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On a Mission: Discovering God’s Plan at St. Benedict Classical Academy

2024-03-04T09:59:54-05:00

I first heard about St. Benedict Classical Academy through the St. Thomas More Teaching Fellowship, a fellowship program within the Archdiocese of Boston, which seeks to bring young, on-fire Catholics to teach at the Catholic schools in the Archdiocese. What drew me first to the Fellowship was the sense of mission-driven work. I’m young - I have an adventurous spirit, and like the missionary saints, I wanted to go to the corners of the world to encounter people, walk with them, and show them the love of Christ. Particular to teaching, I had a love for the Catholic intellectual tradition and [...]

On a Mission: Discovering God’s Plan at St. Benedict Classical Academy2024-03-04T09:59:54-05:00

Contemplating the Crucifix: A Reflection on Family Prayer

2024-02-20T20:45:17-05:00

Growing up with seven siblings was nothing short of an adventure, especially when I think back to our daily prayer time as a family. Each night was an ordeal to get each of us together and ready to pray. To sum up our family prayer nights I would describe them as strict and orderly. My father is from Kerala, India, and as we grew up, he would teach us the standards of prayer from his homeland. Saint Thomas, the apostle, brought the faith to this region and the tradition of prayer and sacrifice has carried on for thousands of years. When [...]

Contemplating the Crucifix: A Reflection on Family Prayer2024-02-20T20:45:17-05:00

Filled with Holy Longing: The Meaning of the Lenten Fast

2024-02-12T16:58:31-05:00

As Ash Wednesday approaches, our community here at SBCA begins to rally around the three pillars of Lent: prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. Of these three pillars, I have found that for my students fasting often seems the hardest to understand. Prayer is relatively easy: through our Lenten prayer, we draw closer to God, confess and apologize for our sins, and ask for His mercy. Almsgiving, too, is easily understood as charity and kindness practiced towards our neighbors. But it can be hard to see the connection between giving up food and drawing closer to God.  As I reflected on this question [...]

Filled with Holy Longing: The Meaning of the Lenten Fast2024-02-12T16:58:31-05:00

Saint Agatha: A Beacon of Faith and Healing

2024-02-05T09:55:54-05:00

Today, February 5th is the feast of Saint Agatha, one of the most venerated virgin martyrs in our faith, so much so that she is even one of the few mentioned in the Eucharistic prayer at mass. Saint Agatha dedicated her life to God at an early age as a consecrated virgin and she is considered a strong force and intercessor for our prayers. Even when faced with brutal torture, she stood by her faith in God and never wavered in her trust in Jesus and his plan. As she was held in captivity against her will and was tortured by [...]

Saint Agatha: A Beacon of Faith and Healing2024-02-05T09:55:54-05:00

Faith-Filled Fun: Exploring Catholic Schools Week and the Joy of Houses of Faith

2024-01-29T12:49:48-05:00

This week at St. Benedict Classical Academy (and at Catholic schools across the nation) is Catholic Schools Week. It is a week when families, students, teachers, and staff take a moment to celebrate all that is beautiful about being a part of a community of Faith. The national theme for the week is Catholic Schools: United in Faith and Community, which “symbolizes the united community of Catholic schools – not a building or an institution, but people of faith serving God and others.”  One way in which SBCA fosters a sense of community and a love of our faith is through [...]

Faith-Filled Fun: Exploring Catholic Schools Week and the Joy of Houses of Faith2024-01-29T12:49:48-05:00

A Musical Journey Through Advent & Christmas: SBCA’s Concert Recap

2024-01-22T09:30:00-05:00

St. Benedict Classical Academy recently hosted a heartwarming Advent-Christmas Concert in December, an event that not only showcased the musical talents of its students but also conveyed the essence of the season through songs of joy, hope, and celebration. The concert commenced with the angelic voices of the youngest students, singing Advent songs that set the tone for a season of preparation and reflection.  In our fast-paced lives, Advent provides a sacred space to slow down and turn our attention inward. It becomes a time to ask ourselves if we are truly ready to receive our Lord or if we risk [...]

A Musical Journey Through Advent & Christmas: SBCA’s Concert Recap2024-01-22T09:30:00-05:00

‘Blessed Are Those That Mourn’: Grieving and Growing in Ordinary Time

2024-01-12T09:31:14-05:00

Last week the liturgical calendar in the Catholic Church returned to Ordinary Time. It is a time when Catholics can grow and mature in their faith, after a period of great rejoicing. However, just a couple of weeks ago during the Advent and Christmas seasons, many who are grieving the loss of a loved one encountered suffering during this time of joy and festivities. Memories of those who hold a special place in our hearts and the constant reminder of not being able to be with them again in this world bring much pain and sorrow. The second Beatitude, “Blessed [...]

‘Blessed Are Those That Mourn’: Grieving and Growing in Ordinary Time2024-01-12T09:31:14-05:00

New Year, New Beginnings 

2024-01-05T14:36:47-05:00

Do you make resolutions each year? This is the time of year when we usually hear that question. I didn’t usually make any until one year a friend explained it another way. He didn’t mean the usual things like eating better, exercising more, etc. Those were things for helping me stay physically healthy. He was asking what my spiritual plan was to grow closer to God and grow in virtue that year.  This past week in class, we discussed with the Kindergarten students what the definition of a resolution is. One of the children said a resolution is a promise to [...]

New Year, New Beginnings 2024-01-05T14:36:47-05:00

Courage and Hope: Fostering Virtue in the Ordinary

2024-01-01T19:59:31-05:00

The month of January, for many, signifies the return to the “everyday”. After the expectant season of Advent and the joyous, often hectic, octave of Christmas, returning to our mundane routines can be deeply disheartening. The weeks ahead seem to be long and lacking in excitement. In addition, a New England winter can feel terribly bleak at this time of year. At the end of January, after a period of feasting, we also make the transition back to ordinary time. Even the title of “ordinary” can trick us into thinking little fruit can come from this time. If we try to [...]

Courage and Hope: Fostering Virtue in the Ordinary2024-01-01T19:59:31-05:00

“Spirits To Enforce, Art To Enchant”: Reflections from The Tempest

2023-12-13T10:03:55-05:00

What happens when you let thirty kids, aged nine to twelve, perform a 412-year-old play with only nine hours of practice? Our audience learned exactly what happened last week when our SBCA Drama Team performed William Shakespeare’s The Tempest. (And in case you are wondering, it was grand!) The Tempest tells the tale of forgiveness, love, freedom and true wonder and awe of all that is good. There is a lasting quality to these themes that young and old alike are drawn to. They are fundamental to the virtuous life and thus both draw us in while simultaneously drawing the [...]

“Spirits To Enforce, Art To Enchant”: Reflections from The Tempest2023-12-13T10:03:55-05:00
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