The Pattern for Prayer seminar went well, in my opinion. I was very please with the presentations and believe the time praying with the Friar was a time of closeness with God.
I do believe using the prayer beads is an incredible discipline for developing a deeper practice of prayer and a tool to move toward the deepest most intimate forms of contemplative prayer.
I have received a bit of negative feedback. I say negative, only in the sense of how it bothered an attendee.
In my lecture I used the words, Protestant rosary. I was corrected and told to call them Christian prayer beads. I consider the Catholic Rosary as being Christian prayer beads. However they are different from the Anglican Rosary we were studying. In many ways the beads are seeking to reclaim some of the commonality we share with Catholic Christians. The ancient church has much to offer our age in was of formation in a time of too much information.
This too, brought up a concern. It was reported to me that I was “stealing from another tradition.” No, I am not stealing. I am contributing and expanding on a new tool while giving full credit to the group in Telephone, Texas who develop the beads for prayer.
I do not sell the beads, nor use them in any commercial capacity. I make them and give them away. I also, see to write prayers for people to use these beads in their spiritual lives.
So, I accept the negative feedback as an opportunity to reflect, discern, and follow my heart as I continue to seek to do no harm and give as much as I can to help others grow.
Keep feeling the beads and they will lead you to feeling and experiencing God in prayer.