My five-year-old niece snuggles in closer to my daughter and another cousin. As she smiles up at the older girls, I can tell she feels safe and content. She concentrates on the moment. All three girls finger their rosaries.
“Holy Mary, mother of God …” they recite. Across the room, my dad sits quietly with my sister and her daughter, another preschooler. He prays with eyes closed. My niece squirms. Next to me on the sofa, my son and a nephew, both nearly teens, recite attentively together. Two younger nephews cozy up to their parents in chairs flanking the crackling fire. One nephew sucks his thumb. My two sisters-in-law, husband, mother, and brother-in-law add harmoniously to the chorus.
“Pray for us sinners … “ As the peaceful rhythm of the rosary calms the busyness of my day, I silently thank Jesus for this gift of time to pray with my family. Every month the eighteen of us—ranging in age from three to seventy-two—join our Blessed Mother to pray for peace, for one another, and for others in need…
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