“The most basic element … is parental love, which finds fulfillment in the task of education as it completes and perfects its service of life. ”
(Pope John Paul II Familiaris Consortio)
“Parents have the first responsibility for the education of their children. They bear witness to this responsibility by creating a home where tenderness, forgiveness, respect, fidelity, and disinterested service are the rule. The home is well suited for education in the virtues. This requires an apprenticeship in self-denial, sound judgment, and self-mastery– the preconditions of all true freedom. Parents should teach their children to subordinate the ‘material and instinctual dimensions to interior and spiritual ones.’ Parents have a grave responsibility to give good example to their children. By knowing how to acknowledge their own failings to their children, parents will be better able to guide and correct them.”
(The Catechism of the Catholic Church #2223)
Raising children in the Catholic faith is a beautiful and sometimes difficult task. Homeschoolers may find themselves a little on their own when they don’t have the connections at their parochial school to help them navigate the different questions and challenges that life throws up. Getting together with other families can help get you through the inevitable ups and downs.
We meet fortnightly on Mondays for prayer and social stuff. Contact Veronica.
For reaching out to a bigger group there’s the Mary Queen of Families group for Australian Catholic home education. We have a mailing list to help answer questions, share prayer requests and generally keep in touch.