"...a life without a rule, is a life wherein the supernatural, that is, the part of God, has little or no importance."
This week we are combining our Keeping It Catholic Monday
with our yearly post on our daily homeschool schedule which is part of the Not Back to School Blog Hop
. Sharing again from one of our favorite books, Counsels of Perfection on Christian Motherhood
(which if any of you happen to see an original 1913 copy for sale please let me know!), as we did last May
as well as last June
, we are sharing today how we apply some of the methods from this book in our homeschool schedule. Since our daily schedule includes school they are one and the same schedule. We are also adding some new 'rules' this year so not all of these have been added to our day and all of them are far from perfected :)
It seems our schedule slackens and our motivation is lower and we start craving some sort of order this time every year, not just because school is about to start again but because Advent and Lent are long past us. The Liturgical guide of the Church has been in the Time After Pentecost for 14 weeks now and we have been much in the habit of an extended celebration of Easter as is intended by the Church's Time after Pentecost. We are long past the seasons when we have penance given to us such as during the weeks of Advent and Lent. We become stagnate in the season so to say. We are without that push that the Church so lovingly gives us doing those special times of her year. Our worldly sense tells us 'we need to get back in the habit', we need a rule of life!
"Time is the money in which we can purchase eternity."
Monsignor P. Lejeune
From Chapter IV in his book, Paul LeJeune says, "What good reasons we have for valuing our time, and making good use of it! The few years which God gives us to live, enclosed as they are between the centuries that are gone and those that are to come, are indeed a trifle compared with eternity. Regarded from standpoint, our life resembles that of those insects called, I believe, Ephemera. They are born in the morning, and in the evening they have ceased to exist. Better yet, our life resembles a wave, raised up by the wind on the bosom of the sea, that scintillates an instant under the rays of the sun, and then flals back and is no more. Or again is like to those flashes of lightning which, on a stormy night, dazzle the eye for a moment, and then disappear without leaving a trace of their existence. And this inconceivable rapidity, this nothingness of human life condemns at once all the ambitions and desires which attach us to the earth. What folly, then, when we consider the brevity of life, to dream of cutting a great figure here below, to yearn for the admiration of the world, and to attach our hearts to those earthly goods from which we shall be so brutally separated on the morrow."
Time! Time! How will we use it, how do we try to use it in our day? I find I do best when I plan my week out, my day and when I don't I have been busy all day but never accomplishing those things that really
needed to be accomplished. P. LeGeune tells us the advantages of a rule of life. "First, it saves you from yourselves, so to speak; from the spirit of caprice which finds its way so easily into your actions, and robs you of the greater part of your merit. We all are tempted to do only what pleases us, and to avoid sacrifices as much as possible. An act needs but to take on the appearance of duty to become an object of aversion to us. The result is that unless you are bound by a rule, your lives will drift unceasingly; they will flow along guided only by caprice, and the sense of duty will be almost entirely lost. In that case it is your own will that you have followed from morning until evening, and not the will of God."
So when I remember to put it into practice I find using this Daily Task Sheet
keeps me best on task with the day to day things that change. For school our Holy Simplicity Planner
is what keeps me on task with what is to be done with school and also our evening meals. But what really helps in keeping our Rule of life is not only having one written down (as it is with the Holy Simplicity Planner
and Daily Task Sheet
) but in getting our day started right and in having habits for each day, as in what we do at certain times.
"My son, love not sleep, lest poverty overtake thee."
Proverbs XX, 13
Starting the day right, according to P. Lejeune, starts with promptness in rising. I have to say from experience that what he says is also to very true, and this is one of the items that we are working on this year. P. Lejeune says to ".... rise at a fixed hour. Decide on the time, and examine well into the effect your early rising will have on your general health and temperament. But once this hour is fixed, make no exceptions to it, save only when sickness or extraordinary circumstances render them necessary. How many hours of sleep are necessary? Physicians advise seven hours for a robust person; but among religious communities generally eight hours are allowed. You may adopt this rule, but do not exceed eight hours. You would be yielding to weakness and sensuality. A prolonged sleep will not deliver you from indisposition, which very often is more imaginary than real. You complain of feeling ill at awakening, and it seems that to raise your head from the pillow is a sacrifice beyond your strength. Pay no attention to this temptation! Give the enemy no quarter! Rise up at once, and you will feel that your complain was imaginary. The ancients were wont to say that life consists in movement. You will experience the truth of these words, and you will learn how to mount to a degree of activity which you thought impossible."
Starting today we are working on setting that time for our 'early rising'. Not just for us as adults but also for our children. Before we would have a general time in which we would get up but it certainly is far from the 'promptness' that P. Lejeune talks about. As a family we decided that everyone would rise before 6 am. Since we do not have an Angelus bell ring near us we would often say our morning Angelus when ever we said our morning prayers. Our children in this way were not learning the proper meaning of the Angelus and so we decided to tie this in with our new attempt at a Rule of Life. My husband and I decided to arise at 5 a.m. which gives us an hour of quiet time before things begin with our family. Day one has us up early but also rearranging our usual schedule!
Previously this queit time lasted until 7, 7:30.,8 in the morning which gave me plenty of time to do my blogging, check my email, say my private devotions and so some spiritual reading, shower and dress. That has changed today and I have to admit we have some more planning to do!
"Begin at a moderate pace."
"Need this rule be written? When written, it will have much more precision than if it were only in the memory. but do not imagine that it should cover many sheets of paper. A few simple resolutions, clearly stated, will be entirely sufficient. You need not overburden yourselves in the beginning. Go forward step by step. A rule is not immutable; we can always add to it according as divine grace directs us. Indeed, it is better to add to a rule than to subtract from it. It is better to begin at a moderate pace, than to be obliged to slacken our speed, and perhaps lose heart."
The reminder I should post on my quotation board, "begin at a moderate pace." A good reminder for day one this morning when adjusting our rise time other habits are disrupted. To pick one or two things to work on and then gradually add more is the advice given here. Not to jump in with the 'perfect rule of life' but one that you can work on easily one step at a time, baby steps.
With that and in partaking of this week's Not Back to School Blog Hop; A Day in the life of
, I'd like to share with you our Rule of Life, our homeschool schedule which is very much a work in progress! And if you would like to listen to the whole book, Counsels of Perfection of Christian Motherhood
, the free MP3's are here to download
5 AM- Rise time, shower/dress, private devotions, check email, blog, some spiritual reading, start laundry or other chores
6 AM- Children up and Angelus time, morning prayers with all family members
6:20 AM- Children start their school (Daily Journals
, Math, religious reading, Latin, Cursive workbook)
7:30-8 AM- Breakfast time, read aloud books (any reading for Science & Nature Journaling for Young Catholics
, Bible Stories History Unit
, Religion (usually copy work or coloring pages for the current feast days/Liturgical season and from our choosen read aloud basket... First Communion Stories, Catholic chapter books etc.)
8:30/9 AM- Complete Religion and History seat work/projects
10 AM- Snack and break time
10:15/10:30- Spelling/Reading/Grammer Lessons for one child while the other does Piano lessons/practice and Typing practice then switch.
NOON- Angelus! Make lunch
12:30 PM- Complete any school work
1 PM - 3 PM Quiet Time! Nap time for the Kindergartner, and quiet time for the older kids. Either playing outside (when the weather is good), Legos, reading books, quiet art projects or maybe still finishing up school.
For myself its chore time, to clean up some dishes, do some laundry, dust, bathrooms etc. Depending on the day of the week (you can see our schedule on the second page of the Daily Task Download). Computer time (emails, blog, ship book orders, work on curricula projects)
3:30 PM- Snack Time, quick clean up of the house, children's chores
4:30 PM Start dinner preparations
6 PM- Angelus, eat dinner/finish preparing, wait for hubby to get home
6-6:30 PM Eat dinner
6:30/7 PM Clean up Dinner Dishes/Kitchen
7-8 PM PM Misc. house chores, finish up some minor projects, give the children showers and baths, time to clean up bedrooms!
8 PM Rosary Time! Night prayers with the children
8:30 PM Adult night prayers, spiritual reading
9:30/10 PM Bed time!
Free Printables for Guiding your Rule of Life
Visit our Catholic Education blog
to see how we use our Holy Simplicity along with the Crusader's for Christ Children's Planners in our Homeschool! This blog post walks you through how we set up our calendar to writing curriculum in our planner and coordinating it all with the children's planners as well. READ OUR BLOG POST HERE
We are thinking ahead to the Christmas season and planning ahead in order to add some Christmas cards to our book store. Since these things take a while to get planned and completed we would like your input on your Christmas card traditions and how we can best serve you with this product.
We are also putting out a non-academic planner, Starting with Sunday; A Catholic Day Planner
, late fall 2013 or early winter 2013 for the 2014 year. We have been sharing the PDF's on our book store each month so that you all are able to try these if you are intersted. We need your feed back on a few items regarding the printing of the 2014 planner. If you all would be so kind to take our survey below we would love to give you
both a free August 2013 and September 2013 PDF trial of the Starting with Sunday Planner pages!
Please make sure to leave your email at the bottom of the survey so we know where to send your files. YOU MUST FILL OUT THE SURVEY TO RECEIVE YOUR FREE PDFS. Also! One of those of you who fill out our survey AND enter in the raffle will have a chance at a free Planner Pack! Featuring ONE copy of the Holy Simplicity Planner AND TWO printed Children's planners (you get to choose boy or girl or one of each!).
Ahh some rules for this give away! My apologies for the bright red bold, but its to keep the confusion away and keep things fun and easy! Please make sure that the email you use on the survey matches the email you use to enter the raffle. To enter you MUST HAVE MATCHING EMAILS AND FILL OUT BOTH THE SURVEY AND THE RAFFLE ENTRY OR YOUR ENTERY WILL BE DISQUALIFIED. Comments left on this blog post DO NOT COUNT as your entry. You MUST enter both the raffle and FILL OUT the survey.
Thank you for your input, it is VERY much appreciated and we are excited to share some more GIVE Aways (can you tell I like to give things away?) God bless!
We are joining the Not Back to School Blog Hop
over on our education blog the next 4 weeks. This week is curriculum week, hop on over to our blog
and also enter at a chance to win a free Holy Simplicity Planner!
We are going to try and make an effort to put more of the homeschooling posts over on our Catholic Education Blog
being that not all of our readers are home educators. Along with separating posts we also hope to add more on the homeschooling end as well, as time allows.
Our first effort at this change is posted over on our Catholic Education blog
, and shares with you all our attempts at organizing our own homeschool and how it is that we use our Holy Simplicity Planner
. Toward the middle of this summer we will be adding more posts of similar nature. Praying that you are all enjoying the starts of summer and God's wonderful gifts!
Is everyone getting excited for the end of the academic year and the beginning of another?! For me I'm always glad to get to start planning again, a new fresh start! We have decided to offer the Holy Simplicity Planner free month by month! Just like our Notebooking Pages and the Liturgical Bulletin board we will put up the upcoming month worth's of planning pages to use for free. Those downloads will be placed on the Holy Simplicity Planner page here
on Sanctus Simplicitus and also on the All the Saint's Bookstore page
. Below are not only the planner pages for this month and the next but also the rest of June's downloads! Happy planning!
June (and some of July's) Downloads
Holy Simplicity PlannerJune 2013 (last year's design)July 2013 (upcoming year's design)Butler's Live's of the Saint's Notebooking Pages for June
Saints included this month: St. Justin, St. Pamphilus, SS Ponthinus, Sanctus, Attalus, Belandina; St. Clotilda, St. Francis Caracciolo, St. Boniface, St. Norbert, St. Robert of Newminster, St. Claude, St. Merdard, SS Primus, and Felicianus, St. Columba, St. Margaret of Scotland, St. Barnabas, St. John of St. Facundus, St. Antony of Padua, St. Basil the Great, SS Vitus, Crescentia, and Modestus; St. John Francis Regis, St. Avitus, SS. Marcus and Marcellinaus, St. Juliana Falconieri, St. Silverius, St. Aloysius Gonzaga, St. Paulinus of Nola, St. Etheldreda, St. John the Baptis, St. Prosper of Aquitaine, St. William of Monte-Vergine, SS John and Paul, St. Ladislas, St. Irenaeus, St. Peter the Apostle and St. Paul the ApostleDownload Starting With Sunday - non academic Planner pages for June 2013 for $1Download June's Title Piece for the Liturgical Year Bulletin Board (Includes blank year, 2013,2014 & 2015)Maidens for Mary Planner Pages for June 2013Cruaders for Christ Planner Pages forJune 2013
We are so excited to announce that all pre-orders have been shipped (if you haven't already you will receive a confirmation soon) and all planners are now open for order and immediate shipment. Thank you to all of you who already placed your order, we are grateful for your business! All planners, hard copies and ebooks may be found over at www.AllTheSaintsBooks.com under the Education tab.
To celebrate we are going to do a little give away :) How about 3 winners, one ebook planner to each of the winners (winners choose which of the three they would like)! Enter below and we will announce the winner on Wednesday May 15th.
Those of you who have put your pre-order in for your planners should now start seeing an email notifying you that your order has been shipped. We are shipping starting with those who ordered first and working our way up to the most recent orders. Thank you for your patience as we work our way through the rather large pile of orders! And also, we thank you VERY much for your business. We have not yet opened the store for orders new orders to ship immediately and are leaving that on a pre-order status until all orders have been shipped. Keep checking back, it should happen within the week! May you all have a blessed and holy weekend.
-Sanctus Simplicitus & All the Saint's Books Staff
""By their fruits you shall know them!" So said
Christ Himself. It is the Acid Test!"
One Church is not as Good as Another
By: Wilfred G. Hurley +Imprimatur 1934
Nineteen hundred years ago with eyes stern, with words incisive and uncompromising, Jesus warned men of the evils to come. But there was to be one evil men should fear above all others. It was the one evil Christ would warn them against, time and time again. Satan? Yes! But Satan disguised as an angel of light!
It is here! It is the evil Christianity faces today! And the name of this evil is indifferentism! What is indifferentism? It is the thought that has come to you, time and time again. A thought you hear spoken of on every side. It is in the very atmosphere you breathe. What is this? That it doesn't make any difference to God what you may believe. That God doesn't care what you believe as long as you live a good life. That God doesn't care to what church you may belong, as long as you live up to the teaching of that of the church. In brief, indifferentism is simply this:"One church is as good as another."
This subtle attack on Christianity has been slowly developing during the last fifty years, coming along hand in hand with the material progress of the times. With the coming of the automobile, improved highways, the telephone, telegraph and radio, and the other various improvements to make life more livable and happy, men have been thrown more and more into contact with each other. So that today, in this nation of ours, we are really just one large family.
But the real vantage point for indifferentism came in 1917, with the World War. When men were taken from their homes, in the East, West, North, and South. Forced to live together in the closest possible contact in army camps, on the battle field, on battleships, in peril and danger, in privation and suffering. And men began to realize that no matter what belief a man might hold, he was apt to be a splendid fellow after all. And the result was, that although they might hold contradictory creeds and doctrines, a wonderful feeling of friendship, fellowship, and tolerance sprung up among men. And it was, unfortunately, in this garb of friendship and tolerance and good fellowship, that the evil of indifferentism disguised itself. Spreading far and wide until today it is an evil widespread as Christianity itself. Threatening Christianity's very existence. An evil all the more terrifying in its destruction, because while it appears lovely and beautiful on the surface, at the same time it is destroying men's souls. Does this seem far-fetched? STop and think for a minute!
If one church is as good as another, then, religion is only a matter of sentiment and good taste. There is no real truth in it. And a man is as free to follow his inclination in choosing his church, as he might be in choosing a club or a lodge. When you are indifferent to anything it doesn't require much opposition for you to give up that thing completely. Religion is no exception. You know that! And thus it requires only a little obstacle for you to drop church entirely. If you hold one church as good as another, you are not far from the belief that there is not much good in any church. And you are quite right. For, if religion is only an opinion, then it can easily be wrong, as any opinion can be wrong. Hence, there is no certainty. Everything ends in doubt and darkness. The mysteries of faith are denied. And this state of mind prepares you, sooner or later, for the complete denial of Christianity. A rejection of God's Revelation. And perhaps, even a rejection of God himself! "By their fruits you shall know them!" So said Christ Himself. It is the Acid Test! Apply it to indifferentism! What are its fruits?
FRUITS OF INDIFFERENCE
Fifty years ago, you had met a man on the street and asked him: "To what church do you belong?" he would have promptly answered you. Mentioning such and such a church. The United States was, practically speaking, a hundred per cent Christian nation. Today ask a man on the street to what church he belongs. He will be amazed and amused at your question. Seven out of ten will answer you with a pitying smile, that they belong to none. Do you know what the last census revealed the appalling fact, that the American people are now practically 70% Churchless? Think what this means! Seven out of every ten men and women in our country have put themselves down, in black and white, that God, and the worship of God, means nothing to them whatsoever.
To sum up! The last generation were, for the most part, are baptized, but are not church members. And the signs of the times seem to point out that the next generation, at least outside of the Catholic Church, will be neither church members nor baptized. That is the fruit of indifferentism in a short fifty years. Is it, or is it not, an evil? But while indifferentism comes to us disguised as an angel of light, like all disguises, it can be easily torn off. And you can see evil as it really is. Simply take your God-given gifts of intelligence, reason, and comMon sense and use them.
GOD IS TRUTH
"I am the way, and the truth, and the life," said Jesus. God is truth! But a God of infinite and absolute truth! He loves truth. And He hates and despises untruth, falsehood, and deceit. And you are the living child of the Living God! Hence, God wants you to love the truth! And hate untruth, falsehood, and deceit! If you believe in God at all, you must believe this!
Now indifferentism says that it makes no difference to God whether you believe in one thing or the other. Whether you belong to this church or another. Whether you believe one set of doctrines, or some opposing doctrines, or whether you believe anything at all. It is a terrifying statement! IT simply means that God is not
a God of truth. But a God of falsehood and untruth. That He is the Father of lies, You do away with God! Why is this?
Because, even though you know nothing at all about the teachings of the various Christian bodies in existence today, you know they are not only teaching different doctrines but they absolutely contradict each other in essential beliefs. Here is one church teaching baptism is absolutely necessary to salvation. But here is another church denying this, and saying that baptism is not necessary. Here is one church that teaches men are doomed either to eternal happiness or eternal misery. But here is another church teaching that all men will be saved. HEre is one church that is teaching Christ is really present in the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper. But here is another church which says He is not present, never was, never will be. And the contrary teaching is idolatry.....TO PURCHASE AND FINISH READING THIS SMALL PAMPHLET PLEASE VISIT ALL THE SAINTS BOOKS
The Planner Pack Give-a-Way!
Thank you for the overwhelming response to the planner pack give away!
We had over 1000 entries! We are so excited that these planners are near completion as they are currently being printed at the printer. Those of you who have pre-ordered they should be shipping in the next week or two and at that time you will also receive in your email the digital version for those of you who ordered the Holy Simplicity Planner (which the PDF comes free with). So without further a-do ............
the winner of the 3 Catholic Lesson Planners - Planner Pack
KATHLEEN M. who shared the planner pack on Pinterest! Thank you Kathleen for sharing and congratulations. You have already been emailed with the details on acquiring your prize.
For those of you still wanting a copy of the Holy Simplicity Planner, Maidens for Mary and/or Crusaders for Christ Planner(s)
there is still time to get pre-orders in so that your copies can go out with the first shipments. And also keep your eyes peeled on our blog over the next few months as we might just give away some more free items! We love sharing ;) A blessed 5th week of Easter to you all!
*** We are bumping this post up as the wrong links were placed for getting to the Catholic Life book, they have now been corrected and are working. We apologize for any inconvenience.
For those of you who follow our blog as well as those who purchased the Holy Simplicity Planner
last year, you are quite familiar with this little gem. Its a favorite title of ours along with Dom Gueragner's Liturgical Year
! We are so excited to announce that Catholic Life or The Feasts, Fasts, and Devotions of the Ecclesiastical Year
is now back in print! This paperback version allows for affordability and use. Its the perfect companion with the Holy Simplicity Planner
which is why it was included IN last years version. We made the decision to remove the title and have it reprinted on its own so that it would not have to be purchased in a consumable form every year. Now this title may be used and loved year after year!
As it is an exact reprint of the 1908 version it also contains many black and white pictures for the various feast days as well as a few articles that were not in last years Holy Simplicity Planner
as there was not enough space to include them all. But they are all here now in this nice compact handy book!
To preview some of the articles please visit our various Liturgical Year pages, a few of them can be found by visiting these specific pages: Catholic Life Introduction, Advent, Christmas, Lent
. If you and your family follow the Liturgical Year this is the best little book to have as a guide! It covers all the major feasts, fasts and devotions within the Catholic Church and is a wonderful guide to keeping those Catholic traditions in the home. It is the perfect companion with the Holy Simplicity Planner
as well as Dom Gueranger's Liturgical Year
. We hope that you will enjoy this title as much as we do! Visit All the Saint's Books for more details on Catholic Life.
Ps.... There are new previews of the children's planners up at All The Saint's Books