Tuesday, October 16, 2018

New Books for October: The Complete Illuminated Rosary {Sponsored Review and Giveaway!}

The Complete Illuminated Rosary (hardcover edition) • Chews Life Pink Rosary

"‘Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee!’ No creature has ever said anything that was more pleasing to me, nor will anyone ever be able to find or say to me anything that pleases me more." 
- Our Lady to Saint Mechtilde

The month of October is dedicated to the Most Holy Rosary. Gracewatch Media has provided me with review copies of their newly revised Illuminated Rosary series that has just been released.

With sacred art images for every single prayer of the rosary, these books are an excellent aid to help avoid distraction and reflect on the various mysteries of the Rosary. It would make a lovely and inspiring gift for the whole family!

Be sure to scroll to the bottom of this post to enter for a chance to win a copy of The Complete Illuminated Rosary!

Available in three editions including The Complete Illuminated Rosary (hardcover) and Individual softcovers (pictured above - The Joyful Mysteries, The Sorrowful Mysteries, The Glorious Mysteries, and The Luminous Mysteries), as well as the The Complete Illuminated Rosary (softcover) which is pictured below in giveaway. The complete editions include all four mysteries in one 370-page book.

You can purchase them directly from the publisher and save 25% now through November 7, 2018 with coupon code roses25.


I really love the individual softcover editions of these new books and look forward to flipping through the pages with my little ones during one of our upcoming daily rosaries. 

For our family rosary each day we have always meditated on the original 15 Mysteries given by the Blessed Mother to St. Dominic: Joyful mysteries on Mondays, Thursdays, Sundays of Advent, Christmastide & Time After Epiphany; the Sorrowful mysteries on Tuesdays, Fridays, and all the days of Septuagesima & Lent; and the Glorious mysteries on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays of Eastertide & Time After Pentecost. 


Also pictured in this post are a couple of our little Grace's rosaries made by Chews Life! You can find them on their website as well as a variety available with free prime shipping on Amazon as well.

In addition to the gorgeous sacred art, the illuminated rosary books also include a a Scripture-based, kid-friendly meditation to introduce each mystery, the full text of every prayer, and a string of rose "beads" at the bottom of each page helps kids keep track of the Aves (Hail Mary prayers).


Saint John Paul II called the Rosary his “favorite prayer” after the Mass and the Liturgy of the Hours. During this month dedicated to the Most Holy Rosary make an extra effort each evening to pray the rosary as a family if you don't already!

"How beautiful is the family that recites the Rosary every evening." 
- St. John Paul II


The publisher has provided me with a copy of The Complete Illuminated Rosary (softcover edition) to send to one of my visitors here at Shower of Roses! (Retail value of $64.00

The Complete Illuminated Rosary helps kids say the rosary with their families because the full text of every prayer is printed on each page, paired with beautiful sacred art illustrating the mystery being contemplated nearly 90 works of classic and contemporary art in all.

Think of it as a “printed rosary,” where each page stands for one bead except the “beads” are works of sacred art! Each decade features a Scripture-based introduction to the mystery being prayed.

Enter the giveaway in the Rafflecopter Box below. Winner will be announced here in this post on Saturday, October 27, 2018.

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"If you wish to convert anyone to the fullness of the knowledge of Our Lord and of His Mystical Body, then teach him the Rosary. One of two things will happen. Either he will stop saying the Rosary — or he will get the gift of faith." - Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Saint Francis and the Wolf

Saint Francis and the Wolf by Jane Langton • Saint Francis from Catholic Folk Toys • Ostheimer Wolf 

"We have been called to heal wounds, to unite what has fallen apart, and to bring home those who have lost their way."
- St. Francis of Assisi

Since one of the famous stories of St. Francis tells how he tamed the wolf that was terrorizing the people of Gubbio, Wolf Paw Cookies make a fun treat for this feast day. Here are this year's cookies, made by our girls while I was running errands in town! The directions can be found over at Catholic Cuisine.

The book we read this year, pictured above, is Saint Francis and the Wolf by Jane Langton. You can find lots of other options in our October Book Basket.

Scroll through the archives for more ideas for celebrating the feast of St. Francis of Assisi.

While I was taking pictures, our six year old insisted on sharing his favorite Saint Francis of Assisi Pillowcase from Prayer Pillowcases with you all too! 

St. Francis of Assisi, ora pro nobis! 

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Roses from St. Therese {and we bought a house!}

"O Little Therese of the Child Jesus, please pick for me a rose from the heavenly garden and send it to me as a message of love..." 

I finished praying my nine day Novena to St. Teresa of the Infant Jesus on September 30th, the anniversary of the death of St. Therese and the eve of her feast day on the new calendar. I was praying for reassurance that we were making the right decisions (buying the house we are buying without our current home selling yet) and that this home will sell soon. 🙏🏻

We were originally supposed to close escrow on October 8th, but the lender needed to close earlier, due to some terms on our loan, and the title company ended up sending the mobile notary out for us to sign closing documents on October 1st! I couldn’t help grinning (and sneaking a picture) when she arrived with roses on her shirt!!! 🌹

We wired the down payment and closing costs yesterday and got the notice from the lender this afternoon that our loan has funded! Looks like we bought each other a new house for our 19th anniversary this year!! 🥂

#feastofsttherese #rosesfromsttherese #showerofroses #feastoftheholyguardianangels #icantbelieveweareactuallymoving #deogratias #theworldsthyshipandnotthyhome

“If I did not simply live from one moment to another, it would be impossible for me to be patient, but I only look at the present, I forget the past, and I take good care not to forestall the future.” 
- St. Thérèse de Lisieux