“Saints and Scholars” is an annual production put on by our homeschool co-op, and was held at the school across from our church last Saturday.
Finding an appropriate costume and writing my kids’ speeches is always well worth the effort, and yet I always—ALWAYS—hesitate before signing the kids up, because one, I am not a seamstress and two, I am not a writer.
Okay, so I am a writer but I’m a busy writer, okay?
So I had Big Sister Cate write Felicity’s talk and and you know what? She did great. They did great! A sister-sister team, you know? That’s synergy.
Felicity even came up with her own costume, which was not exactly true to the period but was (in this doting momma's opinion), still quite pretty, regardless.
She is Margaret More, daughter of St. Thomas More, because all the girl saints were taken by the time this momma had stopped dragging her feet.
(They eventually raised the mike for her.)
And anyway, St. Thomas More is the patron saint of lawyers and we figure he's a good one to have on our side.
Angela talked about St. Nicholas Owen because, like I said, all the girl saints were taken! Plus that way we got to include our 4-year-old, George.
St. Nicholas Owen was really short, so that part was appropriate.
I'm also told that he really liked brownies, especially ones made by homeschooling moms.
Do you know the story of St. Nicholas Owen? I hadn't heard of him before we chose him, but boy, he's also a good one to have on your side. He was a carpenter from Oxford, England, who became a Jesuit lay brother. During the fierce Catholic persecution of the 16th Century, he built hundreds of hiding places (known as "priest holes") throughout the country. When he was finally caught and arrested, having surrendered himself because two priests were hiding nearby, a local official said, "We've caught a good one."
He was put in the Tower of London, brutally tortured and killed. Pretty harsh, right? And yet, that's the way that Catholics were treated...and that's the main reason I wanted my kids in this year's show. Yes, they have to memorize their lines and give a speech on stage, and those are valuable skills for a kid to learn.
Blessed Margaret Pole and Princess Mary
Most important of all, though, is meeting the courageous heroes who died for our faith. Frankly, I don't think we're that far from real persecution, and while there's a cuteness factor in seeing these pint-sized saints...