After we returned from the vet’s office, Kathy and Brother D came over and Brother D blessed me and the rosary he had given to me. Brother D bought the rosary on one of his trips to Jerusalem. Nuns near Lourdes made it from rose petals, and it smells wonderful. That’s how the rosary got its name…the first ones were made of rose petals…Mary’s flower. Catholics pray the rosary to venerate Mary and for world peace.
I gave Joy the rosary my grandfather had given me and shared its history with her. Grandpa Francis got it at the Franciscan monestary here in Washington DC many years ago.
Brother D is a Benedictine…like Cadfael. The Benedictine Abby is just down the street from the Franciscan Abby and both are very near the Roman Catholic Basilica here in Washington.
If the Basilica looks familiar, it is because its model is the cathedral of Saint Sophia which was constructed on the site of a temple dedicated to the Greek mother goddess, Sophia, also known as Artemis or Wisdom. Artemis has many other names, including Diana (the Roman name,and my namesake).
The Turks turned the cathedral in Istanbul into a mosque in the fifteenth century, and a museum under Kemel Ataturk. The museum is a UN World Heritage site.
Blood draw and cross on Tuesday.