Thursday, July 7, 2011

Prayer for Tolerance, Part 2

As I mentioned before, I was inspired to create a rosary for John Shore's post about accepting GLBT people into the Christian faith.

It is now finished, and here's a link and a photo:

After I made it, I went and looked up the meaning for the stones I used. As I mentioned in my other post, the imagery I was going with was blood and suffering making way for clarity and truth. The blood-red garnet and bloodstone signified suffering, the white agate for the purity of truth, and the clear crystal clarity and enlightenment.

Interestingly enough, I found that "bloodstone is the symbol of justice" and that "garnets bring constancy to friendship and business relationships." I knew that agate was supposedly used to ensure marital fidelity, but what I didn't know is that they are also said to "attract strength".

I don't think any of those things are out of place for this rosary. May we, as Christians and non-Christians alike, learn to accept and love each other as we were meant to do.


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