Sunday, October 4, 2020

Hidden Fruit

Every year we have a large vegetable garden. It would be hard to imagine a summer without planting. This year we planted a large number of root vegetables. We planted carrots, beets, potatoes, garlic, and sweet potatoes. One of our neighbors ordered lots of sweet potato slips, too many for her garden. She offered us plenty from her surplus. This was a new crop for us. We found some empty buckets, filled them with rich soil and planted the little thin roots they call slips. All summer the kids tended the garden, watering when it was dry. This summer we had very little rain so there were many days of carrying the heavy buckets of water.  It is fun to see the plants growing and the tomatoes and squash setting fruit. But when it comes to all the root vegetables one has very little idea of what is growing under the surface. One has to stay the course, keeping faith that at the end of a long season of work, by the Grace of God there will be a harvest. 

As the nights are getting colder, there is the realization that the gardening will shortly be coming to an end for the season. There will be no more early morning watering....all that will be finished.  All the potatoes will be dug up. Carrots will be pulled and the sweet potatoes we have been so anxious to discover in the buckets will be unveiled. What will we find? 

In many ways so much of our daily work in the spiritual garden is taking care of plants that right now have hidden fruit. Some of our plants are fruiting in the light of day, but as many gardeners know, those are much more easily taken by critters. It is the fruit that is under the ground that is often most protected from predators such as the hungry squirrels that patrol the garden. 

How do we stay the course and not grow tired when our plants are setting hidden fruit? May I suggest that it is Our Heavenly Mother who helps us stay the course. She wants us to have a bountiful harvest to give to Our Heavenly Father. But we need to ask for her help. Raising children today is not easy. There are so many distractions that lead our young children away from Our Lord and all that Our Lord is asking of each of us. To have a Heavenly Mother who can help in guiding our children, encouraging them, and at times correcting them is a tremendous help. 

Our Blessed Mother sees our struggles and she gives us tools to help us. She understands that some tools may be too large for her little children to use. So in her attentiveness to each of our needs, she shapes some of these tools in such a way that even her youngest children can use them. One of these important tools is Consecration to Jesus through Mary. It is a means to keep us on the straight path. Over the last three years this tool, which was crafted by St. Louis de Montfort was being shaped in such a way that it could be taken up by some of our youngest children. Indeed, the smallest ones need the help of their parents to use the tool. When these small children first take it up they need to be accompanied by their parents who can show them step by step how to use it. On September 29th this new tool was unveiled! It is the book Child Consecration: to Jesus through Mary. Many wise gardeners, experienced in yearssuch as Robert Cardinal Sarah and Cardinal Burke have taken up this tool and given their approval. We are so excited that it is now available! 

In the coming weeks, we will be harvesting and all that has been hidden from us will be clear. But until then we keep our heads down and stay focused on our duties under the watchful guidance of Our Blessed Mother. For those of you who would like learn more about the new Child Consecration book visit our new website childconsecration.com

The new book can also be ordered through EWTN Religious Catalogue HERE.

Photos: The top photo is of our sweet potatoes growing in pots. The bottom picture is one of our raised beds. In the center of the bed is a thick line of carrots which we hope to harvest soon. 

Friday, October 2, 2020

A Surprise on the Feast of St. Thérèse

 

The new Consecration book which was released three days ago was written in the Spirit of of St. Thérèse, the Little Flower. Given yesterday was her Feast, we wanted to highlight this aspect of the new book. The Consecration journey was written through a lens of spirituality identified with St. Thérèse, the Little Flower. It is characterized by simplicity, confidence, and trust. 

Sanctity is something children in particular can attain as it is most easily reached through simplicity. Once when St. Thérèse was participating in recreation, a saintly Novice Mistress spoke to her. She stated, “My child, it seems to me you don’t have very much to tell your Superiors.” Thérèse asked why the Mother thought this. The nun responded, “Because your soul is extremely simple, but when you will be perfect, you will be even more simple; the closer one approaches to God, the simpler one becomes.” St. Thérèse relates, “The good Mother was right.”

Yesterday we had a surprise on the Feast of St. Thérèse. The National Catholic Register published their article about the Child Consecration book. We were aware an article was coming out in October but we did not know the date. To read the article click HERE.

To learn more about the book Child Consecration: To Jesus through Mary—Following in the Spirit of St. Thérèse, the Little Flower visit our new website HERE.

To purchase the new book click HERE.


Tuesday, September 29, 2020

New Book Release: Child Consecration

Today we are excited to release a new book on the Feast of the Archangels. The book is entitled Child Consecration: To Jesus through Mary—Following in the Spirit of St. Thérèse, the Little Flower. The book seeks to unpack the St. Louis de Montfort Consecration outlined in the classic text, True Devotion to Mary, in a way children can understand.

The book has received praise for many Church Fathers:


Child Consecration: To Jesus through Mary—Following in the Spirit of St. Thérèse, the Little Flower is a wonderful means by which children can come to know God’s Blessed Mother in an easy and accessible way. . . . I commend this book to parents and teachers, who will find here a solid and ready means to develop the spiritual and devotional life of children, giving them a firm foundation from which to build their relationship with the Lord and his Church.” 

- Robert Cardinal Sarah, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments


“I highly recommend it to parents who wish to introduce their children to Marian devotion and thus help them to give their hearts, one with the Immaculate Heart of Mary, completely to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.”

-Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke


 “I encourage every parent, teacher and priest to read this book, quite unique in these times. . . . Were I a parent, this would be my number one Marian book for my family. As a pastor of souls I pray many parents will take it up, confident that it has within it the grace to bring in a great harvest for the Church and the world in the generations too that lie ahead.”

- Bishop John Keenan of Paisley, Scotland

The book is currently available to order through EWTN Religious Catalogue. 

                                            To order Click HERE

                                 Visit childconsecration.com for more information.

7 Years Ago Today . . .


On the Feast of the Archangels, September 29th 2013 an interview aired on EWTN about the Children's Rosary. The late Fr. Andre Apostoli was the host. In a special way we thank the intercession of the Archangels on their Feast. We also thank God the Father and praise Him as many many people quickly responded to the airing of the show. It seemed with the airing that seeds were flung far and wide. Some took root right away and others seemed to grow years later. Fruit has come through the airing and on a subsequent occasion when it was aired again. Watch the interview that originally aired on September 29th 2013.


Friday, August 21, 2020

Children's Rosary at St. Francis Xavier School to Meet today at 2:30 PM CT

The Children's Rosary at St. Francis Xavier School in Birmingham, Alabama USA will hold their first Children's Rosary of the academic year today. They will meet at 2:30 PM Central Time. Please consider unifying in prayer with them. Each class at St. Francis Xavier school will be meeting at 2:30 in their respective classrooms. The picture above was taken at a prior meeting of the Children's Rosary at St. Francis Xavier school prior to the pandemic.

Learn how to start a Children's Rosary at your school. Click HERE to learn more.

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Children's Rosary Group in Kenya Meets Twice a Day

Today we received an update on the Children's Rosary group at the orphanage at the St. Clare Center in Masimba, Kenya. Last fall we sent them rosaries and they officially began their Children's Rosary group on December 22nd 2019.

The children not only have continued to pray but now pray in the Children's Rosary each day at 6AM and 6PM at the orphanage. They wake up early each day and are happy to pray. They pray in English in the morning and they pray in Swahili in the evening. 
Please say a Hail Mary for the children and those that help the children at the Center.

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Happy Feast of St. Anne and Joachim 2020!

Today we were able to attend Mass at St. Anne Shrine in Sturbridge, Massachusetts USA. Before Mass my daughter Alina, son Kontantin, and I prayed a Rosary. In a special way, we prayed for all the members of the Children's Rosary and all who help the Children's Rosary. A first class relic of St. Anne was brought out just before Mass began. We were able to venerate the relic and again I humbly prayed for all the members of the Children's Rosary and all who help the Children's Rosary as one of our intentions of the Rosary. A first class relic of St. Anne was brought out just before Mass. We were able to venerate the relic and again I humbly prayed for all the members of the Children's Rosary and all who help the Children's Rosary.

St. Anne and St. Joachim were grandparents of Jesus. Today we honor the important role of grandparents in the family. After Mass today my husband surprised us with a new puzzle. My mother very much enjoys doing puzzles with our kids on Sundays. The image on the puzzle seemed perfect given the Feast Day (see the picture below). It shows a grandfather reading the Bible to his grandson.

We thank all grandparents for all they do to pass on the faith. There are many grandparents who help with the Children's Rosary. Some make monetary donations, others run Children's Rosary groups and some make rosaries. Many pray for the Children's Rosary. We thank all who help! You are making a tremendous difference in the lives of children throughout the world including those young ones in your families.