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Beads with Faith is a family run company based upon the Rosary and its teachings. As a Catholic company we aim to encompass faith and bead craft to create handmade Rosary beads, chaplets and Christocentric jewellery items. This blog will contain faith centred articles, information about our workshops and some of our products.

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  1. “What did you go out into the wilderness to look at?”—Matthew 11:7

    Having recently started a full time job, i have been very short of time, but not short on prayer - i found this beautiful reflection on the third sunday of advent - what has been your prayer and reflection this week? 

    This advent reflection has been taken from Ignatian spirituality.com

    As we begin this time of quiet prayer, I invite you to find a comfortable place to sit with your back straight and your legs planted on the ground. Allow yourself to notice your breathing as you breathe normally. Breathe in. Breathe out.

    Take a few moments and close your eyes, preparing yourself to listen to what God may be saying to you during this prayer. As you sit with your eyes closed, use these or similar words: “Here I am, Lord. Here I am.” When you are ready, open your eyes and pray.

    Where is my wilderness?

    Imagine you are walking down a busy street in a large city. There are people everywhere. It’s hard to move ahead because you are surrounded. The sounds of cars and buses and horns fill the air. Surprisingly, in the midst of the crowd and the noise you are calm. There is so much life around me, you think. How does this make you feel? As you walk further, you notice someone all bundled up sitting on the sidewalk. He is wrapped in a furry blanket on top of multiple layers of clothing. As you look closer, he is holding a sign that reads, “Are you ready to enter the wilderness?” You think, how strange. What do you think this means?

    You are curious, so you decide to walk over to him. He looks up at you. His eyes look directly into yours. He smiles. What do you want to say to him? He says to you, “Are you ready? The time is coming and is now. Are you ready?”

    “Ready for what?” you answer. He smiles and laughs a little. “Are you ready to enter your wilderness, ready to go into the wild to find what is most real?” His laugh makes you smile. You wonder, where is my wilderness?

    The man looks up at you with a look that is full of love and acceptance. “I can only bring the message. It’s up to you to accept it. There is one coming who is fully alive, and he offers that to you. He has been to his wilderness, and he knows pain and suffering.” Where is your wilderness? What in your life do you need to accept? What pains are you holding onto?

    He looks up at you and sees how you may be struggling to understand. He smiles and says, “He is coming to take all that you want to hide in darkness and bring it into the light of love and acceptance. Will you let him?” He smiles. You think you see such love in his eyes but you aren’t sure.

    As you walk away, you think about what he said about acceptance and love, about pain and suffering. But your mind goes back to one phrase he said. Will you let him?

    Will you let him? Will you?

    Where is your wilderness?

    Concluding Prayer

    Glory be to the Father,
    and to the Son,
    and to the Holy Spirit.
    As it was in the beginning,
    is now, and ever shall be,
    world without end.
    Amen.

  2. SophistiKatie are based in Ayrshire where inspiration for the brand was taken from both designers daughters Sophie and Katie.

    Launching with a flower girl collection in 2015 they are now delighted to introduce their 2017 Communion Collection. A collection created with rich satin and layers of floor length tulle. Delicate lace and beading create an ethereal finish, timeless designs perfect such an important day in a young girls life.

  3. "Fear not. Teach them to say the Rosary - the family Rosary and all will be well. - Fear not - Jesus and I will be with you and your Children"

    The Blessed Virgin Mary to Mother Teresa, 1947

    What a beautiful message from Our Blessed Mother! 

    Saint Teresa of Calcutta praying image Beads with Faith

     

    One of the amazing things of our time, our generation, the John Paul II generation,  has seen the Canonisation of more Saints than any other, we have seen living, breathing Saints before us too - we have seen Sainthood in action - for me - I find this absolutely amazing, and also in many respects humbling, we are told to strive to be Saints, how many of us do?