Parents, leaders, and educators, we have a mission, a duty to lead children's souls toward the Light which will be their guide and their happiness. In order to illuminate the way that lies before each one of us, once a week we invite you to discover some of the words of certain wisemen and witnesses, measuring their worth by the words of St. Thomas Aquinas: “Do not consider the one who speaks, but whatever good you hear from him, confide it to your memory.” (from The Sixteen Ways to Acquire the Treasure of Knowledge by St. Thomas). Happy reading!
“The poet existed in the cave man, and he will exist in the man of the atomic age, because it is the part of man that never passes away.”
SAINT-JOHN PERSE (Alexis Leger) (1887-1975)
“These little ones already possess the curiosity which is the stuff of savants and poets, and they want the whole universe, the mysterious universe, to be revealed to them… To be understood by a child, nothing is worth more than a beautiful mind. The works that please little boys and girls the most are the works that have a great soul, that are full of amazing creations in which the beautiful organization of the parts forms a luminous whole, and which are written in a strong style, full of meaning. Several times I’ve had a few well translated sections of the Odyssey read to very young children — the little ones were enchanted… Don Quixote, with large cuts, is the most agreeable lecture into which a twelve-year-old soul can plunge. As for me, the minute I knew how to read, I read Cervantes’ grand book; I loved it so much and was so marked by it that I owe to it a great part of the good humor that I have today.”
Anatole FRANCE (1844-1924)
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