|100 Rosaries, many made by children|
ready to be sent to 2 new Children's Rosary groups in East Timor
Several weeks ago an inquiry came from a young man from Timor Leste hoping to start a Children's Rosary group. He is a man of great faith with a Biblical name: Abel. As we began to correspond he shared his strong devotion to Our Lady and commitment to sharing this love with young people. At first he was considering beginning a Children's Rosary in one parish but then wrote and said he was starting groups in two parishes two hours a part by bus. He began signing children up for the Children's Rosary and found he had close to 100 children interested in participating. It was beautiful to see this young man named after a shepherd from the Bible gathering so many "sheep" for the Lord.
Whenever possible, if a new group is in need of rosaries the Children's Rosary tries to help and so our network of members went into action to make and gather enough rosaries for these two new groups. Abel then wrote to us with another request. Could we send a statue of Our Lady. While this at first seemed impossible I could not shake the feeling that Our Lady would show us a way. Today on the Feast of Mount Carmel she provided a perfect statue. Our pastor at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in West Hartford offered one of our statues of Our Lady for the group. It was hollow and relatively light which was perfect for the shipping.
Through each step of this project children have been in the center. The Children's Rosary is a prayer movement composed of children and lead by children. Today both Asher, age 6 and Kostin age 9 helped carry our Lady to the post office. Despite the 95 degree heat they were all smiles. Happy to share Our Lady with more children and help form two new Children's Rosary groups.
Thank you Blessed Mother for your unfailing love and assistance.