Sixth graders are on fire. They have made hundreds of cord rosaries and it appears we are still early in the process. Eighth grade Giana Girls are also engaging in the process. Even some fourth graders have gotten involved. Sister Mary Guadalupe is the main instigator, and she is willing to teach a new Rosary Devotee how to tie a knot any chance she gets.
This week a small group of sixth graders came to me with a charitable request. One of our kindergartners has recently been diagnosed with leukemia. The girls, some of whom have very close associations with leukemia in their own families, wanted to help that kindergartner and her family. They’d like to market their rosaries for her. I love how their hearts that are making the connection that we could do this to help another. The boys will be helping, too, but this core group has a good dose of the feminine genius that we will fan into flame. They have the green light from me to proceed with their plan. They have a strategy for posters as well as a time and place to engage not only the school community, but also our parish and a couple other parishes. Some have also begun to reach out to their family members. The leadership ability of these young people is growing, as is their charity to those in need.
We have been communicating with the cord manufacturers to see if they, too, would like to contribute to our cause. I’m wondering who they think is on the other end of the communique. Sisters in their 80s are a grace for the Church (someday I hope to be one), but that is not the “Rosary Makers” of today, here at our school!
Just yesterday a few eighth graders proposed a project to promote solidarity and prayer for the same intention…more on that next week. In the meantime, join us in prayer for that little one and her family. Many of our children have “tied one on” literally. May they tie Rosary knots for charity and the good of the Mystical Body with regularity throughout their lives.