Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Inspiration for the New School Year

I shared the link to this beautiful homily over on my Facebook page a week or so ago, and was going to add it to my last Daybook post as well.  I changed my mind and decided it really deserved a post of it's own, that way I'll be able to find it easier when I need to listen to it again in a month or two.  ;)  

It is so inspiring and encouraging - just what I needed to hear as we begin our new school year!   

 Note:  Here is a link to the conditions for sharing this sermon.  I just offered three Hail Mary's for the priests that preach the sermons at Audio Sancto, and ask you all to do the same.  Thank you! 

Prayer for Homeschoolers

Dear Lord, bless me in my decision to homeschool my children. Grant me the grace of peace and determination in this awesome endeavor. Lead me to the proper materials for the instruction of each of my children, so that their individual talents and skills will be nurtured and they will grow in intelligence to the fullness of their abilities. Give me the strength to persevere when the weight of being teacher, mother, wife, and housekeeper seems too much to bear. Help me to maintain my household and family school, knowing that there will be times when one or both may seem to suffer, but confident that you will assist me in restoring harmony to both in good time. Allow me the contentment of heart and knowledge that the proper formation of my children's minds holds importance far above many of the callings of this world. Bestow on me courage to overcome the criticisms of those who disagree with me in this effort, keeping ever mindful that the growing of my children in knowledge and grace will be for your glory, and the trials I must endure are for my personal sanctification. Amen.

Prayer to Our Lady for Homeschooling Parents

Blessed Mother, as you so humbly and graciously accepted God's will to bear and raise His only son, and to guide him in wisdom and virtue, help me in the instruction and education of my children. Pray to your Heavenly Son to grant me the grace and strength to assist in their learning, overcoming tiredness and discouragement. Assist me in the management of my home, so that I may be able to keep order and peace, despite the challenges of schooling within it. Intercede for me, imploring Our Heavenly Father to bestow upon me wisdom, not for my own sake, but so that I may form my children's minds and hearts, so that they may grow into strong adults, helping to shape the world for His glory, and ultimately inheriting the kingdom of heaven. Call upon your heavenly angels to stand by my side, with their great intelligence, to help me understand that which I am instructing, and assist my children in learning of same. We humbly ask this through you beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

May the most just, most high, and most adorable will of God
 be in all things done, praised and magnified forever.


  1. Thank you Jessica for sharing this. I would like to ask you where you got the prayers. I would like to print them out for daily prayers.

    Amazing Grace Jessica and family!
    What a beautiful beacon of light you are for so many other Catholic and Christian homeschooling. I pray that you have a beautiful and blessed year. God bless and internet hugs <3

    1. I copied them from one of my posts from last year. I remember finding them online, but I can't remember the name of the website. Allison has them here on her blog too.

  2. Thank you for sharing this, Jessica! Also, I was wondering if you knew why I am getting an error in downloading Wreath II Mercy. I tried it a few weeks agoa and again today. Let me know if you can. I have downloaded them before--but can't now.
    Thanks for everything!

    1. Thanks for letting me know about that, Cheri! I'm not sure why it isn't working properly, and I couldn't even figure out how to upload a revision, so I just published it again. Hopefully I'll have a chance to fix all the old links soon. In the meantime, here is the link to the newly uploaded document. :)

    2. Thanks, Jessica! I just need to reset my password now. Before, I did not even see the document. Our 1st meeting for our Wreath II is this Friday. Enjoying your pics of the 1st day---braces too! Thanks for blogging. Cheri

  3. Very inspirational! Thanks and God bless!

  4. I'm printing them and hanging them in my kitchen - where I spend a LOT of time =) God bless you!

  5. Thank you for posting that sermon (prayers done too!). You have no idea how much I needed to hear that. I believe God's will for me was to hear that today. Thank you.


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