Saint of the Day: St Hyacinth – 17th August


Saint of the Day: St Hyacinth



Hyacinth, the glorious apostle of Poland and Russia, was born of noble parents in Poland, about the year 1185. In 1218, being already Canon of Cracow, he accompanied his uncle, the bishop of that place, to Rome.


There he met St. Dominic, and received the habit of the Friar Preachers from the patriarch himself, of whom be became a living copy. So wonderful was his progress in virtue that within a year Dominic sent him to preach and plant the Order in Poland, where he founded two houses. Continue reading “Saint of the Day: St Hyacinth – 17th August”

Saint of the Day: The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary – 15th August


The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

In this festival the Church commemorates the happy departure from life of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and her translation into the kingdom of her Son, in which she received from Him a crown of immortal glory, and a throne above all the other Saints and heavenly spirits.

After Christ, as the triumphant Conqueror of death and hell, ascended into heaven, His blessed Mother remained at Jerusalem, persevering in prayer with the disciples, till, with them, she had received the Holy Ghost. She lived to a very advanced age, but finally paid the common debt of nature, none among the children of Adam being exempt from that rigorous law. Continue reading “Saint of the Day: The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary – 15th August”

Saint of the Day: St Philomena – 11th August


Saint of the Day: St Philomena

Virgin and Martyr


St. Philomena was the daughter of the king of a small Grecian state and her mother was also of royal lineage. They were pagans who worshipped false gods. They had no children and prayed to these idols for a child.

There was staying with them at the time a doctor from Rome, Publius, who was a Catholic and now a Saint. He was touched by their “blindness” and inspired by the Holy Ghost, decided to speak to them about their false worship and tell them of the one true Catholic Faith. Continue reading “Saint of the Day: St Philomena – 11th August”

Book Review: Helena by Evelyn Waugh

It has not been my primary aim to disillusion this famous lady but to retell an old story. This is a novel.” Evelyn Waugh (Preface to Helena)

The story of Saint Helena and the finding of the true cross of Christ, is the stuff of high legend.

This story, like so many pious traditions which are built upon truth, not necessarily completely accurate or complete facts, is nevertheless enough for the reader to understand the time, place and possible motivations that could make not only such legend possible, but entirely probable.

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Saint of the Day: St Alphonsus Ligouri – 2nd August


Saint of the Day: St Alphonsus Ligouri


St Alphonsus was born of noble parents, near Naples, in 1696. His spiritual training was entrusted to the Fathers of the Oratory in that city, and from his boyhood Alphonsus was known as a most devout Brother of the Little Oratory. At the early age of sixteen he was made doctor in law, and he threw himself into this career with ardour and success. Continue reading “Saint of the Day: St Alphonsus Ligouri – 2nd August”

Writing Exemplars

One of the very best ways of promoting student academic success is by showing them exemplars of work that they are in the process of studying.

Exemplars come in many forms. In an arts class, a teacher might show students a finished sculpture or painting. In a maths class, the teacher might show them model test answers. In a history class, the teacher may show students an exemplary example of a well written research assignment. Continue reading “Writing Exemplars”