Father Paul Raftery, O.P., delivered this beautiful reflection on mercy in the work of the great teacher, St. Thomas Aquinas, as part of a solemn Mass in his honor held on the campus of Thomas Aquinas College. It speaks to the heart of every Catholic teacher.
"This deeper kind of human suffering of the soul is what he wanted to engage, and reach out to, and try to alleviate. He saw that truth is an ointment for the confused and darkened mind. Especially the revealed truth of Sacred Doctrine. It heals man. It binds up the wounds of the soul. It restores health not just to the body, but to the spirit."
December 4, 2015 - Gerard Brungardt, M.D., Be.L., Professor of Internal Medicine,
University of Kansas School of Medicine
Masterpieces of literature can bring us deeply into our experiences as patients and physicians, revealing otherwise obscure or hidden truths. Leo Tolstoy’s The Death of Ivan Ilyich is such a work of art. This article presents an approach to teaching this novella in a seminar format.
December 3, 2015 - Mr. Michael Moynihan, Head of Upper School, Mathematics
Our approach to teaching history at The Heights School has always had a strong anti-reductionist thrust, emphasizing that history is best understood from various perspectives (including economic, social, political, religious, cultural, geographical, military, and others), perspectives that can each shed light on understanding the past, while no one perspective is sufficient for a comprehensive understanding.
November 25, 2015 - The ICLE Reading Room
Excellent points - all eight! Hard to pick one to quote,
so let's have two:
Lots of people today are willing to state their opinion on the Big Ideas in life without having taken the time to study the threads of discussion that have come before them. They think they’re contributing to the conversation, but they come off like anyone who jumps into a discussion without bothering to get filled in on what’s already been said — their thoughts are fragmentary, out-of-turn, needlessly repetitive, and lacking in context.
I find, as Thoreau did, that reading the classics fills me with vim and vigor and the desire to live more heroically in my own day. When I read about epic battles in The Iliad or ponder Cato’s stirring defense of republicanism, my 'blood runs hot with thumos' as the Greeks would say, and I’m primed to get out there and do great deeds.
November 18, 2015 - The ICLE Reading Room
Anthony Esolen draws lessons from Sacred Heart School in Grand Rapids, Michigan, one of the schools we serve:
So then, three years ago, the priests and people of Sacred Heart of Jesus parish faced a decision. The school’s enrollment had dwindled to 65. It was learn or die. And that was when Father Sirico and the school’s teachers turned to the beauty and wisdom of the past. They turned to what still gives life.
October 30, 2015 - Dr. Andrew Seeley, ICLE Director
When The Institute offers workshops on classical education or the Catholic intellectual tradition, math teachers seem to be the hardest to reach. Religion, literature, art, and music teachers quickly recognize that their subjects provide great opportunities for introducing students to what The Holy See's Teachings on Catholic Schools calls “a Catholic worldview throughout the curriculum." History and science teachers can see it too, though they might worry about making their subject into an apologetics classes. Math teachers, however, often feel their courses are beyond the scope of our training.
October 30, 2015 - Elisabeth Sullivan,
ICLE Assistant Director
The first thing one notices about St. Thomas More Academy is the joyful atmosphere. This is not an institution, but a community. From the fire pit, to the chicken coop and organic garden, and especially to the beautiful chapel now under renovation, there is a sense of freedom and engagement here that seems to visibly uplift the students – and the faculty.
October 30, 2015 - Dr. Jake Noland, Supervising Instructor
The Institute for Catholic Liberal Education
P.O. Box 4638
Ventura, CA 93007