Monday, November 01, 2010

The Solemnity of All Saints(All Saints Day)...

for the known and unknown saints. We venerate(dulia) our special friends in heaven. Worship (latria) is reserved for God alone. Like a pastor or friend would, they prayer for us, and their witness to Christ on earth teaches us to overcome ourselves and live in Christ. Read more here.

"To do God's will -- this was the goal upon which the saints constantly fixed their gaze. They were fully persuaded that in this consists the entire perfection of the soul. " ~  St Alphonsus de Liguori 

A Prayer for Saintly Grace:
Almighty and Everlasting God,
who dost enkindle the flame of Thy love in the hearts of the saints,
grant unto us the same faith and power of love;
that, as we rejoice in their triumphs
we may profit by their examples, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Gothic Missal

Father, All-Powerful and ever-living God,
today we rejoice in the holy men and women
of every time and place.
May their prayers bring us your forgiveness and love
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Liturgy of the Hours


Kris said...

Hi I actually just found your blog looking for reviews of Rod & Staff. I wanted to ask you if you still use it, and if its open to all religions not just the mennonites? We are of another religion and from what I can see it looks like a great curricula thats on the cheaper side. Could you maybe do a new post about it or offer some insight on if it throws out the mennonite beliefs in the books and workbooks? Thank you so much! I also have a blog at if you want to come check it out!

Alexandra said...

Kris, it's very light on theology through grade six. There were only a few items through grades - 1-6 that we skipped, or that I had to explain. It's fairly generic Christian with some hand drawn pictures of Mennonite families in the earlier grades.

We are using their grade seven history this year and will only go through 17 of the 30 chapters because the last section of the book is heavy on Mennonite history/teachings(Reformation, etc.). If you are protestant, it may not be too different - not much of a stretch.

I'll miss this series of texts. They have served us well for the past seven years. The books end in grade eight, so we have already begun to transition over to other curricula. Christian Light Education/CLE(also conservative Mennonite) continues through grade 12. We may use there math and English.

Kris said...

Thats really neat! Thank you so much for your help. We actually are nondenominational, and I read that they believe very similar to what we do except about the war issues. I really thought it was a great place to start for 1st grade that is a little cheaper then most curriculas out there. Thank you for all your help, great blog BTW!

Alexandra said...

You are very welcome. We'll miss Rod & Staff for the higher grades. :(