Archive for June, 2011

Questions We Are Asked – June 2011

I have difficulty finding time to read the lesson plans.

Lesson plans are a very important resource to be successful taking a course. For the most part, lesson plans do not simply give daily assignments. They also:

  • Present new important material that is not in the book
  • Give suggestions for further enrichment
  • Give guidelines for assignments, or helps for taking tests

Plum Pudding and Scrabble

My children and I were recently speaking about when and how I first began home schooling. The textbook answer is that I started home schooling in the sixth grade, but in its truest sense, home schooling begins long before a workbook or a #3 pencil box is ever opened. And the more I considered the idea of when it all began, the more my memories turned toward two special women who helped shape me.

The Holy Spirit

This month we celebrate the Feast of Pentecost, the day that the Holy Spirit came to the Apostles in the form of tongues of fire while a thunderous wind blew through the building.

The Beatitudes

The Gospel of the Eight Beatitudes is surely one of the best beloved passages in all of Holy Writ, and deservedly so. For the fact is that men of all climes and times have regarded the Beatitudes as the ladder, so to speak, or the staircase by which the saints have ever ascended to heaven. And if we desire to be with the saints in heaven, then each of us must also mount these same rungs, patiently and perseveringly, hand in hand with our Divine Master. Let us therefore take each Beatitude in turn, and reflect upon its meaning briefly, asking Almighty God to enlighten our minds and our hearts as we do.

Ever Ancient, Ever New #4

Sancho Panza, the comical squire of the illustrious Don Quixote who vowed to restore knight-errantry into a debased world and recover the Golden Age, once told his master, “An ass will carry his load but not a double load.” As a loyal servant to his fearless knight-errant, Sancho performed his duties faithfully, but he never hesitated to remind his idealistic, visionary knight of the limits of human nature and the distinction between the normal and the abnormal demands of work. If Sancho were hungry, thirsty, sleepy, or in pain, Quixote heard the complaints of his squire that he often expressed in the proverbs that flowed from his tongue. This traditional wisdom also appears in proverbs from other older cultures. A famous Armenian proverb states, “No one can carry two watermelons at the same time.”

Conferences – June 2011

Herndon, VA (Washington DC). June 10-11, 2011 (Fri.-Sat.) 10th Annual Immaculate Heart of Mary National Home School and Parent Conference 2011, Hilton Washington Dulles Airport Hotel (note new location), 13869 Park Center Road, Herndon, VA. Fri.: 9 AM – 9 PM, Sat.: 9 AM – 4:30 PM. Information: 540-636-1946 or or

Message for World Communications Day

New horizons are now open that were until recently unimaginable; they stir our wonder at the possibilities offered by these new media and, at the same time, urgently demand a serious reflection on the significance of communication in the digital age. This is particularly evident when we are confronted with the extraordinary potential of the internet and the complexity of its uses. As with every other fruit of human ingenuity, the new communications technologies must be placed at the service of the integral good of the individual and of the whole of humanity. If used wisely, they can contribute to the satisfaction of the desire for meaning, truth and unity which remain the most profound aspirations of each human being.