My Lent 2019 Book List Plans

Is this the year you really want to dive into Lent? Do you want to come out of this Lenten Season and truly feel that you've had a small share of living in the desert with Christ for 40 days? I know that I do. Maybe it's an upcoming birthday that's making me have more of a now-or-never type of attitude towards Lent. Or maybe I just acutely feel the necessity of truly modeling this for my children, and living it with my husband. Whatever it is, these are the books and resources I'm going to use this Lent to really LIVE the season from Ash Wednesday all the way through to Easter Vigil. Look them over. If something looks helpful to you, use it. If it inspires you, go with it. I hope all of these bless and encourage you.

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I found the commencement address given by Reverend William M. O'Beirne, O.P. at St. Mary's College Notre Dame, Indiana on August 1, 1952 - my mother's graduation. It is entitled The Catholic Teacher and Theology. What is fascinating to me is that this was written about 15 years or so before the "spirit of Vatican II" started dumbing down Catholic education in the Catholic schools. I'll be blogging on this for the next couple of weeks on Sunday Snippets - see what you think.
Our late Holy Father, Pope Pius XI, in his encyclical on the Christian Education of Youth made this statement:

The 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. (p 89)

There are two observations we would like to make on this statement.

First, since the individual just described by our late holy Father is the product of Christian education, it follows that the object, the end of any Christian educator, any Catholic teacher, and so the object that practically all of you must have in view in your life's work, is to cooperate with divine grace in teaching students to think, judge and act by the way just described.

Second, theology may be very aptly described as the science that gives one facility in thinking, judging and acting, constantly and consistently, in accordance with right reason, illumined by the supernatural light of the example and teaching of Christ.

You will probably agree with these observations. Granting that they are correct, it seems obvious that theology is the best intellectional preparation that the Christian educator, the Catholic teacher, can be provided with, if she is to attain the object, the end of Christian education.

Let me illustrate this truth a little.
Apparently around 1965 or so the idea of teaching theology didn't matter any more because at that point, at least in my young Catholic education, we started doing a lot of burlap banners complete with felt butterflies - and that passed as religion class... barf!

Continued next week.
The Catholic Teacher and Theology

Also - this week I blogged about my mother's college yearbook from St. Mary's College (The sister college of Notre Dame at the time), complete with pictures!

My co-blogger Kelly writes a well-researched post on the sex scandal in the church.

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