WASHINGTON — Thousands of people from around the world flocked to the Pope’s canonization mass in the nation’s capitol Wednesday night.
Arasely Rios of Temecula was one of them. She describes the entire experience a miracle, also admitting she was not supposed to be in Washington, D.C. this week.
She happened to be in Philadelphia when she got a call late Tuesday night saying there was an extra ticket for her to see Pope Francis. She said she prayed she would get the opportunity to be there for the Pontiff’s first U.S. mass.
During the canonization mass, Rios said she cried as she felt her heart open up to the spiritual awakening she felt. Others around her wept as well.
But perhaps the most thrilling part about her trip to the nation’s capitol was the realization that Pope Francis would receive a one of a kind gift from Rios. She was commissioned to create a rosary for him earlier this summer.
Rios said she was chosen to handcraft the Pope’s rosary because she had already been commissioned to create rosaries for the Carmel Mission and Mission San Juan Capistrano.
After plenty of thought and time, Rios said she used a combination of precious stones and metals, like bronzite to create the Pope’s rosary. She explained each bead was symbolic.
Rios hopes Pope Francis will use her unique rosary in prayer.
To learn more about Rios’ handcrafted rosaries, click here.