Are the people where you live “curious” ? Rural Newfoundlanders are very curious, and not shy about asking you things.
I was sitting in the waiting room of my kind dental hygienist.
I noticed a lady sitting nearby who was looking intently at the beads I held in my hands. Finally she asked me what those “chains” were. I explained that these were Christian rosary beads which I often hold when I am praying . She seemed interested. She told me that her grandmother had had some similar beads but she did not understand what they were.
I told her that my beads are made of Swarovski crystal, and that they were a gift from my mother. I told her that they remind me that in the Bible, in Revelation 4:6, there is a description of a crystal sea around the throne of God. I told her that I enjoy holding the beads when I pray. The colourful crystal beads are soothing to watch. I get a tremendous enjoyment of the world using all my senses.
She asked me what I prayed, using the beads, and I told her that I pray the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy. It is a prayer for mercy for the whole world. I shared a part of it with her:
‘For the sake of his sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on all the whole world.’ Soon my name was called to see Kathy, my hygienist. I said good-bye to my new friend. Perhaps she will understand how important it is for all of us to pray for God’s mercy on a world where more and more people seem intent on wilfully disobeying him every day.