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Blythe Kaufman onto Children's Rosary March 30, 2015
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Blythe Kaufman onto Children's Rosary March 30, 2015
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There are many beautiful references to children throughout Scripture. However, sitting at daily Mass on Friday and hearing the Gospel of the multiplication of the loaves and the fishes I realized this indeed is another story in Scripture that underscores the beautify and importance of children. “There is a young boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish; but what are they among so many?” (John 6:9) How beautiful is this Scripture verse. We know that at least 5 thousand men were gathered from the Gospel of Mark 6:44, Luke 9:14 and John 9:10. This is not counting women or children. Our Lord asks Philip how they will buy enough to feed them all and then it says, “this He said to test him for He himself knew what He would do” (John 6:6). Out of the multitude of people, only one person is found to have food. There could be several explanations for this fact. The first is that truly this boy was the only one among 5 thousand who had any food that was found. The second is that the young boy is the only one who was willing to give the food he had. In either case, it is surely is an important piece to the story. Even if the former were true and he was the only one with food it shows a wonderful trust and generosity to give that which is so precious and needed. Such a gift underscores the beauty of a child’s soul. The openness and trust that children have and their willingness to help others. To see that a child, who falls within a group not even counted among the estimates of those present at the event, supplied the bread and fish that Our Lord would use to feed thousands speaks beautifully to the ways Our Lord works through the small and humble ones. Indeed it would seem that children’s role in the Church and meeting the needs of so many is crucial. In a time when churches are closing and prayer seems to be far from many, might our children be the ones to come to our aid, willing to give all they have. Many might ask what do children have to give? One of the precious things they have is love and their prayers that in a special way touch the heart of Jesus. It is my hope that many will consider unifying prayers with our children when they meet in different Children’s Rosary groups across the world. Further if your parish does not have a Children’s Rosary group, I pray that you will prayerfully consider beginning one. Our little children have so much to give but they need an invitation or a person who asks for their help just as the disciples did when they asked the boy for his bread and fish. Thank you all and if I may be of any service to anyone feeling drawn to help this cause or begin a group please feel free to contact me.
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Blythe Kaufman onto Children's Rosary March 1, 2015
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These were the last audible words of Pope John Paul II on hearing tens of thousands of young people singing in St. Peter's Square as he lay in his deathbed. It was Friday April 1 2005, the eve of Divine Mercy Sunday when he uttered, "I sought you out and now you come to me. Thank you." Indeed he did seek out children and young people throughout his Papacy. As one of the young people who traveled to Denver for World Youth Day in 1993, I can attest to this. His beautiful faith and trust in the Blessed Virgin Mary also was a beautiful pillar of his Papacy as well. Tomorrow as we celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday and also his Canonization we have many Children's Rosary groups meeting. I hope this will be a joy to him to see children gathering on a Feast he helped to establish praying the Rosary which was so dear to Him. The powerful intercession of Pope John Paul II has been ever present within the Children's Rosary. The Children’s Rosary book was written in large part on the Feast of Pope John Paul II and the book is dedicated to the Holy Trinity, Our Blessed Mother and in gratitude for the intercession of Pope John Paul II.
Blythe Kaufman onto Children's Rosary April 26, 2014
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Several months ago I asked one of my children why the Children's Rosary is important. He responded, "because it shows God we trust in Him". This was an answer I had not expected but upon reflection indeed it was true. To spend time in prayer is a way of showing Our Lord we trust in Him and believe He is listening to our prayers. As we approach Divine Mercy Sunday, it seemed a perfect time to refect on a little portion of the Diary of St. Faustina in which Our Lord explains to St. Faustina how pleasing is a soul who trusts in Him. "I seek and desire souls like yours, but they are few. Your great trust in Me forces Me to continuously grant you graces. You have great and incomprehensible rights over My Heart, for you are a daughter of complete trust. You would not have been able to bear the magnitude of the love which I have for you if I had revealed it to you fully here on earth. I often give you a glimpse of it, but know that this is only an exceptional grace from Me. My love and mercy knows no bounds." (Diary of St. Faustina #718) The Children's Rosary at Holy Redeemer Parish in Menominee, Michigan will be meeting today at 5PM Central Time. Please consider joining the children in prayer. The children always pray for those unifying prayers with them.
Blythe Kaufman onto Children's Rosary April 22, 2014
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Blythe Kaufman onto Children's Rosary December 12, 2014
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Reflections on the Solemnity of the Annunciation.
Blythe Kaufman onto Children's Rosary March 27, 2014
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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. 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.
Blythe Kaufman onto Children's Rosary April 15, 2014
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Jesus is Our Best Friend
Blythe Kaufman onto Children's Rosary March 26, 2014
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Blythe Kaufman onto Children's Rosary December 12, 2014
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