Author creates rosary resource
By JOANNE FOX, Globe editor
Diocesan author Cary Brown has penned faith-sharing booklets on Lent, as well as Advent, for a number of years.
“I started to write daily thoughts and would email them to my friends and then, Bev Hurni (formerly with the Diocese of Sioux City), suggested I take those thoughts and put them in booklet form,” she said. “Father William Vit (rector at Cathedral of the Epiphany, Sioux City) has also encouraged me and checked my theology in the booklet.”
Now, Brown has written a booklet on the Luminous Mysteries of the rosary.
“A couple of groups that have been using my writings asked for something to use during October, the month of the rosary,” she explained. “One of the leaders specifically suggested the Luminous Mysteries.”
As a child growing up Catholic in a neighborhood mostly Catholic, Brown recalled neighbors would gather on Wednesday nights for a "Block Rosary.”
“We would meet in a different home each week and recite the rosary together,” she said. “My sister and I were usually the ones to lead the rosary.”
That experience was decades before Pope John Paul II wrote a letter to all Catholics in 2002, “The Most Holy Rosary.” The Holy Father announced the addition of the Luminous Mysteries to the rosary in addition to the traditional Joyful, Sorrowful and Glorious mysteries of the rosary.
Brown’s first questions when approaching the background for this booklet were: Why did Pope St. John Paul want to add another set of mysteries to the traditional mysteries and why name them Luminous?
“To be honest, I pretty much stick with the traditional mysteries myself, so I had to do research on the Luminous Mysteries,” she said. “I went straight to the saint himself and read his apostolic letter ‘Rosarium Virginis Mariae.’ The first week of the six-week booklet is excerpts from that letter. The more I read the more I was intrigued and the more time I spent pondering those mysteries.”
Brown discovered repeatedly how God calls individuals to an ever deepening personal relationship with him.
“Each of the mysteries brings to 'light' the father's personal relationship with Jesus,” she said. “Jesus models for us how to respond to the invitation each one of us receives for the same relationship with the father. What an awesome gift!”
Those interested in Brown’s booklet may contact her at CaryB407@gmail.com or (712) 291-5008. Booklets are $10 each and a leader's guide is included free.
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