Letitia shares an inspiring story…
My husband, Scott, has a special devotion to Our Blessed Mother and the rosary. Since becoming a Catholic over ten years ago, he made knotted rosaries here and there and gave them away. A year or so ago, I asked him to make a rosary for me using a metal St. Benedict centerpiece I had bought. I, of course thinking he can do anything, thought he could use the metal centerpiece with the cord and make the rosary. He informed me that this was not possible for him to do. After some time, he said he would try to make a rosary using beads and make one for me with the centerpiece I had bought. It was a success! He tossed his “MANCARD” and began shopping for beads, downloaded the Hobby Lobby App on his iPhone, joined Etsy and so the story goes.
Not sure what he was supposed to be doing with this brand new ministry, I posted a picture of one of his rosaries on a homeschool Facebook page. We never predicted what was to come! That one post got so many orders from so many different people all across the United States, Mexico, and Canada we weren’t sure if we would be able to do this. Many women responded that they did not have rosaries for themselves or their families. We felt that Our Blessed Mother was asking for Rosaries to be made and distributed but we could not sell them per say, they needed to be made available to all people who asked for one. We weren’t sure how this would work since we did not have extra income anywhere to support this ministry. We just had to trust that if Our Lady was asking, she was going to provide. So, no questions asked about how much people could pay, we just asked for donations to cover the cost of the materials. Scott opened up a Paypal account to keep track of the money spent and received. Living in the very catholic south Louisiana, we just assumed everyone has a favorite rosary and this would be a small “operation”.
One family, in particular, is what this post is about. A woman who had lived in North Carolina, and a citizen of the U.S., asked about the rosaries. She explained that she was married and her husband was not a citizen of the U.S but was from Mexico and his work visa had expired. They were forced to move back to Mexico. As a result, he had no job in Mexico and she was left
with trying to find work to feed their family while homeschooling their children. She said they had no rosaries but that she would like to order a rosary to be sent when she could afford to send in a donation. After Facebook messaging with her, I found out she had three young children. I told her that I would make no promises but if she could have a rosary for her, her husband, and each of her children, what kind would she like. She gave me all the information for each rosary. Scott was able to make each rosary as she requested. We mailed them all to Mexico.
In the meantime, our friend from Mexico, saw a post on Scott’s Facebook page, Handmade Rosaries, of a turquoise rosary. She was still in Mexico and still praying and waiting for her husband to get a new visa to return to the United States. Christmas was quickly approaching and she would not be able to give her mother, who was living in North Carolina, a Christmas gift. She sent Scott a message and asked if he would make a turquoise rosary, just like the one she saw on his rosary page, and send it to her mother on her behalf. Of course, he could not refuse. He made the rosary and I packed it up in Christmas gift wrap and we sent it to her mother as a Christmas gift on her behalf. Her mother received her rosary in North Carolina before she received hers in Mexico.
Having never mailed anything to Mexico before, I tried to add tracking to the package but was informed that the U.S. Postal Service could not track a package once it left the borders of the United States. The rosaries took what seemed like forever to get to Mexico. We thought they had been lost but finally they arrived. Just in time for Christmas! She sent a message that she had gotten them and these were going to be Christmas gifts for her children and husband.
At this point, people were sending in donations to cover their rosaries. We never knew how much of a donation to ask for, so we just left that up to Our Blessed Mother. The average donation was $20 per rosary so when people asked how much to send that became the suggested donation amount.
You know this is not the end of the story. This is a rosary story! It doesn’t end until you feel the tears in your eyes and your stomach tingle. Scott received a message from our rosary friend last week. This time, she was back in North Carolina. Her husband was able to get a new work visa and was working on an egg farm in North Carolina. The rosaries, she explained, were a big part of her family’s prayer life since they received them. She was sending him a message to tell them that she had saved enough money to make a donation for all the rosaries. Scott told her she did not need to do this but of course she said yes, “In thanksgiving”.
Pray the Rosary, it is a powerful weapon to change the world.