Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Two Jews in a Church

J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R.*

IMHO there is far too little discussion concerning Einstein's youth. The three years he spent in Catholic School were at that critical time in childhood development when higher level concepts are being formed (age 6-9).

Intellectual Development

  • Your child will become more sophisticated in understanding the concept of time. They enjoy hearing about times past
  • By age 6, most children can count to 100. By age 9, they are beginning to learn how to multiply.

Spiritual Development

  • Kids begin to wonder more about the world around them, and they are more likely to ask why things happen.
  • Children at this age begin to notice that friends may have different spiritual practices.


Grades 2-5 in Catholic School were pivotal for me.  It is a shame that we have only scant anedotal evidence of what it might have been like for young Albert, the only Jew in his class at the Petersschule in Munich, Bavaria during the years 1885-1889.  I wonder if he identified with Jesus, the other Jew, at Holy Mass.

Max Jammer relates the following in his book, Einstein’s Religiosity and the Role of Religion in His Private Life:
At the Catholic primary school, he was taught, at age seven, parts of the Small Catechism (Catechismus Romanus) and biblical tales of the New Testament; at age eight, sections of the Large Catechism and biblical stories of the Old Testament; and at age nine years, other parts of the Old Testament and the sacraments, baptism, and the Lord's Supper.


Sincerely yours in Jesus and Mary,
Mike Rizzio

Imitate Mary
Become like Jesus
Live for the Triune God

Seek the Light of Our Lord Jesus Christ
See you on the High Ground!

* - J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R. stands for:

Jesus, Mary and Joseph;
O Beata Trinitas;
St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael

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