Thirsty Hart

Prayer books

A friend of mine uses fancy notebooks for writing out favorite prayers. Notebooks that look like old books are popular gifts and perfect for this practice. Here are a couple typical ones:

Here is an even fancier handmade one from a trip to Florence:

But what really impressed me were the beautiful illustrations he had in his. He said he asked a friend who draws well to do them. The miraculous image of Our Lady of Confidence was blessed by a priest. Check out the lovely results. (Would that God one day grace me with such beautiful handwriting!!!)

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Arts and Crafts with Little Thérèse

The archives of the Carmel where Saint Thérèse of Lisieux lived and died hold quantities of items belonging to her and her parents and sisters. Included are many little decorated cards she made (shown here), poetry and songs she wrote, sketchbooks, paintings, doodles, letters and clothing.

Here’s the main index for her creative works.

Take a look at the oratory fresco of angels, here. I love the playful exuberance of her art works, very much in line with her spirituality.

Or here, where she and another nun decorated the priests altar missal. That’s a super idea for a craft project that had not occurred to me: to paint over or further ornament the chapter headings, drop caps or margins of an existing book.

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