I wanted to share with you a book I discovered at the Our Lady of Clear Creek Abbey book shop. A Child's Rule of Life by Robert Hugh Benson is a sweet rhymed book that describes an ideal of behavior and prayers throughout the day from getting up in the morning to going to bed at night, including pages on hearing Mass and receiving Communion and going to Confession. Each page is intricately illustrated in black and white line drawings (they are of a similar size to the illustration on the cover). Lucy has been quite taken with this book, asking to have it read over and over. For a couple weeks it was the favorite book, which we read five or six times a day. We have since been given several other new books, so it has been eclipsed for the time being. An excerpt from the introduction:
... So if you'd be holy, just read it through slowly
And then set and learn it by heart,
For a child that is good must have quite understood
the whole rule, not only a part.