Thursday, March 26, 2015

There is More Joy in Giving Then Receiving

This past month members of the Children's Rosary were invited to submit handmade pictures of the Resurrection in anticipation of Easter next week.  The deadline for submission was March 25th. Each picture was entered in the random  drawing.

Bernadette pictured with a red scarf
Recently a women contacted us hoping to help spread word of the Children's Rosary.  After reading more about the prayer group movement on our Spanish site she wrote to us with a generous offer.  She wanted to give the Children's Rosary a gift.  She wanted to offer one child per month for February, March and April 2015 the opportunity to pick one item from her website.   Maria also shared that she is originally from Mexico and was named after Our Lady of Guadalupe.  She now lives in California but has a deep devotion to Our Blessed Mother which began when she was a child.  In this small way she wanted to give back and help encourage more children to come together in prayer through the Children's Rosary prayer group movement.  This month the winner of our random drawing was Bernadette age 12.  She has been a very active member of the Children's Rosary.  Her family also leads the Children's Rosary at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Waterbury, Connecticut USA.  Bernadette's mother shared that Bernadette's intention is to share the gift of choosing a dress with her younger sister Marianne who is 6 years old and is looking forward to her First Communion in the coming year. Bernadette very much wanted her sister to have a beautiful dress for her First Holy Communion.

Yesterday as the children were notified of Bernadette's selection as winner the whole family erupted in screams of joy.  How wonderful that each could be so happy and Bernadette could find so much joy through giving away so freely that which had just been given to her.  

One additional signal grace was that news of Bernadette's happy selection came as the family was traveling home yesterday on the Solemnity of the Annunciation after having brought one of the Official Missionary Images of Our Lady of Guadalupe to many throughout the day in the New York area. As Maria who is the owner of the dress company is named after Our Lady of Guadalupe there is a wonderful connection on each level.  It is beautiful how Our Lord creates so many connections that we may marvel at His handiwork.
Little Marianne resting after a Children's Rosary
is the wonderful recipient of her sister's generosity
For those of you who would like to participate in our drawing April drawing please see our earlier post HERE for submission guidelines.

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