I really wish I could post pictures of my class for this post, but imagery will have to suffice. Since May is the Month of Mary, every class is praying the Rosary, or at least a decade, each day for the entire month. My class has been waiting for May for a while and it is awesome to see them get so excited about bringing in their own Rosaries, many given as gifts in remembrance of their First Communion. I even had a boy who begged me to have a sharing day next week where they could bring in all their Mary books and statues to show each other! I have many stories to share (of course) but the one that has made my heart leap for joy is the one I will share with you in this post.
As Divine Providence would have it my kids' Music time was cancelled on Tuesday, which meant so was my planning time. (grrrrrrrr....) I didn't know what to fill it with, so I grabbed a video from the Library called "The Day the Sun Danced." It was a short animated video about the story of Our Lady of Fatima and the three children she appeared to. I found it to be fitting given we are praying the Rosary each day. What I didn't conceive of was the impact this story would have on my kids. Yes, the video's animation was cheezy, however, the message was not. Seeing children their own age experience such an incredible gift from Jesus and Mary and internalizing what Mary asked of them and the world, they have truly embraced this call of Mary to turn away from sin, offer sacrifices for those who don't know Jesus, and fulfill their duty of prayer.
To briefly explain, Our Lady asked of us to pray and sacrifice for sinners, show devotion to her Immaculate Heart, stop offending God of our sins, and to pray the Rosary daily.
And the conversation that ensued after the video left me knowing Jesus didn't want me to have my planning time for a reason!
They talked about how hard it must have been for the children to be mocked and persecuted when people didn't believe them. They shared sacrifices they could make to help people turn back to Jesus. They brought back images of Mary's Immaculate Heart. And they were given a grace by God to become even more excited and zealous about their faith.
This leads me to the vision of a group of about 15 kids, who now bring their rosaries out to recess, sit in a big circle under a shady tree, and try to pray as many decades as they can before the bell rings. They even find joy in the other kids making fun of them.
I was sitting at my desk yesterday when a girl walked in, during her recess time, to my amazement. I asked her what she needed, and she simply said, "I need a rosary. We are praying rosaries in the grass..."