Top 10 Favorite Posts from 2016
This past year was full of blessings for the Children’s Rosary. As many may just be discovering the Children’s Rosary we would like to share some of the journey this past year. We have seen new Children’s Rosary groups forming in different parts of the United States and also other countries such as Belgium, India, Kenya, Pakistan, Philippines, Tanzania, Uganda, Uruguay, and Vietnam.
We also had our official release of our new Children’s Rosary website: www.childrensrosary.org also available in Spanish (www.rosariodeninos.org) and French (www.rosairedesenfants.org). The site is full of newly developed resources such as instructional videos on How to Start a Children’s Rosary and also How to Run Your First Meeting. One of the most exciting features of the new site is that View From Heaven map that allows one to see prayer groups meeting as blue flashing lights on the map and allows visitors to join in prayer and become a gold flashing light on the map. Prayer group meetings are also listed on the home page in one’s local time zone so many can join the children in prayer from their home.
This past December we released the French version of the Children’s Rosary book. Many people helped with this translation project and we are very grateful to each one of them.
The Children’s Rosary also participated in several events which have become a yearly tradition. The Children’s Rosary was invited this past year to participate in the Global Rosary Relay for Priests on the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Many children unified prayers with Shrines across the globe praying for our priests.
The Children’s Rosary was also invited for the second year to join the Catholic Grandparents Association at the National Shrine of Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, MA for Grandparents Day. The children led all present in a Children’s Rosary at their outdoor Shrine.
Children’s Rosary groups in Pakistan organized several events during this past year in which children from many Children’s Rosary groups in the region were able to meet. In June the children had a day were they came together to celebrate Mary Mother of Mercy. Other events included meeting at a Holy Door to pass through in honor of the Year of Mercy and also leading a Palm Sunday Procession.
One of the most precious gifts this year were all the groups who celebrated their 2nd, 3rd, and 4th and 5th year anniversaries. With many new groups forming, it is easy to focus on the “new” groups but one must never forget the faithfulness in prayer that so many children and group leaders carry in their hearts. The world may question why such sacrifices are needed. When obstacles present themselves and hard times come there are a thousand reasons to give up. Yet despite all this, groups continue to meet. This faithfulness creates the grace that allows this prayer group movement to continue to spread… to reach deeper and further. It is for this reason that postings continue. For it is in sharing the blessings that are coming that we see the fruits of so much sacrifice. These graces we are not owed, yet Our Lord in His goodness showers them down upon us. We must not hide our light but share it and so the posts continue.
The list below of posts are my favorites. In some cases they represent events, or blessings and others struggles we have passed through. I humbly thank you all for joining us on this journey. Thank you for your prayers, Masses offered, sacrifices made with the goal of bringing our little ones to prayer and in doing so help to strengthen not only the faith of our children but also our families and parishes.
Here are the top 10 posts of 2016:
Sacrificing for Our Lord
A Journey to Bring the Baby Jesus to the Children
A Christmas Wish
The Children Reach Out to a Leper Community
Come on a Journey With Us
A Window to the World Through Prayer
We Conclude Our Fast at the Foot of the Cross
French Version of the Children’s Rosary Book Arrives
When the Impossible Become Possible
Remembering Our Lady
It is so hard to limit the posts as there have been so many blessings. These are honorable mentions:
Marian Procession in Pakistan
Under the Care of Our Bless Mother
“It is More Blessed to Give Than To Receive”
“12 Rosaries Left Over”
Surprises For the Children
“Many Things Can Wait but Children Cannot, for Them We Cannot Answer Tomorrow”
Confession is the Soul’s Bath
Have You Ever Seen a Nativity in Pakistan?
Source: Children’s Rosary