Posted by: L. E. Barnes | February 5, 2011

Sunday Snippets–A Catholic Carnival

Looking for Catholic blogs? Or are you a Catholic blogger looking for a place to showcase your blog? Then join us each week for “Sunday Snippets,” hosted by Rann at “This That and the Other Thing.”

My posts this week included a brief video of inspirational remarks by some members of the Fathers of Mercy, some video clips displaying a little religious humor, and my weekly “Sabbath Moments” post. (By the way, those of us who participate in Colleen Spiro’s weekly Sabbath Moments meme would love to see more folks join us. Please stop by and share your moments, either in a comment or on your blog!)

Looking for a way to make your kids’ education–religious or academic–a bit more “appetizing” to them? Then maybe you should try “sweetening” the lessons a bit, as was done literally by the Jews at one time:

When a boy first went to school in New Testament times, he went down to the synagogue while it was still dark to listen to the story of how Moses received the law. Then he was taken to the teacher’s house for breakfast, where he received cakes with letters of the law written on them. In school, the boy received a slate with passages from the Scriptures written on it. The slate was smeared with honey. He had to trace the letters through the honey with his pen, and it was natural to lick the nib of the pen as he proceeded. The idea was that he would realize that the purpose of his going to school was to absorb the Scriptures. This learning practice seems to have been based on an old custom that David refers to in the psalm.

–from Ralph Gower’s The New Manners and Customs of Biblical Times

The psalm referred to is Psalm 19 (vv. 8-11):

The law of the LORD is perfect, refreshing the soul. The decree of the LORD is trustworthy, giving wisdom to the simple. The precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart. The command of the LORD is clear, enlightening the eye. The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever. The statutes of the LORD are true, all of them just; more desirable than gold, than a hoard of purest gold, sweeter also than honey or drippings from the comb.

Your kids probably never would guess that God’s word could taste so good! 😉

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Responses

  1. Sweet idea!

    • Yes, but probably messy too!

  2. And I wonder if the symbolism really penetrated. Something I wonder all the time. And then I usually default to over-explaining, which is its own problem…

    • LOL. Yes, I understand what you mean abuot over-explaining, as I tend to want to say too much as well.

      The symbolism may not have always gotten through, but I think they may have been onto something in that they were trying to engage the other senses in the learning process.

  3. Loved learning about this.


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