The Rosary in Kidspeak by TJ Burdick

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Description:

This book was designed to help families pray the rosary with their children. Each mystery includes a piece of sacred art, a description of each mystery in “kid speak”, and instructions on how to pray this treasured method of prayer given to us by Our Lady herself. The digital version of this book can be downloaded for free at tinythomists.com. It comes as special gift we give to all of our members who enjoy bi-weekly faith formation plans grounded in the philosophy and theology of St. Thomas Aquinas. Each lesson includes a portion of the Summa Theologica in simplified kid speak, Lectio Divina, Saintly Situations, a Read to Me explanation of the Catholic faith, fun activities to do with your family and much more.


The Plan of the Book:

St. Louis De Montfort tells us in his timeless book on Our Lady, True Devotion, that “the safest, easiest, shortest and most perfect way of approaching Jesus is through Mary.” The Rosary is the tool that Mary gave to St. Dominic to help us grow in our relationship with her, to recognize her mysterious role in the story of salvation. 

In the same way that Jesus came to us through Mary, so do we come to him through her divine intervention as the Mother of all Christians and the Queen of Heaven and Earth. It is through her Rosary that we are tied to God’s grace and as faithful benefactors of such blessings, we are better equipped to carry out the personal missions God gives us to complete. 

This book was written to help parents complete their mission of raising Christ-like children by helping them come to know, love, and serve Jesus through the love of his Mother. The Rosary, then, becomes the lifeline that unites us with the Holy Family, engaging our hearts and minds with the mysteries that each decade represents. 

For each mystery, TJ has provided two components: 

  • The first is an image of the mystery taken from sacred art over the past two millennia. These serve as a focal point to ignite our imagination and place ourselves in the scene of each mystery. 
  • The second component is a description of each mystery in child-like simplicity. The words were chosen deliberately to identify with children 10 years old and younger so that they can comprehend the basic fruits of each mystery. This will serve as a solid foundation for their faith. As they grow in strength and wisdom, they can be exposed to the sacred scriptures when they are mature enough to understand them. 

The Rosary has been called the “epitome of the whole Gospel” (CCC 971) and as such, it teaches children the greatest story ever told. It is recommended that the Rosary be prayed together with your children at a determined time each day so that the seeds of the Rosary can be planted, tilled, watered, and nourished through the repetition, contemplation, and imitation of the virtues it promotes. 

The Joyful Mysteries

The First Joyful Mystery, The Annunciation

Fruit of the Mystery: Humility

One day, Mary was praying alone in her room. All of a sudden, the Angel Gabriel appeared and said, “Hail, Mary!” She was afraid at what the Angel told her. The Angel said, “Don’t be scared. God has chosen you. You will have a baby who will become the King of the world and you will name him Jesus. The Holy Spirit will come over you and you will become the Mother of God.” Mary said, “I am the handmaid of the Lord. I will do whatever God asks of me.” 

The Second Joyful Mystery, The Visitation

Fruit of the Mystery: Love of Neighbor

When Mary was pregnant with Jesus, she went to visit her cousin, Elizabeth, who was also pregnant. She had the baby John the Baptist in her tummy. When Mary arrived, Elizabeth shouted, “Blessed are thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb!” This meant that she knew that Jesus was God and that Mary was very blessed to be Jesus’ mother. Elizabeth then said, “When I heard your voice, my baby jumped for joy in my tummy!” Mary replied, “My soul brings honor to God. My spirit is so happy because He loves me. He cares so much for those who are poor.” Mary stayed with Elizabeth for three months.

The Third Joyful Mystery, The Nativity

Fruit of the Mystery: Poverty, Detachment from the things of the world, Contempt of Riches, Love of the Poor

Mary and Joseph returned to his hometown of Bethlehem. It was a busy time of the year and there was no place for them to stay. Mary was about to have her baby, so Joseph looked for a place for them to stay the night, but all he was able to find was a tiny stable. There, surrounded by animals and the darkness of night, Jesus was born. Shepherds and wise men from far away countries came to visit Jesus and they knelt before him calling him their King. Mary kept all of these memories in her heart and mind while Joseph protected her and Jesus. 

The Fourth Joyful Mystery, The Presentation of Jesus

Fruit of the Mystery: Gift of Wisdom and Purity of mind and body (Obedience)

After Jesus was born, Mary and Joseph took him to the temple to be blessed. Simeon, the priest of the temple, saw Jesus and said, “I have been waiting my entire life to see this boy! God told me that before I died, I would see the King of Kings, and here he is! He will suffer a lot, and so will you Mary, but he will become the ruler of all people in the end.” Taking the child and lifting him up toward God, Simeon said, “This is the Messiah, the one you who have sent to save your people.”

The Fifth Joyful Mystery, Finding Jesus in the Temple

Fruit of the Mystery: True Conversion (Piety, Joy of Finding Jesus)

When Jesus was twelve, Mary, Joseph, and Jesus were traveling to celebrate Passover. When they began their journey home from Jerusalem, Jesus stayed behind, but he didn’t tell his parents. Mary thought Jesus was with Joseph and Joseph thought Jesus was with Mary. After a while, they couldn’t find Jesus. With great sorrow, they walked back, hoping they would find him again. When they reached the temple, there he was praying and asking questions of the priests, who were amazed at how smart Jesus was. Mary said, “Why did you leave us?” Jesus said, “Didn’t you know that I would be in my Father’s house?” Mary kept this memory in her heart. Jesus went back home and was obedient to them.


Testimonials:

“There is almost nothing more innocent and pure than when a child prays the rosary.  It moves the hearts of Jesus and Mary and opens the floodgates of heaven.  It is for this reason that The Rosary in Kid Speak is certain to bring about blessings for children, families, the Church, and society in general. I can’t recommend this book highly enough!” – Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC, Author of Champions of the Rosary: The History and Heroes of a Spiritual Weapon

“I want to give this book to every Catholic parent I know! I stand in awe. With stunning artwork to capture little one’s attention and the use of common, everyday words, these meditations capture the deep truths at the heart of the Rosary’s Mysteries. This book and TinyThomists.com are gifts to the domestic church!” – Shane Kapler, Author of Marrying the Rosary to the Divine Mercy Chaplet


About the Author: 

T.J. Burdick  the author of several books and professional speaker. He is the founder of the Dominican Institute and blogger at tjburdick.com. He has a Masters in the Art of Teaching through Aquinas College and is currently working toward another Masters in Theology. A former missionary to Latin America, T.J. writes on how to grow in holiness amongst the distractions and difficulties of the current age. He resides in Grand Rapids, MI, with his wife and four children.