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Fantastic sermon on homeschooling August 23, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Glory, Holy suffering, Latin Mass, priests, Saints, Tradition, Virtue.

Hey, I know this priest!  And many of my readers do, too, but we shall keep that between us.  What is important, is that he gives a wonderful lesson on the benefits of homeschooling, especially the love and self-sacrifice on the part of parents that children witness through this form of self-giving.

I think the priest may have given this sermon because the school year is about to start for many (although some keep different schedules, or go year-round), and he may hear certain complaints of the difficulties experienced in homeschooling in the confessional.  The sermon is part of a series, I can say, that deals with trying to grow in holiness through all the normal, day to day circumstances of life, instead of waiting for some great trial or some huge event to somehow and miraculously transform us into the “holy.”  Such rarely happens.  St. Therese of Lisieux knew that holiness for the vast majority consists in tiny turnings of the will towards God, little steps of self-denial, little chores or works done out of love for another.  I don’t know about you, but I find it very difficult not to have my will want to assert itself, to complain, to worry, to grouse about having to do this thing or that because someone else didn’t do something, or didn’t do it right, or had a different agenda from my own.  There are a thousand different opportunities to mortify ourselves every day.  For most, this is a lifelong process we’ll be blessed to conform ourselves to before we die.

The priest reminds that the most important aspect of homeschooling is helping our children grow in holiness.  This is something impossible at secular schools, and very rare in parochial schools today.  It is the #1 reason why we homeschool.

The sermon is short, less than 12 minutes, and very worth your time. I wish I had been at this Mass, but we it is available to us now, anyways.

h/t Rorate Caeli



1. Raul De La Garza III (@raul_delagarza) - August 23, 2012

Yeah, I like that guy. He’s a righteous dude…

2. KathiBee - August 24, 2012

Actually, the reason he gave this particular sermon is that there was a morning of reflection w/a Holy Hour at the parish that day specifically for homeschooling parents.

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