|Giant Life Balloon Rosary|
|Being in the business of making rosaries, I just had to share this really cool rosary with everyone. Isn't it just amazing! Someone had a very clever idea here. Hope you enjoy it!|
"There was an excitement all around us and there were people in tears at the sight of the rosary. I think we
often take it for granted the power of a simple witness to the faith," said a camp counselor. A passerby
tweeted, "A balloon rosary in the air. My faith confirmed :)", while another surprised Chicagoan wrote,
"what the... giant balloon rosary, with cross, just floated heavenward from the Michigan avenue bridge."
The rosary was the craft of 20 imaginative elementary-school-aged girls and their counselors participating
in a summer camp at a Chicago Catholic Parish. The girls prayed the rosary in front of the Washington Blvd.
Family Planning Associates asking Our Lady for an end to abortion. They then carried the rosary, cross-first,
through downtown Chicago's peak traffic to the cheers, and sometimes jeers, of pedestrians and motorists.
Homeless people gave high fives, street preachers started singing Gospel songs, and semi-truck drivers
shook the streets sounding their truck horns in approval. "I was completely ecstatic the whole time. I loved
seeing how many people on a random street corner were thrilled. It is a lot more than we tend to think," said
One of the girls said, "It was the prettiest rosary I have ever seen. I liked how it would float up and sit and then
float up and sit. It looked really pretty against the buildings and the sky." Another camper said, "The best way
to describe it was 'beautiful'. I didn't see one frowning face. It evangelized everyone who saw it." This is the
latest of a series of spontaneous acts of joy across the United States involving the yellow LIFE balloons.
Sightings of LIFE balloons at prayer vigils, county fairs and flash mobs leave many wondering if the trend
will impact this year's March for Life in Washington DC .
See photo post herehttps://picasaweb.google.com/104310456403281787387/GiantLIFEBalloonRosarySeenByThousandsOverChicagoSDowntownStory by Nathan Joel, Photos by Rebekah Smith.