There are a number of Catholic homeschool families who are in need of prayers - families who are suffering through illness or other even greater sufferings. I would be grateful if you could keep them collectively in your prayers.
I'd like to ask for a prayer too for our group of co-op teens. A number of them are taking a literature class (run by a Protestant lady, but one that they've taken in the past without any issues) that is ending up with some unexpectedly anti-Catholic reading materials on the list (red flags went up with the Catholics in the group when the teacher pulled out A Beka's Masterpieces from World Literature text).
We're having a discussion/pizza party tonight to help them with a really tough reading passage from a 14th century figure (John Huss - never heard of him before) who wrote on his particular interpretion of the biblical passage "Thou art Peter and on this Rock I will build my church." The writing is quite convoluted and Huss uses a great deal of tradition while professing to ignore tradition. The parents were initially leaning towards having the girls simply skip this assignment (which they would have every right to do), but they asked me to read through it for my opinion. Together we decided to work through it for the learning experience (and to stand up for their faith) and go ahead and have the girls answer the questions given in the book honestly and sincerely (but, perhaps, um, without expecting a very good grade):
1. Who is the rock and foundation of the church?
2. What was Peter's place in the church?
This project, by the way, followed from a quickly thrown together discussion we had yesterday afternoon (at the request of Gilbertgirl, who is in the class) on a Dante passage that included some commentary that caused concern. We had a fabulous discussion (we all decided that we had witnessed the beginning of some sort of club) and the conversation and flow of ideas was encouraging and filled with enthusiasm. This was one of the (many) days where I thought very gratefully of my TAC years (where I was a rather mediocre student, by the way) that provided me with some helpful intellectual tools that can be readily pulled out to defend the faith and help people turn on their "skeptometers". It also made me very grateful for the gifts of faith, homeschooling and community. God is so good!