Simply Divine Mercy

"As often as you want to make Me happy, speak to the world about my great and unfathomable Mercy." -Jesus to St. Faustina

Category: Just for Kids

A Charming Tale of Heaven on Earth…

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It is truly a pleasure to have received this book and to be able to share it with you today.  The Suitcase: A story about giving peaked my curiosity from the moment it arrived.

This is the story of a boy named Thomas.  He is a boy who loves to play, to spin, and to talk to his pet goat.

Perhaps the spinning drew me into the story.  Our little girls have a “spinning club” every night before bed where they twirl their little hearts out and literally wind down for the night.  (Or wind up… I’m never quite sure which…)

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Catholic Kids, the Works of Mercy, and a Hands-on, Fruitful Lent


*This is a guest post from author Ginny Kochis. Scroll down to read more about Ginny at the bottom of this article!

I’m not a pro when it comes to liturgical living, especially as it’s viewed today. I grew up in a home that was solidly Catholic, but celebrating feast days through the year wasn’t something we regularly did.

We had an Advent wreath. A Christmas tree. We went to Stations of the Cross and gave things up for Lent. But there were no sweet buns for St. Lucia, no shoes for old St. Nick. We didn’t dress as saints on All Saints Day; our evening meals didn’t reflect the feasts of the Church.

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A Precious Set of Saint Books for your Saints-in-Training

A Precious Set of Saint Books

It was truly a privilege to be able to receive this set of books and be able to share them with you today.

What a blessing it is for our children to be able to learn about the saints.  With all the once-upon-a-time charm and long-ago beauty of the classic fairytales, this set of books is sure to delight your children.

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Colorful, Edible Prayer Time for Kids!

Colorful, Edible Prayer Time for Kids!

I’ve talked to a lot of moms who struggle with creating or maintaining a prayer time with toddlers and young children.  Our family has found a couple of little ways to make family prayer time more enticing and more relaxing for everyone.

So, I thought I’d take a moment to share what’s working for our family.  Note:  This does NOT mean it will work for your family, but hopefully this will inspire you to incorporate prayer in creative ways in your own home!

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Pray with Your Senses – Color & Sound Sets Make Great Gifts!

I recently had the privilege of working with these two “Color & Sound” sets for Paraclete Press.  They have paired completely unique, fun, and inspirational, Marian themed coloring books with high quality Gregorian Chant CD compilations.

Set aside your electronic devices and games, and do something with your hands that will free your mind up for prayer.

I wanted to share these with you today just in time for Mother’s Day, but they would also make a perfect gift for a graduating senior!  These books are a gentle way to instill or rejuvenate our Catholic Faith.

You could also use them for prayer time in Adoration, or as a teaching tool for children to help them learn the Rosary and how to meditate on Mary’s many beautiful names.  Children love to color, so teach them also that they can turn their coloring into prayers!  It’s fun to actually pray the rosary as you’re coloring each decade page, too.  I think these also work beautifully as side-by-side adult coloring books for those times you are coloring with young children.

In fact, my daughters love to see my finished coloring pieces, and I enjoy coloring with a picture that stretches me beyond the super familiar shapes of Winnie the Pooh and Hello Kitty.

So here are two excellent Color & Sound sets for you to consider!  May they enhance your own prayer life, and the prayers of the ones you love.

  1.  Mother Mary – Color & Sound:  An Imaginative Pathway to Stillness and Beauty


This coloring book has a page for many of the beautiful names we give to Mary the Mother of God.  Each page contains a title for Mary, a powerful prayer or quote related to this title, and a little more info to peak your curiosity about where this title came from, or who Mary appeared to under this title.  The pictures are fun and simple enough for coloring, and the end result is a beautiful picture that might even be suitable for displaying in your home!



This set includes “The Chants of Mary,” a Gregorian Chant CD sung by the Gloriae Dei Cantores Men’s Schola.  I love having this CD on in the background of my day.  It puts children to sleep like a light switch when we play it in the car.  It keeps me calm in the inevitable challenging moments that arise at home with three toddlers.  It is 65 minutes of Heaven on earth.  Brush up on your Latin with the accompanying CD booklet that contains English & Latin lyrics as side-by-side text, along with beautiful full color pictures and images.

  1. The Rosary – Contemplation with Color and Sound: Color and Music to Inspire your Prayers9781612619194_p0_v1_s192x300

This coloring book takes you all the way through your rosary, with a page for each decade of the Glorious, Sorrowful, Luminous, and Joyful Mysteries!  There’s also a page for the Apostle’s Creed & Hail, Holy Queen.  The pictures are whimsical and leave much room for contemplation as you pray along with your coloring.  Enter into each mystery of the rosary a little deeper, and then go back and remember your prayers when you see a beautiful, completed picture in their place.



This book is paired with “Feasts of Our Lady,” a Gregorian Chant CD by the Monastic Choir of St. Peter’s Abbey, Solesmes.  It also contains a booklet with side-by-side Latin & English text.  This CD is one of my favorite Gregorian Chant compilations.  The music is very vibrant and rich.  The harmonies are solid.  The sweeping melodies lift one’s thoughts to Heaven.  You will not be disappointed!

Purchase these CDs from Paraclete Press or Amazon!  And remember, God loves you & He is merciful!  Pass it on…

The Strangers at the Manger – Another Chime Travelers Adventure!


I received an opportunity to read and review another fun Chime Travelers book, called The Strangers at the Manger.  These books are really just fantastic.

Katie and Patrick are off an another “chime traveling” adventure, but this time, they get to travel together!  They find themselves accompanying Mary and Jesus in their preparations for the birth of their Son, Jesus.

What an exciting time in history for all of us!  Can you imagine being there yourself?  Now you and your children can imagine being at Christ’s birth together!

But perhaps my favorite part of this book is the story that runs alongside the birth of Jesus and its relevance for our time.

You see, in each Chime Travelers book, there are two stories going on simultaneously.  There is a story of Katie and Patrick, students in our present time, and the things that are going on in their childhood.  And there is a story from history going on, a story that these kids are thrown into, from which they must learn a lesson.  The lessons Katie and Patrick learn from their travels in history correspond beautifully with the situations going on in their present lives back at their church, school, and home.

So my favorite aspect of The Strangers at the Manger was how it relates the story of welcoming Christ to the welcoming of refugees seeking safe accommodations in our world today.  This is a message for the whole Church and a great lesson to share with our children.  Author Lisa M. Hendey sets this lesson up beautifully in this book.

These books are wonderful for reading a chapter per day in a school, Catechism class, or at bedtime with your children.  They make a great, inexpensive gift for your Godchildren, your grandchildren, your nieces and nephews, kids birthday parties, family friends, and really for any children in your life.

Share the Faith, share some fun, and share some Chime Travelers adventures with your family.  The Strangers at the Manger is available via Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Franciscan Media.   Find links to each of these purchase locations here at the fun Chime Travelers Kids website.

My daughter is so excited as I’m adding this picture on this post…  “Hey!  We have that book!  That’s like the book with the broken glass (Whisper in the Ruins).  That one is my favorite!  Hey!  That picture is like a little family!  It’s like our family!”

Yes, when we welcome strangers in the way Katie and Patrick do, it does make us like a little family.


P.S.  God is merciful and He loves you… Pass it on!

Another Chime Travelers Adventure: The Mystery at Midnight!


I love the Chime Travelers books, and hope to eventually collect them all!  Did I mention they’re written for kids?  I want to collect them all, and I’m a grown up!  But my 3 year old daughter has loved listening to these stories as well. 

These books are full of adventure and surprise.  Katie and Patrick are siblings who find themselves traveling back in time on occasion when they hear church bells chime.

In Lisa Hendey’s book “The Mystery at Midnight,” Katie chime travels and meets Clare while visiting the Poor Clares on a school field trip. 

The story winds through a turning point in Clare’s life, as she decides that she wants to serve Jesus and the poor no matter what the cost. 

Clare’s zeal is contagious, and Katie soon finds herself wanting to imitate Clare’s decisions.  Your children may want to imitate Clare, too, after reading this book!

I absolutely love when chapter books have pictures, as they are engaging for small children, and hold the attention of my 3 year old.  The Chime Travelers books are filled with adorable, fun illustrations! 

Jen Bower is the illustrator, and she has a style all her own!  I have enjoyed turning the pages to see what cute little scene is coming up next. 

These books would surely be at home in any Catholic home.  But they could also find a place on the shelf of any Christian home.  And those are perhaps my favorite Catholic books – the ones that are truly universal and that invite everyone to discover the riches of the Christian Faith we hold in our hearts. 

“The Mystery at Midnight” would make a wonderful gift for any child.  It can be read aloud to small children.  It can be read with a parent for those learning to read.  Children can also read it themselves, of course.  And adults will also delight in following along with these well-written gems!

Grab your copy of “The Mystery at Midnight” on Amazon or from Barnes and Noble.  And find lots more adventure at


P.S.  God is merciful and He loves you.  Pass it on!

Our First Chime Travelers Adventure!

This book is chock full of Catholic elements that will start some great conversation with your children! You can hardly turn a page without discovering something new to discuss, making this the perfect way to share and pass on the Catholic Faith to little ones!

What a fun series!  If you haven’t read the Chime Travelers books yet with your children, you’re in for a treat! 

Join Katie and Patrick as they travel back in time and befriend saints.  Can you guess who each saint is before they put the clues together and solve the mystery themselves?  Can you guess what their mission will be before they return home?

This series is awesome.  It’s like the classic Bailey School Kids series meets the Catholic Faith! 

Lisa M. Hendey has carefully crafted these little chapter books that your kids will love.  The series offers a great mix of charm and whimsy without any references to magic.  The result is a fun, wholesome, surprising adventure series that will leave your family wanting to read more! Read the rest of this entry »

Drawing a New Path to God

I’ve found that coloring while I pray kinda’ forces me to be still and listen. And you may find that you learn a little about your own prayer life as you do this, too!

I often find myself reading books to our girls, playing with Play-Doh, and coloring pictures.  Of course I’m not able to sit down and do these things with them all of the time, but I always enjoy when I have an opportunity to spend good quality time with them.

I recently read a little book to our daughter that made me realize I could turn all of this time over to God.  Read the rest of this entry »

Help Your Kids Learn to Love the Sacraments!

This DVD resource would make a great addition to any homeschool group, any parish that provides faith formation classes, or to any family wanting to help their children learn to love the sacraments.  I loved it… because when it comes to helping my kids love their Faith, I’ll take all the help I can get!

*This is a sponsored post but all opinions are totally mine.


My 2.5 year old daughter and I walked to the back of the church near the confessionals.  She had made a couple of bad choices and was becoming disruptive in Mass.  She asked me what the little rooms were for, and I explained the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

“These are rooms where you can go and tell Jesus you are sorry for things that you do wrong, or for bad choices that you make,” I explained.

She proceeded to kneel down and tell Jesus she was sorry for being disruptive in Mass, and for a couple of other incidents earlier in the month that I had completely forgotten about.  I was glad for her honesty and openness!

Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. – Matthew 18:3-4

What a gift we have in the sacraments!  What a beautiful opportunity we have to share this gift with our children!

It’s great to instill knowledge of the sacraments when children ask questions.  But let’s be honest, they don’t always ask.  Read the rest of this entry »