Sunday, January 31, 2016

Top 10 Favorite Posts from 2015

Children's Rosary held at Blessed Sacrament Day VI
St. Benedictine Monastery of Thien Tam in Texas
This past year was full of blessings for the Children's Rosary.  As many may just be discovering the Children's Rosary we would like to share some of the journey this past year. We have seen new Children's Rosary groups forming in different parts of the United States and also other countries such as Angola, Ecuador, Pakistan, the Philippines and Zimbabwe.

Our trip to the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia USA in September was a wonderful highlight.   We were able to pray in a special way for all the members of the Children's Rosary during Our Holy Father's visit.  Eight children were able to travel to Philadelphia and share news of this prayer group movement with many pilgrims at our Children's Rosary booth.  We continue to pray that the seeds sown there will grow and bring bountiful fruit.
Children's Rosary held at the Shrine of Divine
Mercy on Grandparent's Day 2015

We also had our Official release of our song video: "Rosary Children" and later in the year the Release of our Children's Rosary DVD!  In July EWTN announced that they would begin airing the Children's Rosary as part of their monthly programming.  This has been a tremendous blessing as many have been able to see a glimpse into a Children's Rosary prayer group. 

The Children's Rosary also participated in several new events this year which we hope will become annual traditions. The Children's Rosary was invited this past year to participate in the Global Rosary Relay for Priests on  the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  Many children unified prayers with Shrines across the globe praying for our priests.  Pope Francis also conveyed an Apostolic blessing to all who participated in the event. 

The Children's Rosary was also invited to join the Catholic Grandparents Association at the National Shrine of Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, MA for Grandparents Day.  The children kneeling before the altar led all present in a Children's Rosary.  
In June, the Vietnamese community welcomed the Children's Rosary to Blessed Sacrament Day at the Benedictine Monastery of Thien Tam in Kerens, Texas.   

In August we received good news from the IRS that the Children's Rosary had received tax exempt status.   Thank you all who have made donations!

One of the most precious gifts this year were all the groups who celebrated their 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year anniversaries.  With many new groups forming, it is easy to focus on the "new" groups but one must never forget the faithfulness in prayer that so many children and group leaders carry in their hearts.  The world may question why such sacrifices are needed.  When obstacles present themselves and hard times come there are a thousand reasons to give up.  Yet despite all this, groups continue to meet.  This faithfulness creates the grace that allows this prayer group movement to continue to spread... to reach deeper and further.  It is for this reason that postings continue.  For it is in sharing the blessings that are coming that we see the fruits of so much sacrifice.  These graces we are not owed, yet Our Lord in His goodness showers them down upon us.  We must not hide our light but share it and so the posts continue.

The list below of posts are my favorites. In some cases they represent events, or blessings and others struggles we have passed through.  I humbly thank you all for joining us on this journey. Thank you for your prayers, Masses offered, sacrifices made with the goal of bringing our little ones to prayer and in doing so help to strengthen not only the faith of our children but also our families and parishes. 

Here are the top 10 posts of 2015:

Hear From the Children
We Took You With Us to the Papal Mass
The Skies in Alaska are Filled With Voices of Children Praying
Tears of Joy
Mary Will You Be My Travel Agent?
Little Hands Rescue Jesus and Mary
Satan's Most Worn Tool
Sacrament of Mercy
Why Does Our Lord Choose to Work through the Humble?
Surprise on the Feast of St. Nicholas

Honorable mentions
Avenue of Grace
If You Forgive Someone You Can Become a Saint
Anything is Possible With God
River of Hope
Going Out to Pray with the Poor

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