The Rosary House in New Iberia, Louisiana has been family owned since 1946. The store features handcrafted rosaries, statues, Bibles, artwork, holy cards, and so on. It is located at 200 Ann Street and there is a candle manufacturing facility across the street. The founder, Robert Minvielle, saw a need for the Rosary House in this largely catholic populated area.
It is a favorite shopping spot of mine. A baby is getting baptized – I go shop at the Rosary House. A wedding – I shop at the Rosary House….
I know many people have questions about the Rosary. They point to the fact that it is not found in the Bible. They are wrong. The rosary is centered on the mysteries of the life of Jesus Christ. It is a prayer that invites us to look at Jesus through the eyes of the disciples and His mother. The rosary consists of the prayers “Hail Mary”, which comes directly from Scripture, the “Our Father”, which appears twice in the Bible, and the “Glory Be”, which also appears twice in the Bible.
When we pray the rosary we are not praying to Mary, but through Mary and with Mary to Jesus Christ. While praying the rosary, we meditate on the life of Jesus through the four mysteries of the rosary.
It is the most beautiful and powerful prayer that exist. The rosary was a gift to all of mankind by our loving mother. She intended it to be a prayer weapon for all people of all faiths.
For an indepth study of the power and meaning of this handcrafted prayer, I recommend “The Rosary” by Immaculee Ilibagiza, author of “Left to Tell”. Her story of survival of the Rwanda genocide is an unbelievable account of evil and the power of forgiveness.
If you ever get down to south Louisiana, I recommend you stop by the Rosary House. It is a spiritual adventure!