Self-Examination for Catholic Teachers: Teaching Efficiency

“Perfect schools are the result not so much of good methods as of good teachers, teachers who are thoroughly prepared and well-grounded in the matter they have to teach; who possess the intellectual and moral qualifications required by their important office; who cherish a pure and holy love for the youths confided to them, because they love Jesus Christ and His Church, of which these are the children of predilection; and who have therefore sincerely at heart the true good of family and country. “ Pope Pius XI Continue reading “Self-Examination for Catholic Teachers: Teaching Efficiency”

Self-Examination for Catholic Teachers: Classroom Management

“Christian education takes in the whole aggregate of human life, physical and spiritual, intellectual and moral, individual, domestic and social, not with a view of reducing it in any way, but in order to elevate, regulate and perfect it, in accordance with the example and teaching of Christ.” Pope Pius XI Continue reading “Self-Examination for Catholic Teachers: Classroom Management”

Fr. Edward Leen CSSP: What is Education?


I was pouring over some old notes I had taken at a professional development event a while back. I find it’s worthwhile exercise to review notes from past conferences, as I almost always get something out of it.

This particular conference utilised the writings of Fr. Edward Leen of The Holy Ghost Fathers. I have broken this up into three parts which I will post this week. I hope you too will find something of interest here… Continue reading “Fr. Edward Leen CSSP: What is Education?”

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”