Special thanks go to Brooke Bodney and her husband, Alistair, for their donation of the Courage Crosses to the members of St. Augustine’s on the first Sunday of Advent. They made each and every one of these intricate crosses. Brooke shares how this mission developed.
When soldiers go off to fight wars, the military gives them inexpensive rosary beads that tend to break. Most Marines want crosses. Most Marines want something that will not break. Since soldiers tie lots of knots and the only material available to them is black and green parachute cord, lots of marines make crosses from the parachute cord and tie it to their gear. When Alistair got back from his last tour in Iraq he gave me one of the crosses. I have worn it ever since. Everywhere I go people comment on how much they like my cross. I started asking Alistair to make them for strangers. I also discovered other colors. During a rough time when I couldn’t sleep I found it calming to tie knots. I started making the four pieces that eventually make the cross by being woven together. Alistair has tied/woven every single cross we have made together.
We call them courage crosses. Because It takes courage to do the right thing. Everyone needs to have courage in their lives to face things they might not want to face or help others face difficult life moments. These crosses are bold and durable. They make a statement. We are as proud to be Americans as we are Christians!
Made in America
Made by a Veteran
Made out of Parachute Cord