The rosary I carry in my book bag.
The rosary I carry in my book bag.

I was born and raised Catholic; as were my mom, grandparents, and great grandparents. Growing up, there were many celebrations as we developed in the church. I was baptized at birth, only days old. From there came the first communion in the second grade where I consumed the Lords body for the first time. After that, I had confirmation. I was an official adult member of the church and had just devoted my life to Catholicism. When that moment first happened, I did not think much of it. As I’ve grown older, I have realized the significance of that moment in my faith and how much has changed since those milestones. One thing that has never changed though, is the presence of a rosary. A rosary, often called prayer beads, consists of 53 Hail Mary’s, 6 Our Fathers, 5 Glory Be’s, along with a variety of other prayers. These are all split up amongst 5 decades (sets of 10 beads) and mysteries (other prayers). A rosary is a clear, consistent, and constant form of prayer in the catholic church that I have come to find comfort in. Starting at a very young age, I have had a rosary in my room. I now carry one with me almost everywhere: my purse, backpack, bedroom, travels, etc. It was not until recent years that I discovered the peacefulness behind praying a rosary. Now, I consistently wear a cross of some sort around my neck and carry around a miniature rosary with me on my wallet. By doing these things, I get that sense of peace I get from praying a rosary every where I go. I can pray and feel connected to my friends, family, and faith no matter where I am. 

– Elayna Schroeder

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