Thursday, January 21, 2010

Top 10 Reasons why Public School is better than Homeschool

1. Most parents were educated in the under-funded public school system, therefore they are not smart enough to homeschool their children.

2. Children who receive one-on-one homeschooling will learn more than other children, giving them an unfair advantage in the marketplace. This is undemocratic.

3. Children need to learn to defend themselves by fighting off bullies on a daily basis.

4. Ridicule from other children is important to the socialization process.

5. Children need practice “Just Saying No” to drugs, cigarettes and alcohol.

6. Fluorescent lighting may be found to have significant health benefits, along with limited exposure to the weather due to global warming.

7. Asking permission to use the bathroom teaches students their proper place in society.

8. The fashion industry depends on peer pressure that only public schools can generate.

9. Public schools are able to foster cultural literacy, passing on important traditions like the singing of “Jingle Bells, Batman smells, Robin laid an egg…”

10. Homeschooled children may not learn any ever-important office career skills, like sitting still for 8 hours straight.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Conversation Hearts...

What would conversation hearts look like if the saints wrote the slogans?

St Therese of Lisiuex

St Augustine

St Lawrence

St Thomas Aquinas

St Benedict

St Francis de Sales

St Thomas More

St Padre Pio

Add your own in the combox. And if you want to make some yourself, click here (clean site).

From LarryD at Acts of the Apostasy

Monday, January 18, 2010

Prayers Answered!

Bob made it through surgery, only requiring a triple bypass and not a quadruple.

The doctor said, “he needs to get religion.”

We’re working on that!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Pray for Bob

Bob is a very dear friend of our family, and he is currently undergoing a quadruple bypass. He had chest pains yesterday and called 911. He is a lapsed Catholic. Please pray for him.

Thank you.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

One Word Comment

As suggested by Sarah .....

Leave a ONE word comment that you think best describes me.

It can only be one word.

No more than one word.

Then copy & paste this post on your blog so I can leave a word about you.

This should be very interesting...

Friday, January 8, 2010

Do you think someone is trying to tell me something?

For several years, I have participated in various blogs offer to pick a companion Saint for me for the entire year.

St. Thomas Aquinas, Doctor of the Church, has picked me.


For the third year in a row.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Review: Annulment

Have you ever received an Annulment?

Do you know anyone who has?

Are you or a loved one contemplating pursuing an Annulment?

Do you know what an Annulment is? Really?

If you've never been through the Annulment process, it can be grueling. Trust me, I've been through it.

Annulment: 100 Questions and Answers for Catholics is a wonderfully short book about the entire process. Written by Canon lawyers, it answers questions like:
  • are annulments only for Catholics?
  • is it a Catholic divorce?
  • do I need a lawyer?
  • how much will this cost?
  • if I do this, are my children illegitimate?

I wish I had read this book before going through the process. It makes the entire process less of a mystery, and really explains the reasons behind decisions. Whether you are contemplating this for yourself, are currently going through one, or want to be supportive of a friend or family member, I highly recommend reading this gem of a book.

This review was written as part of the Catholic book Reviewer program from
The Catholic Company. Visit The Catholic Company to find more information on Annulment: 100 Questions and Answers for Catholics.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

RIP Marion Katke

Our thoughts and prayers are with her entire family.

Unfortunately, this accident happened at a very dangerous intersection. Consequently, there are many articles floating about. Here is one. Another . A third. A fourth.

Visitation is Tuesday evening, and Funeral Mass is Wednesday morning.

Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord; and let perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace. Amen.

Saturday, January 2, 2010


The organist and children's choir co-director of our small parish was in a car accident last night a few miles south of our home. She was air-lifted to a Minneapolis hospital.

She is in critical condition, with numerous broken bones, ruptured spleen, etc.

She was taken off life support last night around 11:30 pm. We have had no further news at this point.

Please pray for her, her husband who miraculously walked away from the accident, her children and grandchildren, and all within her parish and town community.