For me, prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy. — From What Is Prayer, The Catechism of the Catholic Church
During the recent Prayer More Lenten Retreat organized by Pray More Novenas, I was introduced to Catholic theologian Scott Powell. He encouraged everyone to read about prayer in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and so I did. He promised that it would be powerful, and it was.
I pray with my children every day. I don’t pray with them as much as I should, and I don’t teach them to really talk to God like I should, but I am trying. Last night, at bedtime, after Bridgy said her prayers, she asked me what prayer I said every night. It’s not really a question she should have to ask. She should already know through exposure to my ongoing conversations and communion with God. Perhaps prayer is too private, for one of the deepest desires of my heart as a mother is to teach my kids the possibilities of friendship and fellowship with Jesus. I will not always be here, but He will always be here.
With that, I am most interested in anything that will help draw them into a covenant relationship with the Lord. Thus, I wanted to give voice to the wonderful new Bead by Bead Rosary App for children. It is available on iPhone and iPad, in English and Spanish. It’s designed to help children stay focused while praying the Rosary by providing a delightful illustration for each bead. Following each prayer, the child simply taps the next bead for a new image to contemplate, enabling him or her to stay engaged throughout the entire prayer.
Isn’t that terrific? I just love it!
Rosary Prayer App for Children (iPad Screenshots)
The prayer app was co-created by Sandra Rosetter. (Great last name for someone who loves the Rosary, right?) It was illustrated by her sister Stacey LeNeave. Sandra writes that their “deepest hope and prayer is that this app will become a meaningful instrument in the development of prayer life in children.” Maybe some adults, too!
The full Bead by Bead series includes a printed book, Joyful Mysteries, and now this brand new iPhone/iPad App which includes all four of the Mysteries: