For some of you this may be a huge departure for a blog which generally tries to stay away from religion but this week I would ask you to bear with me as I explore some of the great mysteries and understandings of my faith.
Be assured I am in no way asking you to embrace my faith but rather to listen to it and regard it as something which is holy and sacred to me. If you find some small morsel which touches your heart and encourages you to explore your own faith journey, all better. If not, I thank you for your indulgence and for recognizing my journey is perhaps the single most important part of my life.
My faith has sustained me through much and continues to challenge and lead me through this life. It has taken many turns and detours, not all of which were healthy, but where I always learned. Walk with me for a little while on this part of the path.
It was Palm Sunday. In the Christian tradition, a day of jubilation after a symbolic 40 days of fasting. I was delighted when a friend who had recently returned from Cuba presented me with this lovely Rosary. I have long wanted one and this hand made, wooden, line of beads with its tiny silver crucifix holds special meaning.
Part of my recent journey has been the exploration of different methods of mediation. Some are silent and look inward, some are more toward examination and affirmation of goals. This rosary presents another form of mediation, that which reflects on the mysteries of a god and faith. I love the gift but looked at it as much more than a gift from a friend. It is also a gift from the great teacher (universe, creator, god or whatever is your preference) who guides me through life. It was a gift of meaning…a message which leads me to another stone on my path of learning toward wisdom.
The Roman Catholic faith is steeped in tradition and practice which has deep and profound meaning in the Christian faith. While I may not agree with all of it I am still fascinated by it. I have learned to be careful not to “throw the baby out with the bathwater”.
One of the things I have recently been entertaining in my own life is the importance of the divine feminine and the Roman Catholicism has about the only recognition of that feminine quality of “GD” to be found in the modern Christian tradition.
It is my understanding that Mary, the Mother of Jesus, was injected into the faith as a central and holy figure to satisfy the beliefs of the ancients in the Goddess. Because of this we see the figure of Mary as central in the Catholic faith and in their prayers.
As the Goddess is an ancient symbol, so is the use of prayer beads. They have been used for millennium, in many religions, as a tool for mediation.
So this week… this week of the journey to Gethsemane, the cross and the morning of resurrection I will mediate on this lovely gift and work on learning some of the profound prayers and embracing the great hopes it represents.
If you would like to learn about the prayers of the Rosary there is a simple explanation on this site. How to Pray the Rosary