Blessed Margaret Pole, pray for us!
Virtue ~ Saint ~ Flower of the Month
Wreath II continues with our second meeting! It amazes me how the Holy Spirit works so miraculously to make these gatherings come together, I feel so inadequate to be 'teaching' virtues. The girls are so kind and a true delight.
We began our meeting with the prayers in the member's guide: Act of Faith, Act of Hope, Act of Love (each girl recited a prayer) and the prayer to St. Therese.
A brief review from our lesson on the virtue of Mercy.
Together we sang the memory verse from last month and glass beads were put into the vase for assignments completed while each girl shared something memorable that they did to grow in the virtue - Mercy. They are working so hard and I see that they are really trying to complete as many tasks as possible!
Copies of the notebook page (compliments of Jessica @ Shower of Roses blog) and coloring page (an image I found online and added caption). The girls will continue to do these at home as part of the assignments to be completed for earning their patch.
The memory verse was introduced and we sang along using the CD...
I command you: be firm and steadfast! Do not fear nor be dismayed, for the Lord, your God, is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1: 9
We talked about the words firm and steadfast as they mean strong and courageous. Courage does not mean not being afraid - it is not how we feel but how we act. We all have things we are afraid of and courage is what we do when we have these fears. I asked the girls if they knew any examples of courage from the Bible. We recalled the stories of Daniel and the lion, David and Goliath, Mary at the Annunciation, and Christ Himself on the Cross. We should never be afraid to do what is right because God will always be with us. Courage does not "follow the crowd" if the crowd is not doing what is right. Courage is doing what we know is right and truthful, even though we may be afraid. Not everything that is right is popular and not everything that is popular is right. (Wreath II Leader's Guide)
I asked the girls to think of a time they had to demonstrate or be courageous. They completed a task from the member's guide for this virtue by drawing a picture of it. Then said a prayer of thanksgiving to God for helping.
Next, I asked them: how can YOU grow in courage? They came up with really good answers and we talked about all kinds of ways ie: admitting when you are wrong, saying "hi" to a new student at school or a lonely student that you may not be friends with yet, making new friends with an open heart while keeping all of your old friends, telling the truth to your parents if you did something wrong, even if you know there may be a punishment, live an active faith life and be a witness in all you do, etc.
To learn more about our saint this month, we watched a video about the life and death of Blessed Margaret Pole.
~ Craft ~
'Courage to follow Christ' Key Chains
This simple craft reminds us to seek the Lord in simple things and know that Jesus waits for you and will grant the gifts you need to serve Him...including courage. The knot we used to make the 'chain' was the box braid or crown knot - remember Blessed Margaret Pole was royalty!
~ Activity ~
I believe the idea for this activity came from a post on the Little Flowers Yahoo Group. I wish I could give proper credit! Anyway, I had three boxes with something different inside. Each girl took a turn and was blindfolded and they had to trust that I wouldn't do anything to harm them (courage and trust). They then wrote down what they felt in each box, guessing the object enclosed. I had ice in one, a pocket rosary in another and a squirrel's tail in the last (yes, my son was the brain behind that one!). It was a really fun and easy activity.
~ Snack ~
Grapes, pretzels and cheese pieced together like barbells, reminding us of how we are strong with God. There were more 'barbells' than just what is shown...perhaps I took this picture once they started eating?
~ Closing ~
Patches earned since our last meeting were presented, congratulating each Little Flower for their dedication and Mercy. (Name) may God bless you and help you to grow in the virtue of Mercy." "Congratulations!"
We completed our meeting by praying together the Hail Mary and thanking God for bringing us together to grow in virtue.
Pray for our members, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, as they work towards earning their second patch in Wreath II and grow in the Virtue of Courage - and through these small acts, showing their love for your Son, Jesus.