Sunday, November 29, 2015

Opening the New Exhibit at the Knights of Columbus Museum in Prayer

On November 21st, members of the Children's Rosary came together in prayer to open the new Knights of Columbus Crèche exhibit.  The exhibit was held at the Knights of Columbus Museum in New Haven, Connecticut.  

Eleven children came together to hold a Children's Rosary.  They knelt before a Nativity in prayer.  The children took turns standing to lead the prayers and some of the smaller children placed roses at the end of each decade before the manger scene.  The crèche the children prayed before is part of the permanent collection at the Knights of Columbus Museum and was sculpted by a Mexican artist, Agustin Parra.  It was made by the same artist that crafted a nativity as a gift from the Jalisco government to Pope Benedict XVI.  One of the families that attended the Children's Rosary is Mexican so this was very special for them to pray before a Mexican nativity.  

During the Children's Rosary the children prayed in a special way for the Knights of Columbus, all the members of the Children's Rosary and also the intentions of Our Blessed Mother.  The date of the Rosary was very special as it was not only the opening of the crèche exhibit but also the Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  In this way, the day was extra special as their prayers were a small gift they could give to their Heavenly Mother on her Feast.  

The children concluded the Rosary by singing our theme song: Rosary Children.  Some of the staff commented that it was beautiful to hear the voices of the children singing filling the museum.

After the Rosary, the children had some small treats and juice and enjoyed spending time with their friends.  There was then several hours for exploring the exhibit and the permanent collections within the Museum.  There are so many wonderful pieces present in the Museum it is difficult to see everything on one trip alone.  

One of the pieces that drew the children was a special Polish nativity called a szopka that had been given to Pope John Paul II during his life.  The nativity depicted the Holy Father kneeling in front of the szopka.  When John Paul received the gift from the artist it had been a very long day. He stroked the small statue of himself depicted in prayer and said softly "poor pope". 

It was beautiful for the children to see this special nativity which was given to John Paul II and also a picture above the nativity of John Paul himself receiving it. 

Seeing the many handmade crèches from Eastern Europe and all the different ways people have paid honor to the birth of Our Lord, it was a very special way for us to prepare ourselves for Christmas. 

After the children and their families had explored some of the museum several of the children came together before a beautiful picture of Our Lady of Guadalupe.  They knelt down and said a prayer for the Knights of Columbus.  We all were very grateful to the Knights for such a beautiful invitation to come and open their exhibit in prayer.  

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Friday, November 27, 2015

"If we pray we will believe, if we believe we will love; if we love, we will serve"

"There should be less talk...Take a broom and clean someone's house that says enough". Mother Teresa

These are pictures of members of the Children's Rosary at Bl. Mother Teresa of Calcutta Parish in Nairobi, Kenya.  The children are cleaning the Church before Sunday Mass.  They also meet weekly to pray the Rosary as a prayer group.  

Seeing these beautiful pictures of the children I could not help but think of Mother Teresa.  It is amazing how the children have taken on her charism in this parish named after Bl Mother Teresa.  Their hard work is a beautiful witness of their love for Our Lord.  The shining floor is a gift they give to the members of the Parish but also the owner of this house which is God Himself.  This is Our Lord's home and for the children to take broom and rag and scrub the Church clean is inspiring.

"The person who gives with a smile is the best giver because God loves a cheerful giver". Mother Teresa

We also see the children working so hard and yet smiling as they do it.  They bring a joy to the work which must be so pleasing to Our Lord.

"If we pray we will believe, if we believe we will love; if we love, we will serve." Mother Teresa
Mother Teresa's words so succinctly show us where prayer takes us.  The children in Bl. Mother Teresa of Calcutta parish have been a witness to these words.

"There are many people who can do big things, but there are very few people who will do the small things" Mother Teresa
Children have a very sweet way of tending to the small things and being so pleased with their work however small.

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Join Us for A Consecration Journey Beginning November 29th

 We would like to invite the members of the Children's Rosary to participate in a Consecration to Jesus through Mary beginning November 29th and ending January 1st on the Feast of Mary Mother of God. Our Children’s Rosary groups are Consecrated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary at their first meeting but this would be a way to beautifully place our individual families under the protection of Our Blessed Mother who always leads us on the straightest path to her Son.  For those of you unfamiliar with Consecration to Jesus through Mary it has been blessed and supported by Cardinal Justin Rigali, Bishops and Pope Benedict XVI. Blessed John Paul II urged Catholics to make this Act of Entrustment, which involves ten minutes of private prayer daily, for 33 days, in your home.  Many may be familiar with Totus Tuus which was John Paul’s papal motto. It is a Latin phrase meaning "totally yours" and expressed his personal Consecration to Jesus through Mary.

Photo taken at the National Shrine of the
 Immaculate Conception In Washington DC
 by a member of the Children's Rosary

We would like to again use the 33 days to Morning Glory written by Fr. Gaitley to guide our Consecration.    The book has daily reflections with a short prayer.  The first week contains reflections from writings of St. Louis de Montfort.  The second week has excerpts from St. Maximilian Kolbe; the third Bl. Mother Teresa and the fourth St. John Paul II.  It spends more time in reflection and less on vocal prayers of litanies.  It was well received last year by many members of the Children's Rosary who joined together for the journey.  We even had wonderful reports of children who loved the readings each night, too. While I am recommending we use the 33 Days to Morning Glory, if you would prefer using a different format this would be fine.  I myself used the traditional St. Louis de Montfort Consecration prayers but also enjoy this contemplative approach.

The 33 Day Consecration prayers traditionally precede a Marian Feast and the Feast that we will be saying our Consecration on is January 1st - the Feast of Mary Mother of God.  Therefore we will begin our prayers on November 29th

Last year many members of the Children's Rosary participated in this 33 day Consecration.  It is always a wonderful practice to renew ones consecration yearly.  So we again invite those of you who participated last year to join together again.

An organization called my consecration is offering booklets at a discounted price but only ships in the US and Canada. The link to order the 33 Days to Morning Glory booklet click HERE.

For those unable to obtain the 33 Days to Morning Glory book there is an online version of the St. Louis de Monfort 33 Day Consecration which is a wonderful alternative.  

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Mass Offered Today For Members of the Children's Rosary

Childrne's Rosary at St. Francis of Assisi Parish
in East Windsor, Connecticut USA

Today a Mass was offered by the Capuchin Friars for all the members of the Children's Rosary and all those who help the Children's Rosary.  We continue to have a Mass said for the this intention on the 25th of each month. The Eucharist is such a powerful gift from Our Lord that when I wanted to extend thanksgiving to you all I knew of no better way to express my gratitude.  May Our Lord's love be poured down on all of you through the powerful sacrifice of the Holy Mass. 

Today also concludes are 9 day novena of Masses for the fulfillment of Our Lady's Plans for the Children's Rosary.  

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

"He Must Increase, but I Must Decrease" (John 3:30)

How do we do this? How do we become smaller?  If we are praying and contemplating the third joyful mystery of the Rosary, the Birth of Our Lord, the fruit of this mystery is poverty.

This poverty is not loss of earthly wealth, instead it is a gift.  It is a desire within the soul for things above and not of this earth.  When one begins to think less and less of the things of the earth and the flesh then ones heart begins to be focused on its permanent home in heaven.  As Jesus is born in our hearts we think less and less of ourselves and more and more about Him.  We should not worry about how this transformation takes place.  Rather we should quiet ourselves and pick up our Rosary.  In contemplating the birth of Our Lord and the mysteries of the Rosary our hearts will be transformed to do just as St. John the Baptist said, "He must increase but I must decrease".

Children's Rosary in Nairobi Welcomes Pope Francis with Their Prayers

Children's Rosary at Assumption Parish Nairobi
Shortly after Pope Francis' visit to the United States an email came from one of our Children's Rosary groups in Nairobi.  The group leader shared that the children in her group at Bl. Mother Teresa of Calcutta Parish in Nairobi, Kenya were preparing for Pope Francis' visit to Nairobi.  This was the first I had heard of Our Holy Father's Visit to Africa as little was being reported about it.  Yet the people in Kenya had received the news and the little hearts of the children were dancing.  

The group leader shared that the children were preparing something special for Pope Francis and were waiting to hear if they had been selected to personally welcome him.  Weeks went by as the children waited and continued their preparations.  Finally the word came that they were not selected to meet the Holy Father as he would be visiting some children in the Kangemi slum.  The children although disappointed were very happy for the children in Kangemi.  

Children's Rosary in Kibera Slum
Thinking about the many children in the Children's Rosary groups in Nairobi both the children at Bl. Mother Teresa of Calcutta parish but also the children at Holy Trinity Parish, Assumption Parish and the children who meet in the Kibera Slum a wonderful little thought came.  It was a gentle, joyful thought.  The little children in these groups throughout Nairobi have been praying and meeting in their little Children's Rosary prayer groups for a coupe of years.  They have been praying for Our Holy Father.  

It is beautiful to see that after so many prayers from these little ones that they would be graced by a visit of Our Holy Father to their city.  To have the Holy Father come and bless your homeland is a special grace indeed.  These children after so many times coming together with Rosaries in hand on their knees will have Our Holy Father visiting in less than 24 hours! 

While the children will not be welcoming Pope Francis in person their prayers welcome him.

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Monday, November 23, 2015

Let's Keep Our Blessed Mother's Hands Full of Little Sacrifices to Present to Her Son

These last several weeks there has been beautiful news of individuals around the world trying to begin Children's Rosary groups in such places as Zimbabwe, Peru and Belarus.  Here in the United States a Children's Rosary group leader has written of her hope to begin a second Children's Rosary group in a parish named after St. John Paul II.  In addition there have been others writing of their efforts to continue established groups and draw more children to attend.  Indeed many are in need of prayers.  There are hopes in the hearts of so many.  One can imagine that Our Blessed Mother has many hopes and plans in her heart as well.  She looks at all her children big and small and sees the beauty in each of us.  She also sees the possibilities.  

In prayer thinking about all those in the Children's Rosary who have reached out and the many that have not but also struggle, there was a desire to find little sacrifices to lift up to Our Blessed Mother.  In this way she could keep presenting them with love to her Son.  Through these sacrifices all that Our Blessed Mother has planned for the Children's Rosary and each of us could continue to unfold according to the Will of God.   Among the little sufferings and renunciations a thought also came.  The sacrifice of the Mass is one of the most powerful sacrifices one can offer for an intention.  With others recently offering up Masses for the Children's Rosary, maybe an extra novena of Masses for the fulfillment of Our Lady's plans for the Children's Rosary would be especially timely.    

May I share with you that a Novena for the fulfillment of Our Blessed Mother's plans for the Children's Rosary was begun on November 17th and will conclude on November 25th.  Each day a Mass has been offered by the Capuchin Missions.

Please know that all the members of the Children's Rosary are included in this novena of Masses as the Children's Rosary is composed of people.  As Our Blessed Mother's plans for the Children's Rosary unfold her plans for all of us unfold as well.  

I humbly share this little offering of Masses and efforts to keep Our Lady's hands full of sacrifices.  Let's keep trying to find everything we can, Masses, Rosaries, even the tiniest little suffering and offer it up through the hands of Our Blessed Mother to Our Lord.  Let us try to do this continuously. God will surely reward these efforts.

Thank you all.

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