During these trying times of despair and uncertainty we come together - there was a community of prayer during the start of covid that the pope had live streamed from the Vatican around the globe- for us all to come together and pray the rosary as one.
Then there was a weekly rosary that was held every Sunday in Croatia. The local church and priests, even families and communities came together in prayer. We even had the coach of the Croatian world cup soccer team host one of the prayer sittings, where he led the rosary and we prayed with him the ’hail mary’ in Croatian.
It took me back to when my grandmother was alive, she would always pray with us before bed time in Croatian. It's been a while since I've prayed in that language, but everything came flooding back. It was really great watching live and praying the rosary with a few hundred people. Something that I don't think will ever happen again.
I've always looked to prayer all my life, in times of need, in times of the good and the bad- the rosary has been a very special thing for me.
Recently in April/May this year two beautiful neighbours of mine had passed away. One was very young who had leukemia we grew up with him as kids around the corner from us, he was 59 - the other after Anzac day in Batemans bay - an amazing man who was a great carpenter and tomato gardener. I recently did the book cover about his own life for him earlier this year, he was 92.
I've been praying for them and their souls / its something very therapeutic and at the same time a release of ones grief and sadness that they are no longer with us. It's funny when someone dies, they may not be on this earth, but in prayer and spirit they do live on in us.
And it's true, I've never stopped praying for my loved ones, my grandparents, my two school friends who were killed in a car crash when I was in college, I've continued to pray for them. It's been 21 years since their death this year, and they are constantly in my prayers and they still live on.
We all don't know what is beyond this life, but for the ones who have faith in God know that we will see our loved ones again in paradise. That's why praying the rosary is so powerful. Prayer is so powerful.
’I used to pray that God would feed the hungry, or do this or that, but now I pray that he will guide me to do whatever I'm supposed to do, what I can do. I used to pray for answers, but now I'm praying for strength. I used to believe that prayer changes things, but now I know that prayer changes us and we change things’.
In memory of Carlo De Luca and Jim Cleaver of Yarralumla. (06.02.1962 - 23.04.2021 Carlo)
(14.03.1929 - 26.04.2021 Jim)
Jims article on tomatoes - Canberra Times