Monthly Archives: May 2013

What is detachment in the Catholic spiritual life?

Among Carmelite saints, John of the Cross, co-founder of the Discalced Carmelites with Teresa of Avila, is not the most popular. Why not? He insisted that detachment was necessary for holiness. Many Catholics, misunderstanding his teaching, think it too hard … Continue reading

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Is fear or love the better motivator?

Last week’s post on the Final Judgment (and Mr. Darcy and St. Therese) reminded me of two opposing views I’ve read in books about homeschooling. Some authors say that loving your students is the best way to motivate them to … Continue reading

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God, Mr. Darcy, and St. Therese

Are you afraid of standing before God on Judgment Day? Does the thought of facing Him make you fear death? Even if you’ve committed mortal sin in your lifetime, you only have to fear God in one circumstance–if you die … Continue reading

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Free review copy of my forthcoming e-book

I’ve been working on a new project I want your help with. I’ve written a short e-book that I think you’ll love. It’s on a topic dear to my heart. I’m keeping the specifics secret for a little while longer, … Continue reading

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Math can be poetic

I was good at arithmetic in school (adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing), but I never had a mathematical mind. I struggled through algebra. I don’t retain dates or phone numbers well, despite my good memory. When a friend decided to … Continue reading

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If God is willing…

” Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and get gain’; whereas you do not know about tomorrow. What is your life? For you … Continue reading

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Jacob and Esau contemplative homeschool unit

I have been blogging lately about my method of contemplative homeschooling. Here is an example of a unit I did a few years ago with my boys on Jacob and Esau. The best way to start these units is for … Continue reading

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Find your spiritual idiolect at Catholic Spirituality Blogs Network

Everyone has an idiolect–a collection of personal speech habits that is different from anyone else’s. Have you ever thought about your spiritual idiolect? Since your soul is unique, you have a personal way of speaking to God that no one … Continue reading

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