Sunday, January 15, 2017

St. Francis Shelter

On January 7th a Children's Rosary was held at St. Francis Shelter in Vietnam.  This is home to 80 children and 40 adults. Most of those living at the Shelter are severely disabled and cannot speak.  There are a few children who are not confined to their beds and are able to speak and even sing.

Tran (age 16) was able to bring a Statue of Our Lady of Fatima for the visit to St. Francis Shelter. The Children's Rosary began in a general meeting room with several kneeling before Our Lady.  Candles were lit.  A decade of the Rosary was prayed and then a rose was placed before Our Lady. In between decades Ave Maria was sung. Our Lady was then lifted  and in a most reverent way carried to the rooms where the children and adults live. 

Our Lady was again set down and all those able to kneel took their place. Candles were placed before her and the Rosary continued.  Those confined to beds could pray from where they lay. At the end of the decade each person could place a rose before Our Lady and the statue of Our Lady was brought close enough to each in their beds that they could kiss her.  

May I humbly share that through Tran's phone I was able to have a window into the meeting and hear the children praying, singing and also see them.  What I witnessed was incredibly moving.  As Our Lady was brought to some they tenderly kissed her, pausing in some cases to say a quiet prayer and simply be with their Heavenly Mother. I remember the man in the yellow shown in the picture to the left. He took some extra moments when it came to his turn and he kissed Our Lady.

As Tran passed from room to room each time praying a decade of the Rosary, we began to see more of the rooms were filled with younger and younger children. Several of the children who were healthy moved with Our Lady accompanying her and kneeling in prayer at each room.  One of the little girls in pink was a tremendous help. She was able to carry a little baby close to Our Lady as others knelt praying.  

For the children that were small and mostly unresponsive, Our Lady was brought to them as well.  They could hear the praying and singing.  I was able to see several times when a head was touched in such a gentle way by another child and with such compassion and love.  

These children and adults have a life of incredible suffering.  Yet they are shown great love. The person who runs this shelter calls himself the Servant of the Miserable.  He speaks of each person as his treasure.  Although they have little, the Director had one request of the Children's Rosary: please pray for us.  This was his request of us. 

I include the sign for the shelter above.  One can see on the sign, a heart and within the heart is a wheelchair.  Our Lord's words come to mind, "Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of Mine, you did for Me."(Matthew 25:40)

There are efforts now to begin a monthly Children's Rosary group at St. Francis Shelter. We humbly ask you to please keep this in your prayers. Thank you. 

Please know that the children prayed for all the members of the Children's Rosary at the meeting on 1.7.017.

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Mass Offered in Thanksgiving on January 13th 2017

Dear Friends,

A Mass will be offered in thanksgiving today through the priests of the Capuchin Missions. 

For weeks now we have been working hard to keep up sharing all the good news that is coming.  We have been offering prays in thanksgiving but today we wanted to also present God and His Mother a Mass in thanksgiving.  

We can never adequately thank God for all the gifts and graces He shares with us. Yet we hope He will accept our humble gifts given with love.  We also thank Our Blessed Mother for her love, help and intersession.

As children we never want to forget to say thank you.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Prayers for the Members of the Children's Rosary on the Feast of St. Marguerite Bourgeoys

Today we received a beautiful gift. Tran wrote to us from Vietnam that in honor of the Feast of St. Marguerite Bourgeoys he prayed "before a relic (First Class) of St. Marguerite Bourgeoys for all Children's Rosary members worldwide." A special thank you to Tran for remembering us all in prayer.

Quote of St. Marguerite of Bourgeoys:

"It seems to me that we are charcoal ready to be kindled and that Holy Communion is entirely suited to set us on fire. But when this charcoal is kindled on the surface, as soon as it is set aside, it is extinguished. On the contrary, that which is fired all the way to the centre is not extinguished, but consumed." (St. Marguerite of Bourgeoys)

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Meet the New Children's Rosary at Bui Chu Orphanage

These are the lovely children of our new Children's Rosary group in Bui Chu Orphanage in Vietnam. They held their first meeting on Sunday January 8th: Epiphany Sunday. The meeting began by Consecrating the new Children's Rosary group to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary. On a day we celebrate gifts given to Our Lord it is indeed precious that this new Children's Rosary group was given to Him that day.  The children each placed a flower before Our Lady at the end of each decade of the Rosary. The young girl in pink is shown below carefully placing a flower before Our Lady. 

At the end of the Rosary each child was given a little religious card with a picture of Jesus on it. These were ordination cards for a priest and he wanted to give them to the children.

At the beginning of the meeting each child was also given a Rosary which we recently sent in a gift box. Thank you to all who help us send rosaries to new Children's Rosary groups.

May I also extend a humble invitation. Please join the children of Bui Chu orphanage in prayer each day.  The children have been asked to pray for those unifying prayers with them. These children meet daily at 11AM local time in Vietnam. This is 11PM  ET in the United States.  This schedule of meetings is available on our new website. The meeting times are listed in your local time zone. You also can see a blue light flashing on our View From Heaven map when a group is meeting.  We invite you to join them in prayer and hit the button "join in prayer".  Then you will become a gold blinking light on the map as well.  

Thank you all!

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Monday, January 9, 2017

Epiphany Sunday in Kenya!

Yesterday we received these beautiful pictures from two Children's Rosary groups in Kenya. They held their Children's Rosary meetings yesterday on Epiphany Sunday. The group above is the Children's Rosary from Holy Family Church Entarara, Kenya. 

The picture below is from the Children's Rosary at St. Charles Lwanga Parish in Rombo, Kenya. The group in Rombo had some new members who attended this weekend and they each were given Rosaries. In honor of the Feast of the Epiphany several books we had sent were given to this group. Two read aloud Children's Bible were given to the children. In addition two books that were graciously donated to the Children's Rosary were presented to the children.  One was called "Gifts from Our Father" and the other "Counting on Faith". A special thank you to the authors for donating these books.

Please consider joining the children in prayer.  The Children's Rosary in Entarara meets each Sunday at 3PM local time. The Children's Rosary in Rombo meets each Sunday at 2PM local time. You can see a schedule of upcoming meetings in your local time zone on our new Children's Rosary website.  You can also see the children meeting in prayer as a blue flashing light on our View from Heaven map.  By clicking "join in prayer" you can add your gold light to the map as well. We have asked the groups to pray for those unifying prayers with them!

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Sunday, January 8, 2017

Visit to the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament

In November the children and I made a trip to the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville, Alabama.  It was a beautiful day with Mass and a visit to the tomb of Mother Angelica where we prayed for all the members of the Children's Rosary. We also visited a Nativity scene that is kept up year round.  Kostin knelt down and prayed for the Children's Rosary and all the members.  Asher lit a candle.  

Mother Angelica I understand had a devotion to the Child Jesus.  We also had an unexpected surprise. We were able to meet some of the cloistered sisters.  We met Sr. St. John and Sr. Regina.  We asked both of them to pray for the Children's Rosary and they kindly said they would.  The children found it wonderfully exciting to meet cloistered nuns as we had just finished reading a Story of a Soul, by St. Therese of Lisieux, who became a cloistered nun. Sr. Regina pictured below by herself said she has a devotion to St. Therese the Little Flower. Sr. Regina also shared that she was primarily in charge of caring for Mother Angelica when she was ill. 

The Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament also had a Holy Door for the Year of Mercy. We prayed for all the members of the Children's Rosary on the threshold of the door.  It was just days before the Door closed and we felt especially blessed to have the chance to pass through it in the final days.

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Saturday, January 7, 2017

New Children's Rosary to Meet at Bui Chu Orphanage in Vietnam

There is good news to share.  A new Children's Rosary will meet for the first time on Sunday January 8th at 9AM local time at Bui Chu Orphanage in Vietnam. This orphanage is run by Sr. Dang.  She is pictured together with Tran.  We are very excited about the formation of this new group. They have chosen to meet daily. Their normal time will be 11AM local time each day. However for their first meeting they will meet at 9AM local time.

I hope many of you will want to join the children in prayer for their first meeting. One can imagine a great amount of grace is available each time a new Children's Rosary group forms and is Consecrated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary. We have the schedule of meeting times on our new website. The list displays in your local time zone so you can see when each meeting will take place. The new meeting at Bui Chu will occur for those living on in the Northeast of the USA (ET) at 9PM tonight. If you visit our new site you can see the groups meeting on the "View from Heaven" map as blue lights.  Please consider unifying prayers with the children and hit "join in prayer". You then can add your gold light to the map.

We welcome the children of Bui Chu Orphanage to the Children's Rosary!

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