Writing in the Independent Michael Glover says of a painting by Albert Irvin:
That pink cross is a far from a religious symbol as it could possibly be – unless we could be tempted into regarding the raising of an ice cream cone as a religious gesture.
Perhaps we could. Thérèse recalls her aunt giving her a paper basket of sweets,
crowned with two pretty little sugar rings, just the right size for my finger; straight away I shouted, ‘Oh great, there’ll be a ring for Céline.’ But oh dear, I took my basket by the handle, gave my other hand to Maman and off we went; after a few yards I looked at my basket and saw that my sweets were nearly all scattered in the road, like Tom Thumb’s pebbles. And … one of the precious rings had suffered the fate of all sweets … I had nothing to give Céline! … my sorrow exploded.
As a child she had grasped the idea of sharing what she had – her widow’s mite was a few sweets.
Ronald Knox was talking about the Mass to schoolgirls, and mentioned the custom of giving spiritual bouquets –
So many Masses heard … so many sacrifices for one’s intentions. It is always understood that sacrifices are unpleasant things, isn’t it? But I hope if you ever give me a spiritual bouquet, you will include a whole lot of the other sort of thing too; so many ice-creams eaten … then I shall feel you are offering the WHOLE of your lives to God.
 ‘Great Works’, Radar Magazine, 10.10.2015 p54.
 Ronald Knox, The Mass in Slow Motion, London, Sheed and Ward, 1948, pp 69 – 70.