A Rosebud - For Little Children
DEAR LITTLE FRIENDS, this beautiful rosebud is for you; it
is one of the beads of your Rosary, and it may seem to you to
be such a tiny thing. But if you only knew how precious this
bead is! This wonderful bud will open out into a gorgeous
rose if you say your Hail Mary really well.
Of course it would be too much to expect you to say the
whole fifteen mysteries every day, but do say at least five
mysteries, and say them properly with love and devotion.
This Rosary will be your little wreath of roses, your crown
for Jesus and Mary. Please pay attention to every word I
have said----and listen carefully to a true story that I want to
tell you, and that I would like you to remember.
Two girls (two little sisters) were saying the Rosary very
nicely and devoutly in front of their home. A beautiful Lady
suddenly appeared, walked towards the younger----who
was only about six or seven----took her by the hand, and led
her away. Her elder sister was very startled and looked for
the little girl everywhere. At last still not having found her,
she went home and heart-brokenly told her parents that her
sister had been kidnapped. For three whole days the poor
father and mother sought the child but could not find her.
At the end of the third day they found her at the front door
looking extremely happy and pleased. Naturally they asked
her where on earth she had been, and she told them that the
Lady to whom she had been saying her Rosary had taken
her to a lovely place where she had given her delicious
things to eat. She said that the Lady had also given her a
Baby Boy to hold, that He was very beautiful and that she
had kissed Him over and over again.
The father and mother, who had been converted to the
Catholic Faith only a short time before, sent at once for the
Jesuit Father who had instructed them for their reception
into the Church and who had also taught them devotion to
the Most Holy Rosary. They told him everything that had
happened and it was this priest himself who told me this
story. It all took place in Paraguay.
So, dear children imitate these little girls and say your
Rosary every day as they always did. If you do this you will
earn the right to go to Heaven to see Jesus and Mary. If it is
not their wish that you should see them in this life, at any
rate after you die you will see them for all eternity. Amen. So
Therefore let all men, the learned and the ignorant, the just
and the sinners, the great and the small praise and honor
Jesus and Mary, night and day, by saying the Most Holy
Rosary. "Salute Mary who hath labored much among you."
The Canada54 National Novena includes a daily reading from the Secret of the Rosary.There are exactly 54 readings.
- A white rose for priests;
- A red rose for sinners;
- A mystical rose tree for devout souls;
- A rosebud for little children;
- Plus 50 roses representing each Hail Mary recited during 5 decades of the Rosary