|First Children's Rosary in Sulphur, Louisiana|
At the close of 2013 there is much to be thankful for. This year has brought many new Children’s Rosary groups spreading across 5 continents. We saw the first copy of the Children’s Rosary book..the closure of Neumann Press ending our books short run of availability and then the wonderful solution Our Lady led us to which was having the students at the American School for the Deaf help to print the books in their vocational print shop. Through the help of many members we had the Children’s Rosary book translated into Spanish and also published. We had the introduction of our Spanish Children’s Rosary website: www.rosariodeninos.org Most recently we had the beautiful gift of our Children’s Rosary song: Rosary Children which was recorded and can be heard on our Spanish website (release of a CD is scheduled for early 2014).
|The Children who traveled to the Basilica of the |
Immaculate Conception in Washington DC
Other wonderful blessings for our group included the children leading a Children’s Rosary at the Little Audrey Santo Eucharistic and Prolife Conference, a special Rosary on Father’s Day at My Father’s Retreat House in Moodus, Connecticut and this fall traveling by bus to Washington DC to lead a Children’s Rosary at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. Yet maybe the greatest gift of all are the prayers that have floated up to heaven from each of these children carried by Our Blessed Mother and presented to her Son. The true effect and importance of these prayers may never be known to us in this life.
|First Children's Rosary meeting in Nairobi, Kenya|
In looking back over the year I wanted to share some favorite posts from Our Blog. Some may have found us recently and may not have seen some of these postings. Each one has been chosen for a different reason. Some mark a particular milestone others share stories of grace and inspiration. My top choice of the year is a post that recently I went back to after many months. After reading it again I found such consolation in it and have found that spiritually I am never far from the feelings shared in it. I give it the top place as I pray it may help another soul feeling the same thing.
(three separate posts but are part of a story so to speak)
|First Children's Rosary at Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Timor Leste|
Looking forward to the new year I am reminded of a portion of the Gospel of John:
“The wind blows where it wills, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know whence it comes or whither it goes; so it is with every one who is born of the Spirit." (John 3:8)
The words of the Gospel seem to assure us that there is little use in spending time trying to predict the direction the Holy Spirit will carry something. One only has to be ready for the Spirit to open the door and then be ready to move with it. As we enter this year there is no way of knowing where the Spirit will carry the Children's Rosary or each one of us. Yet we take our Rosaries in hand and pray that the Lord will guide each step and send his Mother to always keep a firm hand on the other end of our rosaries that we may always be moving closer to Him.