Beads with Faith is a family run company based upon the Rosary and its teachings. As a Catholic company we aim to encompass faith and bead craft to create handmade Rosary beads, chaplets and Christocentric jewellery items. This blog will contain faith centred articles, information about our workshops and some of our products.
In 2001 I painted 'The Crucifixion' as a gift to the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, based in the Bronx, New York. The piece was inspired by original illuminations, painted in the 15th century, which are rich in symbolism, seeped in spirituality and tradition. The religious images I have been commissioned to paint all refer to an iconic style, with a twist of 'Nikki'. I do not follow the tradition of using tempera paint, however I do ensure I am surrounded with prayer and inspiration as all images of God, His Blessed Mother, His Angels and His Saints are a glimpse of heaven, the paintings themselves should be a prayer, an aid to deepening spirituality. My spiritual paintings are, I hope and pray an inspiration to others. I feel blessed the Lord has chosen and trusted me to portray Him and all who glorify Him.
On March 13th, 2013, at 7:40pm local time, white smoke wafted over St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City. After 5 votes and almost 26 hours of deliberations, a new Pope had been elected.<blog_break>Spiritual leader to the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics, the Argentinean Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio announced that he would take the name Francis. The first Pope to bear the name, he was also the first Pope from Latin America, and the first Jesuit elected to the Holy See.Within days Pope Francis had made it clear that his would be a very different Papacy. Eschewing the traditional luxuries and privileges of the Holy See, he declared that his mandate as Pope would be to serve the poor and the disenfranchised.Who is this man committed to changing the Catholic Church in the 21st Century? Where did he come from? What will be his most important challenge and who will emerge as his principle opponents? How will this humble, austere man change the Vatican, one of the wealthiest states on Earth?This fascinating programme is the first detailed biography of Catholicism’s new spiritual leader Pope Francis and includes rare and previously unseen footage from his background and his work in Argentina. It also interviews with those who have known him well throughout his long and interesting life.Chapters include: Habemus Papam; A Pope for Everyone; His Life; Humility and Poverty; The Culture of Dialogue; The Mission.60 Minutes
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These Rosary Beads have been one of my all time favourite Rosaries to make! It had been the first ever time I was contacted by someone who had a sentimental necklace, given to her by her husband, that had broken and wanted to repurpose it as a Rosary.
I was absolutely delighted to assist, and it allowed me to work with some beautiful beads that had already shared many years of love, both in the couples marriage and in their hearts and souls as a Catholic Family. I had never worked with pearls of this size before, and only ever freshwater pearls so it was also a blessing to be asked to work with these beautiful beads!
The result was stunning, and a true work with prayer and Our Blessed Mother's guidance. The Pater Nosters were not part of the original necklace but are simple 10mm blue glass beads flanked with silver plated copper Bead caps which, over time, will wear slightly with prayer. I know that the owner of this Rosary is likely to 'wear it out' but can also be confident that the links are strong and durable and she will be able to pass this Rosary on in her family for generations to come!
If you are interested in having a Rosary made from sentimental Jewellery please do get in touch you can see some more of our bespoke work here.