“Mary Is Our Mother and She Loves Us So Much”
“Pope Francis wants me to know Mary loves me!”
“She is our Mother and she loves us so much. Let us allow ourselves to be watched over by her…Never forget, young friends:
The Virgin Mary is our Mother, and with her help we can remain faithful to Christ.” Source: Lessons from Pope Francis for Children page 23
We Celebrate Mary through Books, Art and Reflection– Tuesday, August 22, 2017
“Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” (Lk 1:38)
“Mary’s great faith allowed her to believe the words of the angel Gabriel and to accept what God asked her to do. With Mary’s help, may we, too, hear and obey what God asks us.” Prayers for Schools, “The Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time” Page 35
Mary is often depicted with symbols– a crown, a corona of stars, a rose, a pomegranate, and the “Immaculate Heart”–are such symbols. The paintings here are made with watercolor crayons and a tiny bit of brush work with watercolors. The crayons are fine for children 3 years and up. They are so much fun because a bit of water on a finger turns the crayon on the page into watercolor paint that spreads smoothly and easily.
Books for Kids and Families
The two books above are published by Magnificat Ignatius Press. I purchased them from Magnifikid! and I am delighted by how lovely they both are. Hail Mary by Maïte Roche is a board book of the “Hail Mary” prayer. It is beautifully illustrated by Roche and inspired me to try to replicate one of the paintings in the book. I think that even children as old as second grade would love the beautiful artwork that adds additional meaning to the words for kids.
Prayer for Schools is a great resource for families and Sunday School teachers, as well as for Catholic schools. There is “guided prayer” for each day of the school year. It includes Scripture, information on the Saints’ Days, and will help children learn “The Liturgy of the Word.” I look forward to learning from the resource throughout the year.