Runaway Ralph

by Beverly Cleary I just finished this as a read aloud with my son who hates read alouds. He was completely drawn into the story and even asked me to continue on when our stopping point came at a suspenseful part of the book. He was sad when it was over and wants to read…

Trying to Turn and Become Like Children

Part 1: Forgiveness I stopped making dinner and followed the sounds of screaming into the living room where I came upon yet another knock-down drag-out fight between my two youngest who had, apparently, engaged prison rules.  There was some question as to who rightly owned the little red Matchbox pick-up truck as if it were the…

Happy Feast Day of Saint Thomas Aquinas

Saint Thomas Aquinas, the angelic doctor.Born into a wealthy family, Saint Thomas decided to join the Dominicans. For some reason, this bothered his high-faluten family (I would think if any order would be on the bottom rung for elitists, it’d be the Franciscans. Dominicans wear white and have to stay clean. I’d think that’d appeal…

How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization

by Thomas E. Woods, Jr., Ph.D. An excellent and well-cited recounting of how the Catholic Church was integral in preserving and adding to the achievements of Western Civilization. From Catholics helping save important writings and art during the barbarian raids after the fall of the Roman Empire, to the monasteries helping civilization get back on…