sure my DH would put up with the smell of incense. ;)

I admire that you find the time to be at peace with the Lord when you have 4 kids around. I have 3 kids and work full-time (DH is a SAHD) and I don't make time nearly often enough.

I like your nickname, BTW. Makes me look forward to my vacation in a few weeks. Every year we spend the first week of summer at the New Jersey shore, and while I occasionally think it would be nice to go elsewhere, it's become such a family tradition that no one wants to!

Kelly

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Thu, 05-13-2004 - 2:18pm
While we're on the subject of incense, maybe someone knows the answer to this question (Br. Rich?) On what Church occasions does the Church burn incense? And which ones do they use? I know that myrrh is used for Easter Sunday, what about the other Holy days? Is it interchangeable? I've been Googleing this for two days and it seems like such a secret, I can't find it anywhere. Thanks for any information that anyone may have. montessorimom.
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Thu, 05-13-2004 - 4:14pm
There doesn't seem to be anything official about it. Here's an informative link: http://landru.i-link-2.net/shnyves/incense_offering.htm

Kelly

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