Praying the Rosary

My RosaryYesterday was the beginning of Holy Week, the celebration of final days, betrayal, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus, the Christ.  

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


About Peggy Guiler

You just never know what show up on my blog. As the name implies it is about the stuff of life just like Spilt Milk. Everyday events spark thought and contemplation. Special events in the community, the country or the world may strike a cord and get me talking. Sometimes it's about people in my life or circumstances, sometimes about my garden, sometimes about a book or a political issue. Always it's about something I am passionate about. In my business, River of Hope Enterprises (, I work as an "Certified Coach" (International Coach Federation), a trainer, consultant and speaker. and as a spiritual director. I also drive a school bus to keep the wolf from the door while I build my business. I love the kids on the bus (most of the time). My family is grown and I have three grandkids who thrill my heart but I don't get to see any of them very often. Circumstances of life have made "family" difficult. My son died by suicide at age 16 in 2000 and the strain on our family relationships since has been huge. Mental health is a field where I worked for almost 22 years and where I still do some consulting and training. That combined with my own battle with depression and my son's death weave together to form some of my greatest soap box items: suicide intervention, suicide bereavement and peer support in mental health are right on the top of my list. Social justice is an underlying passion. Keeping the wolf from the door as a single parent was full-time work and my career path as a journalists was augmented with cleaning contracts, cooking, retail clerk, and bartending. I have known hard work and am grateful for the experience and perspective it has given me. A firmly grounded faith and a passion for learning has now taken me toward a new field as a Spiritual Director and I am soon adding to that a license to marry people. As I move toward retirement I am very aware that I have to keep working so I chose to do things which will meet my modest financial needs and also my love of supporting people in their life journey. Woven into all of this is my love of writing. Trained as a Journalist, and having worked in the field as a freelance news writer for many years, I have a great love for writing. This blog is a new beginning for me. As I hone my skills and begin to form a daily discipline of writing I hope it will lead to more writing in the future.
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  1. Pingback: Carrying Our Cross and Other Sorrowful Mysteries | Peggy Guiler

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