Tuesday, December 05, 2006

This, This, And This Is OK...
This isn't

If you want this as your rear view mirror ornament, that's OK.

If you'd prefer this as your rear view mirror ornament, that's OK too.

Even if you'd like this as your rear view mirror ornament,
that's most certainly OK.

But THIS is never, never, NEVER to be mistaken as an ornament
under any circumstances.
Remember, the Rosary is a Spiritual Weapon... not something we hang off our rear-view mirror.

22 Comments:

Blogger Paul, just this guy, you know? said...

Brother, I disagree.

Benedictines wear them as belts.

I find that mine is an excellent reminder of the Right Things when I need it most.

And I know it'll be there the next time I get caught in the midst of a tornado in my car; which happened to me once.

5:56 PM  
Blogger Former Altar Boy said...

It drives me nuts when I see the rosary being used a good-luck charm. I always wonder when was the last time they ever prayed it.

7:40 PM  
Blogger IR said...

Vir,

I gotta disagree IN PART with this.

The part where I disagree is I know someone who uses an old rosary ( it broke and bead were lost) on the mirror. Not a a good luck charm but as a visible witness.

However--that being said if you don't say it, don't display it! It's not a charm, it's to be prayed.

I guess it's down to the intent and practice of the person involved.

I will also, in the interest of full disclosure admit that this is one of the things I mahy be wrong about.

All The way,

8:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I keep my rosary on my rearview mirror because I do use it on occasion during my commute, because it serves as a reminder to refrain from roadrage, and because I think its a very visible sign of my catholicism to others.

I don't lok at it as a trinket, because I know that it is a sacramental, but is it really so bad to keep it in a visible spot, ready for use? My intention isn't to have it there for decoration.

8:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I get more aggravated when I see "celebrities" wearing them as "jewelry!"

Not to mention everyday people doing the same thing!

Dr. Eric

PS I used to keep a St. Christopher Medal hanging from my rear view mirror since I wore a Miraculous Medal but wanted his intercession while driving.

9:08 PM  
Blogger Ginny said...

I totally agree! Good Post! I see people who are good Catholics and I don't believe they realize that these beads are not decoration and it is very disrespectful as well. I keep a pair in my car but not hanging in my rear view window

9:32 PM  
Anonymous Alexander Michael said...

What's worse is when people wear it as jewelry. I wear mine around my neck under my shirt for practical purposes. I saw a boy today at the middle school where I teach wearing his out above his clothing. When I asked him where he got his rosary he gave me a blank look. I indicated it and he said (and I kid you not) "Ohh...is that what this is? I got it at the dime store 'cause it looked pimp". I barely resisted the urge to fail him on the spot. I weep for the future.

11:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What if we actually like to pray a rosary while we drive...? Is that acceptable?

1:59 AM  
Blogger prevat2 said...

Alexander,
Imagine if we lived in a proper world where, once the young lad said the words, "Ohh...is that what this is? I got it at the dime store 'cause it looked pimp" it would have been completely acceptable to pull out your 1911 (.45 semi-auto pistol for you non-military types) and shot the little bastard right between the running lights?

God bless and pass the ammo.---Semper Fi

7:57 AM  
Blogger bocephus431 said...

Here's my favorite (sarcasm)...

When we're praying outside the abortion clinic, and I see people pulling in to get abortions with a rosary hanging from the rearview mirror.

Perhaps if they used it - they wouldn't be there - in more ways than one.

8:34 AM  
Blogger Hammerbrecher said...

Caveman is right! Where do you keep your sidearm when driving? Under the seat so the punks don't know you have it until its too late. I have a rosary compartment next to the steering wheel.

If you want people to know your Catholic or to witness the faith, then slap a Vatican flag sticker or some Catholic sticker on the car. If you want to be reminded not to road rage, then put Our Lady image in the instrument panel.

9:27 AM  
Blogger Der Tommissar said...

I keep mine on my rearview mirror and let it hang loose. See, I live in New Mexico and we're still working on these newfangled things called "roads".

Ever live in a place where the directions include, "If the river is flowing, turn around and go. . ."?

In any event, the crucifix on the rosary bounces around and whacks me regularly in the face. I consider this to be an excellent reminder to prayer and also a great penitential offering.

It's like being one of Los Hermanos Penitentes but without paying the membership dues.

11:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think our Blessed Virgin would condone murder on her behalf but a sound thrashing might change his behavior and teach him what Soldier of Christ really means!

12:20 PM  
Blogger Mike the Geek said...

I say the rosary while driving sometimes, but I keep it in the ash tray (don't panic - I don't smoke; no ashes or anything else in there). If you are trying to finger the beads while it's over your rear view mirror, please stay off the freeway!

2:12 PM  
Blogger Carolina Cannonball said...

I agree. There are a million different things we can dangle from our mirrors that scream "I'm Catholic" to witness our faith. If you use it in your car keep it handy, by all means. I keep mine in the little compartment where sunglasses go & pray while sitting in traffic "Lord please help me slam on my brakes for the idiot bastard tailgating me. Keep my middle finger in it's place.Amen."

2:12 PM  
Blogger Vir Speluncae Catholicus said...

Hammer,
That wasn't me that made the .45 comment. That was my goomba PreVat2.

CC,
I do the same thing!!!!!

6:00 PM  
Blogger Dad29 said...

Heh.

You wouldn't want to tell my wife that the Rosary hanging over her mirror is a "decoration."

You'd learn a new use for the Weapon of Mary.

My wife's use of the Rosary is as an icon of her Faith and a reminder of how to pray--and when (always.)

6:07 PM  
Blogger Former Altar Boy said...

Mike the Geek,
"If you are trying to finger the beads while it's over your rear view mirror, please stay off the freeway!"
LOL!!

11:14 PM  
Blogger Kasia said...

Actually, they sell auto rosaries now - I got one for my sister. It works like an abacus - five beads on the top, ten on the bottom, with a crucifix behind it. You stick it to the dash in front of the instrument panel. Personally I find it a little awkward, and I don't know if she prays it in the car - a single-decade rosary makes more sense to me for that purpose. But it's certainly less ostentatious than hanging it off the rearview...

And for the kid who "thought it looked pimp"...I pray he was being flippant. On second thought, I don't think I pray that. I think I just pray, period.

3:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, this post has given me something to think about. I do have the Catholic bumper stickers and one does encourage praying the Rosary. Maybe I don't need to hang one from the mirror. Hm....there should be a bumper sticker made that reads, "Take the Rosary off your mirror and pray it!"

8:38 PM  
Blogger IR said...

OK. I have reviewed all these posts. I will remove my reservations and now affirm that I agree with Vir.

It was the Abortion clinic thing that did it.

8:32 PM  
Anonymous Rosarius said...

What nonsense! If you can have Mary on the dash, you can have her rosary on your rear-view mirror. There is no disrespect. It is a sign to the world; it is a reminder to the driver; it is an incentive to pray.

4:23 AM  

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