Your sacrifice beads consist of 11 beads, 10 are moveable. The beads will be a type of stone, such as jasper and also, pearls. Beginning with the cross or crucifix, which currently are solid bronze cast replicas of antique french pieces, represents the'Apostle's Creed' prayer when praying the rosary. Below the cross sits one immovable Our Father bead, which will represent the 'Our Father' prayer when your beads are used as a rosary.
You'll notice an inch or so of space below the Our Father bead. This extra space gives room to slide the remaining 10 moveable beads up and down the cord when using your beads as reminders of sacrifice during your day. These moveable 10 beads also represent the 'Hail Mary'prayer when praying the rosary.
Below the 10 beads is a medal. These medals are usually representative of a saint, Our Blessed Mother, the Sacred Heart of Jesus, etc., usually with a quote or short prayer on the front or reverse of the medal. The medal, like the crucifix is a solid cast bronze replica of various antique pieces.
The inspiration for Mary's Hands was St. Therese of Lisieux who used a set of beads similar to yours when she was a child. Given as a gift by one of her older sisters, she kept them in her pocket to remind her to give selflessly to others throughout her day. This daily practice helped bring her into communion with God and a habit of constant mental prayer.
It's a game of love vs. selfishness. The game is simple, but can have a great impact in your life. Each of the 10 moveable beads represents a sacrifice. Each time you make a sacrifice, slide a bead toward the cross. Your goal is to move all ten beads close to the cross by the end of your day. Don't be overwhelmed in thinking a sacrifice has to be large. Think small. Take one moment at a time, one day at a time. For example, if you buy a daily cup of coffee, set aside the money for the coffee and drop the cash in the donation box at the grocery store on your way home. Another example might be that if there is someone at work you're at odds with and you normally avoid, make an effort to spend some positive time with that person. Each time you make a sacrifice, reach in your pocket or purse and slide a bead toward the cross.
View each day as a new beginning, with a sincere resolve to give as much as you can, but with love.
Mother Teresa of Calcutta was able to do all that she did for the poor and unwanted because she did it all with love. In her own simple words, "All for Jesus." When we love Jesus, we can think of every creature as Jesus himself in our lives. Jesus said, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.'
So the next time someone cuts in front of you on the road, or the next time you see a homeless person on the sidewalk, begging for money, a hungry stray cat, lost dog, or the person at work who drives you crazy, simply remember the biggest sacrifice anyone has ever made for you - Jesus, tortured and dying for you on the cross. Forget any feelings of disgust, frustration or anger. Remember how much He loves you - that He was willing to die for you. Then take that spark the memory of His love will ignite, and in the middle of your distress, fan that flame of compassion, mercy and love and pass that light to someone else. Even if they don't know of your sacrifice, such as the driver who cuts you off on the freeway; even if they don't hear your prayer that they arrive safely to their destination without harming themselves or others; rest assured, your prayer of love has made a difference.
Make a difference in your own little way.
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