I hadn’t intended on taking such a long baby break – just January and February – but March and April were filled with sickness for half the girls in my group, so our meeting kept getting postponed.
My girls (and their momma!) were so excited to finally have friends over again. The meeting began at 3:30, but we happily visited with guests until about 9pm, long after the meeting had ended. It was so nice!
This meeting focused on the gift of Fortitude and St. Joan of Arc. Despite the months I had to prepare, by Thursday morning I hadn’t done a thing to get ready, but thankfully everything fell into place. Here are a few highlights from our meeting:
- Review last month’s gift and add Mini Books that were completed at home
- Add Definition and Motto for the Gift of Fortitude
- Add the correct Jewel to the Treasure Box
- Complete the Saint Profile*
- Complete the Convert Profile*
- Research and Complete the Mini Book “Church Struggles from History that required Fortitude” to share at the next meeting*
The Scarlet and the Black
For the notebook pages, I used the motto for fortitude, a quote from St. Joan of Arc, an image (in the public domain) of St. Joan of Arc, a definition on the gift of Fortitude from My Catholic Faith, along with a short prayer for Fortitude (St. Augustine) with an invocation to St. Joan of Arc.
You can download my document here.
Last summer, I had planned to order the Banner and Woven Cross Kits from Illuminated Ink for St. Joan of Arc and the Gift of Fortitude… Lena also shared an excellent craft for the gift of Fortitude, that I would have loved to try had our meeting taken place during Lent as we had originally planned. Instead I ended up using a craft that I purchased a few years ago, having the girls paint Stained Glass Cross Suncatchers. I’m pretty sure that I had purchased these at Walmart.
We hung them on the window to see how they’d look:
*my girls’ are missing from this picture, and currently hanging on their bedroom window.
We adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee.
Because by Thy holy Cross, Thou hast redeemed the world.
One of the symbols for St. Joan of Arc is the Fleur-di-lis.