The Children's Rosary® is a prayer group movement that was begun out of love for Our Lady and Her Son. Jesus tells us "Truly, I say to you unless you turn and become like children you will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven" (Matthew 18:3). The Children's Rosary is an effort to begin in parishes rosary prayer groups composed of children and led by children. Through prayer of the Rosary Our Lady will guide our young people while at the same time sanctify families and Parishes.
Our prayer and fasting week has begun and there was a little excerpt from the Diary of St. Faustina that accompanied an email from the Marians yesterday. It seemed to fit so beautifully with our fasting efforts I wanted to share it with you.
"My daughter, I want to instruct you on how you are to rescue souls through sacrifice and prayer. You will save more souls through prayer and suffering than will a missionary through his teachings and sermons alone. I want to see you as a sacrifice of living love, which only then carries weight before Me "(Diary, 1767).
The Lord has such a way of timing things that appear in our lives so as to help nudge us along our path. This little piece of the diary so beautifully reassures us we are on the right track. No prayer or sacrifice will be overlooked. All has merit and yields fruit.
Please if you were not able to begin with us this yesterday it is never to late to join with even the smallest sacrifice. While some are able to fast on unlimited bread and water others may not be able to and this is okay. There are no absolute rules only an invitation to bring all you can give with love to Our Lord.
The prayers are surely needed. Today an email arrived from a mother in response to the invitation to begin this week of prayer and fasting "I am so much relying on your prayers during this time of darkness". Indeed so many are in need of these prayers. We have many individuals trying to begin Children's Rosary groups and such prayers would surely help them. There are efforts to begin groups in Queensland Australia, Union Kentucky, Trumbull Connecticut, North Adams Massachusetts, Oneonta New York, Wildwood Pennsylvania to name a few. New groups have recently met this month in Meru Kenya, Edmeston New York, Sharon Massachusetts and Bridgeport Connecticut (with the Missionaries of Charity). We have even more scheduled to meet in the coming months in such places as Negaunee Michigan and Kennett Square Pennsylvania.
For those who might think it is too late to join us for the week of prayer and fasting, the Gospel today (Matthew 20:1-16) was a wonderful reminder of how beautiful and fruitful it is for many to join in along the way. For those who were called even at 5PM to work in the vineyard for only 1 hour of labor, were paid the same as those that began early in the morning. We were also reminded today in the first reading(Isaiah 55:8) our ways are not God's ways, so please do not hesitate to join us with this prayer and fasting effort.
To find out more about our week of prayer and fasting please click HERE.