Tuesday, June 23, 2015

"The Road that Leads to Life"

"Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction, and those who enter through it are many.  How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life. And those who find it are few." (MT 7:12-14)

This was a portion of the Gospel reading from Mass today.  In reflection I began to think of of the mothers I have seen in crowded places with their children.  I have seen mom's tie something around their children with a string to make sure they do not stray or get lost. These type of cords are now sold and seem to be most frequently used for very little children who can walk but would not know their way without their mother or father.

I then began to think of Our Blessed Mother.  She is the most loving of mothers and of course would be concerned for her children.  She would not want even one to be lost. Would she not have thought of something similar?  Indeed as I began to reflect after Mass I thought of the Rosary.  It is in many ways like a lasso.  The end of the lasso is the Cross. Indeed it would seem if Our Blessed Mother can get the Rosary around her children the other end leads to her Son.  One of the members of the Children's Rosary, age 8,  did this little drawing of a child with a Rosary around him and bead by bead it leads to Heaven. While we do not actually where a Rosary the act of praying it serves as a spiritual lasso.

There are many beautiful promises attached to prayer of the Rosary which have an Imprimatur. A few are listed below:

The Rosary shall be a powerful armor against hell, it will destroy vice, decrease sin and defeat heresies.
It will cause virtue and good works to flourish; it will obtain for souls the abundant mercy of God; it will withdraw the hearts of men from the love of the world and its vanities, and will lift them to the desire of eternal things. Oh that souls would sanctify themselves by this means.
All who recite the Rosary are My sons, and brothers of My only son Jesus Christ.
Devotion to My Rosary is a great sign of predestination.
Imprimatur: Patrick J. Hayes D. D Archbishop of New York

It is our hope that through the spread of the Children's Rosary more and more children will have this lasso of protection that guides them along the narrow path.  It is so hard these days to see the path through so much noise.  Parents and grandparents worry for their little ones.  We hope the Children's Rosary will be a source of help for our children in these difficult times.

Other posts you may enjoy:
Have you read the promises of the Rosary to your children?
How to Start a Children's Rosary
Theme song for the Children's Rosary

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