Our little girl has been under the weather and so, on Sunday, I stayed home with her while hubby took our son to church. Even though she stayed near the couch, we made good use of this quiet time together.
Praying before our icons of Jesus Christ and Blessed Mary, Josie took pleasure in lighting her own prayer candle. I read the story of St. Benedict and his twin sister Scholastica to her and then suggested a project she might enjoy while resting with her comfy blankets. “Why not make yourself a booklet about St. Ita, your patron saint?”
Her face glowed and I could see the creative juices flowing behind her smiling eyes. I helped to find images and stickers she could include as well as a few facts about her saint. She put it all together ...and then made two more books! She spent at least 2 hours liberating her imagination - cutting, pasting, drawing, coloring - while paying tribute to three family saints: St. Ita, St. Patrick and St. Brigid.
She can tell you that St. Ita was born in 475 A.D., that she was a teacher and is also called “the foster mother to the saints of Ireland”. She knows that she settled in Killeedy and we celebrate her feast day on Jan. 15th.
I think the most beautiful aspect to this project is that after Josie made her booklet about St. Patrick, she carefully wrapped it up, included a card and presented it to her brother for his birthday.
Thank you Lord for our precious treasures, those You have entrusted to us, our children.