March's This, That & Other

St John Academy

...the world reveals itself to the silent listener and only to him...

~ Josef Pieper

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February Greetings

February 22, 2019

Warm regards,


Jeffrey P. Presberg


Saint John Academy

What's Up...Next Week and so


REMEMBER we follow Fairfax County Public Schools for SNOW Emergency school closings.

It is FLU SEASON - If your child complains in the morning of not feeling well, please take his/her temperature. If he/she has a fever, do not bring the child to school. A student must be fever free without any medication for 24 hours before he/she can come back to school.

Congratulations to our 2nd Grade Class who received the sacrament of penance for the first time on Thursday, February 7th, 2019.

Friday, February 22 - Faculty/8th Grade World Basketball Championship 1:00 p.m.

- Winter Band Concert 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 23 - Parish Mardi Gras Party 6:00 p.m.

Friday, March 1 - 3rd grade field trip to Natural History Museum

Saturday, March 2 - Second Grade parents First Eucharist meeting 10:30 a.m.

A Story & Songs for February

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Now then! We will begin. When the story is done you shall know a great deal more than you do know.

He was a terribly bad hobgoblin, a goblin of the very wickedest sort and, in fact, he was the devil himself. One day the devil was in a very good humor because he had just finished a mirror which had this peculiar power: everything good and beautiful that was reflected in it seemed to dwindle to almost nothing at all, while everything that was worthless and ugly became most conspicuous and even uglier than ever. In this mirror the loveliest landscapes looked like boiled spinach, and the very best people became hideous, or stood on their heads and had no stomachs. Their faces were distorted beyond any recognition, and if a person had a freckle it was sure to spread until it covered both nose and mouth.

"That's very funny!" said the devil. If a good, pious thought passed through anyone's mind, it showed in the mirror as a carnal grin, and the devil laughed aloud at his ingenious invention.

All those who went to the hobgoblin's school-for he had a school of his own-told everyone that a miracle had come to pass. Now, they asserted, for the very first time you could see how the world and its people really looked. They scurried about with the mirror until there was not a person alive nor a land on earth that had not been distorted.

Then they wanted to fly up to heaven itself, to scoff at the angels, and our Lord. The higher they flew with the mirror, the wider it grinned. They could hardly manage to hold it. Higher they flew, and higher still, nearer to heaven and the angels. Then the grinning mirror trembled with such violence that it slipped from their hands and fell to the earth, where it shattered into hundreds of millions of billions of bits, or perhaps even more. And now it caused more trouble than it did before it was broken, because some of the fragments were smaller than a grain of sand and these went flying throughout the wide world. Once they got in people's eyes they would stay there. These bits of glass distorted everything the people saw, and made them see only the bad side of things, for every little bit of glass kept the same power that the whole mirror had possessed.

A few people even got a glass splinter in their hearts, and that was a terrible thing, for it turned their hearts into lumps of ice. Some of the fragments were so large that they were used as window panes-but not the kind of window through which you should look at your friends. Other pieces were made into spectacles, and evil things came to pass when people put them on to see clearly and to see justice done. The fiend was so tickled by it all that he laughed till his sides were sore. But fine bits of the glass are still flying through the air, and now you shall hear what happened.

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A song for Christmas lingering

Enjoy a modern rendition by the highly talented Sufjan Stevens...

Come Thou Font of Every Blessing written by Robert Robertson (1758)...

"Ebenezer" refers to the Book of Samuel (1 Samuel 7: 12) and the raising and marking of a great stone--Ebenezer--to remember God's help in achieving victory. This beloved English hymn also offers potential insight into Dicken's choice of name for his main character in A Christmas Carol.

Since reason is nothing else than the power to understand reality, then all reasonable, sensible, sound, clear, and heart-stirring talk stems from listening silence.

~ Josef Pieper

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Top Painting: The Source by John Fabian Carlson

Middle Painting 1: The Journey of the Magi by James Tissot (1894)

Middle Painting 2: Conversion on the Road to Damascus by Caravaggio

Bottom Painting: The Lone Wolf by ALFRED VON WIERUSZ-KOWALSKI