We visited many Children's Rosary groups this summer during our time in Africa. We also visited new areas and met with priests, teachers, parents and children. Praise God that new groups have formed through those seeds that were sown. But we are also seeing something beautiful. We are seeing now a harvest in areas where we did not sow seeds. Rather these are priests that are hearing about the Children's Rosary from fellow priests that have Children's Rosary prayer groups at their parishes and schools. It is a second harvest....an unexpected one.
Yet we should not be surprised by such a harvest as Our Lord shares His expectations: "So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed?" (Matthew 25:26) Our Lord looks for such a harvest and as we know from Scripture and the third servant who only buried his seed or talent and did not share it, he was punished. So we thank God for the grace that these seeds have spread and are bearing fruit. We also thank the children that through their prayers they are witness to the good that comes through prayer, especially prayer of the Rosary said together as a prayer group. We thank the priests and adults who help the children and provide the invitation to prayer through Children's Rosary prayer groups. Each person that says, "Yes" and helps these children to come to prayer is tending in the Vineyard of Our Lord. These tender souls need only planting to be done. They have pure hearts that are fertile.
The pictures included in this post are from St. John the Baptist Parish in Makondo. This is within the Masaka Diocese of Uganda. Fr. Gonzaga Kiyimba heard about the Children's Rosary from a fellow priest who has groups in his parish and schools. This new group held their first meeting on September 29th 2019. They meet each Sunday at 3PM at Mother Mary's Grotto in the Parish compound.