"If you are driven upon the rocks of tribulation look to the star, call on Mary." St. Bernard of Clairvaux
Who is Stella Maris?
Stella Maris is one of the many names given to Mary. It's Latin for Our Lady, Star of the Sea. There is an ancient hymn titled Ave Stella Maris, whose words St. Louis de Montfort included in his classic book, True Devotion to Mary as part of the preparation for the consecration to Jesus through Our Lady. If you're interested in the history and etymology of this you can research it but simply stated, Mary is the star that guides us to Christ on this journey we're on. Her name Stella Maris was popular during the 8th century in Europe and throughout the medieval time period. Mary is my guide and my sweet mother and it seemed fitting to name this business for her because she is the one who brought me back to her Son after many years of being away from the Church.
Who Am I?
I'm Catherine Miller, a cradle Catholic, wife, mother, and owner of Stella Maris Beads. A military brat and Air Force veteran, I now live in Colorado with my husband, two teenage children, three beagles and the occasional foster dog. My oldest daughter lives in California where she works part-time as a human resources professional and full-time as an online vintage clothing store. Her website is https://funkywonderland.com/. My stepson is in restaurant management and highly valued business troubleshooter. Serving in various leadership roles for a tech company I needed an outlet away from technology. My leadership coach suggested finding a hobby in which I could use my creative side. After trying various things such as learning to play the piano, knitting and crocheting, and drawing I finally landed on making rosaries.
Why I Started Stella Maris Beads
I first learned how to repair rosaries when our beloved Great Dane/black lab mix dog, Halas, used to pull my rosaries off my nightstand or table and chew them up. I'd find pieces and parts strewn around the house as well as out in the yard. I let the ones in the yard be but for the ones I found around the house I gathered them in a baggie. As the baggie pile grew I decided it was time I taught myself to restore and rebuild them. Because I didn't always have all 60 beads I turned some of them into chaplets or single decade rosaries. A few friends learned of my skill and began to ask me to fix their broken rosary that had been sitting in their drawer or cabinet. These were typically cherished rosaries that had sentimental meaning. I soon discovered that there are more broken rosaries than there are people who fix them. This quickly became a labor of love and I found that working on rosaries whether fixing or creating was a very relaxing and prayerful activity. And so I established Stella Maris Beads!