The Friday before last, the day after St. Patrick’s Day and the day before our trip to the ocean, I hosted our 5th Little Flowers Girls’ Club meeting for Wreath III. It was a busy week! Originally I tried re-scheduling it for earlier that week, since two of the sweet little girls in my group were suppose to be headed to their new home. However, thanks to a change of plans and a later flight, they were able to make it to the meeting after all!
For this month’s Virtue Notebook/Scrapbook Page, I used the memory verse for Self-Control, a quote from St. Felicity (found here), a quote from the bible, an image of St. Felicity and her Seven Sons, and a few amaryllis flowers. You can download my document here.
Don’t you just love that quote?!? I teared up during the meeting when I was trying to explain to the girls how St. Felicity is such an amazing example of self-control. . . Encouraging her children to look towards heaven, as they were all about to be martyred for our faith!
We read and discussed a story about St. Felicity, along with a couple stories from The Book of Virtues. We also talked about Self-Control goes hand in hand with offering sacrifices.
“Self-control is holding oneself within due limits in pleasures and duties, as in all things else; self-denial, the giving up of pleasures for the sake of duty.”
With Charlotte’s post on her Crown of Thorns in my mind, I explained to the girls that when we make a sacrifice, “we hope in some small way that our sacrifice will help make amends for the sins that caused the suffering Our Precious Lord endured.”
“When St. Therese was a child, her older sister Marie gave her a string of beads to help her count the gifts she did to offer to God. In this way she was able to advance in perfection daily.
Sacrifice Beads or Good Deed Beads are a string of ten beads, which can be pulled and remain in place. They are used to count the acts of love or sacrifices a person makes in a day for God. The string of beads helps a person to grow in virtue by challenging them to be faithful in making acts of love each day. Sacrifice Beads also have a fixed Our Father bead on the end of them and can double up as a rosary.” ~ The Little Ways
Originally we planned to have the girls iron on a “No Licking the Spoon” image to their aprons, but at the last minute we decided to have them paint the handle of a wooden spoon to either attach to their apron (with a little loop) or keep in their pocket. Next time I am going to be sure to put down some newspaper first!
I kept it quick and simple since we had overnight company and I didn’t want to spend all morning in the kitchen.
I completely forgot about a suggestion from a friend to place a bowl of M&M’s in the middle of the table during the meeting – and having the girls practice self-control in not touching the M&M’s during the meeting and then only taking a few afterwards. . . Next time!
We are sure going to miss you, “Branch” and “Blossom!”
St. Therese, the Little Flower, pray for us!