As the dog days of summer give way to the academic year for many Americans, it’s important to remember the meaning of school and education. The Greek word “skole” meant leisure, in the sense of not having to do manual labor and the ability to enter into the most rewarding aspects of life, especially that of contemplation of truth. While we say horrible phrases like the “education industry” and “academic work,” it’s always important to remember that education and study are gifts from God to pursue him and his creation in a formal way. The Latin root of education (e-ducare) means “to lead out,” or to be liberated from error and wrong ways of thinking into freedom and truth. Let us all be freed from mundane anxiety and enter into the leisurely contemplation of all that is true, good, and beautiful.
Schola et Labora
Dr. Michael J. Naughton and Msgr. James P. Shea discussed the importance of leisure for human flourishing and its relationship with work, as well as Dr. Naughton's book on this subject.
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Brideshead Revisited and the Ladder of Love
In the seventh chapter of "Letters to a Young Catholic," Weigel explores Castle Howard in Yorkshire, England, to reflect upon the choice offered to us all: submit to reality or fly into fantasy.