Why Homeschool? September 19, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, Domestic Church, family, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Holy suffering, Interior Life, mortification, Restoration, sanctity, Society, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
I don’t think most readers of this blog need much convincing that homeschooling is not only the best choice, but increasingly the only real moral alternative for educating children in a culture of pandemic immorality and out of control self-interest. Aside from an exceedingly limited number of still relatively orthodox private school alternatives, there is really no choice in a culture that permits men into little girl’s restrooms, pretends two people of the same sex can be married, encourages all manner of self-serving vice from the most gluttonous avarice to the most shameful self-degradation, but to homeschool.
Still, even with the numerous motivations, it is not easy. It is especially not easy if mom has to try to maintain the education of multiple children in multiple different grades, with only very rare breaks, and with all the hassles and upsets that come from not just raising a whole bunch of kids, but trying to educate them, too. There can be endless frustrations and enormous challenges to patience. Sometimes, it will seem that the effort is not worth it, that you’re “failing” or “doing a bad job” in educating your children, or maybe even being counterproductive in not always maintaining a hybrid June Cleaver/Saint Teresa level of superhuman homemaking and saintly piety.
Don’t let these thoughts linger in your head. This is the suffering God has called you to in this time. It can be enormously challenging suffering, but remember the Divine and Inerrant Word of God told us, through Saint Paul, that His Grace is more than sufficient aid to overcome it.
Such is the major point of Father’s sermon below. The voice will be familiar to many. Some may have heard this message before, but its worth hearing again at the start of this homeschooling year. The more we struggle, the more Grace abounds for all of us. Don’t let worries over whether you’re teaching Algebra II well enough, or whether your homeschooled child will do well on the PSAT, distract you from your primary jobs, which are maintaining your own growth in holiness while witnessing a faithful – if struggling and imperfect – Catholic life to your children.
There is much in this sermon for everyone, but especially for those moms (or dads) starting another long year’s slog. Don’t let pride and self-will detract from the beautiful, unimaginably important gift (and challenge) he has given you/us in bringing up children in a time of darkness to be good and holy souls: