Everyday, I'm still noticing many rosaries hanging in cars from their rear view mirrors. I pray that these same people are also using it and not just using it as a decoration or statement of faith. Many blessings and graces come from meditating on the gospels by praying the rosary.
I've noticed one hanging in the car of Shorty from the Animal Planet Show called Pit Boss. I pray that he too, prays those prayers instead of decorating with them.
Where I don't like seeing rosaries is when they're used as a necklace by young men. I see it on TV and have no idea why they're wearing it? I pray that they're not desecrating something holy but that they love Jesus and His mother who is our mother.
Sometimes praying the rosary feels overwhelming with the many intentions I want it to go for:
my family and friends,
the families in our church and our parish priest and deacons,
Pope Benedict XVI and the Bishops of the Vatican,
the families in our neighborhood and my son's school,
for our soldiers who are defending our country,
conversion of all sinners,
peace for the world,
those suffering in Japan,
those who are considering abortion,
those who've made the decision and for those who perform them,
those who are homeless, hungry and hurt,
those who are lonely,
for fallen away Catholics
and for those who are against the Catholic Church.
The list can seem endless at times because of the society we live in. In fact, I was listening to the radio recently about The War on Terror and I had offered up a prayer for all of the innocent people who are affected by this war and for our soldiers.
And I heard/felt/thought in my head, pray for Osama Bin Laden.
Immediately, I thought, "WHAT?" Then I remembered reading Corrie Ten Boom's book called The Hiding Place, many years ago and after her family was discovered harboring Jewish families during WWII, they were all arrested and she and her sister were sent to a concentration camp. I recall in her book she said they should pray for the concentration camp guards, that THEY needed the most prayer of all for the evil they were doing.
So, after the initial shock, I obeyed the Holy Spirit and offered up a prayer Osama Bin Laden.