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I had so much fun presenting “B is for Brick” at the Kansas Catholic Homeschool Conference!
This was a brand spankin’ new talk, created just for this event. It’s about the ways our conversation with kids can help build the ‘interior arch’ that supports them against burdens both internal and external. I had to do a lot of thinking and praying about what I wanted to say (it’s all in the Free E-book you can download from Motherheart Press), and then I wound up adding more into the talk itself (always happens!) Ask for the audio if you missed it.
Thanks to all who smiled, nodded, laughed, gave me your email addresses and feedback, stayed to talk more, or responded in any way. This post, by the way, is very much open to comments, so thanks in advance for those.
I have a few more bricks for your collection, from mine:
Nothing is wasted in God’s economy.
You are not going around in circles, but growing upward, like a tree, in spirals.
Christ makes you more truly and fully who you are. Today, you are more fully realized than ever before!
It’s not a great idea until it’s well-expressed.
Unless it moves through you, it doesn’t get to you.
I’ve tagged some of my brick-y-est posts ‘Brick’ so you can find them easily with the search bar.
Then I collected my favs into another freebie you can get at Motherheart Press, which is just me, inviting your participation in the work of the Joy Foundation.
The Problem – We must get kids from where they are, to where they need to be; from ‘uneducated’ to ‘educated’. Given the poverty of our own education, we feel asked to do the impossible: build a bridge as we cross it. No way!
But there’s a problem with the problem – Kids aren’t all ‘here,’ and you don’t know exactly where ‘there’ is, so you must bridge from everywhere to nowhere. No wonder you’re exhausted!
We’ve got to rediscover particularity, because the individual has been lost in generalities, norms, averages. St. Pope John Paul suggested that what is necessary in our world today is the “recapitulation of the inviolable mystery of the human person.”
What is the role of ‘recapitulation’ in the education of our children? How do we educate for ‘betweenness’? Why is wonder the foundation for philosophy, and how does poetry play a pivotal role in the development of our interior life?
In this talk, I address these and many other questions you may not have realized you should be asking!
A mom is the caretaker of a huge, wonderful, potentially beautiful, critically important place! She, herself, this actual, unique person, is the single most important ‘environment’ in the lives of her children. Like Mary, like the Church, she is an atmosphere.
She is an atmosphere of affection. This is not just warm, fuzzy feelings, but her capacity to be affected, to be moved. Home is Mom’s joy infused into persons, like grace.
She is an acoustic atmosphere. Think of all the sounds she makes besides yelling, “Off with their heads!” now and then! Home is Mom’s voice lifting persons toward God.
She is an aesthetic atmosphere. All the order and beauty, color, line, pattern, radiance, and integrity of the environment she is, and the environment she creates, is the child’s first taste of love-in-formed. Home is Mom wrapped around persons like love.
With thanks for the poem, The Blessed Virgin Compared to the Air We Breathe, by Gerard Manley Hopkins, I designed this talk for the 2014 Kansas Catholic Homeschooling Conference, and will gladly present it again for you!
Here’s a collection of my talks that feature poetry, poems, or poetic formation.