So how did that rosary get around me neck?? I know I would never have put it there--even in my sleep. Is it possible that it could have somehow got there while tossing and turning at night? I keep asking myself this, but in the end, I don't think it was totally an accident. The way it made me feel when I woke us was proof enough for me that it was Mary's way of hugging me-- and certainly to remind me to say more of them!
At any rate, it also made me think why rosary wearing is so shunned by Catholics. In other countries, it is more normal to wear a rosary. When Mary spoke to the visionaries in small Catholic school in Rwanda, she told the students to wear their rosaries during one particularly strong attack of the devil. Here's the Alphonsine (a visionary) telling another student (Marie-Claire) what Mary said to her:
"Last night when the Blessed Mother appeared to me, she warned that the devil was planning to attack students a the school. she says that we can protect ourselves from the enemy by wearing our rosaries." --from Our Lady of KibehoI was always told that wearing a rosary is bad so I've never worn even a rosary bracelet if I wasn't planning on praying it that day, but now I'm starting to rethink rosary wearing. Can it be worn as a devotional just like as saint medal? A conversation was started in my rosary guild about rosary wearing. The question was, if rosary bracelets are OK, then why not rosaries as necklaces? It was a very good point. Maybe it was Madonna who ruined it with her sacrilegious display. I can see how rosaries- or rosary bracelets for that matter, should not be worn solely for fashion. But is there harm in wearing a rosary around the neck if you do so in all love and devotion?
Rosaries can be worn around the waist by monks and nuns, around the wrists in the form of rosary bracelets, and even hung in rear view mirrors, but if you wear a rosary around your neck, you will run the risk of being scolded by fellow Catholics. What a shame because the peace and security I felt when I had that "rope by which sinners will be pulled into heaven" was just divine.
So what do you think about rosary wearing?