This is the story our family uses as the foundation for all our conversations of how we strive and struggle to live our faith in the challenges of every day family life and chaos. What does family reconciliation look like? How do we talk about the effect of sin on us? The effect of choosing virtue over sin? It’s all here, we just have to unwrap it.
Saturday, April 8, 2017 for Roman Catholic Homeschool Group
Intro overview: we're going to cover a lot of territory. An introduction to a variety of disciplines that incorporate beautifully into family life, but starting off with one or two is probably the best way to go.
Single note responsorial chant: intro.
Oh! What waves life tosses my way! What waves compass me about! I gasp for air amidst the fomenting spray! Lungs demand breath, get naught but spume! Abandoned! Labyrinth of swell upon swell breaks over my head. From the front, from the side, vortex cacophony!
“Lord! Save me!”
It began years ago when I required our oldest daughter to tell me why she wanted to wear a head covering to Mass. Her thorough answer drew on Saint Paul’s call for women to show humble obedience, in part, by wearing a head covering at Mass (as men are called to do by removing their hats).
Are you struggling in your marriage? Wondering how in the world one man and one woman can be with each other for life? Perhaps you are struggling for the simple reason that you aren’t aiming high enough. Do you hunger for something greater in your marriage? Then strive to live up to your marriage! Prayer for Humble obedience to God.
Let’s take it step by step on what it means to be in a Catholic Sacramental Marriage.
The entire back wall of Seared Wings brewpub came to life, showing the big event unfolding “above.” The camera swooped over a vast and wild landscape before majestically soaring over a ridge to reveal an expansive valley below.
Char Skull hunched lazily over the flaming wooden bar, scratched his head and asked in lament, “Why don’t we ever get any home field advantage?”
“End the rebellion within our hearts…” — from Laud’s Intercessions for today, March 18, 2016
The best rebellion takes place beneath notice. How can I see the rebellion in my heart? How can I see what I cannot see? The key is found in the next half of the petition: “make us generous and willing to share.”
Eliminate everything that isn't simple. Satan hides in false complexity and genuine complexity is rather intricate in detail but practical application of simple concept and principle. Thus, all complexity hides Satan, who should be rooted out by the upheaval of simplifying the artificially complex.
Eliminate the Complex . What remains matters. What remains is essential. What remains has room and grows, breathes, and ascends to it's proper place. For sin is simply placing the wrong thing ahead of the right thing. A lesser good ahead of a better good. Discover the Best Good through simplicity, by stripping things bare and discovering what is essential.
God can do more through us in six days than we can do alone in seven.
The simple things are the most powerful and the most difficult. One powerful weapon in choosing Christ, choosing your marriage is the Sabbath. Keep holy the Sabbath.
Giving God the first day of our week sanctifies (makes holy) the rest of our week, and multiplies our capacity to accomplish more with less and not feeling a burden.
Discipline frees us so we have more time and energy to not only do what we’re avoiding, but so much more besides. Discipline requires humility and humility leads to discipline. If discipline causes burden, we’re doing it wrong.