Rosary Project 3.0 in the works

+JMJ+ You may have wondered, if you’ve wandered through the Rosary Project pages on the blog, what that other phase was that I’ve mentioned here and there for a few moons (maybe more than a few). I’ve been pondering, too, of what that phase might consist. Well, wonder no more because, by golly, I think I’ve got it! 

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The Rosary Project Live or on the Blog

The month of the Rosary is winding down so I thought I’d write a little something about the Rosary Project, specifically, the Live Twitter Rosary Thread Project, and the surprising gifts of frienship which flow from it.

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In memory of those 9/11 took from us

+JMJ+ I posted a special Live Twitter Rosary Thread tonight in honor of all who lost their lives and their loved ones who had their lives shattered on that terrible day. (Link below.) I didn’t post any images from the event. No need to traumatize any family members or friends who have been through enough as it is. 

May the Lord grant healing and peace to all those whose lives will never be the same, and may those we lost find repose in the arms of the One Who loves us all. Lord, hear our prayer. Amen. 

Thank you for reading. Until next time, whoever and wherever you are, may the Lord bless you and keep you, and grant you His peace, always. Stay virtuous and holy! Amen. +JMJ+ 


Here is the link to the special In Memoriam Live Twitter Rosary Thread for September 11. You can unroll it at Thread reader, too, to make it easier to read and easier to spot where I got ahead of myself and tweeted a tweet without its accompanying image. Oh, well…

A list of other Rosary threads is on the blog, and the #RosaryProject is always available there, too, in a format similar to the one I use on Twitter, but a little different. Also the Project on the blog includes image galleries for each of the Rosary Mysteries. I include the Luminous Mysteries for those of us who like to pray them. (I treasure them, really. More about that in a post.)

Image in the banner: Christ Crucified, by Diego Velázquez, Wikimedia, public domain.

The Rosary, Divine Mercy, and Coronavirus pandemic

NOTE: This post was originally written during Easter time and while I was doing a temporary daily Twitter thread for the Divine Mercy devotion. I’m not currently doing those, so I’m moving the Divine Mercy Threads section to the end of the Live Twitter Rosary page, Rosary Project Live Archives.

The Live Twitter Rosary In Time of Pandemic and Turmoil

+JMJ+ You’re probably already praying about the Coronavirus. I’m offering two ways for us to pray together via Twitter threads. You can join live or use them later. More details in this post. God bless and Happy Easter, y’all!

I’m continuing to post the Live Twitter Rosary prayer threads on Tuesdays and Fridays at 8pm EDT, 7pm CDT. I plan to do that until this thing is crushed and over with. (I may change the days at some point but for right now I’m keeping it to Tuesdays and Fridays to keep Mondays and Thursdays open for posting here on the blog.) (See below for how to join in.)

How to Join In and Please Do! 

Follow me or watch for the threads (I usually post the welcome tweet a few minutes early and pin it to my profile) on Twitter and please do join in! You can use the intentions I post or use your own and post them, too, if you like. I’m posting links to the completed threads Rosary Project Live Archives page so you can use them anytime. (And the myriad mistakes I make while posting them live will be immortalized for all to see. Awright. Good stuff. Keeps me humble.)

Thank you for visiting and reading. I hope you’ll join me in prayer—on the threads or otherwise. Until next time, whoever and wherever you are, please stay safe and well. May the Lord bless and keep you and yours, and may His peace be always with you. Amen. +JMJ+

Scroll down the ongoing Rosary Project Live Archive Page (aka the Live Twitter Rosary Threads Page) to see the Live Divine Mercy Threads Archive.

Divine Mercy Novena In Time of Pandemic

Please consider joining me in praying for those affected by, and for an end to, the Coronavirus pandemic. I’m posting Live Twitter Divine Mercy prayer threads daily at 3pm EDT, 2pm CDT, until Divine Mercy Sunday. May post them beyond that, we’ll see. (See below for how to join in.)

EWTN has a PDF booklet you can use for the Divine Mercy novena. I didn’t realize remember soon enough to use it from the start, but now I’m including the novena intentions and a screenshot of the days’ intentions and prayers in the threads. Hey, by the time it’s over I should have the threads all nice and organized. Oy! Sigh. ;)

The other intentions, the ones I included at first (and still do) are modified versions of the ones that Pope St. John Paul II gave us to use to end the culture of death, the ones that you’ll see on the Divine Mercy chaplet pages here on site.

The Live Twitter Rosary Thread Returns

Banner for The Rosary Project on Twitter, aka the Live Twitter Rosary Threads

Updated March 26, 5am: I’ll make a separate page later for the Live Twitter Rosary Threads. Until then here’s the link for the first one, from March 24. Also edited the post to show that I changed the way I post the thread, just a little.

Remember the Live Twitter Rosary Thread? (On Twitter known as the #RosaryProject.*) I’m bringing it back while the Coronavirus is affecting so many of us worldwide. If you missed the Live Twitter Rosary Threads the first time around, I hope you’ll join in this time. The schedule is Tuesdays and Fridays at 7pm Central Daylight Savings Time.

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A longish ramble about my longish rambling, the Church, the Rosary, and other things

It’s a bit of a long ramble tonight. Sorry, I didn’t have time to make it shorter. (Hiya, Pascal!) ;)

I don’t know how many of my readers are Catholic and how many aren’t. I assume most are but I wonder. I don’t even know how many actual readers I have. Probably a fraction of those who “follow” me ever get around to reading anything I’ve written. Well, I’m going to do what I’ve been doing, and write as if I’m addressing fellow Catholics or someone who is at least interested in Catholicism. And since this is supposed to be a post about the Blessed Virgin Mary (in the Something About Mary Every Day In May series), tonight I will write about one of my favorite Marian topics: the Rosary. Eventually. ;) Here goes.

When I was a young woman, fresh out of high school and no longer expected to accompany (I used to like that word) my family to church on Sundays, I began to search. I didn’t know what I was searching for, but I knew there had to be something. There had to be some way to know more. More about the reality, truth, the universe, more about how Christianity was supposed to work. No one could ever answer when I asked these things at home or at Sunday School or anywhere else. But I knew that someone somewhere had answers, to my questions, to my deepest longings, and I was determined to find that someone and get my answers, once and for all.

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The Rosary Project is ready for you to use

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Friends of the Rosary Project: The Mysteries of the Rosary are now on the blog. The pages and image galleries are here and ready for you to use. I’ll be adding more to the project as time goes on, but you can use it now. To navigate the pages you can use the Table of Contents and the menu at the top of every page. I’ll be adding special navigation to each page soon.

I hope you’ll join me to continue praying for conversion and transformation of souls, for union with God, and to end the culture of death in all of its aspects and to grow a civilization of Love. And while you’re here, subscribe to keep up-to-date on the blog. You can also check outo the new What’s New page.

God bless you, friends, may His peace be always with you.

Surrexit Dominus vere, ALLELUIA!* Happy Easter!

Christ in Glory, by Giovanni Battista Gaulli (Il-Baciccio).
Adapted from a copy found at rev-artistry.

Happy Easter, friends! I hope your Lenten season was fruitful and that your Easter season will be richly blessed. My own recovery continues and I’m feeling more and more like myself again. And happy to be back here and active on the site, too.

I’m logged in tonight, building the pages for the Rosary Project. So if you see anything going all wonky, it’s probably not you, it’s probably me, trying something out and discovering that it doesn’t work. ;) I’m going to build the pages, text first, then add the images. Still debating on whether to put several large images on one page or smaller ones linked to larger ones, or just use a gallery for them instead. I dunno. We’ll see what happens. Say a prayer for me that I don’t mess up the entire site somehow and have to start over. I think I’d close it down and go hide in a corner if that happened. Or not. Twitter has made me bolder and more thick-skinned. (That place can be brutal!)

Have a great Easter weekend, y’all. God bless you. May His peace be always with you.

Prayerful study and (Christian) meditation on the Word of God with the Rosary.
The Holy Rosary has been called “the Bible on a string.” In the Rosary we pray and meditate on the Life of Christ, coming face to face with the True God and True Man, Jesus.
Image: Bible and Rosary from user jclk8888 at Morguefile.

*Translation: The Lord is risen indeed. Praise the Lord!

The quest for a format for the Rosary Project and a note about affiliate links

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Part, the first: I haven’t decided on a format yet for the Rosary Project pages. I put a page together for the First Joyful Mystery using an image gallery, but I’m not convinced that that is the way to go. The gallery may make it easy to browse the images, but it makes them smaller than I would like. Larger images are not only more impressive, but they lend themselves more to meditation. Don’t you think?

I’ll put together a page that more closely resembles the way the threads appear on Twitter, with a whole set of Mysteries on one long page. And I’ll also put the Mysteries on separate short pages, too. I’ll do it a few different ways so that you, the reader, have options. And since I don’t have to deal with 280 character constraints here, I can also add information about the artwork, name of the artist, links, and other interesting stuff. Btw, the images are all in the public domain. I’ve scoured the web to find as many good ones as I can. And I still find new things every day. If this keeps up, pretty soon I’ll need more external drives. Another reason to put affliliate links on the blog.

I’d be interested to hear what you think. After all, I’m putting this together for you! :)

Behold! A screenshot of the first ever affiliate links to appear on Catholic Heart & Mind.
Update: May 1, 2019: I removed these from the sidebar. I’ll add them to the booklist soon.

Part, the Second, a note about affiliate links: I’ve finally decided to put affiliate links on the site. I know, I know, I said I didn’t make a dime off of anything on my free WordPress blog and I didn’t. But I also didn’t like the ads that sometimes showed up on here (and I certainly don’t want that on my Rosary pages), so I upgraded away from the free account. That meant adding another expense to my already overly stressed checkbook. (Every time I even look at it now I see it cringe, hoping I’ll change my mind and forget about it, which I do fairly often these days as my mind becomes more and more like Teflon™, nothing sticks to it.) So affiliate links will begin appearing here and, indeed, a few are present already. Behold! The sidebar doth contain them e’en now! :P

Thanks for reading. I hope to hear from you soon!

(Dang it, Grammarly, stop telling me that “e’en” isn’t appropriate in this post. It’s what I want to say and I’m gonna say it, so there! Hmph! Nobody likes a know-it-all, ya know, and besides, you’re making my laptop run hot, not to mention how you’re making my blood boil. Grrrr.)

Work on the Rosary Project (and the new blog layout) begins

Began a new page for the Rosary Project today. Was going to start uploading it, but changing the blog theme and layout meant re-doing more than I had planned, what with site navigation and all.* If you’re curious about what the Rosary threads are, here’s the one from last night (Tuesday, April 16).

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The Rosary Project will have its own section here at Catholic Heart & Mind. I’m still pondering how to post it but the first part of it will be going up over the next few days. My pooor little blog won’t know what’s happened. I’ve ignored it for so long, I’m sure it thought I’d forgotten all about it. I’m slowly recovering from the heart attack and all of that and it’s good to be back in front of the keyboard to do something besides Tweet and scribble.**

*But that’s alright. I haven’t changed the blog look for years other than to add a new banner now and then. It was time for a new look and to clean out some under-used pages, or at least move them around.

**Scribbling is what I do when I want to work on a story but all I can do is scribble a few disjointed impressions of a scene here and there with no idea how it will fit into the larger picture of whatever story I’m working on. My goal is to eventually put a few of these stories up on the blog. And maybe one day even put them into an eBook.

One of my favorite images from the Rosary Project

I’ve been working on tonight’s Rosary Project thread and while the files are backing up I thought I’d drop in here and post one of my favorite images. This one is by Lorenzo Lotto: Madonna of the Rosary.madonna-of-the-rosary-1539

Poor Blessed Virgin Mary, in these scenes she can never keep Baby Jesus in her lap. He’s always trying to get down or grab someone’s beard. Seriously. Look at those Adoration of the Magi paintings sometime. He’s always trying to see what’s in the boxes or pull their hair or something. Cracks me up every time. What a handful He must have been!

What is the Rosary Project, you ask? It’s me praying the Rosary and posting it as I pray it on Twitter (or on the mobile site, I prefer it’s clean uncluttered look). As my dear friendd Rose says, I’m “live tweeting” the Rosary. Or I have been, every night since June or July of 2018. The nightly live Twitter Rosary is coming to an end this weekend, April 20, Holy Saturday, and a new phase of the project will be beginning here at Catholic Heart & Mind. If you want to join in this final week of the live Rosary, log on to Twitter at 8:30 pm Central and bring your beads. Hope to see you there!