In a time when many of us have to remain apart for social distancing, in faith we still know that we are connected in spirit. One of my favorite saints/blessed holy ones, Blessed Julian of Norwich had a vision that Jesus surrounds all of us like an enfolded or wrapped blanket. We can trust that Jesus is always with us to protect us.
Making a friendship bracelet is an easy and tangible way to show a circle of caring, protection, connection, and love. Jonah Larson is a young crochet enthusiast who has inspired me, my nephew, and a worldwide community with his lessons and patterns. Jonah's passion for crochet has helped him focus his attention in school, express his creativity, and connect with friends around the world. Find his friendship bracelet tutorial here.
Seeking connection in her own time, Julian became inspired to share sixteen visions that she experienced when she fell so mysteriously ill that those around her felt she would die. After she recovered, she decided to start a new life of prayer, living alone in a small room attached to the Church of St. Julian, where she gets her name today. She gave advice to those who came to her for help and began recording her visions. Her "showings" are the first woman-authored book written in English that has survived until today. To learn more, visit the Friends of Julian.
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!