Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Sarah-Graces' First Communion

What a great day for a great event! I honestly think that Sarah-Grace was ready to receive Our Precious Lord in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar, as ready as any eight-year-old could be. The kids were wonderfully prepared by the great team at St. Hedwig's. Fr. Shalla commented that Sarah-Grace had great answers to all his questions. He thought it was on account of having a theologian for a dad. I'll let him think that. Anne-Marie is actually the house catechist. I won't look at the children until their Aramaic gets much better than it is...

God and Philosophy, by Etienne Gilson

Finished this amazing book the other day. Four main chapters - God in Antiquity, Christian God, Modern Philosphy and God and Contemporary...

To my mind, it is an expansion of the first few chapters of one of the greatest books ever written - The Spirit of Medieval Philosophy.
The most important thing to learn from God and Philosophy is that the God of Christianity - despite the contention of antichristianism - is nothing like that of Aristotle, Plato, etc., and that the Christian concept of the 'I AM WHO AM' has been a pivotal moment in the history of philosophy, a moment that Modern Philosophy (from Descartes till now) has forgotten, missed, ignored or failed to understand.
I've now put to the head of my reading a book called The Light of the Mind: Augustine's Theory of Knowledge, by Ronald Nash. Yes, I'm reading a bunch of other stuff simultaneously, but it's now at the front of the pack. It's a great work of synthesis, and much more user friendly than Gilson's Christian Philosophy of Saint Augustine, although this is not to deny that Gilson is the greatest modern Christian Philosopher... way better than Maritain!!!!

The Gardening Goes On

Stephen is very interested in everything Dad does, but it is rather hard to dig a hole with half of him in it at any given moment.


  1. Colin: On the subject of First Communion and preparing for it, any thoughts on what bright children, ages 11 - 13, might read to supplement what is taught in school? They aren't little kids any more, but they aren't adults, either. They aren't quite ready for The Catholic Cathechism by Fr. Hardon, but they've left behind the little picture books they leafed through during Mass.

  2. I talked to a friend about this and she made a good point (she's a school teacher). She says that stories teach better than 'catechisms.' You need both, of course, but she thinks concentrating on the lives of the saints is the best approach for that age.

    "Faith and Life' series is a good catechetical program.

    TAN puts out Mary Windeatt's lives of the saints stories that my kids kind of look at here and there, but they might be a bit too old for them, but not by much.She seems to have written about 20 of them, and knowing TAN they are likely not very expensive. Kids need real models.

  3. A while back I picked up a copy of a biography on Mother Theresa for my eldest and she liked it very much; however, I hadn't thought to look around for more biographies. Your friend is probably right about using stories and role models for this age group. Thanks, Colin, for following up.

    And happy feast day to you and your family!