O’ mice an’ men – Catholic home schooling (week 1)

Be sober, and watch: because your adversary, the devil, as a roaring lion, goeth about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist ye, strong in faith; knowing that the same affliction befalleth your brethren who are in the world.

1 Peter 5:8-9

Princess Hannah

Public and Catholic School Education in today’s world–The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men

Last Wednesday we officially began Catholic home schooling our 3 children–Andrew (10), Gabriel (8), and Hannah (6). Today is Monday, (Day 4), and I have a few observations:

1. I’m kicking myself for not having home schooled all of our 5 children from the beginning. We’re using the Seton Home School Program and from the very first day it was apparent to me that this Catholic education program not only delivers academically, but also, (and more importantly), delivers sound spiritual doctrine incorporated within the material… My only regret is my inability to afford purchasing this same program for every child at our parish–St. Patrick of the Forest Catholic Church, in Cave Junction, Oregon.

2. I’ve found out that I’m not as smart as I thought I was. Either that, or, I’m suffering from premature senior moments–constantly.

3. I’m learning that love is patient. With God this is an eternal attribute and virtue as pure Spirit–Not so with fleshly man…

Final Note: If there were any doubts left within me if home educating our children was/is the right course for their lives, it was put to rest on the eve of our first day. A friend e-mailed the following homily from the Patrick Madrid blog, his post read:

This is an amazing sermon delivered two days ago by an unidentified Catholic priest. He discourses clearly and forcefully on a range of issues, especially the serious obligation we who are parents have before God to safeguard our children from moral dangers. Along the way, he makes a few startling comments about how the evil one tries to subvert children and, in particular, he advises parents to be on guard against letting a certain “strange man” speak directly to their children. It will be 18 minutes and 44 seconds of your life well spent. [My emphasis]


Patrick Madrid PostWhat Will You Say When God Asks: “Where Are Those Whom I Have Entrusted to You?”





One thought on “O’ mice an’ men – Catholic home schooling (week 1)”

  1. Aloha James Mary:

    We finally completed our Catholic homeschooling journey this year. Our son is now attending a local university on a full scholarship. I think his homeschooling education with Seton had a lot to do with this accomplishment. It wasn’t all a bed a roses and he grumbled a lot about the work load, but I know they taught him well. And, more importantly, he is grounded in his faith and is able to defend his faith.

    God bless your family every day as you homeschool your children.

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