I am enjoying piecing together little by little a home economics course for my girls entitled, St. Martha’s Apron Strings. I’m also slowly working on something along similar lines for my boys – something I’ll call St. George’s Squires. I love the story of St. George. Canonized in 494 AD, Pope Gelasius said St. George was one of those “…whose names are justly reverenced among men, but whose acts are known only to God.” He was a saint – a martyr who died defending our dear Lord to the very end. That much we know.
Though much is made of the legend surrounding St. George and the dragon, there are qualities of St. George to teach and inspire our young men – qualities such as honesty, loyalty, piety, leadership, devotion, selflessness, moral and physical courage.
Begging the intercession of St. George, I would like to piece together an outline that guides me in offering to a young man (whether mine or yours, dear reader) some skills, behaviors and virtues that are quickly falling to the wayside in favor of emasculation and general rudeness. Following St. George’s strong example, I want my young men to aspire to become warriors for Christ – brave and noble – and fierce guardians of Mother Church.
Here are some books, ideas and resources I have that I’d like to organize a bit more in my head…still…for your consideration…
For character formation…
The Young Man’s Guide by Father Lasance
The Children’s Treasury of Virtues
The Book of Virtues for Young People
The Children’s Book of Heroes
The Children’s Book of Home and Family
Boy’s resource guides or “the lost arts”…
The American Boy’s Handy Book
Camp Lore and Woodcraft
Boy Mechanic: 200 Classic Things to Build
The Adventurer’s Handbook: Life Lessons from History’s Greatest Explorers
Native American Crafts and Skills
St. George and the Dragon
The Squire and the Scroll
The Making of a Knight
A Genuine and Moste Authentic Guide: Knight: A Noble Guide for Young Squires
Castle: Medieval Days and Knights
America: A Patriotic Primer
I could go on…but, I’ll stop there and just say that this is another project I’d like to take on…a little later. A certain someone and I must let the author’s speak first! I haven’t forgotten 😉