Dear readers: Look what I found online! Good deeds beads! These would make an excellent addition to the St. Therese chaplet. In my fiction book Olivia and the Little Way, when fifth-grader Olivia learns from her grandmother how to pray the St. Therese chaplet, she develops a closer relationship with St. Therese and God. I love when readers and their parents tell me that they, too, pray to the Little Flower after having read the book. I am sure good deeds beads would also help you grow closer to God . I had read about St. Therese using them when she was a child. They can also be called sacrifice beads. The picture here and the information below is taken from the website www.rosaryandchaplets.com:
How to use your Good Deeds Beads:
These beads are large so you can hang your Good Deeds Beads up on your kitchen wall by the key ring. Every time you do a good deed take it down off the wall and move a bead. Remember to hang it back up so you don't misplace it.
Do a good deed,
Move a bead.
Feed the poor,
Move one more.
Give your friends the help they need,
You can add another bead.
Help clean up the kitchen floor.
Guess what? Now that's four!
In the 1800's Therese Martin's older sister gave her something called Good Deed beads. She said these were some beads that could help you count your presents to God. One day Therese was picking flowers and it was her grandmother's turn to bring flowers to the church for the altar. Therese didn't want to give the flowers she picked to her grandmother. Then Therese remembered the good deed beads and she gave the flowers to her grandmother.
It is very sweet to think of Therese using her Good Deeds Beads. You can try it yourself, if you wish. You can even make your own with beads found at craft stores. You could make a single strand of ten large beads to help you follow St. Therese's Little Way. For instructions on making your own, a great website is thelittleways.com/how-to-make-sacrifice-beads
I can just picture Olivia using these, can't you?