Photo: Prayer for a Rose
Cincinnati designer Meghan Florkowski participates in an Instagram project called “Magnify the Name” (@projectmagnifythename). Each of the seven participants in the United States and Australia takes a day of the week, and creates a collage or other imaged based on the name of someone they know, asking Instagram followers to pray for the person or family. “We are going through the alphabet, three weeks per letter, praying for a name – magnifying their name,” says Florkowski. “We currently are on the last week of the D, but I jumped the line to do Rose.”
Salvatore Rose, 13, suffered a brain aneurysm last month and passed away a week later. During that week, people around the world — including Pope Francis and His Beatitude Peter, Cardinal Rai — prayed for him (Sal’s confirmation name was Charbel, after a Maronite saint), Moeller High School admitted him to the class of 2021, and people in the Rose family neighborhood put up signs to support him. Like many others, Florkowski had never met the family but felt moved to help. “I wanted to actively do something for the family without being intrusive; sharing with others the need for prayers was the best way I could,” she says. “It’s been a beautiful grace to be able to share my creative gifts and prayers the way. I don’t think this is the end of Sal’s story.”
Requiescat in pace, Salvatore Giovanni Charbel Rose 2002-2016
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