My Spring Reading List!

After the heavier reading of Lent, I thought I'd like to continue some inspirational spiritual reading through the Easter season as well. 

Here's my book list!

Private and Pithy lessons from Scripture - Mother Angelica
Little Book of Life Lessons - Mother Angelica
Three to Get Married - Fulton Sheen
The Little Oratory
Diary Sister Faustina
Getting Past Perfect - Kate Wicker
The Words We Pray - Amy Welborn
Perfectly Yourself - Matthew Kelly 
Crossing the Threshold of Hope - Pope John Paul II

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This is why I keep my kids out of the Catholic School too!

With a good percentage of the faculty being non-Catholic, you just sort of wonder what sort of subtle messages get transferred to the students about the Catholic faith. Check out this comment (first comment in thread) from a non-Catholic teacher in a Catholic School about her students and her employer:

Sorry I have to post this kind of "secretly", but I am currently a Christian teaching in a Catholic school (until December when I am done!) and this is SO TRUE! And worst off, the kids that are fed this information really buy into it and get VERY angry if you tell them they should pray to Jesus directly and not some "saint" or "figure head". These kids have NO heart knowledge of Jesus, why He did for them or what salvation is. They know rituals, fed prayers that they are taught super young, and that salvation is through the sacraments (oh, in which the communion LITERALLY becomes the body and blood of Jesus). In the church where I teach there is a little statue of Jesus by the candles, then a bigger one next to Jesus of Mary and then a HUGE one of their patron saint. And in front of the building...a big ole statue of Mary with a lamb (Jesus, obviously) at her feet and children "praying" (worshiping) her. Not to mention, every so often, you'll see flowers, food, coins, letters, candles all at the state of Mary. I wonder if the Catholic Church, which was "built" by Peter, is the downfall/betrayal of true Christianity. I say this because Peter was the one who betrayed Jesus by running from the trials and lying about knowing Him...therefore, with the Catholic church running from true Christianity (the devotion/worship of JESUS ALONE) and lying to others about where salvation comes from and what the true teachings of Jesus are...I just wonder if there is a connection there.

When I was in grade school, a teacher was having us learn the George Harrison song, My Sweet Lord to learn at mass. I told my mother about it and she said it was inappropriate to sing at mass because Harrison was not a Christian and in fact was a HariKrishna. When I mentioned this innocently to my teacher she said nothing but rolled her eyes and clicked her tongue.

So at the tender age of ten I had a dilemma; was my teacher right and my mother was the moron? or was my teacher teaching me something wrong? I loved my mother, I admired my teacher, but I thought maybe my teacher was right because it was such a nice song and maybe my mom didn't know what she was talking about. That tiny subtle message made me doubt my mother!

How many messages has this teacher sent to her students. Has she grimaced during a May crowning. Does she roll her eyes when the children talk about making their first communion? Egad, doe she teach their religion class too!!??

And what really bugs me is this teacher know she has no business being in a Catholic school because of her feelings towards Catholicism. This is why she comments anonymously. I'm guessing she has no problem cashing that paycheck every week. What a hypocrite.

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  1. She seems to have spent a lot of time thinking about how the Church is wrong, all while feeling pretty proud of her seriously ignorant claims about Saint Peter!

    Having grown up Catholic, I can tell you that I never once had any misunderstanding about who Jesus Christ was, or about his standing amongst the Saints. It never occurred to me that Mary was equal or greater than the Lord Himself, but through her, a girl, a mother, a woman, and a wife, I am brought closer to the mystery of Jesus Christ. To get so hung up on the size of the statues speaks more to this woman's need to find problems with the institution that employs her.

    It is so frustrating when people seem to purposely misunderstand the truth.

  2. I'm not sure that "hypocrite" is an accurate description of this sort of conflict of interest. A Catholic teacher could certainly have the same concern: that these kids are fixated on the externals with insufficient attention to the interior life.

    Perhaps the teacher did not accept the job under false pretenses. Perhaps the teacher was genuinely ignorant of Catholicism and only now, after seeing the Faith practiced close up, wants out.

    Yet, the attitude towards Peter and his (pre-resurrection, remember!) denial of the Lord belies such charitable speculation.

    Eventually everyone interacts with people of differing faith ... or no faith. Having their religious practices questioned and even challenged - but not disparaged - ultimately benefits them.

    I continue to listen to George Harrison ... he's (was) an amazingly holy person. His songs are not for the celebration of the Eucharist, 'though. No, of course not.

  3. Theresa, I don't disagree with your position. (If I remember correctly Harrison converted back to Catholicism before his death.)

    However I do think that kids in formation do not need to be challenged in their beliefs. They are not in the season of their lives for it, particularly in being challenged from their teachers.

    Come to think of it though, I have also read accounts of Catholic kids who made it all the way to college, only to lose their faith the first semester in college by attending the class of a liberal socialist and being swayed away from the faith.

    I guess my real point is that parents pay a lot of money and sacrifice greatly to send their children to Catholic schools so that their faith can be nurtured and grown, not nipped in the bud by a teacher with anti-Catholic leanings. And if the teacher was truly unsure of how she felt about Catholicism in the first place, why the heck did the administration hire her!? I guess the school administration can share the hypocrisy label in calling itself Catholic but not carefully screening their teaching staff!

  4. I guess my real point is that parents pay a lot of money and sacrifice greatly to send their children to Catholic schools so that their faith can be nurtured and grown

    I wish I could agree with you about the above statement, but all too often, at least around here, I don't think that's the reason the parents are making that sacrifice. Even our old pastor once said to those of us who taught religion classes "Thank God for the parents of your students. Despite whatever weaknesses of faith they have, they are bringing their kids here BECAUSE you are teaching them the Catholic faith. We have kids in the schoool who are there DESPITE the fact that they are taught the faith".

    For other reasons we are thinking of switching my son from a Catholic school to a public school next year. I wish I could say that the lack of religion classes in the public school gave me reason to pause, but, to say the least, I'm quite unimpressed with the religon classes in the Catholic school--and his teacher is a sister.

  5. Hi Elena! My daughters attend Catholic School, and I would be angered to no end if a teacher such as this were at their school. Hopefully this teacher has been honest with the school administration about her personal distaste for the teachings of Catholicism and the staff is taking measures to limit her participation in the religious formation of her students. For her to be anything but completely upfront in her feelings is dishonest and unfair to the Parish, the school administration, the students, and the parents. But judging by her "secret" posting, it sounds like she may have been less than forward in her dissatisfaction. Sigh.

    There is one teacher at my daughter's school who is not Catholic. She does NOT teach religion class, and I have been very impressed at how respectful she is to the Catholic faith despite the fact that she does not practice it. She is a wonderful teacher, and the school is richer for having her there. She is proof that you don't have to be Catholic to be a good teacher in a Catholic school and that you can be respectful of beliefs that are different from your own.

    Just my two cents. :)


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