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I am sending this letter to friends in the US, looking for help so that we can respond to the Pope´s recent call to make October 2002 – October 2003 The Year of the Rosary. His Holiness has made this call motivated by his profound concern for the situation in which the world finds itself, a concern that we all share. I hope you will also share his conviction of the importance and the power of prayer for families and for the world. We urgently need to heed the Pope´s call. We need you to join in this mission with us. Specifically, we need assistance to provide rosaries and instructions for poor people in Peru and South America.
Those who know me know that I am the Director of Family Rosary in Peru. Family Rosary is a part of Holy Cross Family Ministries, the continuing work the Servant of God, Fr. Patrick Peyton, C.S.C. In Peru we have been laying solid foundations for some time, so that this recent mandate of the Pope is further impulse for our work.
Two years ago we launched The World Rosary Campaign: ¨The Gospel made Prayer¨. Under the auspices of the entire Conference of Bishops of Peru, we proposed this campaign to evangelize with the Rosary, and it has been highly successful. The Rosary never fell to the same level of disuse here that we have seen in the USA, but still there was a great need to renew the practice of the prayer, and especially to communicate that the Rosary is much more than a prayer for old ladies. It is a tried and true tool for evangelizing families and way of spiritual growth. We propose three goals:
That each person have a rosary.
That each person know how to pray it.
That each person be motivated to pray and MEDITATE the Rosary, especially in the family.
Since beginning the Campaign we have distributed about 1,350,000 rosaries to people of all ages who have also been taught to pray it. Working with dioceses, parishes, schools, radio, television, and grass roots missionaries throughout all of Peru, and expanding into Brazil, Columbia, Uruguay, Chile, and other countries, we have been able to establish a network that is a vehicle for continuing evangelization, conversion, and spiritual growth. Given the level of poverty in this part of the world, this massive rosary distribution has been key to this development.
Thanking the Lord for the great success so far, we had become poignantly aware that our work has just begun, when His Holiness John Paul II, four weeks ago, called all Catholics to make this year the Year of the Rosary, in his Apostolic Letter on the Rosary of the Virgin Mary. In this letter he makes it very clear that he hopes that his call will be taken very seriously, similarly as when he proclaimed the Great Jubilee Year, 2000. In Peru we are grateful to see that all the orientations that he presented for this Rosary Year, and for the Rosary itself, are precisely what we have been working on: especially the meditation of the Rosary, prayer in and for the family, and prayer for peace. So we are encouraged to work more than ever to promote this effort, here in Peru and throughout the continent.
I highly recommend that you read the Pope's letter. If you do not have a copy, please let me know and I will email it to you. You will find it spiritual reading that will help your own spiritual journey. Those who know me know that I have spent a good part of my adult life studying the meditative and spiritual practices of humanity. Therefore I appreciate that this letter of the Pope is a synthesis of centuries of some of the best of Christian spirituality, situating the Rosary where it should be: among the most revered ¨schools¨ of meditation and spiritual growth. Working ¨close to the ground¨ with families, among the poor in Lima shanty towns and in remote Andean villages again and again I have seen the Pope's teaching confirmed.
Reading his letter, I hope you will come to share His Holiness´ conviction of the importance of praying the Rosary for peace. John Paul II writes, ¨The grave challenges confronting the world at the start of this new Millennium lead us to think that only an intervention from on high, capable of guiding the hearts of those living in situation of conflict and those governing the destinies of nations, can give reason to hope for a brighter future. The Rosary by its nature is a prayer for peace.¨ (#40)
I hope that we will all do what we can to heed this call to a renewal in prayer with the Rosary, by celebrating the Year of the Rosary. One thing you can do is to help us in our efforts in Peru and South America.
We need rosaries and instructions to pray the Rosary. As I indicated, it is crucial that we be able to provide rosaries to priests, nuns, teachers, and lay pastoral agents who want to teach and promote the Rosary among the poor. We hope to share at least a half a million rosaries in Peru in the next year, and another half a million as we continue the expansion of the Campaign in Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, and Columbia.
I would like to ask you to help us to procure rosaries and instruction brochures. A simple plastic rosary, with an attractive full color instruction brochure costs $0.083. In other words, for $100.00, 1200 persons will receive rosaries and instructions. For $1000.00, 12000 persons will receive this help. Specifically I am asking:
That you contribute $100.00 to this effort, and more if you can.
That you share this letter with at least one other person and ask him or her to contribute.
Also please consider suggesting that your parish or a group that you participate in support this Campaign as a way of promoting the Year of the Rosary
All donations received in response to this letter will go directly and totally to this purpose. Donations received will be acknowledged by a letter which will serve for tax purposes.
Donations may be made by check payable to Holy Cross Family Ministries. Please specify that the donation is for ¨Rosaries for Latin America.¨ The address:
Holy Cross Family Ministries
518 Washington Street
North Easton, MA 02356
Again, please specify that the donation is for Rosaries for Latin America so that the appropriate transfer may be made to us here.
As you pass this letter to other people that might be interested in helping, those people may not know me. However, I hope that they will recognize that Holy Cross Family Ministries/Family Rosary is the continuing work of Fr. Patrick Peyton, C.S.C. under the auspices of the Congregation of Holy Cross and the Catholic Church. Here in Peru I work directly under the Cardinal Archbishop of Lima, Juan Luis Cipriani, and the President of the Peruvian Bishops Conference, Bishop Luis Bambarén, SJ, who guide our work and to whom I am responsible.
Please join with His Holiness in making this The Year of the Rosary. Please join us in believing in the power of prayer to strengthen families, turn hearts, and bring peace.
In the Hearts of Jesus and Mary,Father James H. Phalan, C.S.C.
R.P. Jaime Phalan, C.S.C.
Apostolado del Rosario en Familia del Perú
51-1-428-0489, oficina (y fax)
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