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The Daily Chesterbelloc – The decay of an empire – 05/09/2006

"To Imperialism in the light political sense,therefore, my only objection is that it is the illusion of comfort; that an empire whose heart is failing should be specially proud of the extremities, is to me no more sublime than a fact than an old dandy whose brain is gone should still be proud of his legs." – Chesterton What's Wrong with the World

I find this especially pertinent after reading this post on the quality of Education education in America. While we build stadiums to rival the Romans and technological wonders, our educational underpinings are rotten at the roots. We are running on inertia.

11 comments

  1. I am a Pentecostal, so my worship method is quite different from yours. I think it is wonderful, though, that you have worship and time with your children.

    Blessings,

    Shirley

  2. I promise, I won’t let you know….

  3. I think while I was reading that the number of kids you have tripled before my eyes … šŸ˜€

  4. Our family Rosaries weren’t much different from yours when I was eight (and read as much as I breathed, too!) with sisters who were six and two.

    By the time I was in early high school and my sisters were in junior high and elementary school, we prayed the Rosary in the car on the way to school in the morning, and we’d stopped chewing on the beads. We even got through five decades in the 20 minute ride most mornings!

  5. Woow, now I REALLY want to have a big family!

    No, really. It looks like so much fun. šŸ™‚

  6. We’re still waiting for kid #1 to be born… any day now! But we’ve done family rosaries with my husband’s brother’s family (six kids) and sister’s family (three kids all under age six) and what you describe sounds pretty familiar. While I have a hard time concentrating and don’t find those prayer times particularly hlepful for meditation, I think they are in other ways even more valuable than the time I spend praying the rosary by myself or the time spent praying the liturgy of the hours. Praying with children helps me to remember that we are all called to become like children. I remember first that prayer is not primarily about me and how I feel and my state of mind… after all St Therese had years of dry prayer when she was in a dark night of the soul. It seems to me part of a parent’s vocation is to sacrifice some of that feeling of closeness to God in meditative prayer as we live out our vocation to lead our children to Christ. So we don’t get to meditate on the rosary the way we used to, we don’t get to hear the whole homily, we have to leave mass to change a diaper or take a child to the bathroom, or calm a screaming baby… but the thing is in doing all those things we are following God’s call for us to let our children come to him.

    And how many times in the gospel does Jesus seek out solitude to pray only to be beseiged by his followers? They always seemed to be able to find him just when he most wanted to have a little peace. But he was always patient with them when they interrupted his personal time with the Father. He never turned them away.

    So yeah, I think having the amazing saintly patience to pray with our children, especially when they seem uncontrollable, to take them to mass every week and to teach them about God… That’s what God calls us to do as parents. And that’s what I’m counting on to get me to heaven.

  7. I loved it! I agree with Melanie, it’s the WILL to pray and the example you set that IS the prayer.

    I am ashamed to say we did not pray the rosary with our kids, but I wish we had. I guess there were lots of reasons, but retrospectively, it would have been good to do so…

    My mom did try with us and I think it was a little easier because we were older (4 and 5) when she converted along with the 4 kids…

    Hang in there! You’re doing a great thing!

  8. ROFLOL!!! I often ponder the exact same question… We only have four (another on the way) and it’s the same here. I actually moved our Rosary (just one decade) to the morning because the children were getting up too early and interupting mama’s rosary. I’ve been enjoying the morning rosary better because bedtime is such a battle right now; I’m just to tired…
    I’m sure Jesus and Mary enjoy watching all the children “praying” and the just chuckle šŸ™‚

  9. Yep. That’s a family rosary. We’re banking on graces through perserverence. Maybe that’s where the grace of the family rosary arises. I suspect that the noise and distractions of a large family rosary makes us truly appreciate those rarer times of solitude.

  10. Are you sure you only have 6 children? Sounded like a lot more to me. I applaud the fact that your family at least makes the effort to pray together even if you seldom make it all the way through! Thank you for sharing this funny yet inspiring story.

  11. Oh, My! Was that too funny the way you described it. I have enough trouble just sitting down to have a little family Bible reading & prayer time with my two boys. I can’t imagine getting through that with 6 children! God bless you and your wife for doing your best to raise Godly children. It sounds like you have a wonderful bunch of kids. šŸ™‚

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