“10 Commandments” for the Education of Children – Part V

"Ten Commandments" for the Education of Children - Part V Here is the "Fifth Commandment for the Education of Children"  from a homily by Msgr. João Scognamiglio Clá Dias, with an excerpt from Msgr. João's biography of Dona Lucilia that highlights an example of this commandment taken to its plenitude and a video from the book study to illustrate the principle further. For the first four commandments visit the blog index: Fifth Commandment Be vigilant with regard to your children's companions, reading materials, shows and entertainment: how many offenses…

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“10 Commandments” for the Education of Children – Part IV

"Ten Commandments" for the Education of Children - Part IV Here is the "Fourth Commandment for the Education of Children"  from a homily by Msgr. João Scognamiglio Clá Dias, with an excerpt from Msgr. João's biography of Dona Lucilia that highlights an example of this commandment taken to its plenitude. For the first three commandments visit the blog index:  Fourth Commandment Children must be educated in respect to Our Lord’s teachings on love and fear.To love what is good: it is necessary to know how to attract the…

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“10 Commandments” for the Education of Children – Part III

"Ten Commandments" for the Education of Children - Part III Many Saints and also many Popes in the history of the Church have dedicated themselves to writing some points to help parents educate their children. The founder of the Heralds of the Gospel, Msgr. João Scognamiglio Clá Dias, made a summary of some of these points in a homily, calling them a decalogue for the education of children, as they contain some of the principle points for the good education of children.Here is the "Third Commandment" with an…

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“10 Commandments” for the Education of Children – Part II

"Ten Commandments" for the Education of Children - Part II Here is the "Second Commandment" and another excerpt from Msgr. João's biography of Dona Lucilia that highlights an example of this commandment taken to its plenitude. For the "First Commandment", go here: https://donalucilia.com/10-commandments-for-the-education-of-children/ Second Commandment Parents must harmonize authority with gentleness. The idea that the father should be as an ordinary friend as possible to his children is idiotic. Parents to a certain extent and up to a certain age represent God to their children. Children, looking at their parents, begin…

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“10 Commandments” for the Education of Children

"Ten Commandments" for the Education of Children Many Saints and also many Popes in the history of the Church have dedicated themselves to writing some points to help parents educate their children. The founder of the Heralds of the Gospel, Msgr. João Scognamiglio Clá Dias, made a summary of some of these points in a homily, calling them a decalogue for the education of children, as they contain some of the principle points for the good education of children.But why is this important? And how does it affect…

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Week 22

Chapter 9 - Part 1 - Pages 330-344 Expressing Affection in a Harsh World https://youtu.be/4PtjcZIcpxY Week 22 Questions Question 1 In the 1930s, Dona Lucilia experienced so many dramatic changes and upheavals. She saw the demise of many of the beautiful traditions of the past. She was there as "... the virtue of charity which had governed social interaction, making kindness the hallmark of the Brazilian temperament, gradually died out in hearts." She lived through political chaos and financial disaster. What was her reaction?   Though she had no…

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Week 19

Chapter 2 (Part 1) Pages 51 - 64 Chapter 8 - Part 3: Pages 3307-329 The Answer to the Crisis of Loneliness in the World https://youtu.be/vhx27xkTNIg Week 19 Questions Question 1 Dona Lucilia pleads with her son, literally, on " bended” knee, “… never again to leave things to the last minute."  Dr. Plinio was totally surprised by this display. He would, understandably, have been preoccupied with this important occasion from his own perspective, unaware of the anxiety his dear mother was experiencing. It should be within the family…

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Devastating Disaster, Prodigious Cure
Aspectos da vida comunitária na Casa Santa Hildegarda, pela qual a Ir. Ana Lúcia é responsável - Foto: Maria Luiza B. de Albuquerque

Devastating Disaster, Prodigious Cure

After the accident, I realized that my situation was very grave and that, barring a miracle, I would die. Therefore, I promised Dona Lucilia that if she helped me, I would testify for her beatification and propagate devotion to her. This is what I am doing on these pages. In perusing the Gospel narrative, at a certain point we come upon a particularly moving episode: having pity on ten lepers, Our Lord cures them, but only one returns to express his gratitude for such a great gift. This…

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“Let your light shine before men”

Of the countless favours dispensed by Divine Providence through Dona Lucilia’s intercession, I would like to narrate a few more below, so that, seeing her good works, men may glorify God. Dona Lucilia has been extremely generous in her displays of affection and compassion for those who seek her help. So much so that, as this noble lady is a mirror of Mary’s goodness and love, one can apply to her St. Bernard’s words in the Memorare: never was it known that those who fled to her protection, implored…

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Current Concept False Goodness

Current Concept of False Goodness Some badly understood attributes are added to the thoughts about goodness today... - "Spontaneity", "naturality", "sincerity": these dispositions of soul lead one to avoid making an effort, thinking, employing the will and maintaining self control. They Induce free rein to sensation, fantasy, extravagance and in the end give free rein to everything! The television, that excites, by its nature kills the book that invites one to reflection. Ideas will become weakened and with them so does vocabulary. Speaking is reduced, in certain circles,…

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Week 18

Chapter 2 (Part 1) Pages 51 - 64 Messaging with a Truly Catholic Lady https://youtu.be/ez1qXBts3HY Week 18 Questions Question 1 Gratitude, the forgotten virtue, was always remembered by Dona Lucilia. It is not possible to tell her story without including many incidents. At one point she urged Plinio to "lose no opportunity to show your gratitude and affection" to the priest with whom he traveled to Rio to meet with Catholic leaders. Think also of the gratitude this priest, the Pastor who had given Rosee and Plinio their Catechism course…

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Week 17

Chapter 2 (Part 1) Pages 51 - 64 Midlife “Crisis” vs Lucilian Wisdom https://youtu.be/w4EfBdmEifMWeek 17 QuestionsQuestion 1It was that time in Brazil when "It was considered shameful for a man to openly proclaim himself a Catholic."Plinio, to the great relief of Dona Lucilia, had early on made the decision to continue in the path of true Catholicism set by his mother. It was for him, though, a time of painful isolation. Divine Providence provided him with the opportunity to enthusiastically enroll in the First Congress of Catholic Youth in Sao…

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Week 16

Chapter 2 (Part 1) Pages 51 - 64 2 Goals and 10 Tips for Parenting Teenagers https://youtu.be/-DuvCPewYN4Week 16 QuestionsQuestion 1Dona Lucilia was always vigilant regarding the well-being of her children. Plinio's health was a constant concern. His progress and achievements at school were very important to her, stressing how these efforts would "... draw down God's Graces and blessings." This is so apparent in the exchange of letters at even the least separation.Dona Lucilia always felt drawn to a beautiful statuary depiction of the Finding of Our Lord in the Temple…

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Week 15

Chapter 2 (Part 1) Pages 51 - 64 Parenting through the Revolution: Affection, detachment and a clear line of right and wrong https://youtu.be/nEj14JelwfMWeek 15 QuestionsQuestion 1Children can suffer a great deal from misunderstandings and injustices. How important is it to give a fair hearing and help a child resolve important and troubling issues?Question 2Dona Lucilia had high academic standards for her son. She obviously was able to balance other aspects of life to accommodate this.Sometimes we have high standards in some areas for our children and ourselves - looking for…

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Week 14

Chapter 2 (Part 1) Pages 51 - 64 Martyrdom of Silence, Sweetness and Severity https://youtu.be/7iujFkoKKBQWeek 13 Questions Question 1"My son, the times are very evil and you are very young... I want you to know that I would rather see you dead than gone astray."Dona Lucilia's story will unfold more and more just how great her love was for her dear son, Plinio. These words, though, show how her "... loving affection for her children was rooted entirely in love of God."Who was the very young saint who, as part…

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Week 13

Chapter 2 (Part 1) Pages 51 - 64 Marvellous Tales: “Dona Lucilia – Teach us how to tell stories!” https://youtu.be/DMzIE709s1AWeek 13 QuestionsQuestion 1The poses of Dona Lucilia and her siblings in the portrait, are, no doubt, typical of a style of photography at that time, including the absence of smiles. Her brother to the left seems to lean right in to his role. The brother on the right is also accepting of his more stately pose. Only Dona Lucilia "while resigned," seems truly uncomfortable, even averting her gaze…

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Week 12

Chapter 6 - Part 2: Pages 184-281 A Mother's Choice: Mediocrity or the Marvellous https://youtu.be/cLGxlGAFEJoWeek 12 QuestionsQuestion 1The poses of Dona Lucilia and her siblings in the portrait, are, no doubt, typical of a style of photography at that time, including the absence of smiles. Her brother to the left seems to lean right in to his role. The brother on the right is also accepting of his more stately pose. Only Dona Lucilia "while resigned," seems truly uncomfortable, even averting her gaze from the camera.  Something is…

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Week 11

Chapter 6 - Part 1: Pages 166-184 The Impact of a Truly Catholic Lady https://youtu.be/RZBrhkfncwkWeek 11 QuestionsQuestion 1Dona Lucilia returns. The greetings exchanged with the staff are filled with warmth and joy. This was at a time when "... familial spirit still pervaded the relations between the social classes with profound goodwill." These were not family members but servants. Both "masters" and "servants" were filled with affection and genuine interest in the well-being of each other.Of course, not in every situation, but in so many cases, these relations have soured. People who now…

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Week 10

What will a Lady be like in the Reign of Mary? https://youtu.be/v6Jn8du9mogWeek 10 QuestionsQuestion 11.  It had been established that Dona Lucilia was known in her own family setting as a pillar of kindness, sound advice and solace.Though it was a time when a lady would have to be somewhat guarded as to how she presented herself to others, still, her wisdom, warmth and kindness were so obvious that many felt free to approach her, feeling safe to confide their fears, disappointments and defects: the distressed Russian Princess and Dona Lucilia's…

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Week 9

A Mother’s Choice: Mediocrity or the Marvellous https://youtu.be/vSTHwO5KhAEWeek 9 QuestionsQuestion 1It is difficult, really, to imagine that the Polish Count and his wife had genuine expectations of adopting little Plinio and taking him home with them. They no doubt were enchanted with this most unusual child. Could it be that more than anything, they wanted to entice Dona Lucilia to the park in order to meet the mother of this unique little person and to share with her the incident of his sweet declaration of total love and…

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