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Why Homeschool? September 19, 2016

Posted 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:



1. Margaret Costello - September 20, 2016

Great sermon on the right focus of homeschooling as well as accepting God’s will in the moment/present (even if we don’t personally like it) instead of being prideful and wanting your own “better” will instead. I struggle with that a lot. Thanks for the reminder:+) God bless and God bless all the wonderful homeschool families out there!

2. LaGallina - September 20, 2016


The above link is a lovely little piece written by a college professor who once considered homeschooling little more than child abuse… until he had a wonderful homeschooled girl in one of his classes. This article definitely gave me a little lift as I begin my 15th year of homeschooling. (And admittedly, feeling like something of a failure in my endeavor.)

3. public school grad - September 20, 2016

“maintain the education of multiple children in multiple different grades” — Well the old one room schoolhouse marms (single ladies only please) did it back in the day — albeit without being a parent to the students at the same time. Once when I was in Iowa with my grandparents (they grew up in that state) we stopped by the side of the road out in the middle of nowhere and peeked in the window of one of those schoolhouses…My grandmother grew up in a small Irish settlement and went to public school — but the public school was taught by nuns. That happened sometimes back in the day ; )

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