Shopping for Rosary Beads in bulk in Australia is tricky. I found this firsthand when I was looking for Rosaries for my Retreats in Catholic Schools. The only inexpensive rosary beads I could buy in large quantities were plastic ones that didn't seem to look or feel as good as I wanted them to. So, after failing to source affordable yet dignified and welcoming Rosary Beads for the modern Australian person, I designed my own.
Praying the Rosary should be a special experience of the Sacred and connecting with each other in a dignified way. I found the long, plastic, cheap rosary beads ended up being novel necklaces or junky decorations more than cherished, sacred items for prayer. Every detail of my design is on purpose. Australian Catholic schools offer such high quality educational experiences for staff and students and faith formation should be of the same standard. Many leaders and pastoral carers in Parishes, Catholic health care and palliative care, mothers and grandmothers alike, want to provide a warm and strengthening version of the Rosary - not to tick a box, but to offer a tried and tested way to cultivate a powerful faith.
Encouraging Australian young people and adults to explore the Rosary can seem like an ambitious activity given our society's materialistic and self-described 'post-Christian' culture at this time. Be confident, however! The Rosary offers Aussies a spirituality gateway that is super relevant to the pastoral needs of children, teens and adults alike in our culture because it affirms our dignity in God's eyes, it calls us on to cultivate noble values, it connects us to community and family more deeply and it actually activates our vagas nerve, switching us into our parasympathetic nervous system.
You'll receive my Modern Rosary Booklet for Australian schools, families and organisations. It has intriguing, modern images and a suggested simpler way to pray the Rosary for time-restrained contexts. I use it daily with my own little family as well as in my retreats for Catholic school students and staff. I hope you find these Rosary Beads to be lovely, comforting and dignified.
Donna Power of Experience Wellbeing