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Readings and Reflections, the Big Clicks Catholic Blogger is:

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Liturgical Calendar Crafts and Homeschooling, the Big Clicks Catholic Blogger is
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Tea with St. Anne Link Up

Catechism and Apologetics, the Big Clicks Catholic Blogger is


The Cloistered Heart for the post  
Catholic Family Journal, the Big Clicks Catholic Blogger is

For Better or Worse for the post 
Catholic Review, the Big Clicks Catholic Bloggers is

A Catholic Life for the post  
7 Catholic Devotional Books I couldn’t Live Without

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Monthly Round-Up for MAY is up and running!

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Catholic Bloggers BIG CLICK Report for April!

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Announcing the Big Clicks Catholic Bloggers!!
In the category of…

Readings and Reflections, the Big Clicks Catholic Blogger is:
Tercets for the post: Thinking about Divine Mercy
Liturgical Calendar Crafts and Homeschooling, the Big Clicks Catholic Blogger is
Life at Le. Rheims for Mary’s Sedative: The Rosary 
Catechism and Apologetics, the Big Clicks Catholic Blogger is
The Breadbox Letters for the post: The Nourishment of Prayer 
Catholic Family Journal, the Big Clicks Catholic Blogger is
The Cloistered Heart for the post: A Seamless Gift 
Catholic Review, the Big Clicks Catholic Bloggers
tied for BIGGEST CLICKS are:
Through My “I”s for the review of The Temperament God gave your Kids
and
Dwell in Glory for the post: Not a Creature was Stirring

Nurturing Vocations in the Family

Father Allain Caparas and Sister Jessica Whitman gave a talk recently at Mater Ecclesiae for the Annual C.H.A.P.L.E.T. Catholic homeschool conference. The topic of their talk was “Nurturing vocations in the homeschool: What to do. What not to do.”

As today is Vocation Sunday, I feel better about the delay in posting my notes as this is the perfect day for the subject!

I came in after sister had finished speaking and took these notes from Father’s talk.

He explained that vocations to religious orders vs. a diocese differ in their defining spiritualities. Comparing them to doctors, he related cleverly that orders are like specialists – working missions or involved in education, or working with the poor.  In a diocese, the work is nitty-gritty. A religious there is more like a general practitioner.

Strongly stating that the parent can not push a vocation to religious life, Father went on to give a list of things a family can do to increase the faith of it’s members. These are qualities of homes that religious have come out of. These are qualities that make HAPPY and dedicated religious. So…to nurture a vocation a family needs to:

respect the faith and LIVE the faithbe generous with time and talents with the Churchmodel the value in giving, tithing for instanceteach discipline and sacrificegive chores and responsibilitiesfall in love with the Mass and prayteach children to be loving and praybe devoted to Our Blessed Mother (Father related that praying the Rosary everyday changed his life)foster a desire to learnbe loving to ALL, the popular and unpopularbe a part of the Churchteach good social skillsencourage listeningunderstand what Mother Theresa meant when she said that compassion and thoughtfulness are the beginning to great sanctity.enjoy the gift of youth, don’t wish childhood awayfor boys, teach them to be deferential to women…chivalrousengage in conversations about hopes and dreams but never badger or force religious life – God gives callings.doing God’s will is #1attend discernment group formationfind a mentor, spiritual directorpray for your children daily and be a role model of faithtrust in God!

Father also said that education wise, a priest usually needs a Master’s in Divinity. Some orders will take younger candidates without those degrees depending on the work of the order’s spirituality and same for sisters, it depends on their work.
As a recent article in the Wall Street Journal,  “Traditional Catholicism Is Winning”
supported, Father also concurred that vocations are coming from “traditional, orthodox” parishes with pastoral consistency.
In taking questions from the audience, Sister related that she could recommend Seton homeschool curriculum as it prepared her to be a nun. Father spoke to a mother that was concerned for her children not having as many friends as they might like or have in a bricks and mortar school. He said that those friends might not always be the best for our children. The values shared when our children are together with like-minded friends would strengthen them and support our parenting goals. Not friends just for the sake of friends….
At the end Father and sister both mentioned books that had been inspiring to them, agreeing on the Life of St. Isaac Jogues. Bible reading was, of course, mentioned and for Father the book,
A Man for Others: Maximilian Kolbe the “Saint of Auschwitz” by Patricia Treece was mentioned as pivotal to him.

 The CHAPLET conference (www.Chaplet.org) was, once again, a great experience that revitalized parents in the work of trying to raise children who will love and honor their Catholic faith. Many thanks to the organizers and inspiring speakers.

in +JMJ+, Allison from

NEW! Catholic Bloggers Big Clicks of the Monthly Round-Up announced!

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