QAS Book Reading Fellowship
January 18, 2014
I recently read Jane Goodall’s latest book “Seeds of Hope”. It’s wonderful! She has written an inspiring “time–to act now” piece. This book requires that each of us take responsibility for our world, and act in environmentally sound and intelligent ways.
I’m now reading “The Quark and the Jaguar” by Murray Gell-Mann. If you like quantum physics, discussions on complex adaptive systems and nature, you’ll enjoy this book. A very good read. Don’t be intimidated by the speed of his discussions; use his definitions to move you along if you weren’t a science major. It’s well worth the effort.
What are you reading?
The QAS Author’s Forum / October, 2013
Author: Debbie Boswell
Biography and Works: Debbie was born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y. and has a B.S. in Accounting and an Enrolled Agent license. She is the owner/manager of Crafts by Grace, a cottage industry craft business. Ms. Boswell co-wrote and co-produced the first screenplay OPEN/CLOSE through the Brooklyn Young Filmmakers Center. She has authored two books Miriam’s Journey and House of Mirrors.
You can contact Debbie Boswell at firstname.lastname@example.org
The QASFF resumes on Tuesday, October 29. A full schedule of foreign, domestic, and silent films is planned for all grades. The Fall 2013 through Spring 2014 season will be exciting!
Earlier this month, QAS school children (Kindergarten through 5th grade) were introduced to the QASFF.
In April eighty-five, children (Grades 6- 8) completed Film Forum evaluation forms. Here are a few of their comments. The questions appear underlined.
What do you think of the QASFF? “We learn about cultures, and what people go through in life”, “Cool”, “Makes you think, very interesting, a fun way for students to become more diverse when it comes to film choices, good, funny” “I liked this program a lot. “I got to watch movies in not only other language but with no sound as well, funny and sad short plays”, ”Fun for students and good for the school, “An amazing program that provides great entertainment and knowledge “Heart touching”, “Broadened my knowledge of film”, “Creative”.
How can we improve the QASFF? “Ask us about our culture”, “Maybe should be in after-school”,” Let’s write a script and act it out ourselves”, “More frequent”, longer films”, “Include foreign music.”
Do you watch foreign language films/television at home? If you answered yes, what do you watch?
“Spanish, Italian, French, Haitian Creole, Chinese, Russian, African and Japanese. “
Are you multilingual? If you answered yes, what languages do you speak?
“Spanish, French, Tagalong, Haitian Creole, Italian, Japanese, Guyanese, Dutch, Portuguese, and African”.
Can you recommend any films? “Action Films, Fantasy films, “The Boy in the Stripped Pajama”, “Doodlebug”, Hermano”, Finding Nemo”, Jungle Book”, “Life is Beautiful”, Military films that show our troops at work, More silent films, “The Benjamin Carson Story”, “Oz the Great and Powerful”
Would you encourage your family and friends to view a foreign language film? _
Three responded affirmatively. One child commented that she would like to learn a language together with her family and they would converse together.
Now the entire school has participated in the QASFF! In addition to continuing to highlight foreign language and silent movies, we have drafted projects in response to the children’s suggestions (and some surprise additions) for next semester.
Thank you QAS School staff for your patience and encouragement every time the QASFF is scheduled. Thank you children for your honesty, and enthusiasm.
Enjoy the summer everyone.
Looking forward to our continuing work / joy together Ms. Attianese. Peace, Diane.
Jesus begged His disciples
to “watch one hour”
Another Lent begins next week.
Before it ends, will you finally manage
to watch one hour with Jesus,
and in that hour, to grow closer to Him in prayer…
as He yearns for you to do?
If you’re not confident, you should
consider this remarkable book,
written in Jerusalem in the 1920s
by a Dominican priest who lived there.
This Lent, it will make it easy for you
to watch not just one hour with Jesus,
“By means of this book,”
said Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta,
“we enter right into the Heart of Jesus and discover
how precious we are to Him and how much
He longs for our love in return.”
The late John Cardinal O’Connor
called this book “beautiful, devotional, and insightful.”
Fr. Benedict Groeschel
proclaimed it “a powerful aid to meditation.”
Dr. Alice von Hildebran says,
“This book should be in the hands of every single Christian.”
That’s because its author,
Rev. A.D. Sertillanges (1863-1948),
wrote with the care of a scholar, the eye of a cinematographer,
and the tenderness of a saint.
In the pages of this book, What Jesus Saw from the Cross,
you’ll be jostled by crowds as you enter Jerusalem with Jesus,
choke on the dust of the narrow streets,
breathe the rich smells of the city at festival time,
and share the Last Supper with the disciples.
You’ll weep in Gethsemane,
witness the kiss of Judas and the lying accusations
made before Herod and Pilate.
You’ll stumble with Jesus through narrow streets,
bumped by pack animals and hawkers selling wares
to the thrill-seeking crowd,
sneering at the Cross Jesus bears.
You’ll weep as soldiers drive home the nails
and tremble as darkness covers the earth
when Jesus dies.
So intense is Fr. Sertillanges’ account of Jesus’ last days
— and so faithful to the Gospel —
that generations of Catholics have used
What Jesus Saw from the Cross
to prepare themselves for Easter.
The late Fr. John Hardon, Servant of God, said that:
“Father Sertillanges’ book immerses us
into every detail, every event, and every emotion
that accompanies the drama
of Christ’s suffering and sacrifice on the cross.
After reading this book, every Christian will experience
the vivid sense of being an eyewitness
to the death of His Lord
and view the Crucifixion as a personal event
that touches his daily life.
This is a book for all times, for all places, and for all people, especially our own age.”
Will your faith grow this Lent,
or will it be another Lent
in which you just
“manage to get by?”
Join Mother Teresa, Cardinal O’Connor,
Fr. Benedict Groeschel, Dr. Alice von Hildebrand,
and countless other good Catholics
who have nourished their faith with
What Jesus Saw from the Cross.
A. G. Sertillanges
|Antonin Gilbert Sertillanges entered the Dominican order in France when he was twenty, was ordained a priest in 1888, and devoted the rest of his life to study and prayer.
A gifted teacher and a prolific scholar, Fr. Sertillanges published many books and over a thousand articles in the areas of philosophy, theology, art, and spirituality.
|Fr. Sertillanges was admired for his skill as a preacher, spiritual director, and apologist, and had considerable success explaining the Catholic faith to the young and the unconverted.
No “ivory tower” intellectual, but a passionate son of the Church, Fr. Sertillanges’s works bridge the gap between theology and the Christian experience of ordinary laymen.