The Mystery of Christmas

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Everything is Mystery in this holy season. The Word of God, whose generation is before the day-star [Ps. cix 3], is born in time – a Child is God – a Virgin becomes a Mother, and remains a Virgin – things divine are commingled with those that are human – and the sublime, the ineffable antithesis, expressed by the Beloved Disciple in those words of his Gospel, THE WORD WAS MADE FLESH, is repeated in a thousand different ways in all the prayers of the Church;- and rightly, for it admirably embodies the whole of the great portent which unites in one Person the nature of Man and the nature of God. Continue reading “The Mystery of Christmas”

The History of Christmas

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From the The History of Christmas by Dom Prosper Guéranger, O.S.B.

We apply the name of Christmas to the forty days which begin with the Nativity of our Lord, December 25, and end with the Purification of the Blessed Virgin, February 2.

It is a period which forms a distinct portion of the Liturgical Year, as distinct, by its own special spirit, from every other, as are Advent, Lent, Easter, or Pentecost. Continue reading “The History of Christmas”

Action speaks louder than words

As a teacher I am by occupation lead to read quite a variety of books.

Occasionally I come across, quite coincidentally, recurrent themes that present themselves in a short space of time.

Recently the virtue of charity has cropped up time and time again in quite diverse sources. These are great opportunities to reflect upon our own teaching practice and weigh our hearts, so to speak, as a measure of how often we practice charity in our work. Continue reading “Action speaks louder than words”

Great literary minds on education.

Sometimes it takes just a single quote from an author you admire to get your mind working actively on the subject of what you do as a teacher.

Amid the everyday routine, we are bound to forget the importance of what we do. It is good practice to keep a notebook (like a commonplace book) on you when reading great literature, to jot down those stand-out comments that are worth going back to.

With this in mind, here are three interesting and provocative quotes to think about this week… Continue reading “Great literary minds on education.”

Self-Examination for Catholic Teachers: Results of Good Teaching

“Hence the true Christian, product of Christian education, is the supernatural man who thinks, judges and acts constantly and consistently in accordance with right reason illumined by the supernatural light of the example and teaching of Christ; in other words, to use the current term, the true and finished man of character.”  Pope Pius XI Continue reading “Self-Examination for Catholic Teachers: Results of Good Teaching”

Self-Examination for Catholic Teachers: Cooperation

“It is necessary that all the teaching and the whole organisation of the school, and its teachers, syllabus and text-books in every branch, be regulated by the Christian spirit, under the direction and maternal supervision of the Church; so that Religion may be in very truth the foundation and crown of the youth’s entire training; and this in every grade of school, not only the elementary, but the intermediate and the higher institutions of learning as well. ” Pope Pius XI Continue reading “Self-Examination for Catholic Teachers: Cooperation”