Religious Items as Jewlery

My husband’s cousin just got here from Sicily.  This is her first time visiting.  One thing I have learned from her and visiting Sicily is that they are ahead of the times.  Things seem to become fashionable over there before coming to America.
She had what looked like a Rosary around her neck but it wasn’t your typical rosary beads.  It was designed as a necklace.  It was stunning and I wanted one so bad.  I am not big on wearing a lot of jewelry but I have certain items I do wear.  That is one item I would wear.  That would be my necklace that I never take off.

I have seen in the past people wearing a Rosary as fashion jewelry (Madonna) and part of me thought that was wrong.  A Rosary is something sacred so I always thought it was a sin to use it as jewelry.  That is until now.  I was researching it last night and one article I read said that it depends on how the person is wearing it.  If they are wearing it with reverence and not as a fashion statement then it is ok.  I would wear it out of complete reverence and love the idea of it being around my neck and close to my heart.


Growing up I felt like everything I did was a sin but recently I have learned that is not the case.  The Church has taken a different approach.  We are taught that God is love and he loves all of us.  His hope is that we are all with him in paradise.  So I personally feel that God knows my heart and knows what the Rosary means to me.  Therefore, I don’t think there is anything wrong with this item.  It is like wearing a necklace with a cross or a saint.  Isn’t it?  Could it allow for Catholics to evangelize or discuss their faith?  What do you think?


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I am a mother of three children who is trying to fulfill all the ‘traditional’ ideas of a stay at home mom. I am a cook, maid, shopper, chauffeur and the laundry lady. I am also their protector, mentor, religious educator and guidance counselor. I have chosen to raise them in a Catholic household.

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