Catholic churches are spreading the news of a wonderful idea for Palm Sunday morning: Place any green branch, such as a simple one from your own garden, in a window or on your door on the morning of April 5. The Missionaries of the Holy Spirit have started this idea as a way of connecting us all in our celebration when we cannot go into churches.
I am already ready with the palm branch I received from a beautifully painted box outside Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Beaverton, OR.
While thinking about Palm Sunday, I went on a "signs of spring walk," an idea suggested by the High Desert Museum of Bend, OR. Searching for nests, nibbled grass shoots, half-eaten pine cones, and budding trees helped me to stop checking my phone for news updates as I fell into the calm of nature's updates. Sounds of squeaky hummingbirds and croaky frogs replaced the text buzz of the phone. I plan to take this walk again on Palm Sunday.
I'm Sherry Weaver Smith, author of The Wolf and the Shield: An Adventure with Saint Patrick. I like to have adventures in getting outside in nature, crafting, and cooking as I explore our Catholic faith with my daughter. We want to be inspired by the saints!