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WHAT IS THIS PRAYER CAMPAIGN ABOUT? (from Aid for the Church in Need website)
The aim of this prayer initiative is first of all to show that the trusting prayer of children can fly like an arrow straight to the heart of God and consequently has great influence. How powerful then is the prayer of the Rosary when prayed by children for peace and unity within families, within their own nation and in the whole world!
HOW DID IT START?
The idea for the campaign came about in 2005 in Caracas, the capital of Venezuela. While a number of children were praying the Rosary at a wayside shrine, several of the women in attendance strongly felt the presence of the Virgin Mary. They immediately thought of Saint Padre Pio’s promise: “When one million children pray the Rosary, the world will change.” And that is exactly what this is all about: having faith in the power of children’s prayers. After all, Jesus teaches us: “Except ye … become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven” (Mt. 18:3).
Over the years since then hundreds of thousands of children have joined in with this initiative, and we have received numerous moving testimonies from all over the world. They speak not only of the joy of the children which made such a profound impression on the adult helpers present, but also of how these helpers themselves were moved by grace and have begun to give the Rosary a permanent place in their own prayer life.
Why the 18th of October?
October is traditionally the month of the Rosary; the 18th is the feast day of Saint Luke the Evangelist. He has handed on to us the story of Jesus’s childhood and, according to tradition, is said to have been close to Our Lady, the Mother of God. Therefore, the date is quite fitting.
WHY HAS AID TO THE CHURCH IN NEED BECOME INVOLVED IN THIS PRAYER CAMPAIGN?
We not only see ourselves as a pastoral charity, but also as a prayer community. Our founder, Father Werenfried van Straaten, deeply venerated Our Lady of Fatima. There, the Virgin Mary proclaimed to the visionary children, “Pray the Rosary every day, in order to obtain peace for the world.” The daily project work carried out by ACN in 149 countries allows the organisation to see first-hand just how greatly Christians and the entire world are suffering from the effects of terrorism and war. Only God can bring peace. We can play a part in this – through our work, but first and foremost through our prayers.
THE MEANING OF THE ROSARY
As Pope St John Paul II wrote in his Apostolic Exhortation on the Rosary, “The Rosary is by its natur
e a prayer for peace, since it consists in the contemplation of Christ, the Prince of Peace, the one who is “our peace”. The Rosary is also a prayer for peace because of the fruits of charity which it produces. By its nature as an insistent choral petition in harmony with Christ’s invitation to “pray ceaselessly”, the Rosary allows us to hope that, even today, the difficult “battle” for peace can be won.