I was wandering along the street yesterday and saw two elderly sister with a gang of young lads. Theresa was patting one of them on the shoulder and evidently praising him and telling the rest how splendid he was, he looked highly embarassed, his friends a little bemused. Eventually they walked on looking back at the sisters with a bit of perplexity.
What was going on there I asked when I caught up with them, Maureen, said, "Theresa was just praising that young lad for standing up for his faith, by wearing a "Jesus Rocks" belt". It had the legend in studs around it. "Yes, she was saying how good it was that a young man was willing to proclaim the Holy Name amongst his friends and to the world."
"That's right, Father, I said that as he was proud of proclaiming the Holy Name he ought to think about a vocation to the priesthood", said Theresa.
I suggested to both of them that the belt might just be a post-Christian fashion accessory, "Ah, no Father, that would just be too cynical." she said grinning. "If it was, well in future, everytime he puts it on, he is going to remember that two old ladies saw it as a great sign of his faith," then after a pause she added, "It could of course be that he never wears it again".
I knew another woman who used to prowl the shopping centre with leaflets on the Rosary, and give them to people she saw wearing one.
Having just tried to find a picture, I have just discovered they are available from All Saints, a clothing chain which rather cynically decorates its shops with Catholic iconograpy, they cost £60 or US $120!
Personal names have been changed by the way.