Why Kolbe Academy for My Boy, In One Picture

The boy is headed out to spend the weekend with some family friends (adults, not teenagers).  His dad, not much of a reader so if he says a book is entertaining it probably is, hands him a recent work of adventure-sci-fi to fill the downtime.What the boy digs out of the new school books box instead:The boy does not have perfect grades.  He is a normal teenager with the usual spread of strengths and weaknesses.  But if he's going to pass notes in class and scrape together papers at th … [Read more...]

Heroism and the Fight for Every Human Person

Here are some recent stories about young men who've saved people from being kidnapped:Teen Named a Hero after Saving Woman from Kidnapping Hero Teens Save 5-Year-Old by Chasing Kidnapper on their BikesThe way these young men acted was heroic.  We don't need to know what their grades are, or what kind of job they have, or whether they remember to put the trash out every week without being reminded.  We can be certain that whatever else is going on in their lives, perhaps saintly or p … [Read more...]

Easy, Effective, No-Cost and Low-Cost Catechist Training

It's the time of year when desperate directors of religious education drag parishioners out of the pews and shove them into classrooms.  Someone has to teach these kids, and those someones usually come in three categories:Experienced teachers who don't know much about the faith; Knowledgeable Christians who don't know much about teaching; Really nice people who are willing to give it their best.Turnover can be high, and the last few volunteers tend to arrive about three weeks into … [Read more...]

Call for Writers: Catholic Mom’s Annual Gospel Reflection Collection

A reader reminded me I wrote something half-decent that ran this past week at CatholicMom.com.  Following some thoughts on the Bread of Life discourse: When I enter a Catholic church, am I aware that I’ve just stepped into the court of the King of the Universe? Do I treat my time in His presence with the solemnity, majesty, and awe that such a visit deserves? Maybe you, too, like to pray over the scriptures and reflect on them.  If so, that can be your name in print for 2016.  CatholicMom.com h … [Read more...]

Inside Our Homeschool – What We’re Doing This Year

What I've been doing instead of blogging lately is getting ready for school -- organizing the house, buying books, writing up the calendar.  No, this is not one of those posts where I explain that this is the very best method and your children will rot if they do something else.--> FYI If you're also posting your non-hubris-laden plans and I don't regularly read your blog (or I fail to read it this one time), you can tweet it to me @JenFitz_Reads.If you don't want to read about every … [Read more...]

Parenting Fail: Telling the World You Wish Your Kid Were Dead

I do not understand why the courts tolerate "accidental life" lawsuits.  What a waste of time and money.  The parents wish their child were dead. If that doesn't shout "Terminate my parental rights!" I don't know what does.  Place the child in the custody of parents who want a child, done.Anything else is nonsense.Meanwhile, if we need a scheme to employ lawyers, why don't we make it a crime to profiteer off the desire to kill your relations?Stainglass Facepalms courtesy Tim Gr … [Read more...]

Resources for Small Groups: Life After Sunday

I've written before about the importance of discipleship and the ease with which you can start a small discipleship group.  (No, really! It's easy! Do it!)  Today Sherry Weddell writes:Life After Sunday is a beautifully written, very inexpensive, highly flexible adult small group process that fosters encounter and discipleship and is downloaded directly off Lumen's website. Inspired by Communion and Liberation. I know the authors! Take a look. There are 26 different topic modules which can b … [Read more...]