I had the strange experience, not so long ago, of making a trip to an Educational Supplies office, to purchase some text books.
Whilst there I happened to have a stroll around and thought it would be worthwhile perusing the High School section in the English department to see which novels were available.
The novels’ section has two ceiling to floor bookcases (think IKEA standard Billy bookcases) of novels for year 7-12. The books on display here generally Continue reading “Where have all the Classic novels gone in our schools?”
On the face of it, The Art of War by Sun Tzu, may seem like an unlikely object for the attention of Catholics.
After all, what relevance has a 6th Century BC treatise on war, written by a Chinese General in Taoist rhetoric, during a time of ongoing feudal conflict, to Catholics living today? Continue reading “Book Review: The Art of War by Sun Tzu”
As we approach the mid year, depending on which part of the world you reside, students and teachers will be taking a well earned rest.
Those in the northern hemisphere will be embarking upon Summer holidays, sometimes up to seven or eight weeks in length. Here in Australia students will be enjoying a Winter break usually between two and three weeks long.
It is an opportune time to remind students of some of the wonderful Catholic Continue reading “Catholic Trilogies to Challenge your Students”
Strengthen the Will
Do not underestimate the power of saying ‘I will.’ Using this phrase helps overcome human weakness of will. Man has free will but his will lacks strength. No one is born with a strong will, it has to be developed with a constant struggle. A man cannot suddenly declare ‘I am strong willed.’: He will have to work very hard at it, regardless.
The degree of strength of will corresponds precisely to the effort that has Continue reading “The Young Man of Character: Part Three”
One book that once was standard fare in secondary schools up to the late 20th Century was John Buchan’s The Thirty-Nine Steps.
And for good reason. There is something rather magnetising about a good old hide and seek novel, especially when you throw in a murder and the fate of the nation, for good measure. Continue reading “Book Review: The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan”
Obstacles to Character Formation
There are many obstacles that might ruin the character of a young man.
One common vulnerability is worrying about what others will say if a young man sets out to be virtuous. He will be teased, tempted and tortured by many around him. The young man who cares what society thinks will scarce be able Continue reading “The Young Man of Character: Part Two”
One of the most popular Dickens’ novels of all time is David Copperfield. Despite its word length, almost double that of Great Expectations, it somehow draws readers to it and keeps them reading chapter by chapter until the end.
There may be some profound psychological reasons for this, but for the average reader, it may come down to identifying David Copperfield as the underdog; an innocent and vulnerable youngster making his way to adulthood in a world out to exploit him. Continue reading “Book Review: David Copperfield by Charles Dickens”
Acquiring the correct principles
Adopt the Golden Rule when dealing with others. Acknowledging the correct principles is only the beginning and is far easier than applying them. Our conscience speaks to us and helps us identify right from wrong.
Applying the the correct principles is more difficult and that is why there are Continue reading “The Young Man of Character: Part One”
“When Mr. Bilbo Baggins of Bag End announced that he would shortly be celebrating his eleventy-first birthday with a party of special magnificence, there was much talk and excitement in Hobbiton. ”
Perhaps more popular than even Tolkien’s first classic The Hobbit, his magnus opus The Lord of the Rings, has been read by countless millions for several generations and is enjoyed by child and adult alike. Continue reading “Book Review: The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien”
Having recently completed our chapter by chapter look into The Catholic Book of Character and Success by Edward Garesché, it’s time to turn to another Catholic Classic on character development.
This time our new material comes from Bishop Tihamer Toth, a Hungarian priest who wrote 22 books in the first half of the 20th Century.
The Young Man of Character is certainly another classic and is Continue reading “The Young Man of Character: Bishop Tihamer Toth”