Archive for June, 2013

Family School of Love and Virtues

Every Catholic knows the primacy of love in the Christian life. Jesus’ words (Mt. 19:19 and 22:37) about love of God and love of one’s neighbor as oneself immediately come to mind, as does St. Paul’s warning (I Cor. 1:13) that without charity as a motive, all that we do becomes “sounding brass and tinkling cymbal.”…

The Consolation of God

Certain things in life seem common to all men.  The physical things are the most obvious: we all need to eat and to sleep, and we all need shelter.  But on perhaps even more important levels of psychology, emotion, and spirituality, we need peace, love, truth, and consolation.  On one of the most basic levels of humanity, we need someone to put his or her hand on our shoulder and comfort us…

College Prep: Spiritual Preparations

The most important final preparation for college lies in seeing to your continued spiritual health once you are away from home and on your own.  The basics are quite clear, of course.  Your strong participation in the sacramental life of the Church obviously must continue without interruption…

Book Reports

We receive frequent questions about book reports because many children do not like writing book reports. One main reason is that most children are handwriting their book reports and, when it is necessary to make changes or corrections, they don’t like rewriting the whole report. Students might be happier if they handwrite only their outline. The outline should be the most serious part of the book report because the student needs to think about what main points he wants to make, and which examples will prove the main points…

Tutorial Videos

Several years ago, Seton decided to produce tutorial videos to help parents and students with answering the most common questions that come through our phones and message boards. We discovered that the most common questions we receive relate to diagramming sentences as assigned students in their English courses. Because diagramming is often not well understood, and because it is a very visual representation of grammatical concepts, we decided diagramming would be a perfect subject for a video…

Easter Brings New Life

In the poem, The Ballad of the White Horse, King Alfred and all of Christianity seem to be lost to the Danes. It is a time of despair for every part of Europe. The only hope is Alfred’s faith in God, strengthened through a vision of Mary. Alfred fights a fierce battle using his God-given skills and is eventually victorious. The Ballad of the White Horse is the eleventh grade English requirement our oldest son, Benjamin, and I have been reading for Seton Home Study School. Our family can relate. We have had our own battle to fight, against all odds, and we have survived it only with and through the help of God…

Dr. Clark Answers Your Questions

My son is struggling with his 8th grade studies. I notice he enjoys playing with the younger children and prefers activities which are popular for younger boys.

It is not unusual for some children to “grow up” at a later age. Parents who recognize this often wait until their child is six years old before starting kindergarten. Parents who start these children at the usual early age sometimes discover that by 4th or 5th grade, they are struggling, especially with reading comprehension and analysis skills…

The Sacred Heart

The feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus is celebrated this year on Friday, June 7th. Among Catholics and many Christians, pictures of the Sacred Heart and devotions to the Sacred Heart are popular because His Heart represents His love, care, mercy, and protection for each one of us…