Faith and Prayer

The Rosary (Part 1)

Have you ever noticed that the entire Dominican order wears a rosary on their left hip? Ever wondered why?

A Brief History

In the 13th century, the heresy of Albigenses was widespread. This heresy taught that all material creation was evil, causing a major problem for Church teaching; if all material things were corrupt then Jesus must not have become fully man. The heresy was an explicit denial of the mystery of the Incarnation — which, if it were true, would cause all sorts of Theological problems for the Church and the faithful.

St. Dominic was distraught by this. One night, feeling physical pain over the harm the heresy was causing, he spent the whole night in prayer in an attempt to do penance for the faithful. During the night, Mary appeared to offer guidance; “I want you to know that in this kind of warfare, the principal weapon has always been…

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About the Author

Grace originally hails from the Buckeye State and holds a degree in Theology & Catechetics from Franciscan University. During her last two years of school, she assisted her home parish in the formation of a youth ministry program, serving as their Youth Minister, recruiting volunteers, and planning events . After graduation she moved to Knoxville, TN where she taught Scripture and Apologetics at Knoxville Catholic High School for four years. Upon meeting and marrying a handsome bearded fellow, she followed him to rural Georgia when he was hired by the local college. Deep in the Bible-belt with no formal teaching options, she continues to use her degree as a volunteer at her local parish, while also writing and editing for ministries such as Life Teen and Blessed is She.