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Monday, March 30, 2015

Palm Sunday - Everyone As An Actor In It

All the comedies and tragedies of playwrights, consciously or subconsciously, are commentaries on the roles played in Our Lord's Passion.


It is the one drama that is real, and there is no audience because everyone is an actor in it. The divine comedy is also a divine tragedy, depending on which role we choose. The children who waved palm branches had a foretaste of heaven's opposite.


There were others who preferred to take no part, but when they fled the scene they were like all those who prefer to live as though there is no theme to existence. God has endowed the human soul with the gift of imagination, enabling us to think of the past and present and future, like three acts in human history.


Each of them is part of the whole, and Christ's Passion explains all of them. We can be sorrowful if we think everything is over, or anxious if we think everything is uncertain or infinitely happy as we stay with him to the end.


As Christ carries his cross past us, he gives each of us a choice of what role we play. Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, " Sorrow looks back. Worry looks around. FAITH LOOKS UP." (Reflection based on Mark 14:1-15:47 - Fr. George William Rutler)


Heavenly Father, help me to learn from the past and not be haunted by it, to rejoice in the present and not be burdened by it, and to hope for the future and not be afraid of it.

GOD BLESS YOUR HOLY WEEK!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Homeschool Resources - 23 Pinterest Boards by Grade and Subject

Many, many homeschool resources can be found on my Pinterest boards.  I cultivate these boards and keep them as a filing cabinet for each grade, as well as by curriculum topic.


Hope you'll find them helpful, too. Here's a list of 23 Catholic Homeschool boards to check out. By following me or a board you'll keep up with any new resources I catalog and bookmark.

First, there's my general Homeschool Board - 

               Follow 's board Homeschool at Totus Tuus Academy on Pinterest.  

Then, for 7th grade -

         Follow 's board MODG 7th on Pinterest.  

Then, for Crafts -

         Follow 's board I can do dis! on Pinterest.  

Then, for 5th grade -

         Follow 's board MODG 5 grade on Pinterest.  

My 9th grade board is Earth Science heavy -

           Follow 's board MODG 9th grade on Pinterest.  

My 6th grade board is heavy with Egypt -

         Follow 's board MODG 6th grade on Pinterest.  

I have a board for Science resources, in general -

         Follow 's board Science on Pinterest.  

The 8th grade board has a lot of Shakespeare resources -

       Follow 's board MODG 8th grade on Pinterest.  

4th grade board features many bird-study resources -

         Follow 's board MODG 4th grade on Pinterest.  

There's a board just with TESTing resources , standardized, learning styles and more -

       Follow 's board TESTING on Pinterest.  

3rd grade board -

         Follow 's board MODG 3rd grade on Pinterest.  

Maps -

         Follow 's board Maps on Pinterest.  


Recitation - video helps of great poetry being recited and poetry resources -

               Follow 's board Recitation on Pinterest.

12th grade includes home Chemistry links -

       Follow 's board MODG 12th grade on Pinterest.  

11th grade - Beowulf, Crusades, Inquisition -

         Follow 's board MODG 11th Grade on Pinterest.  

10th grade -

         Follow 's board MODG 10th grade on Pinterest.  

Backyard Nature houses many of the funnest resources we enjoyed -

         Follow 's board Backyard Nature on Pinterest.  

Art Books for Homeschool and art resources -

         Follow 's board Art Books for Homeschool on Pinterest.  

2nd grade -

         Follow 's board MODG 2nd grade on Pinterest.  

K-1 -

         Follow 's board MODG K-1 on Pinterest.  


Catholic College - info resources on most of the Newman Guide approved Universities -

         Follow 's board Catholic College on Pinterest.  

Shakespeare - resources for teaching the Bard -

         Follow 's board Shakespeare on Pinterest.  

Catholic Homeschooling - a group board by Homeschool Connections -

       Follow 's board Catholic Homeschooling on Pinterest.  

HOLIDAYS and SACRAMENTS will also appeal to the Catholic homeschooler.

In comments, please share any LINKS/PINS you recommend that could be added to these boards.

Monday, March 16, 2015

I Wish I Could Keep You From Pain...Fear...Doubt

Saw this today on a post at Bad Catholic. I thought the song was beautiful and the lyrics just piercingly poetic!

I relate to their words as a parent - wanting to protect, guide and love my children.


In Everything You Do - Jenny & Tyler – Copyright 2013 One Eyed Cat Music (BMI)
Music and Lyrics by Jennifer Somers (BMI), Tyler Somers (BMI), and Jillian Edwards (ASCAP)

I wish that I could keep you from pain
But like a storm, pain will form
But I’ll teach you how to face it
To be weak, yet strong in grace

I wish that I could keep you from fear
But like the night, fear will rise
So I’ll hold till love suffices
To drive far the dark devices and behold

A world that’s full of wonder
Full of laughter, full of life
A world that pulls you under
With the turning of the tide
In everything you do a choice of life or death to choose
And we will try to show you love

I wish that I could keep you from doubt
But like the waves, doubt will rage
So I’ll sail with you through troubled seas
Until we find a gentler breeze and behold

A world so full of wonder
Full of laughter, full of life
A world that pulls you under
With the turning of the tide
In everything you do a choice of life or death to choose
And we will try to show you love

And behold

A world so full of wonder
Full of laughter, full of life
A world torn asunder
Aching for new light
In everything you do a choice of life or death to choose
And we will try to show you love

We will try to show you love

Friday, March 13, 2015

Enjoying Bird Identification - A Book, An App


Using our Peterson Field Guide - Eastern Birds, we think we've identified these as...

CHICKADEE                    WARBLER                              FINCH
                              (wrong ... white-throated sparrow)


We're delighted by our deck visitors.  A hospitable tube of sunflower seeds and science comes to the homeschool.  Ornithology is the scientific study of birds. 

And, of course, there's an APP for that....so you can identify wherever you are!

ENJOY!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

What Do Other Churches Believe?

She asked....what do protestants believe? 


So I shared this comparison chart with her.


The sheer overwhelming-ness of all the one-offs and differences is education enough and reminds me of Sunday's Gospel...."whoever does not gather with me scatters."


    PRAYER FOR THE CHURCH UNITY OCTAVE
    (Official Octave Prayer)
    ANTIPHON: "That they all may be one, as Thou, Father, in Me and I in Thee; that they also may be one in Us; that the world may believe that Thou has sent Me." (John 17: 21)

    V. I say unto thee that thou art Peter
    R. And upon this Rock I will build My Church.
    Let us pray. O Lord Jesus Christ, Who saidst unto Thine Apostles: Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you; regard not our sins, but the faith of Thy Church, and vouchsafe to grant unto Her that peace and unity which are agreeable to Thy Will. Who livest and reignest God forever and ever. Amen.

    Prayer to St. Peter

        O glorious St. Peter, who, in return for thy lively and generous faith, thy profound and sincere humility, and thy burning love, wast honored by Jesus Christ with singular privileges, and, in particular, with the leadership of the other Apostles and the primacy over the whole Church, of which thou wast made the foundation stone, do thou obtain for us the grace of a lively faith, that shall not fear to profess itself openly, in its entirety, and in all its manifestations, even to the shedding of blood, if occasion should demand it, and to the sacrifice of life itself in preference to surrender. Obtain for us likewise, a sincere loyalty to our Holy Mother, the Church; grant that we may ever remain most closely and sincerely united to the Heir of thy Faith and thy Authority, the one, true, visible Head of the Catholic Church, that mystic Ark outside of which there is no salvation. Grant, moreover, that we may follow, in all humility and meekness, Her teaching and Her counsels, and may be obedient to all Her precepts, in order to be able here on earth to enjoy a peace that is sure and undisturbed, and to attain one day in Heaven to everlasting happiness. Amen.

    V. Pray for us, St. Peter the Apostle.
    R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

    "My God, make us to be of one mind in truth and of one heart in charity."  - St. Pius X.




Tuesday, March 3, 2015

I Took Time to Stand & Stare at Icy Chandeliers

What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare. 

 


No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.



No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.



No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.



No time to turn at Beauty's glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance.



No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began.



A poor life this is if, full of care,

We have no time to stand and stare.


Thursday, February 26, 2015

What Am I Reading?



Well, it’s an incredible read...alive with the human condition

It’s a page turner, every day.

I laugh, I cry and I pray ... as it often brings me to my knees.

And I also learn something from it; it introduces me to world events that lead to further reading.

Sure, some days it’s repetitive.

Some days it’s too much and I get annoyed by some of the characters.

But mostly it has brought me closer to humanity, helped me make new friends and draws me closer to my family.

It makes me a part of many communities and in some ways makes the world feel smaller.

Some days it’s an encouraging self-help, but it can be a horror, too.. 

Now some criticize it, avoid it and call it rubbish.  But I have found the good in it…

I am looking for the good.

The Good, the True and the Beautiful can be found in it....needs to be in it.


It’s name?  FACEBOOK.  (Also, part in the series…TWITTER and PINTEREST, Goggle+.)


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

In The Bleak Mid-Winter


In this deep chill, this bleak...stark...winter we are keeping warm in ways I want to remember.


Oh, how often I have found this girl with her woobie blanket wrapped around her head! Something new is her budding photography. She took this wintery scene photo and her interest warms my heart.


The weather allowed for some wonderful Father/Daughter time, building a "Frozen" snowman.


And so we chill, finding our warmth and waiting for the thaw.


Monday, February 16, 2015

Candle Prayers

O Blessed Lord, accept this burning candle 
as a sign of my faith and love for you.
Like this candle, I am ready to be used in your service, 
without asking why and to what purpose.
Even as this candle, I wish to stand in your presence 
to be consumed in the light and warmth of your love.
Please hear my prayer and, if it be your will, 
grant my petition.
Above all, make me loyal and faithful to you in all circumstances of my life. Amen.


Lord Jesus Christ, true light that enlightens every man 
who comes into this world,
Bestow thy blessing upon these candles, 
and sanctify them with the light of thy grace. 
As these tapers burn with visible fire 
and dispel the darkness of night,


So may our hearts with the help of thy grace be enlightened by the invisible fire of the splendor of the Holy Ghost, 
and may be free from all blindness of sin. 
Clarify the eyes of our minds that we may see 
what is pleasing to thee and conducive to our salvation.


After the dark perils of this life, let us be worthy to reach the eternal light.


Through thee, Jesus Christ, Savior of the world, 
who in perfect Trinity liveth and reigneth, 
God, forever and ever. Amen.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Half Way

Half way.

Through the school year....

Through students left to homeschool...almost. Soon there will just be 2 left.

Through portrait sessions with my kids, again 2 out of 4 down.

This guy, #3 son, is half way through his 13th year...but all the way handsome!




And my baby girl, half way through her 10th year.




LOVE.

ALL THE WAY.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Catholic Pinterest is 3 Years Old!

On the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, Catholic Pinterest was launched in 2012.  Today, 2-11-15 and 3 years later,  it is a Catholic community of over 8,300!


Pinterest now has 70 million users and is steadily gaining momentum outside the US

 Pinterest generates more referral traffic than YouTube, Google, LinkedIn and Reddit combined. It's growing faster than Facebook and in fact, the fastest growing website in history! It is now the 3rd most popular social network in the world. LINK

This "visual filing cabinet" has truly taken off and pinspirations of all things Catholic can be found and bookmarked here.

http://totustuusfamily.blogspot.com/2012/05/catholic-pinterest-queen-at-your.html

http://totustuusfamily.blogspot.com/2012/06/9-tips-for-pinterest-making-it-your.html

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Psalm 119:18 Open My Eyes


Ephesians 1:18
I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints