Years ago I wrote a paper describing the fact that a silver rosary that Sr. Claire Mahoney gave S.C.C. for coming into the church turned gold after being blessed by the priest and Our Lady of Emmitsburg. This rosary meant a lot to S.C.C. when Sr. Claire gave it to her and it meant even more after it turned gold. This is what I wrote about this event shortly after it happened:
S.C.C.’s Rosary Turns Gold
January 12, 2001
Sister Claire Mahoney gave S.C.C. a very nice Rosary as another gift for coming into the Catholic Church. I believe she gave it to S.C.C. the same evening that she gave her the statue of Jesus with the red scapular. That would have been Thursday April 5, 2000. S.C.C. seems to think it was not the same night but within a few weeks either before or after April 5, 2000. In any event it was in the same time frame plus or minus a few weeks. This Rosary is silver in color and has blue beads and is of very high workmanship. Sister Claire got the Rosary at the Padre Pio shrine in Barto, Pa and it was touched to a glove of Padre Pio.
S.C.C. has used this Rosary many times during our family Rosary and so have I and we both know what it looks like. They have always had nothing but silver chain links. On Friday January 12, 2001 S.C.C. took C.R.C. to school when she got there she saw a sign in the parking lot saying there would be a Rosary in the church at 8:15. S.C.C. had her Rosary with her and decided she would stay for it. When S.C.C. walked into the church she saw another woman who had just dropped her child off for school and was leaving. S.C.C. knew her and asked her if she was going to stay for the Rosary. The woman said she was not. S.C.C. talked her into staying for the Rosary and as they were going back into the church they saw another woman who had just dropped her child off for school. S.C.C. asked if she was going to stay for the rosary, and the answer was no. S.C.C. said the thought that ran through her mind at that point was “how sad that there is going to be a Rosary in just a few minutes and people are leaving”. S.C.C. talked this woman into staying for the Rosary as well.
S.C.C. said this made her feel very happy during the Rosary because she knew that these two women would not have been there had she not talked them into staying. After the Rosary, S.C.C. came home and then left for work. Later that afternoon as I was walking through the living room I noticed a glimmer or reflection of light in the corner of my eye, when I turned my head to see what it was I saw S.C.C.’s Rosary on a table next to a statue of The Blessed Mother. The very first thing that I noticed was a bright gold color. I picked up the Rosary and walked outside in the sunlight and indeed the links had a brilliant gold luster to them. The links looked like a gold coin. S.C.C. returned home that evening around 3:30 and I asked her about her day. She told me about the Rosary at church and the women she talked into staying. I handed S.C.C. her Rosary and she immediately noticed they had turned to gold. S.C.C. had the most humble look on her face that I have ever seen and was trying very hard to hold back tears of joy. She was unsuccessful.
This Rosary had been blessed on the altar at Saint Joseph’s by the priest and Our Lady of Emmitsburg on the day Sister Claire gave it to S.C.C..
When we were in Medjugorje this past April 2005 the rosary broke and S.C.C. lost a segment of the chain and an entire decade of beads on Apparition Hill. She was never able to find the missing pieces. S.C.C. was deeply saddened when this happened because that rosary meant a lot to her and she cried.
S.C.C. then came up to C.R.C. and I and said she would like for both of us to go buy her another rosary. She insisted that we go together and pick it out together. C.R.C. and I then walked through a lot of shops on the main street of Medjugorje looking for a rosary that we both liked. We finally found one that we both liked. It had blue crystal beads and a silver chain that was as bright as platinum. There was absolutely no gold on it whatsoever.
The next day we had the rosary blessed by the priest and also by Our Lady of Medjugorje by being present in the church when Our Lady came. We then gave the rosary to S.C.C. and she liked it very much.
This past January 8th after returning from the apparition of Our Lady of Emmitsburg S.C.C. came up to me as said “There is something I have been meaning to talk to you about but I have been putting it off” She then walked upstairs and handed me the rosary that C.R.C. and I gave her in Medjugorje and the single wire hoops that connect at each end of each bead had turned to gold.
S.C.C. said she had noticed it around Christmas time but had not mentioned it to anyone. I looked at the rosary and I knew with 100% certainty that those wires had changed to gold because I knew there was no gold when we bought them. I was stunned. The next night C.R.C. came home from snowboarding at Ski Liberty and I asked S.C.C. if she had told C.R.C. what happened to the rosary and she said no. I told S.C.C. that I thought we should tell him since he had helped pick them out. At that instant I felt the peace and glanced at my watch and the time was 9:33:59.
S.C.C. then walked upstairs and got the rosary and took them out of the pouch and at that instant had a stunned look on her face. She then handed me the rosary and now every single link in the entire chain had turned at a bright, brilliant gold since the night before when S.C.C. first showed them to me.
R_____ C___Feb. 1, 2006