Wearing roseries What I found out

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Registered: 07-26-1997
Wearing roseries What I found out
Fri, 09-03-2010 - 3:45pm
I asked a question a long time back why people wear rosaries. Is it proper to wear one. Or is it just for praying on. I seen a mess of students at the college I work at wearing them this semester. Today I had to go to Time Warner Cable to swap out my cable box for a new one. They were upgrading the equipment. The guy who waits on me was wearing a rosary. I ask him why he was wearing it. Is he Catholic. He says he is not Catholic. It's a status symble. Showing his faith in God. Spirituality. I said do you know a rosary is just for praying on. Not really worn as jewelry. Or that is how it is in the Catholic church. He say Oh. I wasn't looking for him to take it off. Just was very curious why people were wearing them. I figured it was non Catholics wearing them. So that answered my question.


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Registered: 08-26-2000
Mon, 09-06-2010 - 2:59pm

We have kids at school who wear rosaries, and generally speaking, the "badder" the kid, the more likely they are to wear a Rosary. We are talking 5th - 8th graders. I sometimes comment on them - some of htem are quite pretty - and ask if they know how to pray them (lots of Catholics in this area). Generally, they don't. One said, "Yeah... I pledge allegiance..." Most of them see it as a good luck charm that will keep them safe.

That being said, I went to a retreat in June where most people were wearing their Rosaries - including the priest. THe retreat was given by Immaculee, who is a native of Rwanda, Africa. I think, that perhaps, it is more acceptable in that culture to wear a rosary as a fashion accessory than in ours. And so while I was there, I wore my Rosary, too. But if I would put on my Rosary and go to 4:00 Mass at my local parish one Saturday afternoon, I'm sure that I would probably cause some of the little old ladies to go into shock. When in Rome....



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