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The Keeping It Catholic Chronicles
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SAMPLES: The Age of Mary
+++Catholic Study Guide for Homeschoolers!
+++Home Education Guides: What Catholic Hsing Moms Asked For!
+++Keepsake Collection of Recipes
+++Another Reason to Homeschool: #1,001
+++Aragorn: The Catholic Monarch?
+++Are We Good Thieves or Bad Thieves?
+++(A) Baby & Her Parents Need Your Help
+++(The) Catholic-But Syndrome
+++Charlotte Church - The New Material Girl?
+++Charlotte Mason: For Whose Sake?
+++Courageous Expose - EWTN: A Network Gone Wrong (Review) - Nice People & Beautiful Things in the World
+++Deadline Date for Terri: Done on Purpose?
+++England's New Grading System: Politically Correct to the
+++FATIMA: Still in Eclipse
+++FATIMA: The Most Important Part is Still Missing
+++FATIMA: One Secret, Three Parts
+++FATIMA and the King of France: Do We Have Less than 10 Years Left?
+++FATIMA: The Question of Consecration
+++(The) Feast of St. Joseph - with Prayers
+++Flight to Narnia - Delayed
+++Flower of the Catholic City
+++For the Italians!
+++Guidelines: Ohio
+++His Holy Father or My Highness?
+++Home & Family Life: The (Almighty) Schedule
+++Homeschooling = Child Abuse?
+++How Long, O Lord?
+++In the Name of Christ the King!
+++Is There Life after Homeschooling?
+++Jesus' Charitable Warning
+++Keeping It Catholic on the Net!
+++(The) Last Catholic Emperor
+++Little Lessons & Christmas Memories
+++MEN!!!! Pt 1, Missing in [Catholic] Action - Chivalry
+++MEN!!! Pt. 2, I Bid You Stand, Men of the West!
+++Michael Schiavo's Slip-Up
+++Moving Meditation on the Messiah: The Passion of the Christ
+++Not a Blitz, But a Blackout (Terri and the Catholic Media)
+++Open Letter to Homeschool Resisters
+++Pope's Death: What God in His Mercy is Telling Us
+++Part 1 - Is Homeschooling Disobedient to the Church?
+++Part 2 - Lynn's Letter on Homeschooling
+++Part 3 - Fr.Stravinskas’ Problems with Homeschooling
+++Part 4 - A
+++Pope's Death: President Orders Flags at Half-Mast
+++RED FLAG: Blessed are We
+++RED FLAG: Catholic Insights into Montessori Education
+++RETREAT 1: Importance of Meditation on the Passion
+++RETREAT 2: Saints' Love of Christ's Passion
+++RETREAT 3: Devotion to the Passion
+++RETREAT 4: The Charity of God
+++RETREAT 5: The Judas Factor
+++RETREAT 6 : The Lamb of God
+++RETREAT 7: The Paschal Supper
+++RETREAT 8: Jesus' Farewell
+++RETREAT 9: In the Garden of Gethsemane
+++RETREAT 10: Ecce Homo!
+++RETREAT 11: After the Crucifixion
+++RETREAT 12: Christ and His Mystical Body
+++Rosary Novena
+++(The) Secrets of Catholic Homeschooling
+++September: A Holy Month to Start Homeschooling
+++Terri Schindler Schiavo: American Martyr
+++Terri Schindler Schiavo - With God, All Things are Possible
+++Today is the 1st Day (of the Rest of this Blog!)
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September 30, 2003
KIC News and LOTR: The Return of the King

For the purpose of displaying the various types of topics that we'd like to address on this weblog, I will share some messages already posted on our KIC email list in the past month or so.

The following excerpt is mine, and the topic will receive quite a bit of attention in our first issue of the Keeping It Catholic (paper version) newsletter, due for end of fall release. (Subscriptions are $20 in the U.S. for four quarterly issues, and may be made payable to:

M. Bartold/KIC

604 S. Main St., Suite 224

Lapeer, MI 48446




As many of you already know, LOTR's "The Two Towers" was released at the end of August 2003 and "Return of the King" is due to appear in movie theatres this December.

LOTR is absolutely fantastic when it comes to the "layers within layers" but especially in how it provides examples in regard to the "Communion of Saints," the role of free will, the responses of characters to certain events and opportunities, the effects of evil even when resisted, etc.

These books, and even the movies, can act as examples to our children, and us, about how to apply Catholic principles in real life.Their "resurrected" popularity is well-deserved for so many reasons!

How many times have lines from the characters come to mind, whether humorous or serious? What of Sam's lines about hope in "The Two Towers" (the movie) which can apply to each and every one of us, when we are tired and weary but know we must carry on? And what of Frodo, upon whom fell a very hard task, but who also knows "he wouldn't have gotten very far without Sam"? What of the events surrounding each character, often unbeknownst to the others of the Fellowship, that brought fear and doubt but, in the end, lead to victory? Think of Merry and Pippin, who went along, partly out of friendship and partly because they were natural adventurers, but who also had their own roles to play? And courageous Boromir, tempted so sorely but in the end, dying nobly? What of Saruman, rejecting the chance to repent and repair at least some of the evil for which he was responsible, only rejecting the opportunity out of fear and pride? What of Gollum, who still had his own role to play - for good or for bad? And what of that which happens after the Ring is destroyed? For all his sacrifices and sufferings, Frodo was not highly honored by his own people, and he suffered throughout his life from those terrible wounds inflicted upon him by the Nazgul and Shelob.

All of this brings me to my next point. Of late, I am extremely interested in Tolkien's original book, "The Return of the King" for a very particular reason. In fact, our whole family has discussed this intermittently throughout the spring and summer, sometimes reading the prophecies and then comparing them to Aragorn's role in LOTR.

I have often wondered if Tolkien - a Catholic - was well-acquainted with the Catholic prophecies of the "Great Monarch" to come sometime in our future. Aragorn seems to parallel those prophecies in many respects. For example, the true identity of the Great Monarch will be hidden for quite some time. He will be of a royal line believed to be extinct, who will experience much hardship and face many battles against a great evil that has covered most of the earth, who will "come into his own" around the age of 40 (or his mid-life, however long his life will be) and who will, with the help of God and a future Pope, do much to restore a true Christian (meaning Catholic) society world-wide.

I myself knew nothing of these prophecies in regard to a "Great Monarch" or "Great Prince" until the last year or so, and I still did not make the connection between them and "The Return of the King" until this past winter. I have heard nothing "official" regarding Tolkien in regard to these particular prophecies, but still, one cannot help but wonder!

Art imitates life, as the old saying goes...and there is much to ponder when art sometimes seems to precede that which may happen in real life. ~MCB

Posted by catholic_homeschool at 21:48 EDT
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