Thursday, April 17, 2014

"Lord Almighty, you who examine the righteous and probe the heart and mind"


Dear Friends,

Yesterday concluded our Novena of Masses.  Two Masses said daily for 9 days for the fulfillment of Our Lady’s plans for the Children’s Rosary and then two Masses said daily for 9 days in thanksgiving.  With so many Masses and prayers going up it is truly a blessed way to enter holy week.  This beautiful novena of Masses and prayers happened through the generosity of many people.  May I humbly say, thank you for making such a gift to Our Lady and her Son possible. 

Reflecting over these 18 days it has been an interesting journey.  In the first few days there were a string of signal graces and pieces of good news.  I remember remarking to one member of the Children’s Rosary that everything seemed to get easier.  Impedances removed and the feeling of wonderful grace flowing.  

Something interesting happened after a few days, periods of intense struggle began.  Those who read of the trip to the Divine Mercy Conference have some sense of one particular struggle with a rather long day of travel including a bus ride with little Asher who had a terrible stomach flu. An illness that lasted almost a full week. For my own part there were times of complete physical exhaustion, spiritual questioning and disappointment.  A feeling that certain branches were being deeply pruned.  Last Friday at Mass there was a reading that seemed to speak to these experiences, "Lord Almighty, you who examine the righteous and probe the heart and mind"  (Jeremiah 20:12). Indeed it would seem that the Lord was probing the heart and testing.  With so many Masses going up and our prayers for Our Lady’s Plans to be fulfilled in us there was a green light for Our Lord to set to work and continue to mold us and fashion us according to His Will.  Psalm 23 was a true consolation "Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff they comfort me." Yes, indeed despite such trials there is a sense that we are never left alone.  Our Lady in a special way also supporting us and reassuring us. 

I share these inner feelings as I suspect others may have experienced something similar.  Several have written asking for extra prayers due to family struggles and spiritual struggles in their faith.  Please do not think you are being punished.  Our conversion is life long and we may expect such suffering as we follow Our Lord, for He is the most beautiful example of suffering done with love. 

As you might be thinking right now that such a novena of Masses has brought down a great deal of suffering alone, may I share with you some tender stories that warm the heart and assure us that Our Lord cherishes the prayers of these little ones and the Masses we offered to Him.  For the Sacrifice of the Mass was the gift He gave to us out of Love today.

May I share with you that during this novena of Masses many new people reached out and began Children’s Rosary groups.  Two moms contacted us from Michigan.  Each had been meeting for some time praying the Rosary with children.  They wanted to join our prayer movement.  One group meeting weekly on Tuesday evenings at 5PM and the other meeting weekly on Mondays at 4:30 PM.  We also have an existing Children’s Rosary group which meets on Mondays at 4:30 PM in Mahopac, NY which now means there will be two groups able to unify prayers together.  More beautiful ways that Our Lady is helping us to create a web of children’s prayers unified across the world. New groups also began in South Carolina and word that a new group will be meeting the first weekend in May at the Parish of St. Joachim in Madera, California.  In total we now have reached approximately 60 Children’s Rosary groups...one for each bead of the Rosary!  A wonderful image to contemplate.  

May I share one more blessed gift.  Several months ago I received a note from a women named Bette whose niece was very sick.  She had a clot in her lung and was early in her pregnancy.   Quickly both mom and baby were put on our intention list that went out to our groups for the children to pray over.  Day by day mom pushed through with her little baby.  Then word came that there were severe developmental problems with the baby detected on ultrasound.  The doctors said the following two weeks would be important in the survival of the baby. Such news was a hard blow for the family.  Yet Bette wrote that in prayer she felt called to ask for the prayers of the Children’s Rosary.  After many rosaries lifting up these intentions word recently came:  A MRI did not show the extreme problems the doctors had thought. Such news was a blessing which one cannot begin to measure.  While Bette is quick to say that both mom and baby still are in constant need of prayers things are looking much brighter.  This family has truly embraced the Children’s Rosary and may I share offered many prayers of thanksgiving and sent several beautiful Mass cards.  One indicated that the Children’s Rosary Apostolate would share in the Masses, prayers and good works of the Servants of Mary including a daily Mass celebrated at St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City.  An other card indicated a Perpetual Mass enrollment in the Golden Heart of Our Mother of Perpetual Help.

As we join Our Lord tonight for His sharing of the Holy Eucharist and then accompany Him to the Garden, there is a feeling that such struggle allows us to have that naked, raw heart that allows us to better understand the suffering Our Lord undertook for us.  

Thank you all for being a part of the Children’s Rosary.  Thank you for your prayers and sacrifices.  Despite our flaws there is a feeling that Our Lord and Our Lady are happy with our efforts.

Your Grateful Friend in Christ,
Blythe

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Working Together to Help Our Families

The Month of May is often called Mary's Month.  In anticipation of May the Children's Rosary is teaming up with Holy Cross Family Ministries to reach out to families in parishes where Children's Rosary prayer groups exist.  Many Children's Rosary groups will be handing out Rosaries at the end of Masses during the Month of May.  

Servant of God
Fr. Patrick Peyton
Holy Cross Family Ministries has generously offered to donate those rosaries that the children will be handing out.  The goal of Holy Cross Family Ministries is to strengthen families around the world.  This goal is shared by the Children's Rosary and thus our collaboration on this effort is both natural and seamless.  Servant of God, Fr. Patrick Peyton, founded Holy Cross Family Ministries in the 1940s.  His timeless words "the Family that Prays together Stays Together" is as important today as the first time he uttered the phrase.

It is not too late to order Rosaries through Holy Cross Family Ministries for May.  To order Rosaries please click HERE. Rosaries are free although they do ask for shipping costs.  As part of this collaboration, between the Children's Rosary and Holy Cross Family Ministries, we ask that all those placing orders also send an email to Susan Wallace letting her know you are part of the Children's Rosary. Her email is swallace@hcfm.org

Through the Rosary our families will be strengthened in virtue and holiness. Pope Francis recommends the Rosary as  "Spiritual Medicine" which is "good for the heart".  

In a special way we turn to Our Mother in the prayer she taught us, the Holy Rosary,  and ask her motherly guidance and help in our families.

Monday, April 14, 2014

¿Cómo hacer una cruz de palma?

Déjenme empezar diciendo que no tomo ningún crédito por lo presentado a continuación. Este método de hacer cruces con palmas fue creado completamente por mi hijo de 9 años en la misa de hoy. Mi primera mirada a esta maravillosa artesanía hecha por sus manos fue cuando estaba haciendo mi lectura desde el altar para el saludo de la paz, y él desde su silla estaba sacudiendo una cruz hecha con las palmas. Sus habilidades fueron respaldadas además por los miembros del Rosario de Niños quienes pidieron una de sus cruces al final del Rosario de Niños. Esta tarde Kostin bajó de su habitación con una enorme sonrisa en su rostro y con un montón de cruces. Colocó una junto a la estatua de la Virgen en nuestra sala de sol en donde decimos la oración familiar. La otra amablemente me la dio a mi, y las otras decoraron su habitación. Kostin también mencionó cuando estaba repartiendo sus tesoros que había guardado varias palmas para los dos niños de 7 y 9 años que viven al lado, y quienes también eran capaces de hacer cruces. Al ver tantas cruces surgió la idea de que tal vez otros querrían hacer una cruz. Bueno, suficiente con la historia y ahora vamos a hacer la cruz.


MATERIALES
2 palmas
Tijeras

PASOS
1. Tome la palma y rompa una franja delgada longitudinalmente de uno de los lados. Haga este paso nuevamente con la otra palma. Ahora ya tiene las "cuerdas", las cuales serán usadas mas adelante para atar la cruz.
2. Tome cada una de sus dos cruces y doblelas en forma de V.
3. Una vez las haya doblado, tome una palma y deslicela a través de la V de la otra palma. Ahora debe verse como una cruz.
4. Ahora tome la "cuerda" que hizo con la palma y pásela debajo de la cruz y haga un nudo simple en el centro.
5. Voltee la cruz y ate de nuevo con la misma cuerda.
6. Ahora puede hacer un doble nudo. Por favor aplique fuerza mientras hace el nudo y sosténgalo por un minuto. De esta manera la palma mantendrá la "memoria" de la posición deseada.
7. Corte las puntas dejando sólo media pulgada en la cola así ésta no se deslizará.


La variación opcional no fue fotografiada. Si el extremo del brazo de la cruz es demasiado largo o tiene un aspecto tosco, se puede doblar el brazo y meterlo en el lado donde se hizo el nudo. Esto da un aspecto más refinado.

Kostin sugirió que las piezas extras de palma fueran dadas a la iglesia y así fueran quemadas el próximo año durante miércoles de ceniza. A menudo se recogen en canastas el fin de semana anterior al Domingo de Ramos. (Kostin también mencionó que le gustaría quemar algunos de sus materiales adicionales para su cumpleaños en nuestra chimenea. Lo cual es aceptable puesto que son elementos benditos los cuales deben enterrarse o quemarse para salir de ellos).

Gracias por unirse a nosotros y que Dios los bendiga abundantemente. Amén.

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

How to Make a Cross out of Palms

Folding each palm in half
Let me begin by saying, I take no credit for anything presented here below.  This method of making a Palm into a cross was developed entirely by my 9 year old son during Mass today.  My first introduction to his handiwork was looking out from the altar where I had been lectoring during the sign of peace and from his seat he was waiving a Cross made of Palms.  His abilities were further endorsed by members of the Children's Rosary who asked for one of his crosses at the end of his Children's Rosary today.  This afternoon Kostin came down from his bedroom with a huge smile on his face and with an armful of Crosses. One he placed by a statue of Our Lady in our sun room where we say family prayer.  One he kindly gave to me and others were decorated around his room. Kostin also mentioned as he was doling out his treasures that he had spared several palms for the two boys who live next door ages 7 and 9 who were also able to make crosses. Seeing so many crosses the idea came that maybe others might want to make a cross, as the means to do so did not seem obvious to me.
Well enough about the back story lets get to making a cross.
slipping the V of one palm through the other palm

Materials needed:
Two Palms
A scissor

Steps
1. Take your palm and peal off a thin strip longitudinally from one of its sides.  Do this step again for the other palm.  Now you have the material "string" which will be used to tie the cross later in the process.
2. Take each of your two crosses and fold them in half forming a V shape
3. Once folded take one palm and slip the V of the palm through the V of the other palm.  Now it should look like a Cross. 
4. Now take the palm "string" you made and pass it under the cross and make a single tie at the center.
5. Flip the cross over and tie again with the same string. 
6. Now make a double knot . Please use force making the knot and hold it for a minute so the palm keeps the "memory" of the desired position. 
7. Cut off the ends leaving about a half of an inch tale so it does not slip out.  

Optional variation not photographed.  If the free arm end of the cross is too long or rough looking one can bend that arm in and tuck it into the side where one made the knot.  This gives a more refined look.

Extra pieces of palms Kostin suggests giving to your Church next year to be burnt for the Ashes used on Ash Wednesday. They often collect them in baskets the weekend before Palm Sunday. (Kostin also mentioned he would like to burn some of his extra materials on his birthday in our fire pit. This seemed acceptable as blessed items should be either buried or burned if one would like to get rid of them). 

Thank you all for joining us and may Our Lord bless you abundantly. Amen.

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Mass Offered for Members of the Children's Rosary Today

Children's Rosary held today
One of the members of the Children's Rosary several weeks ago shared that she had requested a Mass be celebrated for all the members of the Children's Rosary and their families to be celebrated on the 13th of every Month.  The Masses would begin April 13th and would be celebrated at her parish of Our Lady of Fatima in Hartford, Connecticut USA. As today is the first of these Masses, I wanted to share this beautiful gift that all might be aware of the wonderful graces being given to our members today. 


A special Thank You for such a wonderful gift.  

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Consoling Our Lord As We Enter Holy Week

This weekend is the last weekend before Easter.  As we enter Holy Week it seems particularly special that our children will be in prayer with Our Lord.  Please consider joining the children in prayer from your home.  The children always pray for those unifying prayers with them. 
April 11th (St. Stanislaus)
Children's Rosary at St. Mary's School in Orange, Texas 7:05 AM CT
April 12th
Children's Rosary at St. Michael's Church in Garden City, South Carolina 10:30 AM ET(FIRST MEETING)
Children's Rosary at St. Mary's Church in Corvallis, Oregon 9AM PT
Children's Rosary at Holy Trinity Church in Nairobi, Kenya 3PM local time
Children's Rosary at St. Peter Claver Church in West Hartford, CT 3:45 PM ET
April 13th (Palm Sunday)
Children's Rosary at Our Lady and St. Patrick's Parish in Nottingham, England 9AM local time (4AM ET)
Children's Rosary at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in South Windsor, CT 8:45 AM ET
Children's Rosary at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in West Hartford, CT 9:45 AM ET
Children's Rosary at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in New Britain, CT 11AM ET
Children's Rosary at St. Patrick's Church in Tacoma, WA 11:30 AM PT
Children's Rosary at St. Anthony church in Lorain, Ohio 3PM ET in front of the Blessed Sacrament.
Children's Rosary at St. Joseph Church in Hanover, PA 4PM ET
Children's Rosary at St. Paul Church in Fenton, Missouri at 6PM Central Time.
April 14th
Children's Rosary at Holy Trinity Academy in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania 12:20 PM ET
Children's Rosary at Holy Family Church in Gladstone, Michigan 4:30 PM ET.
Children's Rosary at St. John the Evangelist Church in Mahopac, New York 4:30 PM held in front of the Blessed Sacrament.

Children's Rosary Turns Three

Children's Rosary at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in
Brentwood, California
Today is the third Anniversary of the Children's Rosary.  Three years ago today a group of children met in a chapel in West Hartford, Connecticut USA.  The chapel was named after the Holy Family.  The children led the Rosary together as a prayer group.  Three short years later by the grace of God Children's Rosary prayer groups exist on 5 continents and within 21 States within the US.  In total there are close to 60 Children's Rosary groups all Consecrated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary.  Some groups meet monthly while others meet weekly.  Some have chosen to meet during Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.  Today two groups will meet.

The Children's Rosary at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Brentwood, California will meet at 6:30 PM ET in front of the Blessed Sacrament.
The Children's Rosary at St. Martin Church in Kingsville, Texas will meet at 6:30 PM ET.

It is beautiful that on the Anniversary of the Children's Rosary two groups would be meeting at the exact same time in such distant places with others unifying prayers from other parts of the world.  It seems fitting for such a connection to be taking place as truly we are all God's children and such little ones help to show us this most beautifully.

To all those reading this posting, please consider unifying prayers with the children.  The children always pray for those unifying prayers with them.

Thank you all and God Bless!