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Behind Gather & Pray is a real life Catholic family, working hard to pray together and to help other families do the same!
The Story of Gather & Pray
how it all started...
Hi! I’m Olivia.
I’m a wife and mother of four who’s in love with Christ and our Catholic Faith.
Amid the craziness of 2020, our family craved fellowship. We began getting together with my eldest son’s godparents to pray the rosary for our fallen world. We had good intentions but the execution was lacking. Every parent knows first hand how challenging it can be to engage your young children in prayer - let alone whole group prayer. We desired to build the daily habit of praying a family rosary. With a rambunctious little ones, even starting with just a decade was intimidating.
I resolved to simply pray the rosary alone. It was much easier, quicker, and less frustrating. We prayed with the kids at other times in the day and I told myself that was good enough. Yet, the desire to pray the rosary as a family remained. I knew I needed to engage my young children in praying the rosary in developmentally appropriate ways.
God placed the idea of "Gather and Pray" on my heart. Tools to aid in prayer for those who are young - in heart, or in actuality.
"For where there are two or three gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them."- St Matthew 18:20
Product ideas quickly came flooding to mind. Products that I did not yet have the talent to make. God surely does not call the equipped, He equips the called! I slowly learned how to create in between nap times. And now here we are!
Praying as a family is powerful and transformative. And it's my prayer that these tools make it a bit easier.
Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary
St. Little Li