A friend sent me an early birthday present, a skull rosary from Rosary Workshop. They call it a Day of the Dead Rosary, but I use it in honor of the martyrs and those fleeing persecution. It is beautifully crafted.
My friend asked if I brought it to church and I laughed and said that would be ostentatious, I pray the rosary discreetly, bunching it in my hand so no one notices - this rosary is quite large. My friend was surprised - he seemed to think Catholics like to show off their rosaries and I'd be the envy of everyone. I laughed out loud. He's not a Catholic nor is he religious - so it is rather amazing to me that he would even think to give me a gift like this.
Anyway, I'm praying for the martyrs and those lost at sea, with or without the "Martyr's Rosary" - but the Martyr's Rosary is an excellent reminder.
Migrants crossing the Mediterranean.
The Pope - speaking on Sunday morning after the Regina Coeli prayer in St. Peter’s Square, - told tens of thousands of people “They are men and women like us, our brothers seeking a better life, starving, persecuted, wounded, exploited, victims of war. They were looking for a better life".
Faced with such a tragedy – Pope Francis continued - I express my most heartfelt pain and promise to remember the victims and their families in prayer."I make a heartfelt appeal to the international community to react decisively and quickly to see to it that such tragedies are not repeated," he said, before asking the crowd to pray "for these brothers and sisters". - VR