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Ever heard of the Orthodox rosary called a “komboskini” or “prayer rope”?(Comments Off on Ever heard of the Orthodox rosary called a “komboskini” or “prayer rope”?)

March 13, 2017

Tradition attributes to St. Pachomius the invention of the prayer rope (a loop, usually made either of virgin wool — symbol of the purity of the Lamb of God — or of silk threads, braided with knots) back in the 4th century, making this devotional accessory as old as monasticism itself. When monks and anchorites began to […]

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My mother’s daily conversation with God and His Blessed Mother

“It’s not the beads that matter; it’s the prayers,” she would say of her rosary. Mom always said the rosary, every single day. One of my earliest memories of her is how she would sit up in bed when she first woke up, taking her beads and silently reciting the prayers. I can’t remember thinking […]

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The Rosary Is Our Spiritual Weapon of Mass Destruction Against Satan

I just returned from leading a retreat in Los Alamos, New Mexico. It was organized by those belonging to TOOL, which stands for “Teams of Our Lady”. What an exceptional group of Catholics, who witnessed to me while I witnessed to them. Considering the location, you might say the retreat was radioactive! Now, if you […]

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Rosary Advice from Louis de Montfort (part 2)

(continued from yesterday) With Attention (Forty-Second Rose) When praying the rosary it is important to concentrate on the prayers being prayed and the mystery being contemplated. As De Montfort wittingly notes, “How can we expect God to listen to us if we ourselves do not pay attention to what we are saying?” It would be […]

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