The Job’s Tears Rosary of Mother Teresa

1 Sep

 On Sunday, September 4, 2016, Pope Francis  conducted the canonization mass in which Mother Teresa was elevated to sainthood.

Pilgrims to Rome flocked to souvenir stands to buy rosaries honoring Mother Teresa.   Many of those rosaries were made of precious gems and elaborate medals.  While they may be beautiful, it is important to remember that Mother Teresa was a woman of simplicity.   Instead of using an elaborate rosary, Mother Teresa carried a rosary made of simple seeds, Job’s Tears, for her personal prayers.

The Job’s Tears Rosary is composed of natural materials, the tear dropped shaped fruit of the plant known by botanists as Coix lacryma-jobi.   Because this fruit has a hole at the tip, craftsmen often use it to string necklaces and bracelets.   Mother Teresa and the sisters of her order chose to make rosaries with  Job’s Tears.  teresa8teresa3


You can learn more about Job’s Tears Rosaries by reading The Rosary Collector’s Guide.  Pictures of these rosaries appear on page 136.


The Rosary Collector’s Guide, the 152 page hardcover book by Gloria Brady Hoffner and Helen Hoffner, contains over 200 color photographs of antique and unusual rosaries ranging from those owned by England’s King Henry VIII to those honoring Pope Francis.  Published by Schiffer Publishing, the Rosary Collector’s Guide is available at Barnes and Noble, Amazon, the Catholic Faith Store, Adoremus, and other religious article stores, book stores, and online sellers.



3 Responses to “The Job’s Tears Rosary of Mother Teresa”

  1. Giovanna Lottes September 1, 2016 at 6:22 PM #

    I’m amazed at the depth of your knowledge

    Rosary Collector wrote: > a:hover { color: red; } a { text-decoration: none; color: #0088cc; } a.primaryactionlink:link, a.primaryactionlink:visited { background-color: #2585B2; color: #fff; } a.primaryactionlink:hover, a.primaryactionlink:active { background-color: #11729E !important; color: #fff !important; } /* @media only screen and (max-device-width: 480px) { .post { min-width: 700px !important; } } */ rosarycollector posted: ” On Sunday, September 4, 2016, Pope Francis will conduct the canonization mass in which Mother Teresa will be elevated to sainthood.  She will be known as St. Teresa of Kolkata. Pilgrims to Rome will flock to souvenir stands to buy rosaries honoring Moth”

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  2. Mary September 1, 2016 at 8:46 PM #

    Mother Teresa deserves to be sainted because she was an outstanding model of Christianity and living a humble life. She inspired people around the world. Her humility is demonstrated in the Job’s Tears rosary.


    • rosarycollector September 1, 2016 at 11:52 PM #

      I agree. Mother Teresa set an example by carrying a simple rosary.


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