Lately my 9 year old has been wanting to say the Rosary as a family. I am thrilled with this new development, as I have been trying to encourage it for years, but I wonder what has brought it on. Naturally, he has several fairly nice rosaries, as well as some funky plastic ones. He knows how to say the Rosary, as we frequently say it in the car (with or without his participation) and it is said before Sunday Mass at our church and at the holy hour we attend on Thursdays. Yet, this family Rosary has been instigated at his request.
He does have a special intention – the healing of his 9 year old cousin who is having open-heart surgery in a few weeks. But why this particular prayer method? I can only think that, in addition to divine inspiration at work in his heart, all our family discussions, in which there are many disagreements, seem to meet in agreement on one thing – the power of praying the Family Rosary. Thanks be to God!