"At Alcala in Spain, the holy martyrs Justus and Pastor, brothers. While they were yet schoolboys, they threw aside their books in school, and spontaneously ran to martyrdom. By order of the governor Dacian, they were arrested, beaten with rods,
and as they exhorted each other to constancy, were led out of the city, and had their throats cut by the executioner."
I know plenty of students who would joyously throw aside their school books, but I don't know how many would then hasten to martyrdom! On the other hand, with school starting on Tuesday, students may feel that they are hastening to their books AND martyrdom. If they remember to say their morning offering, nothing of their sacrifice will get lost.
One of the students’ assignments was to pick two quotes to memorize; then, each quote was taken and elaborated on, with each student giving extended meanings and metaphors. While you can read more on our Web site, I wanted to share with you one student's submission (slightly edited to reduce the possibility of this newletter getting bounced as spam--the replaced words are in brackets).
“ ‘ Since then, at an uncertain hour, That agony returns: And till my ghastly tale is told, This heart within me burns.’ (lines 582-585)
“There are many different ways that people are drawn or attracted to others. Physical attraction is probably what most people would think of first, but that’s not really the kind of attraction I am referring to. Pain attracts individuals to each other. I am thinking of this...
At Immaculate Heart of Mary School, memory items play an important part in all our subjects.
Brother Francis, who taught for more than eighty years, used to describe memory items as the structure—the framing—of a house. Once you have the framework up, you can fill the building in, hanging all kinds of interesting information for walls, ceilings, windows, etc. But how can you hang drywall without studs?
I have taught at IHM for fifteen years (in all the grades, although I am now teaching high school level subjects), and one time in Religion Class I had a junior-high student who balked at memorizing her catechism.
This young lady was having a hard time with remembering the exact wording of certain key questions and she asked: “Why do I have to memorize this? I know what is true.”