I try very hard to help my children pray. Not just endure our Holy Hours in our Adoration Chapel. Pray. Communicate with God. And, well, it’s tough. After all, it is difficult, no, CONTRARY to a child’s nature, to sit quietly in a silent chapel. For an hour.
For several months we have been using the fantastic suggestions from http://mostholyrosary.org/childjesus/childrens_holy_hour.htm
Thanks to Brenda, who sent me that link! But for May, the Rosary! I was inspired as I dilly-dallied in bed, tangled up in several children.
Here are the materials- prayer rug (we take these every week and they are simply table runners cut in half and hemmed), Rosary picture book, basket, rock, 10 flowers (I am a pathetic gardener and the only flowers in our yard are dandelions and clover):
During the Our Father, the children picked up the rock and held it or looked at it, or pretty much whatever they wanted to d with it short of throwing it. After the prayer, they set the rock in the basket and picked up a flower. “Hail Mary” while holding, sniffing, or thinking about the flower.
A decade of the Rosary:
John Paul participated. Actively. Very actively, the whole way through.
"Never give to the mind more than you give to the hand."
Afterwards, we were famished. And lunch was long past by the time we made it home.
Thursday is usually pita day. Anything works in a pita. PB&J, hummus, veggies with leftover meat, mashed up beans with sprouts. So here are the plates we sat down to after a super-quick (8 minutes?), super-easy lunch prep with the help of Eden organic, BPA-lining-free black beans. (Yes, it's cheaper and better to cook your own. But we're talking 2pm and no one's eaten lunch and you didn't think about that this morning.) Simply pitas stuffed with black beans and a bit of mayo. The silver cup holds homemade salad dressing/ dipping sauce.
The spirit cannot endure the body when overfed, but, if underfed, the body cannot endure the spirit.
-St Frances de Sales