• Devin O'Donnell

Welcome to Traditio at The Oaks, and Happy (Almost) Michaelmas!

Updated: Sep 22, 2021

Hello Parents and Students,

Saint Michael the Archangel

Soon it will be "Michaelmas," which is the Feast of Saint Michael and All Angels on September 29th. This is also happens to be the the name of the first term at Oxford. Michaelmas reminds of something very important, and the fact that this day is marked on the Church Calendar illustrates no mere mystery cult. We as Christian believe in "visibilium omnium et invisibilium," as the creed says. We believe that reality comprises both seen and unseen, a reality with humans and other beings that are "super" natural. Our world is crowded with angels and demons, cherubim and seraphim hurrying without haste to do the Lord's bidding. Shakespeare says, "There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy." That philosophy for us is materialism, and it is the zeitgeist and poison of the age. Michaelmas is one small way to counter that, a small dose of an antidote that our world desperately needs. As Hopksins says,

The world is charged with the grandeur of God, / It will flame out, like shining from shook foil.

Let us praise the Lord of Hosts:

Everlasting God, you have ordained and constituted in a wonderful order the ministries of angels and mortals: Mercifully grant that, as your holy angels always serve and worship you in heaven, so by your appointment they may help and defend us here on earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

As I mentioned in my parent letter, my family and I are very glad to be part of The Oaks, and I am excited to teach Classical Literature this year. As we enter into the year, the months, and the days of this Traditio Course, it's important to recap some of the basics. Here are a number of helpful items:

  1. Introductory Parent Letter

  2. Course Syllabus

  3. Student Parent Handbook

  4. Read Student Orientation

  5. Read Oaks Mission students highlight and mark each goal with one of the 4 purposes of education. Discuss with the class.

  6. Pray, and dismiss

If you don't have any of the following, please see me or the office for assistance. As I mentioned, the purpose of this blog is to keep a log of lesson plans, daily activities or assignments, and to share what is generally happening in the class with parents. That said, if you have any questions, feel free to reach out in email.

Pax vobsicum, and may the Lord bless our school year!

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