Monthly Archives: February 2013

Raising boys to be men–not beasts

A couple weeks ago, Pat Archbold started a discussion on boys and “cursing” at the National Catholic Register. I was late in reading the post, but thought that, as a mother of 4 boys, I should address this issue. I … Continue reading

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Ah, shucks. I’m speechless!

Nancy Shuman of The Breadbox Letters has kindly given me the Liebster Award. It’s given to up-and-coming bloggers who have fewer than 200 followers.  Liebster is German for “sweetest,” “valued,” “endearing,” “welcoming,” etc. Thank you, Nancy! I think you’re pretty sweet … Continue reading

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What is mental prayer and how you can do it?

Catholics divide prayer into 2 broad categories – vocal and mental. Vocal prayer includes prayers written for recitation. Mental prayer is prayer in one’s own words. St. Teresa of Avila wrote, “Mental prayer, in my view, is nothing but friendly … Continue reading

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Prayer in the Digital Age: a review

Prayer in the Digital Age by Matt Swaim. Copyright 2001, Liguori Publications. 138 pages. Matt Swaim’s Prayer in the Digital Age has some solid advice for users of digital media who want to improve their spiritual lives. At the same time, … Continue reading

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Vatican teaching on Catholic schools–quotes to ponder

Archbishop J. Michael Miller identified 5 marks of a Catholic school. How does your school–at home or otherwise–measure up? All the quotes are from The Holy See’s Teaching on Catholic Schools. 1. Inspired by a supernatural vision “The Church sees … Continue reading

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Read my book reviews at and elswhere

I restrict book reviews on Contemplative Homeschool to those dealing with the spiritual life or home education. However, I volunteer to review Catholic fiction at My first review, on Rumer Godden’s Five for Sorrow, Ten for Joy, is being … Continue reading

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Fine-tune your spiritual focus for Lent

Did you choose a specific virtue to cultivate for a New Years’ resolution? Try making a concrete step in that direction a focus for Lent, which starts tomorrow. In January, I wrote how I was working on trust this year. … Continue reading

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Beg, borrow, or steal buy: Fire Within

In this occasional series of posts, I recommend resources for you and your family in 100 words or less. More detailed reviews may come later. By Fr. Thomas Dubay. Thorough, understandable explanation of Carmelite spirituality. Contains short biographies of Teresa … Continue reading

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