Surviving in a Secularized Society

“There is another form of poverty! It is the spiritual poverty of our time, which afflicts the so-called richer countries particularly seriously. It is what my much-loved predecessor, Benedict XVI, called the ‘tyranny of relativism,’ which allows everyone to create his own criterion and endangers the coexistence of peoples. But there is no true peace without truth.” With greater strength, we have to present to the World the saving truth that was incarnated in Jesus Christ. As the ethical values inherited from Christianity that once upheld our societies come to their final destruction, we should understand that there is no common good without reference to the principles taught in a constant way by Catholic doctrine…

Surviving Christmas

Sometimes it seems like the work for Mom is never ending in our large Catholic families. By Thanksgiving, the first quarter assignments have been completed and the homeschooling is clipping along nicely. Then Bang! Along comes the Christmas season, doubling the work load but halving the class time! It’s more than a little discouraging!…

Surviving Christmas

Sometimes it seems like the work is never ending in our big Catholic families. Mom has the first quarter under her belt, and the home schooling is clipping alone nicely. BANG! Along comes the Christmas season, doubling the work load and halving the amount of class time. It’s more than a little discouraging. For many years I have seriously competed with Ebenezer Scrooge and the Grinch to see if I can be crabbier during Christmas than they are known to be. Most years I think I win. Now mind you, I am ashamed of myself, and struggle each year to keep Christmas a joyous and holy day and not just another reason for Mom to work even harder than usual shopping and entertaining.