The Pope Francis Wood Rosary is designed for everyday use. This is a sturdy rosary with wooden beads, heavy duty cord and wood cross. This cross will be a wonderful gift for a first communion, confirmation, birthday, and Christmas.
Pope Francis and the Good Shepherd
The cross on this rosary is a replica of the silver-bronze pectoral cross which Pope Francis is always wearing (see gallery photo). Emulating the Good Shepherd is central to the Pope’s understanding of himself as a pastor and shepherd of his flock. The Good Shepherd is also to be emulated by all pastors in the church. In his homily at the Chrism Mass on March 28, 2013, Pope Francis challenged all parish priests worldwide to be true “pastors” (Latin for “shepherd”) who are so involved with their people that they bear “the smell of the sheep”: This I ask you: be shepherds, with the “smell of the sheep”, make it real, as shepherds among your flock, fishers of men.
The Good Shepherd – the Good “Pastor”
The Pope Francis Wood Rosary reminds us that God indeed nurtures, protects,and leads all of God’s flock to eternal life. As serene and comforting as this image of the Good Shepherd is, we must not forget that a truly good pastor (Latin for “shepherd) must contend with great personal hardship and sacrifice and is called to lay down his life for his flock. The Pope Francis Wood Rosary honors the demanding and challenging pastoral office of your bishop, your parish pastor, and members of your pastoral staff. This rosary recognizes and symbolizes their commitment to be truly pastoral.