In The Name Of The Father, And Of The Son...

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"In the name of the Father ..." by Dave and Mercedes Rizzo (CatholicMom.com)

Copyright 2018 Dave and Mercedes Rizzo. All rights reserved.

Recently we had been tidying up the house and found a box of broken rosaries that needed fixing. They sat tangled in front of us on the kitchen table. Several of the rosaries had chain links broken and glass beads missing. Still they were beautiful and we decided to try our hand at repairing them.

The rosaries were broken because our daughter Danielle used to twirl them around when she was younger. People with autism sometimes like to spin and twirl things. No one knows why for sure, but it’s probably due to sensory processing issues. Danielle was always finding our rosaries and before we knew it, she would break them. So we put the broken fragments away in a box where they were forgotten until a couple of Saturdays ago.

It wasn’t easy putting these broken rosaries back together. Thank goodness for our trusty pair of needle-nosed pliers to help get the job done. An hour later five complete sets of rosary beads were sitting neatly on the table. One of the rosaries was color-coded to help a person like Danielle learn which prayer goes with each bead. It is our hope that Danielle might learn to do this some day.

"In the name of the Father ..." by Dave and Mercedes Rizzo (CatholicMom.com)

Copyright 2018 Dave and Mercedes Rizzo. All rights reserved.

As we sat looking at the refurbished beads and admiring our handiwork, we could see Danielle touch several icons on her electronic speech machine. Suddenly the silence was broken by the sound of an electronic voice, the voice we know as Danielle’s voice, praying “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.”

[tweet “A breakthrough in prayer, discovered because the rosary beads were broken. -@DaveandMercedes

Danielle understood that rosary beads meant that she should pray. God is truly good.

"In the name of the Father ..." by Dave and Mercedes Rizzo (CatholicMom.com)

Copyright 2018 Dave and Mercedes Rizzo. All rights reserved.


Copyright 2018 Dave and Mercedes Rizzo

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David and Mercedes write and speak from a faith perspective as parents of a child with autism. They are available to speak, and have appeared on radio and other media. They can be contacted at codash41@comcast.net. Follow them on Facebook at Autism With The Rizzos. Authors of Praying For Your Special Needs Child, Word Among Us Press, Authors of Spiritually Able and The Adaptive First Eucharist Preparation Kit LoyolaPress.com.

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