“Only God knows the good that can come about by reading one good Catholic book.”
– St. John Bosco (1815-1888 A.D.)
“Without good books and spiritual reading, it will be morally impossible to save our souls.”
– St. Alphonsus Liguori (1698-1787 A.D.)
“Reading the lives of the Saints is a great means to preserve piety.”
– St. Philip Neri (1515-1595 A.D.)
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THIRD THURSDAY OF THE MONTH
Rectory Conference Room (street-level door entrance on Clawson Street)
Contact: Deacon Steve Tobon, (718) 987-2670
Next Meeting is Thursday, September 19th at 4pm
The next pick for our book club is ‘Educated‘ by Tara Westover. Tara Westover wasn’t your garden variety college student. When the Holocaust was mentioned in a history class, she didn’t know what is was (no, really). That’s because she didn’t see the inside of a classroom until the age of seventeen. Public education was one of the many things her religious fanatic father was dubious of, believing it was a means for the government to brainwash its gullible citizens, and her mother wasn’t diligent on the homeschooling front. If it wasn’t for a brother who managed to extricate himself from their isolated and often dangerous world, Westover might still be in rural Idaho, trying to survive her survivalist upbringing. It’s a miraculous story she tells in her memoir Educated. For those of us who took our educations for granted, who occasionally fell asleep in large lecture halls (and inconveniently small ones), it’s hard to grasp the level of grit – not to mention intellect – required to pull off what Westover did. But eventually earning a PhD from Cambridge University may have been the easy part, at least compared to what she had to sacrifice to attain it. The courage it took to make the sacrifice was the truest indicator of how far she’d come, and how much she’d learned. Educated is an inspiring reminder that knowledge is, indeed, power.
We will discuss this at our Fall meeting; 4 PM on Thursday, September 19.