Here's another great article by Brittany from Good Books For Catholic Kids not to be confused with this site Books for Catholic Kids. Brittany writes about the importance of respecting the dragon as a symbol of evil and the disturbing tendency in modern children' and adult literature to portrait dragons as cute, lovable, friendly or otherwise positive. I completely agree with everything she writes. She draws from the same sources I would recommend, especially Michael O'Brien'
An Easter Greeting The lark at sunrise trills it high - The greeting Christ is risen! And through the wood the black bird pipes The greeting Christ is risen! Beneath the eaves the swallows cry The greeting Christ is risen! Throughout the world man's heart proclaims The greeting Christ is risen! And echo answers from the grave In truth, yes, He is risen! This poem by the nineteenth century Russian Apollon Maikow, translated by Martha Gilbert Dickinson Bianchi, is only one of t
The Journal of Nightshade, Tempter Third Degree March 20, Anno Inimici 2019 The patient is still blogging away on her website "Books For Catholic Kids" which is not getting too much traffic and doing little harm, thanks be to Our Father Below. However, there are some worrisome recent developments. There are a few new subscribers. She has found a blogger friend who has posted a link to her site which was then picked up by an ecclesial education department, may it sink into obl
St. John Paul the Great wrote in his encyclical Orientale Lumen that the witness of nuns "...has offered an example of giving full value in the Church to what is specifically feminine, even breaking through the mentality of the time...The nun's charism, with its own specific characteristics, is a visible sign of that motherhood of God to which Sacred Scripture often refers." This spiritual motherhood is the specific ministry of the nun in addition to the monastic works descri
During this time of Lent, we are striving to become perfect Christians. If you are looking for role models for your children, introduce them to the monastics, the great athletes of the Spirit. They practice daily and all year long what we strive to just get a taste of during our Lenten exercises. Here is a synopsis of descriptions of the monastic life by authors quoted below: By struggling to transform his passions into virtues, the monk strives to approach the incorporeal b
In this post, I have selected books about the great devotions of the Roman Catholic Church: The Stations of the Cross, the Rosary, and the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, all of which will greatly invigorate your family's Lenten workout. The Stations of the Cross for Children, a brand new book by Jerry J. Windley -Daouts, beautifully illustrated by Vicky Shuck, makes the Stations accessible to young children. The Stations contained in the book are from the "New