"It was at this point that Bilbo stopped. Going on from there was the bravest thing he ever did. The tremendous things that happened afterwards were as nothing compared to it. He fought the real battle in the tunnel alone, before he ever saw the vast danger that lay in wait. At any rate after a short halt go on he did..."
“One cannot say marriage preparation is three or four conferences given in the parish. This is not preparation, [...] preparation must be mature and it takes time. It is not a formal act; it is a sacrament,”
This is welcome news. As I ranted in my last post, marriage preparation courses usually do not adequately prepare couples for marriage. Priests have six years of seminary. Teachers have five years of university. Engaged couples have... one subpar weekend of lectures and activities?
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All of which begs the question: Why did Pope Francis conduct an impromptu wedding aboard a flight back in January?
Unfortunately it was just a little too much to handle. I speak of homeschooling. After three years of homeschooling our oldest child Joseph, our family is worn out and simply cannot go on like this.
Starting after Easter we will be sending Joseph (age 7) to the public school where I teach. Thankfully I know his soon-to-be teacher, and can confirm that the class has already completed their units on Native Spirituality, Yoga, Diversity in Family Life, and Caring for Mother Earth. Thus it should be smooth sailing for Joseph from now until the end of June, apart from one small unit titled Pink Shirts.
Of course we will supplement Joseph's education at home. I'll be sure to teach him some math at night, and how to write properly (sometimes these skills are not emphasized in schools). I might even have him read from books as well, for he will surely be tired of reading only from Ipads at school (though I think he will come to enjoy, and even crave, having that Ipad in his hand for re…
There is a man who
has done heroic unsung work for Catholicism in our country, and soon will
be riding off into the proverbial sunset with insufficient fanfare (as I know
he prefers). Nonetheless, I consider it just and fitting to give a
little extra nod to this man. I speak of Dr. Keith Cassidy, President (and
former Academic Dean) of Our Lady Seat of Wisdom College (OLSW).
Now Dr. Cassidy was
hired as Academic Dean back in 2009. At the time, he had recently “retired”
from teaching (University of Guelph). I can imagine D. Cassidy surmising that a
few years of labour with OLSW would be a constructive transition into
However, with the
illness of then President Dr. David Warner, Cassidy was soon thrust into the
role of Academic Dean and President. It is not appropriate
to confer details, but as an employee of OLSW at that time, I declare that Dr.
Cassidy saved the College. As with many Liberal Arts institutions following the
recession of the 2000s, OLSW found itself in gr…
I write this for the guilty mom. You know who you are. Guilt surrounds you
like a spider spinning thread around its prey, or like a jumble
of toys growing rapidly on your living room floor, threatening suffocation
and feelings of uselessness. You bear a sense of guilt for many things.
Indeed, the guilty verdict is always before you, and it shows on your face. Of
this guilt St. Anselm says: "To lie hidden, will be impossible; to appear
will be intolerable." You cannot hide it, nor hide from it. You are the
guilty mom. And just what
are you guilty of? You are guilty of wasting time. What on earth did you
accomplish this week, much less today? You are guilty of failing another
supper, complete with overcooked veggies and undercooked meat for one child,
and undercooked veggies and overcooked meat for another. Perhaps you should not
have left the cooking to the last minute? You are guilty of spending too much
time on Facebook, and the pain of regret devours your conscience, especi…