We began our day (which, by the way, is cold, very cold for mid-April) at early Mass. Mum and Dad came home with us for coffee, which was served alongside thick slices of apple strudel (in honor of the Holy Father's birthday tomorrow!). I set a card with the Divine Mercy image at the breakfast table and lit our prayer candle, too. A bright bouquet of red and white carnations completed the setting. The flowers were an idea I gleaned from this book, which suggested the unique combination of red and white shades in honor of today's feast ~ red representing our sins, and white His forgiveness.
The funny thing is, I had originally planned to buy roses, but the price was rather extravagent! So late yesterday afternoon I asked Bill, who was making a "Home Depot" run, to swing into the market and pick up some red and white carnations. I love carnations anyway, so sweet and spicy, and, well ... affordable. :)
Later in the day, I happened to read in Mary's Flowers: Gardens, Legends and Meditations this quote:
"The plant's name Dianthus comes from the Greek words dios for "divine" and anthos meaning flower. It came to mean "flower of God" and became associated with Mary."
Divine Flower, Mary's Love of God ~ lovely names for an already beloved little blossom.
Later today, or perhaps one day this week, I thought it would be nice to discuss the works of mercy with the children. Another nice idea from the aforementioned (and very useful!) book, is to make a "Mobile of Mercy." This would involve creating small images to represent each of the spiritual and corporal works of mercy and dangling them from a coat hanger (I'm thinking a forsythia branch instead, but we'll see). (For more information on the works of mercy, please see Catholic Culture.)
Well, it is now mid-morning, and the rain (is that snow I see mixing in?) is coming down rather hard. "Lashing" would not be too strong a word, I believe. (And did I mention the high wind warning and flood watch?) But the fire is crackling away and we're all tucked in for the day. (Needless to say, soccer was cancelled this week!) I have a comforting supper planned for this evening: beef pot pie, roasted potatoes and asparagus, homemade biscuits and rhubarb pie - with a dab of vanilla ice cream - for dessert. That should warm up our spirits a bit!
Rain, sun or snow, I wish you a glorious day, my friends! Here are a few more links for you to check out:
- Divine Mercy Kids (still under construction, but coloring pages and word puzzles available)
- Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy Coloring Book
- Little Book of Saints - Vol. 1 (with a page about Sister Faustina, pictured below)