And I Added Mary, and Found an Onyx Surprise

As I’ve said before, I frequently wear a gold cross necklace.

But I’ve noticed this year that most Catholics also wear a medal of some sort– a saint, or the Blessed Mother.

I was sorting through my jewelry box, when I realized I had a small felt bag filled with crosses.

Sorting through it, I found five silver cross charms, interchangeable for different necklaces. One angel charm. Silver charms of St. Michael, St. Luke, and St. Catherine of Siena, and one of the Blessed Mother. A silver pendant of St. Christopher.

And one gold charm, of the Blessed Mother.

Coincidence? I think not. I threaded it onto my gold chain, along with the gold cross.

The medal of Mary compliments the gold cross perfectly. As if they were meant to be worn together.

I just pray the clasp doesn’t break– it may need to be reinforced a bit.

But adding Mary makes me feel stronger. Calmer.

And on the same day, I also found something else I was wondering about. I have a box full of Catholic pamphlets, prayer devotion books, icon cards, prayer cards, and rosaries. A cross I bought, but haven’t yet put up. It’s made in Mexico and has sunflowers painted on it, beautiful. Reminds me of my home state, Kansas.

I found a silver necklace with a beautiful silver and onyx cross charm on it.

I used to wear it all the time, but couldn’t remember what happened to it.

That beautiful onyx charm was actually given to me by an Atheist friend.  She herself didn’t believe, but she knew I did.

And I’ve cherished it ever since. Recently, we’ve reconnected after a few years of having lost touch.

She’s a thoughtful, hilarious and brilliant woman that I admire very much. And I love that just after reconnecting with her, I found the same cross that she gave to me years ago.

God works in ways that always delight me. I love the surprises of His will.

This Little Golden Cross

I like wearing it all the time.

In my younger days, I changed necklaces often. Not expensive ones– just costume jewelry.

But for quite awhile now– probably a few years– I’ve usually been wearing a cross necklace. I have about four that I alternate, all of them gifts.

I DO wear costume jewelry sometimes, but try to wear a cross necklace underneath. I feel guilty if I don’t! Yup, I’m pretty Catholic.

But my favorite one is the gold cross. I’m not sure who gave it to me, but my Dad thinks it was Sister, my aunt who was a nun.

The other cross necklaces all have some kind of issue– the chain isn’t the right length. Or the clasp on the necklace comes loose and it falls off the chain. The chain itself doesn’t stay hooked, and it comes undone as I’m wearing it.

But I’ve noticed that I never have any problems with this necklace.

I didn’t wear it for awhile last week– just to see if I felt any different.

And I did. I was more troubled. I doubted myself constantly. I just seemed to have all kinds of bad luck and bad energy coming towards me.

Some people don’t believe in Satan, but I do. And I truly believe that wearing this cross is protection against anything he may try.

My religion has always been a fundamental, non-negotiable aspect of my identity. I’m tolerant of a lot of different types of people, but one thing I always demand is that they respect that I’m Catholic. I don’t care if they’re non-believers, or Christians of a different denomination– I accept them without judgement  as long as they good people who treat me well. But I will not put up with them hassling me about my beliefs. Trying to break my faith, or convert me to theirs.

Maybe it’s time that I start wearing this necklace every day. I wonder what changes that would bring in my life?

This particular cross feels like a lucky charm.

Not saying that I’ll never get another cross or wear anything different. But for now, this one feels like the right one to be wearing.

It’s shiny. I like that the first thing people will see about me is that I’m a believer.

I feel an instant camaraderie whenever I see other people wearing a cross or a crucifix necklace.   Or if they have Christian-themed tattoos, whatever the design.

If I got some ink, it would probably a Catholic image of some sort, or maybe a scripture.

I never wonder about the details. If we all believe in God, what else matters?

Scapulars, medals and those little wooden bracelets with icon stickers are distinctly Catholic, unless it’s Greek Orthodox, because they have their own saints. I like those too.

Sometimes we smile at each other and nod. Sometimes there’s a comment.

But always, I feel safer knowing that in this unstable world there are so many others out there who believe what I do– that we need to serve others, pray, and ask for strength in Him.