I had intended to have this ready for you all to print and use last weekend. The project went through several incarnations until I settled on this one. I’m pleased with it. It is simple and inexpensive, and – I hope – instructive and useful for just about every age child you have at home. You could print one set of cards and have all of the children contribute, hanging one card a day on a willow branch (or on your ficus tree… do people still have ficus trees in their homes or is that “so 80s?). Alternately, each child could display his or her own cards on a ribbon or a corkboard in their rooms… Whatever works for your family and situation.
I’m going to release the first couple of cards separately today, and (pray for me) I hope to finish the whole set sometime today and make it available for you, in its entirety, by the weekend.
Each card introduces a virtue that we can cultivate, and includes a definition, a reference from the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC), and a quote from a saint or piece of Scripture. On the reverse of the card, there is a prayer and a place for your young person to write down, or draw, or add some other artwork illustrating a way in which he practiced that virtue.
Have them punch a hole at the top of their cards and attach a string to hang up their cards to display. They are intended to be printed on 3×5 cards, double sided. You could print them on regular paper, cut them out and paste them to a pretty piece of decorative card stock, if you’d like. (please send me pictures!)
CLICK AND PRINT THE CARDS BELOW:
I am indebted to Kristina Hudson who gave me the original inspiration for this project, and who gave me a wonderful foundation for what I offer you here. God bless you and your family, Kristina. And thank you again.