“Losing Christ”

a rosary with with four holes where a crucifix should bea rosary with four holes where a crucifix should be The photo is of my current rosary, which I made myself as a birthday gift.I have strange tastes. You’ll notice four holes in the cross from where the corpus fell off the crucifix a couple of weeks ago. (If you don’t notice it, hover the mouse over the image and it will expand.) That rather dismays me, because I like this style of crucifix very much.Pretty solid evidence that I don’t qualify as a “traditional” Catholic, since the Internet reliably informs that good traditional Catholics will denounce this art style Regrettably, St. John of the Cross is unavailable for comment, but If It’s On The Internet, It Must Be True™.

On the other hand, as a former Protestant who became a Catholic, it provides irresistible fodder for levity:

People who become Protestant often claim that they’ve “found Christ”. This rosary proves that by becoming Catholic, I “lost” Him.

More seriously, rosaries bedevilHa ha, get it? Rosaries “bedevil” me. No? OK, sorry, never mind. Most people don’t get my jokes anyway. me, and I don’t even use them that often. “Unbreakable” rosaries are the worst; if ever there were a prize for falsehood in advertising, unbreakable rosaries should win hands down. Typically made of chains, the links routinely come apart without much effort. In my experience, even a linked-chain rosary that wasn’t advertised as unbreakable lasted longer than any “unbreakable” rosaries. (It still broke eventually, but the point stands.)

That’s why I’ve relied on cord rosaries, which look better anyway. The cord has held up pretty well, as have the beads. Unfortunately, the crucifix seems to match the usual standards of today’s manufacturing. Even worse, it’s actually the second time it fell out; it’s just that on the first occasion I quickly found it and glued it back into place.