“I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike.” (Lk. 10:21)                                      “Seek first the kingdom of God” (Mt 6:33)                                      “As a child has rest in its mother’s arms even so my soul.” (Ps. 131:2)                                      “Do whatever He tells you.” (Jn. 2:5)                                      “Speak, Lord, for Your servant is listening.” (1 Sam. 3:10)                                      “Everyone of us needs a half hour of prayer each day, except when we’re busy, then we need an hour.”                                      “Quo Vadis?”                                      “Lay up to yourselves treasures in heaven: where neither the rust nor moth doth consume, and where thieves do not break through, nor steal.” (Mt. 6:20)                                      “The chief purpose of theology is to provide an understanding of Revelation and the content of faith. The very heart of theological enquiry will thus be the contemplation of the mystery of the Triune God.” (St. John Paul II, Fides et Ratio)                                      “No man can serve two masters.” (Mt. 6:24)                                      “Enter in at the narrow gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many there are who go in thereat.” (Mt. 7:13)                                      “By their fruits you shall know them.” (Mt. 7:16)                                      “Every one therefore that heareth these my words, and doth them, shall be likened to a wise man that built his house upon a rock.” (Mt. 7:24)                                      “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father in not in him.” (1 Jn. 2:15)                                      “The fundamental difference between religious and other forms of education is that its aim is not simply intellectual assent to religious truths but also a total commitment of one's whole being to the Person of Christ.” (The Catholic School)                                      "During the course of the day, recollect as often as you can that you stand in the presence of God. Consider what He does and what you are doing. You will find His eyes turned towards you and perpetually fixed on you with incomparable love." - St. Francis de Sales                                      “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10)                                      “Here he stands behind our wall, gazing through the windows, peering through the lattices. My lover speaks; he says to me, ‘Arise, my beloved, my beautiful one, and come!’”(Song of Songs 2:9-10)                                      "My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for He has looked with favor on His lowly servant." (Lk. 1:46-48)                                      "During the course of the day, recollect as often as you can that you stand in the presence of God. Consider what He does and what you are doing. You will find His eyes turned towards you and perpetually fixed on you with incomparable love." St. Francis de Sales                                      "Remember that good confessions and good Communions are the first steps to a sound education."-St. Don Bosco                                      "A school without music is a school without a soul, for music aids education. It is a most effective means to obtain discipline, morality, and help good feeling..." - St. Don Bosco                                      "Frequent Communion and daily Mass are the two pillars of education." - St. Don Bosco                                     

Houses

There are two boys houses (St. Simeon and St. John the Beloved) and two girls houses (St. Anna and St. Mary Magdalene) at Living Nazareth. These saints were chosen because of their tender and constant devotion to Our Lord and Our Lady which we hope our students will learn to emulate. The houses will give students an opportunity to be part of a more intimate community within the context of the school as a whole and will offer occassions for healthy competition among students. More details on each of the house patrons is included below.


St. Simeon - “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10)

St. Simeon

St. Simeon “was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel. And the Holy Ghost was in him. And he had received an answer from the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death before he had seen the Christ of the Lord.” (Lk. 2:25-26) From this short description of him in Sacred Scripture we learn that in addition to being just and devout, he was a man of faith and hope. He knew well what God had promised and waited eagerly and patiently for Him to fulfill His promise. We know that the Holy Ghost was in him and more importantly, that he listened carefully to His voice and His inspirations and acted on these. We also know that when Joseph and Mary brought the child Jesus into the temple, Simeon rushed to take Jesus in his arms and sing praise to God declaring “Now let your servant go in peace, your word has been fulfilled. For my eyes have seen the salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of every people.” (Lk. 2:29-31) In this canticle, which the Church echoes each night in her Liturgy of the Hours, Simeon gives evidence of the gifts of wisdom and understanding. Wisdom to know the purpose of his life and to order all other things towards that purpose and understanding in being able to discern the presence of God in what appeared to be an ordinary child. In moving to take the child in his arms and praising God, we see evidence of his devotion, love, awe, and reverence. These are the virtues the men of St. Simeon’s House seek to cultivate in themselves, in imitation of their patron: justice, devotion, patience, faith, hope, love, awe, reverence, understanding, and wisdom.


St. John the Beloved - “As a child has rest in its mother’s arms even so my soul.” (Ps. 131:2)

St. John

Sacred Scripture refers to St. John as “the disciple whom Jesus loved.” It is clear that John had a special place in the heart of Our Savior, who allowed him the privilege of reclining on His breast at the Last Supper and entrusted Our Blessed Mother to his care with His dying words on the Cross. In John’s relationship with St. Peter we see evidence of his humble deference when he waits at the empty tomb for Peter to enter first and of his loving concern for others when he arranges for Peter to be let into the court of the high priest at the onset of Our Lord’s Passion. It is his Gospel account that relates to us Jesus as the Word made flesh as well as His Bread of Life discourse, revealing to us his great insight into and understanding of divine truths. In imitation of their patron, the men of St. John’s House strive to cultivate the virtues of tender devotion to Our Blessed Mother and Our Lord, humility, meekness, loving concern for others, wisdom, and understanding.


St. Anna – “Charm is deceptive and beauty fleeting; the woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.”

St. Anna

St. Anna was a widow “who departed not from the temple, by fastings and prayers serving night and day.” (Lk. 2:37) We see here her single-hearted devotion to God which was manifested by her constant service, prayer, and sacrifice in the temple over several years, even after the great sorrow of her early widowhood. This devotion led her to recognize the Christ when He was but an infant being presented in the temple and moved her to speak of Him to all those who looked for the Redemption of Israel. Likewise, the women of St. Anna’s house strive to emulate the courage and charity of this holy prophetess in proclaiming Jesus to all those who long for His saving power in their lives as well as her purity of heart, temperance, devotion, and humble service.


St. Mary Magdalene – “Deep waters cannot quench love, nor floods sweep it away.” ( Song of Songs 8:7)

St. Mary Magdalene

St. Mary Magdalene is a wondrous model of the transformative power of God’s love and mercy. It is said of her “Many sins are forgiven her, because she hath loved much.” (Lk. 7:47) Scripture frequently attests to this love in her constant loyal presence and service to Our Lord, even during His Sacred Passion when almost all others left Him alone. She was the first person recorded in Scripture to have seen the Risen Lord and was entrusted to bring the joyous news of the Resurrection to the apostles. The women of St. Mary Magdalene House strive to emulate her penitential spirit, loving confidence, sincere devotion, and unwavering fidelity.