Bishop Anthony B. Taylor met with the pope March 16 and presented him with a spiritual bouquet collected by Arkansas Catholic. Individuals, families, parishes and schools submitted their lists of spiritual acts that they would undertake for the pope in honor of Bishop Taylor's first "ad limina" visit to the Vatican and in honor of the pope's 85th birthday April 16.
Parishes and schools were collectively able to garner the largest outpouring.
A Fort Smith school promised to pray 10,000 Hail Marys and 10,000 Glory Bes for the pope. Fairfield Bay parishioners committed to 1,290 hours of Scripture reading. In Springdale, a family of seven committed to praying a decade of the rosary every day during Lent. Inmates at the Grimes Unit in Newport will be praying 120 rosaries for the pope among other spiritual acts.
The following list of acts was presented to the pope on a scroll with a background of "little rocks."
2,191 general prayers 11 Acts of Contrition 750 afternoon prayers 10 Angels of God 44 Apostles Creed 18,830 Glory Bes 774 Guardian Angels prayers 5 Hail Holy Queen prayers 22,345 Hail Marys 2,729 morning prayers 6 prayers before the crucifix 20 prayers before meals 2 prayers to St. Gertrude 44 prayers to St. Francis 20 St. Michael the Archangel prayers 231 vocation prayers 40 Angelus 40 prayers to St. Dymphna 9,546 Our Father 10 prayers to Our Lady of Fatima 140 novenas to Our Lady of Lourdes
232 acts of charity
80 acts of hope
80 acts of love
42 acts of mercy
5 acts of penance
774 hours of Eucharistic adoration
2,046 Chaplets of Divine Mercy
499 days of abstaining from meat, candy or other conveniences