"It was at this point that Bilbo stopped. Going on from there was the bravest thing he ever did. The tremendous things that happened afterwards were as nothing compared to it. He fought the real battle in the tunnel alone, before he ever saw the vast danger that lay in wait. At any rate after a short halt go on he did..."
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Catholic Brain Teasers
Every morning at school I make a brain teaser for my students. Seeing as I teach at a public school, I never get the opportunity to create Catholic brain teasers. And so, here are some Catholic brain teasers I made. They concern all things Catholic.
Mystery of the Rosary
Density x Volume
1) Crown of Thorns (Thorin from the Hobbit)
3) Apollinarius Creed
4) Mass (Density x Volume = Mass)
6) Holy Water
7) St. Thomas Aquinas (Dumb Ox)
Unfortunately it was just a little too much to handle. I speak of homeschooling. After three years of homeschooling our oldest child Joseph, our family is worn out and simply cannot go on like this.
Starting after Easter we will be sending Joseph (age 7) to the public school where I teach. Thankfully I know his soon-to-be teacher, and can confirm that the class has already completed their units on Native Spirituality, Yoga, Diversity in Family Life, and Caring for Mother Earth. Thus it should be smooth sailing for Joseph from now until the end of June, apart from one small unit titled Pink Shirts.
Of course we will supplement Joseph's education at home. I'll be sure to teach him some math at night, and how to write properly (sometimes these skills are not emphasized in schools). I might even have him read from books as well, for he will surely be tired of reading only from Ipads at school (though I think he will come to enjoy, and even crave, having that Ipad in his hand for re…
Recently the ordinary in my diocese, Bishop Albert Thevenot, released a letter regarding funding for Development and Peace (D&P). In the letter Thevenot explained how D&P, the Canadian Catholic Bishop's charity responsible for social justice (is there a justice on earth which does not involve society?), was finally reprimanded during lent for funding anti-life agencies. The Canadian Bishops withheld their yearly lenten cash haul to D&P. The decision was several years too late, but welcome nonetheless. In the Catholic Church these days, Leviathan that it has become, you take what you can get. And so, Thevenot explained the position with Development and Peace. He stated D&P has given no assurance of refraining from funding agencies with policies contrary to Catholic moral teaching - "Dark clouds seem to hover over Development and Peace at this time." Well and good. Why should bishops provide money which supports evil agencies? It all seems so obvious and ut…
There is a man who
has done heroic unsung work for Catholicism in our country, and soon will
be riding off into the proverbial sunset with insufficient fanfare (as I know
he prefers). Nonetheless, I consider it just and fitting to give a
little extra nod to this man. I speak of Dr. Keith Cassidy, President (and
former Academic Dean) of Our Lady Seat of Wisdom College (OLSW).
Now Dr. Cassidy was
hired as Academic Dean back in 2009. At the time, he had recently “retired”
from teaching (University of Guelph). I can imagine D. Cassidy surmising that a
few years of labour with OLSW would be a constructive transition into
However, with the
illness of then President Dr. David Warner, Cassidy was soon thrust into the
role of Academic Dean and President. It is not appropriate
to confer details, but as an employee of OLSW at that time, I declare that Dr.
Cassidy saved the College. As with many Liberal Arts institutions following the
recession of the 2000s, OLSW found itself in gr…