Seeing the Mysteries

Posted May 22, 2015 by Sue Klejeski
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IMG_0814Nothing helps the process of meditating on the Mysteries of the Rosary quite as well as actually looking at a beautiful picture as you pray.  The Family Formation Holy Rosary Prayer Booklet takes advantage of this principle, but you can also collect your own beautiful pictures and make your own book.  There are many great sources for free, quality art on the internet (this is my all-time favorite), but you probably have access to some other sources that would work equally well.  Check this post from our archives for some really simple directions to start your own book.


From John Paul II’s 2002 Apostolic Letter introducing the Mysteries of Light:

Announcing each mystery, and perhaps even using a suitable icon to portray it, is as it were to open up a scenario on which to focus our attention. The words direct the imagination and the mind towards a particular episode or moment in the life of Christ. In the Church’s traditional spirituality, the veneration of icons and the many devotions appealing to the senses, as well as the method of prayer proposed by Saint Ignatius of Loyola in the Spiritual Exercises, make use of visual and imaginative elements (the compositio loci), judged to be of great help in concentrating the mind on the particular mystery. This is a methodology, moreover, which corresponds to the inner logic of the Incarnation: in Jesus, God wanted to take on human features. It is through his bodily reality that we are led into contact with the mystery of his divinity.

Rosarium Virginis Mariae (The Rosary of the Virgin Mary), #29

Rosary Motivation

Posted May 20, 2015 by Sue Klejeski
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What better way to motivate your kids to pray the Rosary than to have them pray on rosaries they made themselves?

This looks like a fun project and there’s a version for preschoolers as well.

Another Rosary Option for Crafters

Posted May 18, 2015 by Sue Klejeski
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This set of quiet books would be a fantastic gift for Godchildren and only $6 for the pattern.  I found it on her blog and you can buy the instant download here.

A very hand’s-on DIY Rosary

Posted May 15, 2015 by Sue Klejeski
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In exchange for $1.99 and some of your crafting time this looks like a fun way to keep little hands busy while you pray.

The Hero Complex that is Destroying the Catholic Faith

Posted May 12, 2015 by Sue Klejeski
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Please take a few minutes today to read this excellent article by Jennifer Fitz on identifying what is wrong with the way the Faith is passed on in most parishes.

Yes, Family Formation agrees with her assessment.

Yes, we have a solution to the problem.


“When you monkey around with Church teaching, bad things happen.   We’ve identified a problem — kids whose parents aren’t disciples — and we’re so busy “solving” the crisis by heroically stepping in to replace the parents, that we’ve overlooked a small detail: Doing so is contrary to the Catholic faith.

Parents, not catechists, are the people ordained by God to pass on the faith to their children.  The mission of the Church is to make disciples of those parents, and equip them to teach their children.  If we have to choose between programs for adults and programs for children, adults are the priority.  Not because we don’t care about kids, but because we want what is best for kids.

What is best for kids is what is best for adults and what is best for the Catholic faith: Adult disciples passing on the faith within their families.”


The Rosary for this century

Posted May 12, 2015 by Sue Klejeski
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A simple search of “apps for praying the Rosary” turns up about 540,000 hits of one sort or another, but the one I’m familiar with is free and very easy to use and has a simple interactive element that may amuse your children while they pray.  Laudate has tons of basic Catholic stuff (I always use it to follow the readings at Mass), and one of the things is a simple Rosary that keep count for you as you tap the next bead in the picture.


Not a lot of bells and whistles, but if your child is entertained by an iPad but you don’t want a lot of other distractions, this may be a good fit for you.  (And the price is right.)

Praying With Little Ones

Posted May 10, 2015 by Sue Klejeski
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The Rosary has been around a long time and is one of the most beloved prayers in the history of Christendom, so it’s no surprise that there are many, many ideas for doing it well.  I’m going to be posting some of the more family-friendly ones here and would like to start with some ideas from our archives.

Today’s idea involves a little preparation, but can be used over and over and is a very effective way to get your Littles on board.  You can find the details here.


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