WINTER 2019-20 MOTHER OF THE WORD INCARNATE ISSUE
LIVING GREAT Beatrice Cooperative Academy Quarterly
Contents Mother of the Word - 01 Saint Tales - 02 Doctors of the Church in Winter - 03 And more related to life and learning at BCA!
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MOTHER OF THE WORD... by Michael d'Esterre, MSW DECEMBER 1ST, FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT
"O noble Virgin, truly you are greater than any other greatness. For who is your equal in greatness, O dwelling place of God the Word...You carry within you the feet, the head, and the entire body of the perfect God. ~Athanasius of Alexandria
" Dear brothers and sisters, let us invoke the Virgin Mary, the Blessed par excellence, asking her for the strength to seek the Lord (cf. Zeph 2:3) and to follow him always, with joy, on the path of the Beatitudes." ~Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI
Friend's our theme for this quarterly is Mary, Mother of the Word Incarnate, our great patroness! She fires the imagination by this title. We can dance with the meaning of the three key words to deepen the visual images it brings to mind: “mother,” “word,” “incarnate.” Their sweetness draws heat into our hearts and pumps it throughout our entire being. We are capable of participating in the glow of such beauty. Words are never dull things when we join the powers of our intellect, memory, and imagination and breathe in the Holy Spirit’s gifts to form the great ideas which will spring forth. For no other person is worth pondering more thoroughly than she who by her very identity attracted in the Spirit and gave birth to the Word made flesh. No education could be more complete than hers, when she expressed the deepest of intellectual knowledge and wisdom of the will in her “fiat” that has never ceased sounding for these doubled thousand years. Her diploma—her achievement—was complete acceptance of God’s Divine plan. And the ability to know and be all these things and simultaneously live the common, routine life of a young Jewish maiden betrothed to a man who had kings-blood in his veins, but the workman’s hammer in his hands. All this a conceptional poetry awaiting divine voice and pen to make plain, the greatest Word over, in the figure of a babe.
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First then, is Mother— histories hidden source of heroes and villains alike. It must be realized Mary could have also said “non serviam (I will not serve) like the angel of light who instead colors history as the devil of darkness. God bestowed on Lucifer the gift by which all things are made beautiful, as explained in the writings of Blessed Jacobus De Voragine. In the rejection of serving God he rejected the gift of light. He chose instead the darkness and over time chose for his enemy the role of mother prophesied by the very word of God to constantly strike at his head. This is every mother and yet it is Mary; once we see the clearness of Mary as the new Eve laid out by the stories in Scripture, we can also see that every mother is a part of Mary and Mary a part of every mother, whether she willingly recognizes it or not. For the great role of the feminine is mother—her influence played out in many lives not just her own. Whereas, we might contrast this with the masculine. Everywhere today women and men are trying to be the masculine which might be seen as the “now life” and not the past and future which is so much the domain of the mother. For she cooperates with God in soulmaking. Each soul she birthed into the world has another potential for light—the rebirth of Christ— if the soul is renewed by baptism to life with God. See then how mother is so closely intertwined with the yes—the fiat—the “I will serve God" of Mary that she took in His light and this Light became the life of men. And by it He overcame the darkness and made this HIS-story. A woman, as mother then, IS history. Second then we look to the word: WORD. All words take on significance and a conscience when they are looked at in the glow of THE WORD—they are either right or wrong to the degree they align with Him. The one which spoke the world into being. The one which became flesh, according to the Divine Good News of St. John. This Word is Himself an exhaustive list of history, culture, and ideas as are his many titles and revelations: Scripture, Eucharist, King of the Universe, Lion of Judah, I AM. Indeed to be the mother of The Word is to be the Mother of God and all human articulations are but some small portion in comparison to this great reality. Lastly, Incarnate is a word worthy of reverence. Our entire body ought to tremble at the creature-crushing idea that God would enter in and become man. How could we hold any of his greatness? And yet the virgin womb held Him and grew Him into a wee human babe. The likes of which we see and coo at, never imagining such a one could be the body and form of the majesty of the God-Word, of the Son who had come to save. Ah, what a glorious time of year! To be looking at the small things that we have been doing at Beatrice Cooperative Academy and to think in some mustard-seedy way we are participating in these God-authored realities. Well we know none could be done if not for Mary’s fiat and her gentle, leading hand in teaching us how to do the same. We are inspired by this Mother of the Word Incarnate
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A Powerful Marian Prayer that St. Mother Teresa would pray 10 times as an "Emergency Novena"- 9 times for the Petition and the 10th in Thanksgiving Memorare Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that any one who fled to thy protection, implored thy help or sought thy intercession, was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins my Mother; to thee I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful; O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen. Alice Von Hildebrand credits St. Bernard of Clairvaux with the writing of this prayer
SAINT JOSEPH REFUSED TO GIVE THE DEVIL THE TIME OF DAY AN EXCERPT FROM BLOG POST BY TATIANA FEDEROFF
When Joseph was tempted to have revenge, he chose mercy. When he was tempted to pride, he chose humility. When he was tempted to unchastity, he chose continence. When tempted to laziness, he chose fortitude. When tempted to perfectionism, he chose to accept his own humanity. When tempted to think that he deserved to know God’s plan, he chose silent acceptance. Imagine how terrified the devil must have been every time that Joseph refused to give him the time of day? Every trick that the devil pulled on Joseph, Joseph countered perfectly. And he can help us to do that, too. The next time that you feel tempted, in these or in any other ways, Ite Ad Joseph! Go to Joseph! God trusted this humble man with the care of Christ and Our Lady, and he can be trusted to care for us, too. He is a powerful intercessor and a powerful role model for all of us. The man who taught Christ to walk, to pray, and to work can teach us how to walk with God, to pray authentically, and to work well. And if we can do all these things, we’ll be the terrors of demons, too.(1) St. Joseph, Terror of Demons, Pray for Us!
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DOCTORS OF THE CHURCH IN WINTER St. John Damascene, 676-749, Feast December 4th Last of the Greek Fathers, Priest, Monk, Theologian, "Protector of the use of Christian Icons," Precursor of the Scholastics St. Ambrose of Milan, 340-397, Feast December 7th Bishop, Teacher of St. Augustine, Theologian and Father of Latin Western Hymnody
St. Damasus, 305-384, Feast December 11th Pope, Apologist and Writer
St. John of the Cross, 1542-1591, Feast December 14th Carmelite, Poet, Mystic
St. Peter Canisius, 1521-1597, Feast December 21st Jesuit Priest, Papal Theologian, his "triple" catechism is recognized as a masterpiece even by non-Catholics (2) St Basil the Great, 329-379, Feast January 2nd Bishop, Theologian St. Gregory Nazianzen, 329-389, Feast January 2nd Bishop, Theologian, and Poet St. Hilary of Poitiers, 300-368, Feast January 13th Doctor of the Divinity of Christ St. Francis DeSales, 1567-1622, Feast January 24th "Doctor of Charity," Bishop, Writer, St. Thomas Aquinas, 1225Spiritual Director, 1274, Feast January 28th "Angelic Doctor," Founder Dominican, Theologian, Mystic St. Peter Damian, 1007-1072, Feast February 21 Benedictine, Cardinal/Bishop St. Cyril of Jerusalem 315-386, Feast March 18th Archbishop of Jerusalem, Teacher on the Blessed Sacrament
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A CHRISTMAS CAROL, BY G.K.CHESTERTON, 1874-1936 included in "The Expository Times: Volume 19" 1908 The Christ-child lay on Mary's lap, His hair was like a light. (O weary, weary were the world, But here is all aright.) The Christ-child lay on Mary's breast, His hair was like a star. (O stern and cunning are the kings, But here the true hearts are.) The Christ-child lay on Mary's heart, His hair was like a fire. (O weary, weary is the world, But here the world's desire.) The Christ-child stood at Mary's knee, His hair was like a crown. And all the flowers looked up at Him, And all the stars looked down.
"In the beginning was the Word" Language in the Light of Christ Radiance is described by Bishop Robert Barron to be one of the three qualities of Beauty, as a transcendental, in the tradition of St. Thomas Aquinas. For us we recognize it as the certain "brand" of Catholicism we wish to live. A brand that shows we are marked fully in the life of Christ so that we radiate not ourselves but only Him in our every hour. We can take heart in knowing the appreciation Sts. John Henry Newman and Mother Teresa had in emphasizing this as a key term of relationship with God as child and friend. We pray we may be radiantly Catholic in a world that needs the light of Christ.
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CHARLOTTE MASON SPEAKS
The Great Recognition is one of those signs that Charlotte Mason was in tune with a spiritual motherhood as gifted by communion with the Holy Spirit. In short the Great Recognition is summarized by Art Middlekauff as: (1) God the Holy Spirit is Himself the supreme Educator of mankind (2) in things Natural and Spiritual, and (3) therefore the educator must recognize the divine cooperation in the direction, teaching, and training of the child. “By degrees children get that knowledge of God which is the object of the final daily prayer in our beautiful liturgy—the prayer of St. Chrysostom—‘Grant us in this world knowledge of Thy truth,’ and all other knowledge which they obtain gathers round and illuminates this.” (Vol. 6, pg. 64) “Many Christian people rise a little higher; they conceive that even grammar and arithmetic may in some not very clear way be used for God; but the great recognition, that God the Holy Spirit is Himself, personally, the Imparter of knowledge, the Instructor of youth, the Inspirer of genius, is a conception so far lost to us that we should think it distinctly irreverent to conceive of the divine teaching as co-operating with ours in a child’s arithmetic lesson, for example.” (Vol. 2, pg. 270-271) "Supposing we are willing to make this great recognition, to engage ourselves to accept and invite the daily, hourly, incessant co-operation of the divine Spirit, in, to put it definitely and plainly, the schoolroom work of our children, how must we shape our own conduct to make this co-operation active, or even possible? We are told that the Spirit is life; therefore, that which is dead, dry as dust, mere bare bones, can have no affinity with Him, can do no other than smother and deaden his vitalising influences. A first condition of this vitalising teaching is that all the thought we offer to our children shall be living thought; no mere dry summaries of facts will do; given the vitalising idea, children will readily hang the mere facts upon the idea as upon a peg capable of sustaining all that it is needful to retain." (Parents and Children, pg. 277)
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Upcoming Events FOR YOUR CALENDAR AND PRAYERS
Thursday, December 19th, St. Lucy themed Baking Day Norman Rockwell Art Study at the MAC, TBA Saturday, January 18th, 9:30 Sit-in rehearsal oat Spokane Symphony for Beethoven's 250th birthday event Watch our Facebook page for TBA dates and further event planning!
Book for Study Abandonment to Divine Providence
A Look at our Current Schedule TUESDAY 10:15 Start with Hymn, Flag, and Prayer 10:30 Nature Study 11:00 Nature Journal 11:30 Mass 12:00 Fr. Gaines' Lesson of the Week 12:15 Communal Lunch 12:45 Handcraft 1:00 Saint/Great Soul Story 1:20 Wrap Up Prayer and Dismissal 1:30 Optional Stayand-play
by Fr. Jean-Pierre de Caussade RECOMMENDED READING SCHEDULE: 1X PER WEEK FOR MORNING PRAYER
THURSDAY 10:15 Start with Hymn, Flag, and Prayer 10:30 Poetry or Story 10:45 French Lesson 11:05 Movement 11:15 Liturgy Lesson and Activity 12:00 Lunch and Outdoor time 12:35 Drama or Handicraft 1:15 Clean up and Closing Prayer
"IN THE BEGINNING" STATUS
Theology of the Body Campus As a TOB Campus we are committed to live the fruits of the Holy Spirit: Charity, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Generosity, Gentleness, Faithfulness, SelfControl, and Chastity Through Advent we will emphasize the connection between what we learned the last quarter (creation is a gift, original solitude, and human work) and the centrality of Christ to redeeming our humanity for God's original plan.
Marriage memento: BECAUSE WHOLE EDUCATION BEGINS WITH A GOOD MARRIAGE We must not allow ourselves to be caught up in the pursuit of our children's future at the expense of our present marriage. Let us take time daily to savor the presence of our spouse and to include laughter in our daily interactions.
Lectio Divina A VARIATION OF THE BEGINNING OF JOHN'S GOSPEL AS TRANSLATED IN THE CLASSIC TEXT BY RONALD KNOX, A FAVORITE OF BLESSED FULTON SHEEN
"At the beginning of time the Word already was; and God had the Word abiding with him, and the Word was God.2 He abode, at the beginning of time, with God.3 It was through him that all things came into being, and without him came nothing that has come to be.4 In him there was life, and that life was the light of men. 5 And the light shines in darkness, a darkness which was not able to master it."
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In Praise of Beatrice A space to appreciate the themes and significance of Dante's Divine Comedy in the words of others.
“Dante [is] a prophet of hope, herald of the possibility of redemption, liberation and the profound transformation of every man and woman, of all humanity.” ~Pope Francis
As I write this, we have just entered into the season of Advent. I was reminded in a recent reading of Pope Benedict XVI’s that it does not mean waiting, but rather presence. The first week’s theme is Hope. Aside Faith and Charity, Hope is a supernatural virtue—meaning pure gift from God, I cannot choose them for myself by my own action alone. But, I can participate in receptivity to these virtues by practicing the virtue of Trust. Trust requires my action and effort—most spiritual masters describe it as abandonment or surrender. Surrender is a virtue with many teachers. I am pulling together my written collection for review in these first weeks of Advent. Here is a brief list: Pierre Jean d’Caussade’s, Abandonment to Divine Providence; St. Thérèse of Lisieux’s, The Story of a Soul; Dr. Peter Kreeft’s, How to Be Holy, Fr. Wilfrid Stinnesen’s, Into Your Hands Father; Fr. Jacques Phillipe’s, Interior Freedom; Fr. Jean D’Elbée's, I Believe in Love; (Soon-to-be) Blessed Fulton Sheen’s work on St. Thérèse; and many various writings of St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta, and last but not least, a renewed Consecration to Mary. I enjoy revisiting underlined pages and notes from the margins. Here is one of my favorite quotes relating to St. Thérèse, whom I’m sure you have noticed is the Doctor of the Church referenced by many as the master of this virtue, here D'Elbée says: To live with abandonment is to rediscover a parfect harmony in God; for, after all, it is God, it is Jesus, who writes all the lines, all the words, and all the letters of our lives. It is striking to see how the sanctity of all the saints is consumated in total abandonment. All their efforts, all their prayers, all the lights whih they have received from Heaven, have led them to this. (I Believe in Love, pg 85) We are continuing into the school program we have developed at BCA. Many of us are excited about our progress, and yet we know we have many miles before us. When we become discouraged or overwhelmed, one virtue will serve us best: TOTAL SURRENDER. Thus, we see again the need for Mary as our guide. St. John Paul the Great has given us his motto as a way to seek her way to surrender and that is by saying we are totally yours, Mary. Totus Tuus.
Blessing of the school and one of the first Masses at our chapel
Mother of the Word Incarnate Chapel
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ENDNOTES 1.https://epicpew.com/quiet-saint-joseph-demon-terror/ 2. http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/11756c.htm 3. http://charlottemasonpoetry.org/thomas-aquinas-and-the-great-recognition/
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