My Spring Reading List!

After the heavier reading of Lent, I thought I'd like to continue some inspirational spiritual reading through the Easter season as well. 

Here's my book list!

Private and Pithy lessons from Scripture - Mother Angelica
Little Book of Life Lessons - Mother Angelica
Three to Get Married - Fulton Sheen
The Little Oratory
Diary Sister Faustina
Getting Past Perfect - Kate Wicker
The Words We Pray - Amy Welborn
Perfectly Yourself - Matthew Kelly 
Crossing the Threshold of Hope - Pope John Paul II

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What we're making for our lenten table!

Crown of thorns from

4 c Flour
1 c Salt Water (used strong tea for color).
Toothpicks (broken in half)
Combine flour and salt.
Mix in enough water to make a stiff clay.
Roll three long ropes and braid them as tightly as possible.
Form the braid into a circle to make the wreath.
Take a candle and make indentations for six candles in the wreath.
Stick toothpicks into the wreath in every direction to represent the thorns.

Two Options :
1) bake braid at 300 degrees for on hour or until dry and brown. Can bake on parchment paper. When done the thorns sould be easily removed. Turn oven off and let it cool slowly to avoid cracking.
2). Let braid air dry for 24-48 hours until rock hard.
How to use the Wreath:
1. Weekly family prayer services, lighting a new candle each time. Use a white candle to put in the middle for Easter week or the Triduum.
2. Encourage your children to pray, sacrifice and behave well.
Each time the children say a prayer, uncomplainingly perform a moritifcation or otherwise live up to the spirit of Lent, they are allowed to remove a toothpick 'thorn' from the crown. This helps them to understand how are sacrifices and good works can comfort Him. It also gives the children a very visible goal to have removed all the thorns by Easter time arrives. Without the thorns, the crown can be brightly painted and adorned with glitter and beads to make it a beautiful crown signifying our new life with Christ. Or represent the crown of the risen Christ.

Just a note - we opted not to put the candles in the crown itself, but I will have a small candle near the crown. I have some bottles of sand that I also put on our lenten table. Pictures to come!