Visit our Catholic Education blog
to see how we use our Holy Simplicity along with the Crusader's for Christ Children's Planners in our Homeschool! This blog post walks you through how we set up our calendar to writing curriculum in our planner and coordinating it all with the children's planners as well. READ OUR BLOG POST HERE
Or rather what we do when we don't have a school room! Another week of the iHomeschoolNetwork blog hop, hop on over our Catholic Education Blog
to read our post for this week!
We are going to try and make an effort to put more of the homeschooling posts over on our Catholic Education Blog
being that not all of our readers are home educators. Along with separating posts we also hope to add more on the homeschooling end as well, as time allows.
Our first effort at this change is posted over on our Catholic Education blog
, and shares with you all our attempts at organizing our own homeschool and how it is that we use our Holy Simplicity Planner
. Toward the middle of this summer we will be adding more posts of similar nature. Praying that you are all enjoying the starts of summer and God's wonderful gifts!
Is everyone getting excited for the end of the academic year and the beginning of another?! For me I'm always glad to get to start planning again, a new fresh start! We have decided to offer the Holy Simplicity Planner free month by month! Just like our Notebooking Pages and the Liturgical Bulletin board we will put up the upcoming month worth's of planning pages to use for free. Those downloads will be placed on the Holy Simplicity Planner page here
on Sanctus Simplicitus and also on the All the Saint's Bookstore page
. Below are not only the planner pages for this month and the next but also the rest of June's downloads! Happy planning!
June (and some of July's) Downloads
Holy Simplicity PlannerJune 2013 (last year's design)July 2013 (upcoming year's design)Butler's Live's of the Saint's Notebooking Pages for June
Saints included this month: St. Justin, St. Pamphilus, SS Ponthinus, Sanctus, Attalus, Belandina; St. Clotilda, St. Francis Caracciolo, St. Boniface, St. Norbert, St. Robert of Newminster, St. Claude, St. Merdard, SS Primus, and Felicianus, St. Columba, St. Margaret of Scotland, St. Barnabas, St. John of St. Facundus, St. Antony of Padua, St. Basil the Great, SS Vitus, Crescentia, and Modestus; St. John Francis Regis, St. Avitus, SS. Marcus and Marcellinaus, St. Juliana Falconieri, St. Silverius, St. Aloysius Gonzaga, St. Paulinus of Nola, St. Etheldreda, St. John the Baptis, St. Prosper of Aquitaine, St. William of Monte-Vergine, SS John and Paul, St. Ladislas, St. Irenaeus, St. Peter the Apostle and St. Paul the ApostleDownload Starting With Sunday - non academic Planner pages for June 2013 for $1Download June's Title Piece for the Liturgical Year Bulletin Board (Includes blank year, 2013,2014 & 2015)Maidens for Mary Planner Pages for June 2013Cruaders for Christ Planner Pages forJune 2013
Those of you who have put your pre-order in for your planners should now start seeing an email notifying you that your order has been shipped. We are shipping starting with those who ordered first and working our way up to the most recent orders. Thank you for your patience as we work our way through the rather large pile of orders! And also, we thank you VERY much for your business. We have not yet opened the store for orders new orders to ship immediately and are leaving that on a pre-order status until all orders have been shipped. Keep checking back, it should happen within the week! May you all have a blessed and holy weekend.
-Sanctus Simplicitus & All the Saint's Books Staff
""By their fruits you shall know them!" So said
Christ Himself. It is the Acid Test!"
One Church is not as Good as Another
By: Wilfred G. Hurley +Imprimatur 1934
Nineteen hundred years ago with eyes stern, with words incisive and uncompromising, Jesus warned men of the evils to come. But there was to be one evil men should fear above all others. It was the one evil Christ would warn them against, time and time again. Satan? Yes! But Satan disguised as an angel of light!
It is here! It is the evil Christianity faces today! And the name of this evil is indifferentism! What is indifferentism? It is the thought that has come to you, time and time again. A thought you hear spoken of on every side. It is in the very atmosphere you breathe. What is this? That it doesn't make any difference to God what you may believe. That God doesn't care what you believe as long as you live a good life. That God doesn't care to what church you may belong, as long as you live up to the teaching of that of the church. In brief, indifferentism is simply this:"One church is as good as another."
This subtle attack on Christianity has been slowly developing during the last fifty years, coming along hand in hand with the material progress of the times. With the coming of the automobile, improved highways, the telephone, telegraph and radio, and the other various improvements to make life more livable and happy, men have been thrown more and more into contact with each other. So that today, in this nation of ours, we are really just one large family.
But the real vantage point for indifferentism came in 1917, with the World War. When men were taken from their homes, in the East, West, North, and South. Forced to live together in the closest possible contact in army camps, on the battle field, on battleships, in peril and danger, in privation and suffering. And men began to realize that no matter what belief a man might hold, he was apt to be a splendid fellow after all. And the result was, that although they might hold contradictory creeds and doctrines, a wonderful feeling of friendship, fellowship, and tolerance sprung up among men. And it was, unfortunately, in this garb of friendship and tolerance and good fellowship, that the evil of indifferentism disguised itself. Spreading far and wide until today it is an evil widespread as Christianity itself. Threatening Christianity's very existence. An evil all the more terrifying in its destruction, because while it appears lovely and beautiful on the surface, at the same time it is destroying men's souls. Does this seem far-fetched? STop and think for a minute!
If one church is as good as another, then, religion is only a matter of sentiment and good taste. There is no real truth in it. And a man is as free to follow his inclination in choosing his church, as he might be in choosing a club or a lodge. When you are indifferent to anything it doesn't require much opposition for you to give up that thing completely. Religion is no exception. You know that! And thus it requires only a little obstacle for you to drop church entirely. If you hold one church as good as another, you are not far from the belief that there is not much good in any church. And you are quite right. For, if religion is only an opinion, then it can easily be wrong, as any opinion can be wrong. Hence, there is no certainty. Everything ends in doubt and darkness. The mysteries of faith are denied. And this state of mind prepares you, sooner or later, for the complete denial of Christianity. A rejection of God's Revelation. And perhaps, even a rejection of God himself! "By their fruits you shall know them!" So said Christ Himself. It is the Acid Test! Apply it to indifferentism! What are its fruits?
FRUITS OF INDIFFERENCE
Fifty years ago, you had met a man on the street and asked him: "To what church do you belong?" he would have promptly answered you. Mentioning such and such a church. The United States was, practically speaking, a hundred per cent Christian nation. Today ask a man on the street to what church he belongs. He will be amazed and amused at your question. Seven out of ten will answer you with a pitying smile, that they belong to none. Do you know what the last census revealed the appalling fact, that the American people are now practically 70% Churchless? Think what this means! Seven out of every ten men and women in our country have put themselves down, in black and white, that God, and the worship of God, means nothing to them whatsoever.
To sum up! The last generation were, for the most part, are baptized, but are not church members. And the signs of the times seem to point out that the next generation, at least outside of the Catholic Church, will be neither church members nor baptized. That is the fruit of indifferentism in a short fifty years. Is it, or is it not, an evil? But while indifferentism comes to us disguised as an angel of light, like all disguises, it can be easily torn off. And you can see evil as it really is. Simply take your God-given gifts of intelligence, reason, and comMon sense and use them.
GOD IS TRUTH
"I am the way, and the truth, and the life," said Jesus. God is truth! But a God of infinite and absolute truth! He loves truth. And He hates and despises untruth, falsehood, and deceit. And you are the living child of the Living God! Hence, God wants you to love the truth! And hate untruth, falsehood, and deceit! If you believe in God at all, you must believe this!
Now indifferentism says that it makes no difference to God whether you believe in one thing or the other. Whether you belong to this church or another. Whether you believe one set of doctrines, or some opposing doctrines, or whether you believe anything at all. It is a terrifying statement! IT simply means that God is not
a God of truth. But a God of falsehood and untruth. That He is the Father of lies, You do away with God! Why is this?
Because, even though you know nothing at all about the teachings of the various Christian bodies in existence today, you know they are not only teaching different doctrines but they absolutely contradict each other in essential beliefs. Here is one church teaching baptism is absolutely necessary to salvation. But here is another church denying this, and saying that baptism is not necessary. Here is one church that teaches men are doomed either to eternal happiness or eternal misery. But here is another church teaching that all men will be saved. HEre is one church that is teaching Christ is really present in the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper. But here is another church which says He is not present, never was, never will be. And the contrary teaching is idolatry.....TO PURCHASE AND FINISH READING THIS SMALL PAMPHLET PLEASE VISIT ALL THE SAINTS BOOKS
The Planner Pack Give-a-Way!
Thank you for the overwhelming response to the planner pack give away!
We had over 1000 entries! We are so excited that these planners are near completion as they are currently being printed at the printer. Those of you who have pre-ordered they should be shipping in the next week or two and at that time you will also receive in your email the digital version for those of you who ordered the Holy Simplicity Planner (which the PDF comes free with). So without further a-do ............
the winner of the 3 Catholic Lesson Planners - Planner Pack
KATHLEEN M. who shared the planner pack on Pinterest! Thank you Kathleen for sharing and congratulations. You have already been emailed with the details on acquiring your prize.
For those of you still wanting a copy of the Holy Simplicity Planner, Maidens for Mary and/or Crusaders for Christ Planner(s)
there is still time to get pre-orders in so that your copies can go out with the first shipments. And also keep your eyes peeled on our blog over the next few months as we might just give away some more free items! We love sharing ;) A blessed 5th week of Easter to you all!
Spring is here, the sun in Oregon is out (today any way) and the end of our homeschool year is so very close. I'm finding myself anxious to finish up with this years lessons and get started on planning for the 2013/2014 school year! Needless to say I'm as anxious to have my new Holy Simplicity planner as I know many of you are as well. My boys area also hovering over the proof saying "Is that my planner?!"
I have good news! Its getting they are getting final touches put on them and the final proof before they are printed and start shipping to all who have put your pre-order in. Shipments are expected to start the 2nd week of May. We thank you for your support on these planners! In anticipation of the Holy Simplicity Planner
, Maidens for Mary Catholic Girls Planner
and the Crusaders for Christ Catholic Boys Planner we wanted to do a little give away!
Starting today we are accepting entries for afree Planner Package
which is valued at $50+ including the shipping! This includes 1 Holy Simplicity Planner
, a Catholic planner for planning your home, school & Liturgical Year. This years edition features 50+ Full Color Liturgical Planning pages including 8 pages just for Easter and Christmas. 225 stickers to mark fast/abstinence days as well as Name Days and other special feasts, anniversaries and birthdays. Each month contains a double spread monthly planning page with room for notes and marks Saints and major feast days. Following the monthly calendar are double spread weekly planning pages color coded according the the Catholic Church's Liturgical Season. These also contain reminders for major feast/fast days and there is room to write the weeks menu plan out along with a space for notes and planning for 4 students and 9 subjects.
Along with the Holy Simplicity planner
, the winner of our give away will get to choose 2 children's lesson planners
. The Maidens for Mary
and Crusaders for Christ Catholic lesson planners
are both laid out in similar manner. They contain a single page spread for the monthly calendar with saints and feast days marked as well as whom the Church dedicates each month to. On the back of this page is space to record any books that were read in that month, a short prayer to memorize, Catechism lessons to learn and more. Following this monthly calendar are single pages for each of the weeks in that month. Depending on the planner these feature various artwork of crusaders, castles, armor, pictures of Our Lady or other female saints. Crusaders for Christ
features boyish colors of blue, green, brown and a dark red while the Maidens for Mary Planner
features girly colors of pink, purple, yellow and azure. Each week's page contains space to write lessons in for 9 subjects, a weekly to-do task list as well as a place to keep track of virtue practice.
These lesson planners are geared for grades 3rd through 8th grade and help the child to manage their homeschool day more on their own. It helps to teach time management and responsibility and limits the 'what do I do now' questions to the teacher. This also makes a great record keeping book to store away incase one needs to show what was done on such and such a date. In the back of the children's planners there is a reproducible book report for and also a tear-out Catholic report card to give to the student when the year is completed. To view more on any of these planners please visit our new book store All the Saints Books!
The give-a-way winner will be announced on next weeks Keeping It Catholic Monday
post. Details on entering the give-a-way may be found below.
Tuesday is the Feast of the Great Martyr St. George! We thought we would share with you today the wonderful writings of Dom Gueranger
, he writes like no other! Also if you hop on over to Crusaders-for-Christ they have a wonderful children's story and also two St. George Coloring Pages free for download
! St. George ora pro nobis!The Liturgical Year - Pascal Time Book II, Vol. 8
By: Abbot Dom Guranger, O.S.B. + Imprimatur 1927
SAINT GEORGE, MARTYR APRIL 23
Clad in his bright coat of mail, mounted, on his war-steed, and spearing the dragon with his lance, George, the intrepid champion of our Risen Jesus, comes to gladden us to-day with his feast. From the East, where he is known as the great Martyr
, devotion to St. George soon spread in the Western Church, and our Christian armies have always loved and honoured him as one of their dearest patrons. His martyrdom took place in Paschal Time; and thus he stands before us as the guardian of the glorious sepulcher, just as Stephen, the Protomartyr, watches near the crib of the Infant God.
The Roman Liturgy gives no lessons on the life of St. George; but, in their stead, reads to us a passage from St. Cyprian on the sufferings of the martyrs. This derogation from the general rule dates from the fifth century. At a celebrated Council held in Rome in the year 496, Pope St. Gelasius drew up, for the guidance of the faithful, a list of books which might or might not be read without danger. Among the number of those that were to be avoided, he mentioned the 'Acts of St. George,' as having been compiled by one who, besides being an ignorant man, was also a heretic. In the East, however, there were other 'Acts' of the holy martyr, totally different from those current in Rome: but they were not known in that city. The cultus
of St. George lost nothing, in the holy city, by this absence of a true legend. From a very early period, a church was built in his honor; it was one of those that were selected as Stations, and gave a Title to a Cardinal; it exists to this day, and it is called Saint George in Velabro
(the Veil of Gold).
The Bollandists were in possession of several copies of the forbidden 'Acts'; they found them replete with absurd stories, and, of course, they rejected them. Father Papebroch has given us other and genuine 'Acts' written in Greek, and quoted by St. Andrew of Crete. They bring out the admirable character of our martyr, who held an important post in the Roman army during the reign of the Emperor Diocletian. He was one of the first victims of the great persecution and suffered death at Nicomedia. Alexandra, the Emperor's wife, was so impressed at witnessing the Saint's courage, that she professed herself a Christian, and shared the crown of martyrdom with the brave soldier of Christ.
As we have already said, devotion to St. George dates from a very early period. St. Gregory of Tours gives us several proofs of its having taken root in Gaul. St. Clotilde had a singular confidence in the holy martyr, and dedicated to him the Church of her dear Abbey of Chelles. But this devotion became more general and more fervent during the Crusades, when the Christian armies witnessed the veneration in which St. George was held by the Eastern Church, and heard the wonderful things that were told of his protection on the field of battle. The Byzantine historians have recorded several remarkable instances of the kind; and the Crusaders returned to their respective countries publishing their own experience of the victories gained through the Saint's intercession. The Republic of Genoa chose him for its patron; and Venice honoured him as its special protector, after St. Mark. But nowhere was St. George so enthusiastically loved as in England. Not only was it decreed in a Council held at Oxford, in the year 1222, that the feast of the Great Martyr should be observed as one of obligation; not only was devotion to the valiant soldier of Christ encouraged, throughout Great Britain, by the first Norman Kings; but there are documents anterior to the invasion of William the Conqueror, which prove that St. George was invoked as the special patron of England even so far back as the ninth century. Edward III did but express the sentiment of the country when he put the Order of the Garter, which he instituted in 1330, under the patronage of the warrior Saint. In Germany, King Frederic III founded the Order of St. George in the year 1468.
St. George is usually represented as killing a dragon; and where the representation is complete, there is also given the figure of a princess, whom the Saint thus saves from being devoured by the monster. This favourite subject of both sacred and profane art is purely symbolical, and is of Byzantine origin. It signifies the victory won over the devil, by the martyr's courages profession of faith; the princess represents Alexandra, who was converted by witnessing the Saint's heroic patience under his sufferings. Neither the 'Acts' of St. George nor the hymns of the Greek Liturgy allude to the martyr's having slain a dragon and rescued a princess. It was not till after the fourteenth century that this fable was known in the west; and it arose from a material interpretation of the emblems with which the Greeks honoured St. George, and which were introduced among us by the crusaders.
Although, as has been said, the Office of St. George is the Roman Breviary has been taken from the Common of Martyrs in Paschal Time, the following historical lesson has recently been approved for the Dioceses of England:George, who among the martyrs of the East has received the name of Great Martyr, suffered a glorious death for the sake of Christ in the persecution of Diocletian. When shortly afterwards peace was given to the Church under Constantine, the memoir of St. George began to be celebrated. Churches were erected to his honour in Palestine and at Constantinople, and devotion to him spread through the East and into the West. From early times Christian armies have invoked the protection of St. George, together with SS Maurice and SEbastian, when going into battle. Special devotion was shown to St. George in England for many centuries, and Pope Benedict XIV declared him the special protector of that kingdom.(Editors note: See the text of Dom Gueranger's Liturgical Year for a Hymn of St. George)
Thou, O George, art the glorious type of a Christian soldier. Whilst serving under an earthly monarch, thou didst not forget thy duty to the King of heaven. Thou didst shed thy blood for the faith of Christ; and he, in return, appointed thee protector of Christian armies. Be their defender in battle, and bless with victory them that fight in a just cause. Protect them under the shadow of thy standard; cover them with they shield; make them the terror of their enemies. Our Lord is the God of Hosts; and he frequently uses war as the instrument of his designs, both of justice and mercy. They alone win true victory who have heaven on their side; and such soldiers, when on the battle-field, seem to the world to be doing the work of man, whereas it is the work of God they are furthering. Hence are they more generous, because more religious, than other men. The sacrifices they have to make, and the dangers they have to face, teach them unselfishness. What wonder, then, that soldiers have given so many martyrs to the Church!
But there is another warfare, in which we Christians are all enlisted, and of which St, Paul speaks, when he says: Labour as a good soldier of Christ: for no man is crowned, save he that striveth lawfully. (2 Tim. ii 5)
That we have thus to strive and fight during our life, the same Apostle assures us in these words: Take unto you the armour of God, that ye may be able to resist in the evil day, and to stand in all things perfect. Stand, therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of justice, and your feet shod with the preparation of the Gospel of peace. In all things taking the shield of faith, and wherewith ye may be able to extinguish all the fiery darts of the most wicked one. And take unto you the helmet of the hope of salvation, and the sword of the spirit, which is the word of God. (Eph. vi 13,17)
We, then, are soldiers, as thou was, O holy Martyr! Before ascending into heaven, our divine leader wishes to review his troops; do thou present us to him. He has loaded us with honours, notwithstanding our past disloyalties; we must, henceforth, prove ourselves worth of our position. In the Paschal Communion which we have received, we have a pledge of victory; how can we ever be so base as to permit ourselves to be conquered! Watch over us, O sainted warrior! Let thy prayers and example encourage us to fight against the dragon of hell. He dreads the armour we wear; for it is Jesus himself that prepared it for us, and tempered it in his own precious Blood: may we, like thee, present it to him whole and entire, when he calls us to our eternal rest!
There was a time when the whole Christian world loved and honoured thy memory with enthusiastic joy: but now, alas! this devotion has grown cold, and thy feast passes unnoticed by thousands. O holy martyr! avenge this ingratitude by imitating thy divine King, who maketh his sun to rise upon both good and bad; take pity on this world, perverted as it is by false doctrines, and tormented at this very time by the most terrible scourges. Have compassion on thy dear England, which has been seduced by the dragon of hell, and by him made the instrument for effecting his plots against the Lord his Christ. Take up thy speak as of old; give the monster battle, and emancipate the isle of Saints from his slavish yoke. Heaven and earth join in the great prayer! In the name of our Risen Jesus, aid thine own and once devoted people to a glorious resurrection!
Free download for celebrating the Feast of St. George!
Some of them flew, some moved mountains, some walked on water, healed the sick, brought people back to live, all in imitation of our Divine Savior. My husband is starting a new blog series over on his All the Saints Blog
called Thaumaturgus Thursday
where he is sharing a sanity super hero's story! These are some of my favorite saints stories, real life super heroes for Christ!
Also over on his blog will be the new releases of our vintage Catholic reprints
, we finally have a home where we are happy to direct all our readers to the wonderful books that we have been blessed to share here on our blog! A blessed second Easter Monday to you all!
What is new here at Sanctus Simplicitus? We are busy working on the final details of the Holy Simplicity Planner
, Crusaders for Christ and Maidens for Mary planner
! They should be done in early May. Thank you to all of you who have already placed your pre-order. Today we updated some of the images on the children's planners to include the monthly planning page preview. Hop on over to All the Saint's books
to check those out.