St. Therese, the Little Flower of Jesus, has shown the world how to do little things in a grand way. All day long, she did little things to show Jesus how much she loved Him. St. Therese knew that even the smallest thing in the world, if done for the love of God, is beautiful in God’s eyes. She has taught the whole Church that in all our actions, it is the intent of our heart that matters the most. St. Therese offered prayers and sacrifices to Jesus constantly.
As a child, St. Therese carried her ‘sacrifice beads’ in her pocket. The ‘sacrifice beads’ was a small string of beads to help her count the ‘presents’ she offered to God. Each time she made a sacrifice such as letting someone else have their way or any act of self-denial, St. Therese would secretly reach into her pocket and pull a bead to Jesus on the Crucifix, to note her act of love for God.
Like St. Therese, these ‘sacrifice beads’ in our pocket can help us to become more aware of offering ‘presents’ to God all day long. We end the day by thanking God for His Grace and mercy, pull the beads back into place and start counting the ‘presents’ again the next day.
This month to commemorate the Feast of St. Therese, why not make the ‘sacrifice beads’ for the children to count their ‘presents’ or sacrifices for God as St. Therese did. Instructions on how to make the ‘sacrifice beads’ can be found here: Sacrifice Beads Craft