Katrina Fernandez tackled a tremendous topic today, giving advice to a reader who was peeved that her niece was wearing her grandmother’s rosary as a necklace. Katrina, as always, gave an insightful response:
Another friend of mine openly prays the rosary every morning on his metro commute. He said he’s often asked about the rosary by fellow commuters and has started carrying extra ones with him to give out. You know what prompted him to start this habit? Seeing another commuter wearing a rosary as a necklace. He thought he’d take his out and pray it so the other passenger could see the rosary’s proper function.
The rosary was also important in my own conversion. Back in the day, when I was a holy tongues of fire Pentecostal, a little old Dominican nun gave me a rosary and a pamphlet on how to pray it. I started to pray the rosary every day with Mother Angelica on EWTN and a year later I was on my way to converting to Catholicism.
My point is, instead of trying to convince your niece to give up her Nana Bea’s rosary, offer to teach her how to pray it.
It can get a bit annoying to see a Catholic instrument of prayer become a trendy fashion accessory, but does that matter if it can evangelize people who may otherwise have been closed off to religion? What do you think?