Archive for March, 2014

The Real Reasons Why I Homeschool

The reason I began to homeschool is not a single reason. I was disheartened at the level of education my eldest son was receiving in the public school. In addition, we were staunch fighters against the so-called “family education,” which was nothing more than a cover and masthead for sex education. And, in our local parish, our son’s CCD education was quite the joke…

Many Are Called

Like many Catholic fathers, I often pray that if my boys have vocations to the priesthood, they accept their callings. Sadly, as Jesus told us, many do not. The corollary to my prayer is the additional plea that I be given the graces to properly assist them along their way…

2014 Conferences

NY, Long Island – March 21, 2014 (Fri.)
IHM Long Island Homeschool & Parent Conference…

The Beloved Beatitudes

The Gospel of the eight Beatitudes is surely one of the best-loved 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 ascend 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…

4 Ways to Turn Spring Fever into Exciting Homeschooling
Opportunities!

Without fail, it happens every year at just about this time. The Christmas holidays are a memory, winter seems to be lasting forever, and school has been in session since before you can remember. At least, that’s how it feels when March rolls around and all we want is to be sipping iced tea with a novel in the backyard while the kids play in the sprinklers…

Schooling in Four Seasons with Seton

This past February, our daughter Katie married her fellow Christendom graduate, Peter Spiering. It was one of those joyful rest stops on our family’s journey of life. In the whirlwind of such a milestone day, you just have to pause and take it all in; as you’ve heard, and maybe said yourself, “Children grow up too fast.”…

Your Questions Answered

What do you consider the most important factor for successful home schooling?

Living a life of prayer is the single most important factor for successful homeschooling. Living a life of prayer is also the single most important factor for a happy Catholic family life and a happy marriage. Prayer helps us to understand the importance of daily self-sacrifice, patience, and understanding. Children must sometimes be pressured to join in family prayer, but ultimately, the graces from Jesus and Mary do touch their innocent hearts. The graces that your children received at Baptism are still within your children, helping them to be ready to receive the Catholic teachings. Your daily Catholic lifestyle gives the witness to your children that appeals to their hearts and souls. The family that prays together, stays together, as Father Patrick Peyton of the Family Rosary Crusade taught. The family that prays together can withstand the difficulties that inevitably come into all our lives. Our homeschooling families can progress in the spiritual life, often because of the Catholic homeschooling studies which are permeated with the messages of Jesus and His saints. Don’t let anything interfere with your daily family prayer life…

Saint Joseph: Model for Fathers, Protector of Families

The month of March is dedicated to Saint Joseph. Chosen by God to be the foster-father of Jesus, Saint Joseph is perhaps the greatest saint, the one person, after Mary, closest to the Heart of Jesus. Scripture refers to him as a “just man.” Saint Joseph’s justice is clear in his relationship with God, with his family, and in his work…