Catholicism, Life, Unschooling

The Year of Faith

… the journey is a metaphor for life, and the wise wayfarer is one who has learned the art of living, and can share it with his brethren – as happens to pilgrims along the Way of Saint James or similar routes which, not by chance, have again become popular in recent years.”

“How come so many people today feel the need to make these journeys?” the Pope asked. “Is it not because they find there, or at least intuit, the meaning of our existence in the world? This, then, is how we can picture the Year of Faith: a pilgrimage in the deserts of today’s world, taking with us only what is necessary: neither staff, nor bag, nor bread, nor money, nor two tunics – as the Lord said to those he was sending out on mission (cf. Lk 9:3), but the Gospel and the faith of the Church, of which the Council documents are a luminous expression, as is the Catechism of the Catholic Church, published twenty years ago.”  Pope Benedict XVI, homily at the Opening Mass for the Year of Faith.

If this Year of Faith is a pilgrimage, what is it that we can do with our families, in our ordinary day-to-day living? Frequent the sacraments, of course. pray, of course.  Remember the indulgence…But what else?

I like the idea of a pilgrimage and journey so set out this morning the think of a way the sons living at home and I could journey together in faith this year.

Short and simple ways, given the myriad of other things going on in our lives.

I decided to go with our usual dining table centrepiece theme. I usually have something on the dining table representing the liturgical year and other special days: a rose for St Therese, my rosary beads from Avila for St Teresa of Avila, and yes, even one of my Barbies for Barbie’s birthday!

I am planning on alternating books as part of the centrepiece. This week starting with Through the Year With Mary, a Marian quote to read and think about each day. 

Other books in line are Youcat, the CCC for youth and , of course, the CCC itself, with perhaps the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church or the Companion to the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

And the Bible, or more accurately speaking, A Year With the Bible.

Luckily I own all these already. And a short reading of one each day (well, most days) can give us the opportunity to talk about and think about our faith.

So that there is, I hope, no “”rift between faith and life”, Pope Benedict XVI

Life, Unschooling

And so they write


They write?

Yes, my sons write. For themselves, for work, for university, for life.

How did they grow to become writers?

“Three Rules for Literary Success: 1. Read a lot.
2. Write a lot. 3. Read a lot more, write a lot more.”
Robert Silverberg (author)

We read a lot, from the time they were babies, I shared books with my sons.

We wrote a lot. From the time they were toddlers, we had scrapbooks and journals, for cutting and pasting and scribbling and for mum to scribe their stories.

We had writing and journaling nooks, with paper and pretty notebooks and coloured pencils and textas and mum wrote and drew, too.

We made books, homemade books.

We blogged. We wrote reviews on Amazon. We entered competitions. We wrote letters and emails.

We read and we wrote.

And that grew writers.