Sacred Braille: The Rosary as Masterpiece through Art, Poetry, and Reflections

by Annabelle Moseley

What better gift could Our Lady have given us than the Rosary? The Rosary is sacred braille in that it is a miraculous juxtaposition of a language of prayer we can feel with our hands, joining word to touch. It is the Rosary to which our fingers may cling, as our flesh craves something tangible. The decades of the Rosary can be thought about, and, quite literally, felt, at the same time. While contemporary society separates the ideas of “thinking” and “feeling,” Scripture unites all functions in the heart. There are more references by far to “heart” in Scripture than “brain.” If we meditate on the words, “Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart,” (Lk 2:19) the thinking and feeling functions are joined. The Rosary, through engaging both thought and touch, unites our spiritual and physical natures; our thinking and feeling faculties.

Hardback Price forthcoming |  Kindle: $9.99

 

Interviews

Patrick Alog, Morning Air, “Religious Education, Newman Centers, Our Lady of the Rosary, Helping Those with Addictions” [starts after the 25-minute mark] (October 8, 2019)

 

Annabelle’s WCAT Radio Shows – “Destination: Sainthood” and “Then Sings My Soul”

 

TESTIMONIALS

“One of the most profound books I have been graced to read. The depth of Annabelle Moseley’s reflections and the beauty of her carefully chosen words reveal the Rosary for the complete school of spirituality that it is.” — -Shane Kapler, author of Marrying the Rosary to the Divine Mercy Chaplet

“Annabelle Moseley’s Sacred Braille: The Rosary as Masterpiece through Art, Poetry, and Reflections is a masterpiece about a masterpiece! I love this book’s title, themes, and artwork, not to mention its lovingly lyrical poetry. Its pages exude truth, beauty, and goodness, and all in a such a graceful way, befitting our Blessed Mother. Whether this is your first or your forty-first book on the rosary, I wholeheartedly recommend that you behold it, read it, relish it, and pray it repeatedly.” – Kevin Vost, Psy.D., author of twenty books, including Memorize the Mass! and 12 Life Lessons from St. Thomas Aquinas.

“St. Thomas Aquinas once wrote that ‘nothing is in the intellect which was not first in the senses.’ Annabelle Moseley has created a marvelous manifestation of this truth in her book, Sacred Braille, which entices the soul to experience beauty through Sacred Art, poetic stanzas, and, of course, the divine touch we experience through the recitation of the most holy rosary. Read it, and be inspired.” – T.J. Burdick, author of The Rosary in Kid Speak

“A trademark of Annabelle Moseley’s poetry is close attention to detail and a sympathetic imagination. Sacred Braille includes an ingenious use of the mirror sonnet form which Moseley originated. Even more impressive are her emotional range and the deep compassion of her poems. Her poems are suffused with feeling and are the product of the poet’s deep faith in the face of profound loss—the sort of loss that art exists to help us endure.” Ned Balbo, American Poet, Translator and Essayist

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Annabelle Moseley is an award-winning American poet, author of nine books, Professor of Theology and host of the Catholic radio shows and podcasts on Sacramental Living: “Then Sings My Soul,” and “Destination: Sainthood — Journey to the Great Cloud of Witnesses,” on WCAT Radio. Moseley’s work as a poet is featured as one of five artists profiled in the 2019 Documentary Film, Masterpieces, about the vocational call of the arts. This film is available to view through Amazon Prime and Formed On Demand (formed.org).

Moseley has won the titles of Walt Whitman Birthplace Writer in-Residence (2009-2010) and 2014 Long Island Poet of the Year. She teaches at St. Joseph’s College in New York and at St. Joseph’s Seminary (Dunwoodie, NY) where she specializes in the field of Theological Aesthetics with an emphasis on the intersection between theology and literature. Moseley has led various retreats and workshops for the Diocese of Rockville Centre, New York and is the founder of Desert Bread,(desertbread.org) a series of lectures on faith and the arts that concludes with sharing a meal and taking a collection of canned food donations for local food pantries. Moseley is a frequent columnist for the Catholic online magazine, Aleteia.

Born on the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, Annabelle Moseley was baptized at the Church of St. Louis de Montfort (a saint known for his special devotion to the Rosary). Raised on the North Shore of Long Island, Moseley continues to reside there, grateful for the domestic church she has built with her husband and their children.

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