Tuesday, December 12, 2017

When Loved Ones Can't Be Home

This week my husband had some work training in Wurzburg, Germany.  This is far from our home in Connecticut, USA. We missed him at home. He sent beautiful pictures he took from the outdoor Christmas fairs and booths that are present in Wurzburg. But still we missed him. An idea came..maybe he could pray and hit "join in prayer" on our Children's Rosary website (www.childrensrosary.org). The kids came to see their father's light flashing in Germany. My youngest son had his hands shaking as he does when he is excited. We were all excited. 

Asher asked if he could take a picture of the screen showing the lights (see above). We clicked "join in prayer" and added our gold light to the View from Heaven map. He could see us, too.  Today we were able to pray and unify in prayer and we both hit the "join in prayer" button.
I began to think of the many people who cannot be with children, spouses or family especially during the holidays. Maybe there are children who would want to unify prayers with a father or mother far away for what ever reason. So we humbly invite people to come and unify prayers. We ask that you unify prayers with any of the members of the Children's Rosary that are praying and hit our "join in prayer" button on our website and add your gold twinkling light.

Other Posts You May Enjoy:
Doing Less So You Can do More
Children's Rosary: View from Heaven Video
A Journey to Bring the Baby Jesus to the Children

Don't forget to unify prayers with the children during their meetings. A schedule of meetings is present on our website. By clicking "Join in Prayer" you can add your gold flashing light to our View from Heaven map.


For more information about the Children's Rosary visit our website: www.childrensrosary.org
Visite nuestro sitio web en español para obtener más información: www.rosariodeninos.org

Monday, December 11, 2017

First Children's Rosary in Italy to Meet on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe!

 
We have exciting news to share. The first Children's Rosary in Italy will hold their first meeting on December 12th: the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. This is a Spanish speaking Children's Rosary in Milan, Italy. The group is in the Parish of the Visitation of the Virgin Mary (Parrochia of Visitazione di Maria Vergine) in the City of Pero Milan which is part of the John Paul II Pastoral Community. The group leader explained that her parish is linked with the parish San Filippo e Giacomo and take the name of Comunità Giovanni Paolo II Pastorale (Pastoral Community translated John Paul II). 

There will also be a new Children's Rosary group meeting for the first time in Canada on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The new group is located in the Parish of St John the Evangelist in the town of Morden located in the Province of Manitoba in Canada. They will hold their first meeting at 6:30 PM local time during Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. They plan to meet monthly on the second Tuesday of every month.

We welcome the new Children's Rosary groups and ask for the special blessing of Our Lady of Guadalupe on all the members of the Children's Rosary.

Other Posts You May Enjoy:
Little Hands Rescue Jesus and Mary

Building a World of Peace and Love
EWTN Interview in Spanish about Rosario de Niños

Don't forget to unify prayers with the children during their meetings. A schedule of meetings is present on our website. By clicking "Join in Prayer" you can add your gold flashing light to our View from Heaven map.


For more information about the Children's Rosary visit our website: www.childrensrosary.org
Visite nuestro sitio web en español para obtener más información: www.rosariodeninos.org

Sunday, December 10, 2017

A Child's Nativity Made of Snow

Yesterday we had a beautiful blanket of snow cover our region. This morning as we walked home from Church our oldest son had an idea. This was taken from a post done earlier today:
The priest in his homily spoke of seeing a cave in Bethlehem on a recent trip to Israel. One similar possibly to the one Our Lord was born in. He gave us a vivid mental picture of this cave. Well Kostin was thinking about the cave and proclaimed during the walk that he was going to make a cave out of snow and the people inside out of snow, too. Not sure how that will work but stay tuned for pictures. 
Well here is the update:
The picture above was the finished product. We also include a picture at the bottom of the artist. We share these little experiences to celebrate the faith and creativity of children and also give glory to God. 

Other Posts You May Enjoy:
Doing Less So You Can do More
When the Impossible Becomes Possible
A Journey to Bring the Baby Jesus to the Children

Don't forget to unify prayers with the children during their meetings. A schedule of meetings is present on our website. By clicking "Join in Prayer" you can add your gold flashing light to our View from Heaven map.


For more information about the Children's Rosary visit our website: www.childrensrosary.org
Visite nuestro sitio web en español para obtener más información: www.rosariodeninos.org

Beauty, Beauty Everywhere!

These are some images from our walk to Mass and the Children's Rosary at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish this morning in Connecticut USA. Snow fell yesterday and left a clean white cover over everything. 

We were out the door early and saw the sun rise as we walked. It was breathtaking. We were hurrying along as the snow makes things a bit slippery and we did not want to be late. 
But we had more time to take a few more pictures on the way home. This star caught my attention but Alina liked the Christmas tree with dollops of snow on each branch.
There is nothing like a fresh snowfall. Yesterday, I was speaking with a friend who was able to see snow falling for the first time. She is from Colombia. She was speaking to me in Spanish as she entered our back door... her face beaming. I could not understand everything she said but she used words that seemed to reference the Divine. Indeed, to see the beauty around us is to see the hand of God in our lives. 
This beauty was Divinely made for us and so there is much to take joy in. Gratitude wells in my heart after a morning with the children at the Children's Rosary, Mass and the beauty of the snow. 

Yesterday, I tried in my poor Spanish to share with our friend that even after seeing snow many times it stills brings a feeling of wonder and amazement. There is also something else that snow does...it slows everyone down and brings family home together. It also brings fun for the kids. Kostin just headed outside. He shared an idea he had on our walk back from the Church. The priest in his homily spoke of seeing a cave in Bethlehem on a recent trip to Israel. One similar possibly to the one Our Lord was born in. He gave us a vivid mental picture of this cave. Well Kostin was thinking about the cave and proclaimed during the walk that he was going to make a cave out of snow and the people inside out of snow, too. Not sure how that will work but stay tuned for pictures. 

This last picture at the bottom was the view from our back door as we set out this morning...sun just peeking on the horizon and the sky with hints of blue and purple. Yes there is beauty, beauty everywhere!
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Fruits from the Garden
When the Impossible Becomes Possible
A Journey to Bring the Baby Jesus to the Children

Don't forget to unify prayers with the children during their meetings. A schedule of meetings is present on our website. By clicking "Join in Prayer" you can add your gold flashing light to our View from Heaven map.


For more information about the Children's Rosary visit our website: www.childrensrosary.org
Visite nuestro sitio web en español para obtener más información: www.rosariodeninos.org

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Setting Out For the Children's Rosary

Snow is falling in the Northeast region of the Untied States today. The picture above was just taken as the kids set out to St. Peter Claver Church for the Children's Rosary today. Asher holds fresh roses for Our Lady. Kostin is carrying the Rosaries and books. The snow creates extra excitement for the walk to the Church. We hope you will unify prayers with the children as they pray today. The Rosary will begin at 3PM ET. Visit www.childrensrosary.org to see the meeting times in your local time zone. There is also a button called "Join in Prayer" which allows you to unify prayers and add your gold twinkling light to our View from Heaven map. You will see a blue flashing light in Connecticut at 3PM. This will be the kids praying at St. Peter Claver Church. There will also be a blue flashing light in Greenville, Texas USA where another Children's Rosary group will be meeting at 3PM ET.
Thank you all.

United in prayer.

Your Friend in Christ,

Blythe

Friday, December 8, 2017

A Prayer to Our Lady Spoken 15 years Ago by St. John Paul II

Today is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. In anticipation of this Feast, last night we participated in the Colombian tradition called the Day of the Little Candles. We began by placing two lanterns in front of our house. One lantern was placed on each side of Our Lady. We placed within the lanterns candles made to look like wedding cakes. These we have had for many years but as I thought of Our Lady I thought that we should give the best to her and so the fancy wedding cake candles would be perfect! 

Our Lady of course was fond of weddings and took a special interest that one particular wedding did not go without sufficient wine. And so the candles were placed inside the lanterns. The illuminated heart with the flame in the middle was a very special image that one of my children was able to capture in the picture above.

We prayed in the dark before a statue of Our Lady. Kostin our older son knelt down in front of Our Lady. We included in our prayers the Children's Rosary. We went inside and then an idea came. Asher had asked if we could put more lanterns outside. 

It was then that I remembered four more candles we had. The kids rushed to help in setting up the additional candles and the lanterns we had made. Within two of the lanterns, were candles with the image of St. John Paul II. While outside looking at the candles and praying, a memory came - a prayer that is at the end of our Children's Rosary book. It is a prayer uttered by St. John Paul II at the Piazza di Spagna on December 8th 2002 (the Feast of the Immaculate Conception) 15 years ago. Remembering the prayer I went and got a copy of our Children's Rosary book and said the prayer aloud before the statue of Our Lady. This is that prayer:


"Holy Mary, Mother of God pray for us!"
Pray, O Mother for all of us.
Pray for humanity who suffers poverty and injustice,
violence and hatred, terror and war.
Help us to contemplate with the rosary
the mysteries of Him who "is our peace,"
so that we will all feel involved
in a persevering dedication of service to peace.
Look with special attention
upon the land in which you gave birth to Jesus,
a land that you loved together with Him,
and that is still so sorely tried today.
Pray for us, Mother of hope!
Give us days of peace, watch over our way.
Let us see your Son as we rejoice in heaven. Amen!

Looking at the candles more I marvel at this image of St. John Paul on a candle. A candle that was being used to honor Mary by shining its light through a window in the lantern cut out to look like Our Blessed Mother. Now 15 years after he utter the words addressed to Our Blessed Mother, he was still drawing our attention to the Blessed Virgin Mary of whom he loved so much. 

Other Posts You May Enjoy:
Children's Rosary Book
Children's Rosary - A View from Heaven
A Journey to Bring the Baby Jesus to the Children

Don't forget to unify prayers with the children during their meetings. A schedule of meetings is present on our website. By clicking "Join in Prayer" you can add your gold flashing light to our View from Heaven map.


For more information about the Children's Rosary visit our website: www.childrensrosary.org
Visite nuestro sitio web en español para obtener más información: www.rosariodeninos.org

Thursday, December 7, 2017

9 Days and 9 Ways to Get Involved and Help the Children's Rosary: Day 9

Beginning last week and for the following 9 Days we are highlighting ways people can get involved and help the Children's Rosary. For those unfamiliar with the Children's Rosary, the Children's Rosary is a prayer group movement for children. It is an effort to begin in parishes, schools and orphanages Rosary prayer groups composed of children. These groups meet regularly to pray a Rosary as a prayer group. Some groups meet monthly, weekly or in some places daily. The children in the groups traditionally range in age from 4-14. But any child with an interest to attend should not be turned away especially those with disabilities who may be older. Children younger then 4 can also attend. More and more there is an appreciation of the benefit young children can receive from praying and seeing other children praying at a very tender age.

Today we would like to ask people to Share your Talents. Our Lord has granted each of us gifts that are unique. We humbly invite you to share those gifts what ever they may be with the Children's Rosary. Are you a talented artist? We have had adults and children who have provided drawings and illustrations for various projects and on our blog. We especially love to have children submit drawings. All drawings done by children are precious and they should be encouraged to send artwork if they have an interest. 


Some may be talented singers or gifted with music. We have heard how children have learned our theme song "Rosary Children" on various musical instruments and have played this during their meetings. Others have played the violin during their meetings including the Ave Maria in between decades. 

Others may have knowledge of graphic design, video editing or programming that they can share with the Children's Rosary. Some may be able to share their experience as a Children's Rosary group leader, providing mentorship to new group leaders. We welcome the involvement of many. Let us know of your interest. 

Other Posts You May Enjoy:
"Light Spreads, Darkness Stays Where it is"
When the Impossible Becomes Possible
A Journey to Bring the Baby Jesus to the Children

Don't forget to unify prayers with the children during their meetings. A schedule of meetings is present on our website. By clicking "Join in Prayer" you can add your gold flashing light to our View from Heaven map.


For more information about the Children's Rosary visit our website: www.childrensrosary.org
Visite nuestro sitio web en español para obtener más información: www.rosariodeninos.org