"God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him."
(1 Jn 4:16)

Friday, March 29, 2013

Oh Come and Mourn

Oh come and mourn with me awhile!
See, Mary calls us to her side;
Oh come and let us mourn with her;
Jesus, our Love, is crucified!

Have we no tears to shed for Him,
While soldiers scoff and Jews deride?
Ah! Look how patiently He hangs;
Jesus, our Love, is crucified!

How fast His Hand and Feet are nailed;
His blessed Tongue with thirst is tied;
His failing eyes are blind with Blood;
Jesus, our Love, is crucified!

Seven times He spoke, seven words of love,
And all three hours His silence cried
For mercy on the souls of men;
Jesus, our Love, is crucified!

Death came, and Jesus meekly bowed;
His failing eyes He strove to guide
With mindful love to Mary's face,
Jesus, our Love, is crucified!

Come take thy stand beneath the Cross
And let the blood from out that Side
Fall gently on thee, drop by drop,
Jesus, our Love, is crucified!

~ Fr. Frederick Faber ~

My children learned this beautiful hymn last year in their choir class.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

What We've Been Reading - March

I wasn't very good about keeping track of everyone's reading this month.

Preschool - Second Grade Read Alouds

Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland by Tomie de Paola

Saint Patrick and the Peddler by Margaret Hodges

Petook: An Easter Story by Caryll Houselander
This is one of our favorite Easter picture books. The story can also be found in More Catholic Tales for Boys and Girls.

Miniature Stories of the Saints by Rev. Daniel A. Lord, SJ

Catholic Children's Treasure Box Books by Maryknoll Sisters

Bible Stories for Little Children under the approbation of Cardinal McCloskey

Saint Ciaran: The Tale of a Saint of Ireland by Gary D. Schmidt

A Child's Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson, illustrated by Tasha Tudor

and more...

Second Grade

Daniel Boone by Esther Averill

Ben and Me by Robert Lawson

Anansi the Spider: A Tale from the Ashanti by Gerald McDermott

Fifth Grade

Winter Cottage by Carol Ryrie Brink

The Ginger Horse by Maureen Daly, illustrated by Wesley Dennis

Ben and Me by Robert Lawson

The Treasure in the Little Trunk by Helen Fuller Orton

Lad: A Dog by Albert Payson Terhune

Angel on the Square by Gloria Whelan

The Impossible Journey by Gloria Whelan

On Top of Concord Hill by Maria D. Wilkes

Sixth Grade

Ethelred Preston by Fr. Francis J. Finn, S.J.
This book and a couple of other titles by Fr. Finn are currently on sale for $3 at Tan Books via the above link.

The Story of King Arthur and His Knights by Howard Pyle

The Tolkien Reader by J.R.R. Tolkien

Eighth Grade

Jo's Boys by Louisa May Alcott

Little Men by Louisa May Alcott

The Wide Horizon by Loula Grace Erdmans

The Good Land by Loula Grace Erdmans

Ethelred Preston by Fr. Francis J. Finn, S.J.

The Imitation of Mary by Thomas à Kempis

Saint Helena and the True Cross by Louis de Wohl (read on Easter, March 31)

Tenth Grade

The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy

The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare

Read Aloud

Enid Blyton's Nature Lover's Book by Enid Blyton


The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, read by Rob Inglis
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