Category: Homeschool Articles

Tips, advice, pain, joy, jokes, and burnout from a 26+ year veteran

Justice Antonin Scalia official portrait

Father Paul Scalia Remembers His Father

On February 13, 2016, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, a man of tremendous influence in the world, unexpectedly passed from it – into eternity. His son, Father Paul Scalia, a priest with the Diocese of Arlington (Virginia), celebrated his funeral Mass. Standing before Justice Scalia’s family, friends, and peers in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in… Read more →

Giana Emanuela Molla talking to Susie Lloyd

A Visit with a First Class Relic, Gianna Emanuela Molla

I’ve kissed a lot of relics as a Catholic, but one never kissed me back – until now. I’m talking about the daughter of St. Gianna Beretta Molla, Gianna Emanuela Molla, who is in attendance at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia all week (this article originally appeared in The National Catholic Register, 9-24-15), graciously offering herself to the… Read more →

Meeting Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Mother Teresa passed into eternal life in 1997. Many people had the good fortune to meet her personally, (like Susan Conroy, pictured) but I never did. Or did I? On a family visit to Washington, D.C., in 2007, our missionary friend, Patrick, took us to an AIDS hospice run by Mother Teresa’s order, the Missionaries of Charity. I will never forget the… Read more →

Cartoon of Susie at desk buried in clutter.

Homeschool Impossible: The Clutter Episode

Welcome to Homeschool Impossible. The column that wishes it were a reality TV show. It’s not your average reality show. The goal is not to create chaos and then film it: Mixed singles in their twenties… a summer camp situation… heh heh heh… It’s the kind where there already is chaos and the goal is to bring order. Think Hotel Impossible or Restaurant Impossible. The people on those… Read more →

An Unpopular Mercy

Some spiritual works of mercy are more popular than others. “Comfort the Sorrowful” and “Counsel the Doubtful,” for example, have their own line of greeting cards with flowers and small, fuzzy animals on them. People buy them by the millions. But then there’s “Admonish the Sinner.” Has anybody bothered testing the market for this one? You live in sin Like… Read more →