Recently I reached out to the different Children's Rosary groups and asked for their help. The Children's Rosary had a booth at the Catholic Marketing Network(CMN) Trade Show in New Jersey USA from August 7th-9th. It was our hope that the children could provide the voice of the movement by creating visuals and phrases to briefly describe WHY THE CHILDREN'S ROSARY IS IMPORTANT.
The pictures have been coming in by mail from all over the country. They were all so beautiful in their own unique way it seemed like a perfect way to begin our Words From the Children Wednesdays. More beautiful original artwork to come over the upcoming weeks. Please if you are a child and would like to submit a picture or message see our contact information and send it in. We will be featuring them here.
The drawing above was done by Konstantin age 9 who is a member of the Children's Rosary at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in West Hartford, CT USA. His answer at first blush seems to be the most obvious answer to the question. The Children's Rosary teaches children how to pray. However, as I spent some time reflecting on this picture I realized that in this rather simple answer there were some beautiful mysteries. The part that really struck me is how this child felt that he was being taught how to pray. His teacher as is depicted in the picture is Our Blessed Mother. She has brought him to the foot of the Cross to pray to her Son. So often people speak of the Rosary as a Marian prayer but Pope John Paul II spoke of the Rosary as Christ centered and here in the simple drawing by a child we see the beautiful mystery of the Holy Rosary. Our Lady is praying with our children but she is always guiding them to her Son.
As the Feast of the Triumph of the Cross is this week it seemed a wonderful day to highlight Konstantin's drawing which so beautifully shows us how the Rosary is always a circle that ends at the Cross with Our Lady by our side.