Archive for April, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI Urbi et Orbi Message

May the jubilant voice of the Church reach all of you with the words which the ancient hymn puts on the lips of Mary Magdalene, the first to encounter the risen Jesus on Easter morning. She ran to the other disciples and breathlessly announced: “I have seen the Lord!” (Jn 20:18). We too, who have journeyed through the desert of Lent and the sorrowful days of the Passion, today raise the cry of victory: “He has risen! He has truly risen!”

2012 Conferences

Indianapolis, IN. May 5 (Sat.). Quo Vadis Catholic Homeschool Conference. Holy Rosary Catholic Parish, 520 Stevens Street, Indianapolis, IN. After 8:00 AM Mass — 5:00 PM. Info: or email

Wrong Address

While attending Christendom College, sometime between Metaphysics and Economics class, I decided that I wanted to become a stockbroker. Many brokers begin their careers when they are a bit older—some of them start the business when they are in their 40s or 50s, and are moving on from a successful career somewhere else. But, even though I attended a small Catholic college and was only in my early 20s, I was determined to make it. So I sent out resumes, made phone calls, and tried to set up appointments with the hope of breaking in to this prestigious business. Presumably, most of my correspondence was immediately filed in the place that these would-be employers saw fit: the trash can. But after two years of searching, I was eventually hired by a firm.

To Tailor or Not To Tailor the Curriculum

For many years, Seton lesson plans included a piece of paper—hot pink to catch parental attention—that reminded parents to “change the program to fit the child and NOT try to change the child to fit the program.” Today, the lesson plans often remind parents that they are proceeding at a pace that is appropriate for that age and grade, but that parents can feel free to accelerate or apply the brakes if necessary. Clearly, modifying a curriculum plan to suit an individual student’s talents and abilities is an essential benefit of home schooling, but just how accommodating should a wise parent be? Is there such a thing as too much customizing, and how do we know? Here are some simple ideas to help you.

The College Maze

Parents with homeschooled students are often daunted by the whole college entrance experience. The process can be rather complicated, but if it is taken step by step, families can survive and ensure that the students attend a good college without breaking the bank.

Questions We Are Asked – May 2012

May I adjust the program for my 8th grade boy toward easier courses, or less time-consuming courses?

One thing to remember is that boys go through a growth spurt in the junior high years, and once they settle down in high school to their studies, they become better students.

Our Lady of Fatima

We Catholics think of May as Mary’s month, the month we decorate our May altars and rededicate ourselves to saying the daily Rosary. For many of us, May is the month we recall the wonderful apparitions of the Blessed Mother to the three children, Lucia, Jacinta, and Francisco, in the year 1917 in Fatima, a village north of Lisbon, Portugal. The most fantastic miracle was the “dancing” of the sun, seen by thousands of people. There were three other visions in the sky at the sixth apparition which many saw, and there were many cures and healings.

Pope Benedict XVI to American Bishops

As Blessed John Paul II observed, the future of humanity passes by way of the family (cf. Familiaris Consortio, 85). Indeed, “the good that the Church and society as a whole expect from marriage and from the family founded on marriage is so great as to call for full pastoral commitment to this particular area. Marriage and the family are institutions that must be promoted and defended from every possible misrepresentation of their true nature, since whatever is injurious to them is injurious to society itself” (Sacramentum Caritatis, 29).

Culture Shock

I recently spoke to a mom who lamented the fact that the modern culture is so bad that we really can’t expect as much from children and teenagers as we once did. After all, the logic went, the culture they are growing up in is much worse than it was when she was growing up. Modern culture has its problems, and its problems are many, but I wonder, is it really worse than in the past? I understand that we’re not living in a Catholic culture, but aside from a few select countries during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, when was culture that good?

2012 Conferences

Santa Clara, CA. April 13-14, (Fri.-Sat.). Northern California Catholic Homeschooling Conference, Our Lady of Peace Shrine, 2800 Mission College Blvd, Santa Clara, CA. Fri.: 2 PM — 9 PM; Sat.: After 8 AM Mass — 5 PM. Info: 408-980-9825 or 1-800-980-1531.