Here is what I mean:
- Worries about Hypocritical Misuse
It is not appropriate for those who have no devotion to Mary, who are atheists, etc to wear the Rosary and then to live lives that are not in accord with proper religious belief. In other words, it would be hypocritical for a gangster to wear a Rosary, and would even become a mockery of it. In a less grave case, such as someone wearing a Rosary and behaving rudely (or a driver hanging one from a mirror and driving dangerously or rudely) this would at the very least give scandal.
*2) *Worries about Misplaced Piety
It is certainly possible that someone (Catholic, non-Catholic) may wear the Rosary more from superstitious motives that from piety. This amounts to a belief in the Rosary *as a talisman, *which would be strictly forbidden. In other words, some people may have an idea that the Rosary, in itself, has power.
- Worries about Lack of Devotion
It may happen that a Catholic, while avoiding the above two mistakes, succumbs to wearing the Rosary without any devotion or much at all. If you note the first quote from St. De Monfort above, the point of that story was that the King began to actually pray the Rosary. I think that for those who pray the rosary devoutly it may be painful to see someone “just wear it” without any devotion to something so near and dear to their hearts.
So I think that there are *legitimate objections and concerns *to the wearing of the Rosary when it not accompanied by the proper disposition.
However, I for one, do not underestimate the good that may be done by this small act, however imperfect it may be. There is such a thing as “holy simplicity” and an almost childlike faith and trust – which was often exhibited by the Saints.
Again, remember the caveat – with proper devotion.
I think a good analogy would be to the use of the Holy Scriptures. There are, perhaps, many people who own a bible but who never open it or do not open it as often as they should (Personal note: Guilty as charged). Or perhaps they treat it as any old book, and it collects dust, becomes tattered through misuse, is used as a coaster for drinks!? – what have you.
Certainly this is to be avoided at all costs. But that does not mean that having a Bible in your home is wrong – provided that one treats it with the proper dignity and devotion.
Same with the Rosary.
This is, of course, just my thoughts on the matter. I humbly submit to the teaching of the Church, and freely admit that I may be in error in my views.
Any thoughts Roxanne?
Or other posters?