Mnemonic poetry, verse for memorization, is an indispensable aid in catechesis. When all effective education came under a focused, purposefully destructive, anti-intellectual, secular-humanist attack in the 1880s, by design in the foundational planning of compulsory universal schooling: Memorization was one of the first targets, falsely identified with “cant”, the salutary memorization of the corpus of voluminous didactic instructional content, including the grammar of the Faith, essential information destructively impugned as “mindless repetition”. Whereas, in truth it was the enemies of education who were trying to destroy real learning, by breaking natural-logical connections within the coherence of knowledge. See The Crusade Against Knowledge–The Campaign Against Memory. All important pedagogy is naturally allied to verse. (John Senior asserted that, prior to 250 years ago, most education was rendered in verse.) Therefore it is highly appropriate to use poetry, including that supported by music, as a standard foundation for catechesis.
Confraternity of Our Lady of Fatima
Bishop Athanasius Schneider:
4 Foundations of Catechesis
|The Apostles’ Creed||The Sacraments|
|The Ten Commandments, and||The Lord’s Prayer|