Knots for Jesus

Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with thanksgiving.

—Col 4:2, NRSVCE


Herman was behind Sr. Lulu all the way. Those “rope rosaries” with the knots in them used to drive the little mouse crazy. He never really understood them, and he was glad to learn that a nun actually felt the same way he did about these types of rosaries.

But then, everything changed.


Herman paused to think about the rosary. He understood that it is a thoroughly Biblical prayer, from beginning to end. And because Our Lady always points the way to Jesus, the devotion we show her in the rosary draws us closer to Jesus each time we pray it.

Herman remembered that the Bible tells us that after Mary visited Elizabeth, she prayed the Magnificat. One particular verse still stands out today. “Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed.” (Luke 1:48) (CCC # 971)


Like Sr. Lulu, something inside Herman was moved when he heard Sr. Charlie’s response. These “rope rosaries “ really are easy to carry, he thought. You can wear them around your neck, shove them in your pocket quickly, or put them in a backpack. It doesn’t matter — they’re very hard to damage.

It doesn’t matter if they get wet or spend a lot of time in the sunlight either. They’re generally resistant to damage from the sun’s UV rays. If they happen to get left in a pocket and go through the washing machine, no problem. And hey, what a great way to support our troops who are deployed someplace (anyplace) around the world!

That’s when Herman realized something else too. It takes a long time to tie all those knots. Everyday, thousands of volunteers make one of these. As they do, they also pray for anonymous individuals who will soon be using their “rosary knots.” And those people will be praying for other people that the maker of the “rope rosary” doesn’t even know exist. To make one of these rosaries and give it away is like multiplying your own prayers.

Herman was hooked. The little, orange mouse began to see the potential and true magnitude of what these “rope rosaries” might be. And yes, that’s when Herman began tying knots for “rope rosaries” too.


That’s our story and we’re sticking to it. It’s cool to be Catholic. COOL2B!

In Christ.

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