Students join millions who pray for peace

MELBOURNE | Students at Ascension Catholic School joined children around the world in praying a rosary for peace. Led by Father Eamon Tobin, the students recorded the rosary recitation for pastor’s Sunday night YouTube rosary meditation series.

During the recent beatification of Blessed Carlo Acutis on Oct. 11, Pope Francis suggested that 1 million children pray the rosary Oct. 18 as part of the Pontifical Foundation’s initiative, “Aid to the Church in Need”. The Pope lauded 15-year old as a role model for young people, highlighting his love of the Eucharist. The young Italian teenager died of leukemia in 2006. A computer programmer and gamer, he created a website to teach others about Eucharistic miracles and Marian apparitions. On his site, he told people, “the more often we receive the Eucharist, the more we will become like Jesus, so that on this earth we will have a foretaste of heaven.”

October is recognized as the month of the rosary, so the pontiff recommended children worldwide follow the model of both Mary and Blessed Carlo, who lived to lead others to Christ. Principal Anita Brady welcomed the opportunity as a way to increase students’ love of the Blessed Mother and to understand the power of prayer. “Knowing our students are joining in with one million others in saying the rosary is such a powerful thing. I hope they are able to imagine children around the world praying in many different places and languages. Hopefully, it will cultivate a desire for them to pray the rosary more often on their own or with their families,” she said.

By Glenda Meekins of the Florida Catholic, October 21, 2020