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A glorious mystery

Department of Shameless Self-Promotion: the folks at Busted Halo have just posted a reflection by Your Humble Blogger, with a thought or two on a familiar form of Catholic prayer:

The other day, while I was unfolding my New York Post—there’s a confession for you!—I caught sight of a very serious young woman seated across from me, hands folded, eyes closed. Her lips moved. And as I looked down at her hands, I noticed they were fingering beads.


She was praying the rosary.

I’ve seen that before—it’s a New York phenomenon, a prayerful habit that suggests that we are a distinctly devout city, full of immigrants and varied cultures that are constantly rubbing up against each other and giving people a lot of reasons to pray. But this morning, I found it unexpectedly moving. This young woman was in prayer. But a special, profoundly personal kind of prayer.

Pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death, Amen.

In a hole in the ground, clattering under a river, surrounded by darkness and strangers, one of the anonymous throng that had been herded into a tin box was praying to a woman full of grace.

Curious? Wander over to the Halo for the rest. Tell them hello for me!

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posted August 15, 2007 at 10:05 am

In the Philippines, w/c is one of the largest Catholic populations in Asia, we have lots of women who pray with their rosaries inside the bus, passenger jeepneys, taxis and rail transits. They are ubiquitously everywhere that we don’t find them anymore odd. I usually do that too when I was living there, but ever since I migrated here in the States, I pray my rosary inside my house instead since not all Americans are Catholic and they might find me a religious show-off.

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