Running the Good Race

Well, we did it! After 12 years of homeschooling, we reached our goal—the golden ticket if you will. Our son and daughter graduated from Seton Home Study School this past May. If you would have asked me several years ago if this achievement were possible, I would have stared at you in disbelief…

Our Lady of Good Remedy

The Blessed Virgin Mary, under the title of Our Lady of Good Remedy, is honored by the Church on October 8…

Our Mother of Good Counsel

We home schooling parents are constantly faced with decisions about our children and about their daily schooling assignments, but also about running the household, scheduling doctors’ appointments, running errands, getting the laundry done, preparing meals…

Good is Great

Some homeschooling parents believe that unless they can do a great job, then homeschooling is not for them. That must be a tremendous cross for these Moms and Dads to carry. Thankfully, it is one that I do not shoulder. If you are burdened by this “great-or-nothing” form of what I call academic scrupulosity, let me suggest something to you: stop trying to do a great job; do a good job instead…

Our Lady of Good Help

On December 8, 2010, at the Mass of the Immaculate Conception, Bishop David Ricken of the Diocese of Green Bay announced a Decree on the Authenticity of the Apparitions of 1859 at the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in the Diocese of Green Bay.

Hello, Good Men

When my oldest son Athanasius was about five years old, I observed him playing with his Star Wars toys, imagining a great battle of the good Jedi knights against “the bad guys.” As I watched him play, I asked him: “Athan, if Jedi were real, who would be more powerful: a Jedi knight or Father John (our parish priest)?” Immediately, he answered: “A priest, because only a priest can change bread and wine into the body and blood of Jesus.” It’s an observation that we adults often forget. In home schooling families, and in all Catholic families, the role of the priest is so important that life without them is literally unimaginable.

Our Lady of Good Counsel

Our Lady of Good Counsel is the name given to an image of the Blessed Mother with the Child Jesus.  The image is on a paper-thin plaster fresco which appeared suddenly in 1467, freely standing, with no attachment, on the wall of a church in a little town near Rome.  Almost immediately, miracles began to happen to those who prayed before the fresco.  A crippled man walked; a blind woman regained her sight.  So many miracles happened so quickly, the Church authorities immediately began to record them.  They recorded 161 miracles in 110 days.  Since then, thousands of miracles have been recorded, not only in front of the fresco, but also in front of copies of the original fresco.