What Are Those Chains ?

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.

48 thoughts on “What Are Those Chains ?

  1. Yes Sally what you do is devout meditative focused prayer and the beads are a tactile sensory material plane instrument used to accompany your devout disciplined prayers to our Lord in a way where your focus is on speaking to Him while being in this sometimes distracting imperfect material plane! Hopefully the lady starts to get it having had observed her own grandmother and now you giving her an opportunity to start connecting devoutly more directly to our heavenly Father.

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      1. 🤗 Hi Sally and thank you! I’m happy to help clarify when I can, and as you are aware I grew up around many fine women of the Catholic Church who prayed the Divine Chapel along with many men also over many years of my life giving me an opportunity to see the beautiful devout, humble innocence and obedience to our Lord Jesus Christ and our heavenly Father. I’ve learned that often others especially Protestants will attack and put down this very sensitive loving form of praying because they decided they are better and know more than everyone else perhaps even Jesus. Its fine and anyone that says contrary is on a slippery slope! I just had to respond and I was actually the only commenter on another Blog about this very matter, and I hope you and your friends won’t mind me adding the comment I made to the other Christian denomination follower’s Blog; as well I will provide a link for a Blog I wrote last year about praying with rosary beads.
        God Bless You and Yours. Amen.🤗

        https://lawrencemorra.com/2019/05/09/the-rosary-devotional-meditation/

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      2. Thank you again Sally, for this opportunity!
        A comment I felt in my heart I must make to another Blogger who was extremely critical of Catholics.
        First of all you are misinterpreting and in grave danger of being pious and condemning others when you have a beam in your own eye
        Catholics are not heathen’s lookup the definition of the word! Christianity has a multitude of divisions and denominations some prefer one form of prayer over another or the manner in which they sit, stand or knell showing their obedience to Him, but they are speaking to God. You lean to the Protestant side of the Church of God but He alone knows His own and now up to you to decide who is praying wrong!
        You basically did a drive by shooting here at Catholics and you are wrong and God will condemn you for comparing Catholics with Heathens and pagan religions of the Far East who believe in multiple gods or all humans should strive to be one with the great spirit. I see you had an agenda here and that is the beam in your eye you didn’t take an action to produce anything valuable for God but you seek to further divide which is the work of the devil; who always mixes truth with lies just as you did here. You need to repent immediately or your soul is in extreme danger of damnation! Amen.

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      3. Lawrence : Thanks for your support. God absolutely wants us to encourage unity amongst all Christians. That was my reason for starting this blog , as well as telling a little bit about rural Newfoundland..
        Absolutely I agree with you that those who seek to divide, those who seek to ‘Condemn Catholics’ are definitely not doing God’s will.I will simply avoid ” anti-Catholic Blogs in the future. 🤗

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      4. 🤗 Hi Sally, thank you very much for sharing this way and I appreciate fully where your heart is and what good you do here. I’m dealing with one right now he is hell-bent on convincing me that he was once a Catholic but he was delivered from the falsehood to be a Born Again Christian and says he will not bend to anything I or anyone says about that, he is done and committed to his belief; but then why attack Catholics, when I on the other hand never attack him or his system of belief? I think it’s a sign that he is the one very deceived now, and doing work of the devil which I just told him with a very long comment. I would share this commentary with you but don’t want to clog up your article here, it’s a very long comment about a thousand words. I’m thinking of making an article containing so you and others can visit it because it speaks mostly to the matter of the Blessed Mother. This man is not seeking to allow God’s plan and His Holy Family in Heaven be a part of our faith here! Very sad and dangerous in this time of major crisis. If you want me to send it somehow let me know but I really think I’m going to post this on my Blog because it’s important to share it for the sake of mother Mary and how she fits into God’s over all plans. God Bless You and Yours.

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      5. Lawrence- you are very kind. I agree with you that at a time when all believers need to be striving for greater unity, there are those who will go on a public forum to spread division. I can understand how confusing this must be for non-believers, who are considering following Christ.
        Woe to those who spread division amongst Christians..Thanks again for supporting us all. 🤗

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      6. Sally, you hit the nail on the proverbial head! And the poor scattered children of God will be put off certainly and what this man is reminding me of is how some like him move things in this direction rather than how Jesus instructed us very clearly.
        Matthew 25:35-45 “For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me” “Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for Me.”

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      7. Exactly, Lawrence ! This is exactly what they do. They scare people away. People who create disunity in the Body of Christ are clearly warned in the scriptures that creating division and disunity amongst Christians is the very thing that God hates. It is the height of arrogance to point fingers at others and decide who is a ‘real’ Christian, and who is not. 🤗

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      8. Yes so true and this does bring God’s Wrath! I told him to check with Dr. Pat Robertson who is a good man, who also professes to be Born Again but never says a bad word about Catholics and gives them praise! I told this guy to start reading more about things like Jim Jones founder of The Peoples Temple of the Disciples of Christ who all committed suicide under him, as he thought he knew more than thousands of years of history and a body of work and evidence. I said he was so wrong to discount and toss aside all of All the saints and martyrs along with true servants of God who mean a whole lot in God’s plan and Scripture does attest to this. That man is in serious trouble with God I know for a fact. I said I would say a prayer for him but goodbye. Thanks for the inspiration Sally!🤗

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      9. Dear Sally, yes my friend and sister in Christ Jesus it’s not about attacking or taking away but about giving and sharing in His truth and love for us, and how we should love one another as He does us.

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  2. This is a lovely story that I happened to stumble over on a morning when I was feeling low. Your use of your crystals is wonderful and relatable. This world certainly needs God’s mercy, but then I suppose you know that, hence the prayer. Thanks for the good thoughts.

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      1. You too Sally and it really is an inspiration to know you and share fellowship this way. You are a Warrior Servant of the Lord’s! The man sent me this 😢 so I hope the prayer is working and he will see more clearly! Amen.

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      2. The Lord will see the efforts we are making towards Christian unity.
        Lawrence – Do you think that anti-Catholic posts would fall into the category of ‘hate speech’, or ‘hate writing’ ? 🤔

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      3. Yes if we are going to consider such writing about Jews or Muslims as some do but over all I have no problem with anyone voicing their opinion about my religion if they aren’t being hateful and just saying what they see that doesn’t appeal to them or doesn’t connect for them! Being factual is a good thing to avoid tempers I think and I have written about Muslims and how the original faith based on the Old Testament for the most part was hijacked by a heretic and false prophecy was adopted as Islamic Law, even though it required them to see all of us as infidels that must convert of be put to death!. They had attempted to carry that out before the Middle Ages and that led to the Crusades to push back their Caliphate. Again the master of lies and deception caused people to ruin any good they had and replace it was evil corrupted ways. Just like the American government is not poisoned with madness and corruption to the hilt and all to derail at least one of the Greatest Nation that had been in modern times, which would pave the way for bigger plans the devil has.

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  3. This is something that I believe in very deeply and I pray often that I will continue to experience God’s Grace and Mercy as much as I have done in the past.
    I do believe that focusing on prayer with something tangible to feel can be a source of both comfort and also allow us to make a more meaningful connection. 🤗🙏

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind comment. That is exactly why I use the beads, as something tangible and a source of comfort. God is so merciful, that is his greatest attribute. May God continue to richly bless you and guide you. 🤗

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      1. I agree with you totally about God’s mercy and grace and I am so thankful for the knowledge that I have of this.
        I have been truly blessed in my life even though I haven’t felt as though I deserve it on many occasions but God through his only begotten son Jesus Christ has rescued me from the jaws of despair and tribulations on many occasions.
        May your life continue to be blessed by a loving and merciful God and may he guide you through life and be a source of strength and comfort 🙏🤗

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      2. Thank you, all of you faithful for your devout faith and practice and fully exercising it through the devout praying of the rosary; and I had many such devotionals prayed in my behalf and without a doubt prayers were answered that even saved my life. Mother Mary is he one member of God’s heavenly family that is so honored that she not only was the one woman that conceived God Almighty in her most precious womb becoming so blessed among women but in essence by having the Christ Child Jesus who is the Lord and Savior of mankind His family and as he then went on to carry out HIS plan of Salvation telling Apostle Peter build MY church which will abide in Him God; then if God’s church of Christendom is Jesus Christ whom Mother Mary bore to be the Savior here on earth then it is obvious she is the Mother of the Church! Who was so reserved and patient as her Son Jesus was taken and crucified and when he was being chastised and all His blood later was on the dungeon floor; who was there to wipe up every drop of that precious blood that was spilled? Mother Many, and she is to be honored above all women as the Blessed and now Holy of Mothers, and our praying to her as our advocate and closest human that was ever on earth to Jesus; as all of our other many advocates in heaven do for us, to help save our souls from hell as they are with Jesus, the Father and Holy Spirit as a family praying for us, that is a perfect plan, that God Himself as Jesus brought to this corrupted world through His Blessed Mother Mary; a plan which is always being further corrupted by Satan who is disrupting God’s plan any way he can. Just like we have our earthly families and in time of need they come to our aid or bed side those heavenly advocates are doing the same for us as our extended family when we plead our cases though Jesus Christ to save us, and all of His family is there praying and advocating for us with Him our Lord. This argument against Mary and the rosary is flat our wrong and sinful and God is not pleased at all with this as He told us Thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven! I will tell you hell can freeze over before I will not see this TRUTH I speak to you, and anyone who cares to wake-up will and those who will remain asleep in the Lord not knowing His full intentions or WILL shall remain asleep, that is not my burden that is their own doing, by choice. I will pray for you and do the Apostles Creed with my other personal direct to Jesus prayers or the rosary and you can bet on that.
        A side note to just let you know that here have been many wonderful fine Christian human beings some Catholics like John F. Kennedy, Bob Hope or C.S. Lewis who were not stupid or the least bit confused or led astray people and if it was good enough for them it is for me too! Beware the devil that serpent the master of all lies is seeking to deceive you and will if you allow him to trick you into attacking God’s church and family. Remain vigilant! Amen.
        Lawrence faithful brother in Christ Jesus.

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  4. I’m a passionate Divine Mercy Devout. We survive by his mercy and grace. Our righteousness is filthy before the Holy eyes of the most high. No matter how righteous we are, we need mercy, the entire world needs mercy. Your encounter with this woman has initiated this important message to mankind. Thanks for sharing it.

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    1. Florence Ezekafor, there you said it! Absolutely perfect, and couldn’t agree with you more! We need all the help we can get to be pulled away from the precipice of hell where we actually all truly belong, but only by His mercy and abundant endless love beyond human understanding are we saved. The Holy Trinity is Supreme and along with that the heavenly family kingdom are through the Holy Spirit always seeking out by all available means God’s will to be done here on earth as in heaven, and in this the most imperative of all matters on earth or in heaven is for our sad failed lives to be spared, because He our Lord Jesus Christ loves us that much! They all advocate for we His children through that “divine mercy” to save us from ourselves and the most unholy one who like a roaring lion roams the earth looking for those souls he can devour. Lord Have Mercy. Amen.

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      1. Amen. Thanks for sharing your profound insight. It’s stimulating as well as restorative. Mercy and compassion of God are deeper than we can ever imagine. Imagine billions of sins committed every minute around the world on the shoulder of Grace. God’s Mercy endures forever.

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      2. Wow, Florence such a powerful statement you make here that carries such overwhelming truth about the overwhelming debt of sin that still is mounting as we live, but all of which was taken away by the greatest mercy which is infinite. Thanks be to God for that and our precious gift of forgiveness and salvation. Wow! Let’s remain connected by this truth, fellowship and faith in Him our Savior. Thank you.

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