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Saturday, October 13, 2012

"How To" do the "Year of Faith" for Busy Moms

Hi Everyone
Just thought I'd share re: the Year of Faith & "How To" ideas:

I've been looking over the recommendations from Benedict XVI for the Year of Faith - he recommends a complete review of the Catechism and the Vatican II documents in order to renew our faith, to be read in a prayerful way, in order to prepare the Church to bring forth a new and fresh witness the following year. This is very important given the contrary witness that major political figures are giving, citing their Catholic Faith as the grounds upon which they hold contradictory views on abortion, gay unions, etc etc etc.. Knowing that the Church does not grow spiritually without catechesis, Benedict's plan is a great plea for Catholics to learn and re-learn what we may have forgotten or perhaps never known.

Initially I was thinking that his idea of going over the complete Catechism and the Vatican II documents as a tad bit "ambitious", to say the least... However, after examining the catechism and the documents, and tying in the need for daily Scripture reading , I think it would be very EASY to work this study in for the year. Here is what I have come to , given that the year of faith is about 400 days:

The Vatican II documents -
If I leave out the ones on the priesthood, bishops and religious life (for us lay people only, that is, and even then, feel free to read those too...), and study all the rest, it could be done either:
a) by reading a document a month, which is really not very much at all, or
b) if I count up all the 'numbers' that the documents are labelled with - often a 'number' is a paragraph, sometimes a 'number' is 3-8 paragraphs - if I count up all the numbers in the 12 documents, it ends up being about 565 'numbers' for the year - then this would equal about 1 1/2 'numbers' a day for the year; or
c) I figure it could be done in ten minutes of prayerful reading a day
Vatican II Documents

Catechism -
After examining the catechism, there are 2865 'numbers' or points in the CCC, as well as about 700 pages - so that could mean either:
a) read approximately 7 'numbers' a day, or
b) read approximately 2 pages a day, or
c) spend 15 minutes a day

Scripture -
Using the small little New Testament, published by Scepter, the entire New Testament can be read two times over in one year, in approximately 5 minutes per day. Or even using an online version
Online Catholic New Testament

With a Read-the-New-Testament-in-a-Year schedule:
NT in a Year

As a result - for about 30 minutes a day, we can easily read and refresh and relearn all the church teaching in relation to the New Testament, Catechism, and Vatican II documents - even if we split it up to two 15 minute sections a day.

When we look at this, some of us may think that we can't handle the language of the documents or that it may be over our head- I think a prayer for a special grace for this year to help us see the truth the Lord wants us to know and remember would handle that, and then start reading.

So, I guess this all certainly seems doable to me - thought I'd share in case you had had the same reservations.


  1. Look - a read-the-catechism-in-a-year daily email!!!

  2. Thank you! Awesome post!

  3. Hi from Estonia!

    I just started reading the Cathecism from flocknote yesterday, although I think what I should actually do this year, is to go through the Baltimore (4) with the kids (also 4). For a long time I have wanted to write and say thank you for all your posts. You have been an inspiration for me during the past 5 years.

    Although I have never met you in person, the things you write here make me feel less lonely in living the faith. To explain the situation - Estonia is probably the most atheist country in Europe, still "enjoying" the spiritual heritage of the soviet era. We have around 6000 catholics. Probably 500 of them actually go to Mass on Sundays. We don't even have a Cathecism in Estonian, only the Compendium... And I think I may be the only catholic (half)homeschooling mother in my country.

    My 9yr old daughter actually goes to school since last year, but I still have three kids at home, no kindergarten! The school she goes to was established (and is still led) by my mother-in-law as a kind of resistance to the soviet system in the eighties when my husband was going to start school. She's an educational genius. It's a christian school and basically the whole family and close friends teach there.

    All the energy has been united to create this amazing educational and cultural center, a little catholic oasis, Latin Quarter in our medieval old town and there's not much people left to develop the ideas and materials for homeschooling. Just me I guess. We have NO curriculums or on-line stuff that we could use or buy. It's has been like inventing the wheel. So please pray that we could keep inventing...

    Also I wanted to draw your attention to our annual cultural festival Trialogos.
    This year's program, a common effort with the orthodox:

    Maybe some day you might want to come! :)


  4. Thank you Helena - welcome! Being isolated in the faith as homeschoolers is not always limited to living in Estonia - many families feel the same way living right in the middle of their own local communities. For all my country's supposed Christian and even Catholic background, the governments and policies are becoming so totally secular and atheistic that religious persecution is rearing its ugly head. It is happening all over the world right now, especially on the abortion and gay union issues. Only the other day did the provincial government in Ontario (Canada) declare that Catholic schools could not teach abortion was wrong because it was a form of bullying, and that pro-life activities had to stop because it discriminates in some fashion against women... Wow.

    Keep up your good work of homeschooling despite it's challenges and crosses, and so too, the good work of all those close to you in the development and continuation of solid Catholic schooling. It is SOOOOO important!!!

  5. We live in the diocese of Kansas City, KS. Our archbishop has made the year of Faith very tangible. He is promoting Learn it, Love it, Live it. Learn it- (take a class) Love it (do your prayer purposefully) Live it ( bring your prayer life into the world with some acts of love)
    Also we have the School of Faith that teaches classes. You can access them online even at