- To better understand life everlasting, take a nature walk as a family and observe the cycle of life and death. What do you see, smell, hear, touch or taste that teaches you about life or death? Does nature tell us anything about our own life and death? After your walk, come home, fix a snack, and share with each other what you observed and what you learned.
- Make a prayer list of members of your community, family, or friends who have died in the past year. Place the list in a special prayer space in your home. Every day this week, say a prayer for the people on the list.
- Talk about the changes that seeds go through to begin new life. Find a picture book at the library that illustrates these changes. Together with your child, plant seeds of a non-flowering plant. Discuss how seeds can show the journey from death to new life.
- As a family make a picture collage of a butterfly. Draw a large outline of a butterfly on a blank sheet of paper. Cut out pieces of scrap paper or colored paper and glue them within the butterfly outline. Talk about the changes a caterpillar goes through to begin new life. Discuss how change is part of life and can lead to growth. If possible, get the book, Hope for the Flowers, from your library or religion center and read it together.
“It is my burning desire that, during this Jubilee, the Christian people may reflect on the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. It will be a way to reawaken our conscience, too often grown dull in the face of poverty. And let us enter more deeply into the heart of the Gospel where the poor have a special experience of God’s mercy. Jesus introduces us to these works of mercy in his preaching so that we can know whether or not we are living as his disciples.”
Reflect on the bury the dead and comfort the afflicted works of mercy below: