the peaceful devotion

Kind readers,

I have taken yet more new photos of my work…

The Stations of the Cross chaplet:

And, the Mater Dolorosa:

I still need to tweak my etsy shop here and there, but on the whole, it is looking not too bad… I have got to spend some time with my pliers and craft more rosaries now!

To those who are intrigued by the rosary, but do not know all that much about it, I would meekly like to recommend three books… The Riches of the Rosary by Father Gabriel Harty, The New Rosary in Scripture by Edward P. Sri, and The Rosary: A Journey to the Beloved by Gary Jansen. These books will show you why this devotion is such a fount of peace and wisdom, and how Biblical it is; how essentially, vitally Christian.

I can tell you that when I pick up my beads at the end of the day, I am soon filled with peace. I am hidden in the Lord’s embrace, and, dare I say it, I am embracing Him also.

I am in paradise.

Your devoted
Logospilgrim, the quiet professor

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10 thoughts on “the peaceful devotion

  1. I’m actually reading The New Rosary in Scripture right now. It’s a good book. πŸ™‚

    All of your rosaries are very beautiful. Do you have any plans for a St. Philomena rosary? What about St. Michael? They are special patrons of mine.


    • My dearest Denise,

      God bless you for your kind words πŸ™‚

      I could do a St. Philomena rosary for you, if you would like… I can get a lovely color medal of her, though it has the CurΓ© d’Ars on the reverse side; I cannot find one that has just St. Philomena. I could also do one of St. Michael (I am assuming we are talking about Archangel Michael?); I have seen beautiful color medals of him, or silver toned.

      Is there any sort of bead that would appeal to you more than others? I usually try to use beads that go well with the color center, though in the case of silver toned centers, then anything goes πŸ™‚ I prefer to use glass or semi-precious beads, because they are more affordable.


  2. Either rosary sounds lovely. I like the glass or semi-precious beads also. I think of red for St. Philomena because she was a martyr, and blue for Michael the Archangel but I don’t know why. Maybe I just like that color. What do you suggest?

    Have you read “The How-to Book of Sacramentals” by Ann Ball? I think it is a book you would like. I’m reading that one right now in addition to several others.

    I just heard from Infinitus 2010. My paper entitled “Sneaking Past the Watchful Dragons: Christian Themes in Harry Potter and The Chronicles of Narnia” has been accepted. I’m so happy! πŸ™‚


    • My dearest Denise,

      there is a lot of red in that St. Philomena center, so I shall use something like red aurora borealis crystal glass gems… I could use turquoise for St. Michael. I shall order the centers, and when you see the rosaries, you can decide if you like them and all that πŸ™‚

      I do believe I read that book at some point, re: The How-to Book of Sacramentals! I must say that I really love the one you sent me. It is so informative and interesting.

      One of my proposals was accepted also, “Severus Snape, Jedi Master” (I got the email in mid-March) so I am glad πŸ™‚ The other was not (I got the response today), but that is all right… They no doubt got a lot excellent proposals whose subject matter centered around a Christian viewpoint (such as yours! I am overjoyed at the thought of hearing you speak), and, well, only so many time slots, eh? Not to mention, I am not so sure that my speaking style could be sustained for more than half an hour (I just ramble on and then run away from the podium), and/or possibly the proposal was too similar to things I have rambled about before (thus I would have bored my audience to death), though it might also be that my lectures have usually been a little “heavy.” Fifty minutes of tearful mysticism might be too much!

      I shall tweak my short lecture so that it includes a couple of quotes from ‘The flawed master’ and I think it will be not too bad when all is said and done πŸ™‚

      The lecture will be adapted from an essay included in ‘Bring forth the best robes’ and for once, I believe that I may not cause my listeners to weep, especially if I do the Yoda voice (just kidding!!) πŸ˜‰


  3. Turquoise might be nice for the St. Michael rosary. I’d like to see it when it’s done. I’m also looking forward to your St. Philomena design. I don’t have a lot of money to spend and am not sure I can afford both of them. 😦

    Have you thought about making any of the chaplets from the book that I sent you?

    I think I want a chotki. Do you make those too?

    I’ve always seen Star Wars as a kind of modern-day Christian/Buddhist myth. Does your paper get into that? Snape reminds me of a kind of Yoda-with-an-Attitude when he trains Harry in occlumency, don’t you think? “Clear your mind…concentrate,” and all that. “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” was kind of “The Empire Strikes Back” of the series, with both Harry and Luke being lured into a trap by a vision of Sirius or Han, Leia, and Chewie being tortured. In this story, we discover that the hero and villain have a kind of psychic bond, and the secret behind this mental link leads the hero to self-sacrifice in the final adventure. I can see both Harry and Luke as Christ figures in the final book/episode.

    There are parallels between Snape and Anakin/Vader too. Both went over to the dark side and came back to the light. Both wear a lot of black. Both were romantics at heart, and both were in love with the hero’s mom. The hero’s mother, Lily or Padme (variant of Padma), has a symbolic flower name. Both the lily and the lotus blossom (Padma) are white flowers that symbolize purity, I think. Did you get into any of that?

    if you haven’t written about this, I will. Or if you want to use my ideas, feel free to do so if you give me credit for them. πŸ™‚ I don’t mind. My paper for the next Harry Potter convention will probably be about Harry Potter and Star Wars, so I have given this some thought.


    • Oh, my dearest one, do not for a moment worry about the rosaries! I had already thought of making a St. Michael one; whichever one you choose (that is, if you like either of them!), I hope that it will be a source of delight to you.

      I am planning to make a Seven Sorrows chaplet, and would like to make one of the Five Sacred Wounds at some point…

      I am going to be making chotki soon… The first, inspired by our dear Potions Master.

      I have already compared Snape to Yoda in ‘Bring forth the best robes,’ and shall be discussing this when I give my lecture… But, you are much more systematic than I am! I start by quoting Snape and Yoda (“Clear your mind” and all that), and then veer into Taoism and Christianity… I kind of wander and blather, basically! I talk about being emptied, that one may be filled, and so on, and say that Voldemort’s mind was like the cluttered Room of Hidden Things… Bla bla bla πŸ™‚

      Your paper will assuredly be more cohesive and thorough than my ramblings.


  4. Hello. I’ve recently gotten to view your writings, views and beautiful rosaries. I must say there is something very intriguing about your work. Your writing style completely pulls me in and as for the rosaries…well they are breath taking. I am planning on gifting my daughter with her first rosary for her 21st birthday next month. It is quite exciting however I can’t help but want to continue to protect her for all the days that we will continue on this planet together. I am hoping the rosary will keep us close and keep her protected as she journeys through her life.
    Do you have any suggestions for a first rosary for a young woman whose mother loves her dearly. I am particularly looking for something with Mary our Blessed Mother.
    I am also open to any saint you may feel would be appropriate to help guide a young woman. Looking forward to your comment. Hope you are well.


    • My dearest Susan,

      thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your kind words… My back has been bothering me these past couple of days, but it is a bit better today, thank heaven.

      It would be a blessing to make a rosary for your daughter -may God grant both of you many years πŸ™‚

      I have a very beautiful color center of the Virgin Mary that I think would illustrate perfectly your desire to protect your daughter and be close to her; the image is called “Divine Providence.” It features the Blessed Virgin with the Christ Child lying asleep upon her knees (the colors are mainly blue and white). I could use mother of pearl beads?

      Let me know what you think πŸ™‚


    • Oh, my gosh! I am so touched by your kind words, Father Gabriel, and just… Goodness, if you heard me speaking now, I would be stammering πŸ™‚ Thank you from the bottom of my heart your kindness. Your book about the rosary is one of my favorites; it is so inspiring, a true blessing, and a great comfort to me.


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