The Gigantic, Blessed Work of Christian Mothering
“Babies need not to be taught a trade, but to be introduced to a world. To put the matter shortly, woman is generally shut up in a house with a human being at the time when he asks all the questions that there are, and some that there aren’t. It would be odd if she retained any of the narrowness of a specialist. Now if anyone says that this duty of general enlightenment (even when freed from modern rules and hours, and exercised more spontaneously by a more protected person) is in itself too exacting and oppressive, I can understand the view. I can only answer that our race has thought it worth while to cast this burden on women in order to keep common-sense in the world. But when people begin to talk about this domestic duty as not merely difficult but trivial and dreary, I simply give up the question. For I cannot with the utmost energy of imagination conceive what they mean. When domesticity, for instance, is called drudgery, all the difficulty arises from a double meaning in the word. If drudgery only means dreadfully hard work, I admit the woman drudges in the home, as a man might drudge at the Cathedral of Amiens or drudge behind a gun at Trafalgar. But if it means that the hard work is more heavy because it is trifling, colorless and of small import to the soul, then as I say, I give it up; I do not know what the words mean. To be Queen Elizabeth within a definite area, deciding sales, banquets, labors and holidays; to be Whiteley within a certain area, providing toys, boots, sheets, cakes. and books, to be Aristotle within a certain area, teaching morals, manners, theology, and hygiene; I can understand how this might exhaust the mind, but I cannot imagine how it could narrow it. How can it be a large career to tell other people’s children about the Rule of Three, and a small career to tell one’s own children about the universe? How can it be broad to be the same thing to everyone, and narrow to be everything to someone? No; a woman’s function is laborious, but because it is gigantic, not because it is minute. I will pity Mrs. Jones for the hugeness of her task; I will never pity her for its smallness.”
by G.K. Chesterton
Using the Psalter for Personal Prayers as a Book of Needs
I highly recommend this incredible summary of the whole of the book of Psalms, offered as a brief description of the primary content of each Psalm, to aide us in our own prayer life and drawing near to God.
Family Night Continues
Join us for Prayers, Potluck, Fellowship, and a Lecture. This Wed. night series will begin Oct. 29 and conclude Dec. 10th
6:30pm : Prayers of Supplication (Paraklesis) — 7:10pm-8:00pm : Potluck, Fellowship, and a Lecture
CHILD CARE PROVIDED
- 10/29 — Our Father Who art in heaven
- 11/5 — Hallowed by Thy Name
- 11/12 — Thy Kingdom come Thy will be done
- 11/19 — On Earth as it is in Heaven
- 11/26 — Give us this day our daily (supersubstantial) bread
- 12/3 — Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors
- 12/10 — Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one
PA Homeschool Law Passed and Significantly Improved!
Newly Offered Portraits from the Life of St. Grand Duchess Elizabeth the New Martry
SIX NORTH CAROLINA JUDGES QUIT AFTER GAY ‘MARRIAGE’ LEGALIZED
Four Recommended Reads: “Couple Bucks … Couple Pages”
Below I have selected four recommended books from saints and about the spiritual life. These books cost only a few dollars each and are very short, the longest being under 30 pages.