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I had a wonderful talk w/ my priest yesterday. He is a very wise and holy man. We were talking about some challenges my son has, but Father remarked that he had noticed during mass how reverently my son receives communion.
We were talking about the decline in morality in our society, and Father mentioned that after the fall of Rome, it was the monasteries that kept the Word of God alive in the Dark Ages by copying and preserving the texts of the Bible. He wondered if we were not entering another dark time, and if in this age, that the homeschool families may be the new monestaries. Father was so impressed w/ how well homeschool families knew their faith - he thought that the homeschool families would be the Tabernacles to keep the Word of God alive in the coming time of darkness. Isn't that a marvelous, reassuring thought!!
Homeschooling can be so hard, but the rewards are eternal. I had to pass along this marvelous piece of wisdom. May the Lord bless the work of your hands.
That's a really interesting thing to hear. In the dark ages, I'm sure there were non-monastic Catholics, who kept the flames of faith going in their families. I also bet that they would be appreciative (at least in hindsight) of the monastaries that played a huge role in preserving the faith. I hope we are allowed to be appreciative of the contribution of the monastaries as well, without fear of insulting the non-monastic Catholics of the dark ages. In the present age, not all good Catholics are called to homeschool. Homeschoolers do not have a monopoly on the preservation of our faith. But homeschoolers, as a group, appear to be doing something good, and perhaps this priest is right, that there may be a contribution to society similar to that of the monastaries. That says nothing about the non-homeschooling faithful Catholics who are also keeping the flame of faith alive. I sure do appreciate the ability to be encouraged though, and in a world that is very very dark, I certainly hope that there are groups like Catholic homeschoolers, who can fill the role of the monastaries. This is a GOOD thing for the church, even for those who are not in that particular calling. Thanks for posting it.