Monthly Archives: March 2012

CATHOLICISM: it’s your story…

By Jacinta:

the Pure Life

How can teenagers lead a pure life in todays world?… “The Pure Life” is a series of 13 half-hour episodes devoted to teaching adolescents about chastity from a catholic point of view. The show is hosted by John and Crystalina Evert and also features teens and young adults. They take us through difficult, daily situations in a culture that promotes worldly values, influences, and priorities as opposed to a lifestyle of faith, fortitude, and virtue. As a teen myself, I really enjoy watching “the Pure Life” and recommend it to other teens.

To watch a clip of “The Pure Life”, go to

The Pure Life series can be ordered on DVD at

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On March 20, we celebrate the Feast of St. Joseph

On March 20, we celebrate the Feast of St. Joseph, the earthly father of
Our Lord Jesus Christ.

We recall that Mary’s mother, St. Anne, was already elderly when Mary was
born. While Mary was still a young child, her parents took her to live in
the holy Temple of Jerusalem. When Mary came of age to be married, it is
thought that the priests in the Temple made the marriage arrangements for
her. We can be certain that the Temple priests knew how special and holy
was Mary, and that they would have chosen a man known for holiness,
courage, and industry who could provide a good home…


Famous Homeschoolers


  • Bindi Irwin
  • Alan Alda – actor, screenwriter, producer
  • Louis Armstrong – king of jazz
  • BarlowGirl – Lauren, Alyssa, and Rebecca Barlow
  • Taylor Swift
  • Vanessa Hudgens
  • Spencer Breslin – actor
  • The 5 Browns – five siblings who play classical music on five grand pianos
  • Erika Christensen – actress
  • Hilary Duff – actress, singer (Cheaper by the Dozen)
  • Hanson – sibling singing group
  • Hume brothers – Jon, Peter, and Dann of the Evermore alternative rock band from New Zealand
  • Tiffany Jo – Arizona yodeling star
  • Josh Layne – harp musician
  • Scott MacIntyre – visually impaired pianist
  • Pat McMahon – television personality
  • Jena Malone – actress
  • Yehudi Menuhin – child prodigy violinist
  • Alyson “Aly” Michalka and Amanda Joy “AJ” Michalka – sister singing duo and actresses
  • Moffatts – Canadian version of Hanson
  • Frankie Muniz – actor
  • Adam Paskowitz – lead singer, The Flys
  • LeAnne Rimes – teen-prodigy country music star
  • Rebecca St. James – contemporary Christian recording artist
  • Jeremy Sumpter – actor
  • Raven Symone – actress
  • Maria von Trapp – one of the Von Trapp Family Singers, the third child of Captain von Trapp
  • Elijah Wood – actor (Frodo in the Lord of the Rings trilogy)
  • Evan Rachel Wood – actress


  • Tanith Belbin – figure skating champion
  • Chad Compton – surfer
  • Alexa Glatch – tennis player
  • Todd Lodwick – U.S. ski team member
  • Tamara McKinney – World Cup skier
  • Bode Miller – American alpine skier
  • Jim Ryan – world runner
  • Maria Sharapova – tennis player
  • Jason Taylor – NFL football player
  • Venus and Serena Williams – twin tennis stars

Constitutional Convention Delegates 

  • Richard Basseti – Governor of Delaware
  • William Blount – U.S. Senator
  • George Clymer – U.S. Representative
  • William Few – U.S. Senator
  • Benjamin Franklin – Inventor and Statesman
  • William Houston – Lawyer
  • William S. Johnson – Columbia College President
  • William Livingston – Governor of New Jersey
  • James Madison – 4th President of the U.S.
  • George Mason – Justice of Virginia County Court
  • John Francis Mercer – U.S. Representative
  • Charles Pickney III – Governor of S. Carolina
  • John Rutledge – Chief Justice U.S. Supreme Court
  • Richard D. Spaight – Governor of North Carolina
  • George Washington – 1st President of the U.S.
  • John Witherspoon – President of Princeton
  • George Wythe – Justice of Virginia High Court


  • John Adams
  • John Quincy Adams
  • Grover Cleveland
  • James Garfield
  • William Henry Harrison
  • Andrew Jackson
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • James Madison
  • James Polk
  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt
  • Theodore Roosevelt
  • John Tyler
  • George Washington
  • Woodrow Wilson

Military Leaders

  • John Barry – Senior Navy Officer
  • George Rogers Clark – Revolutionary War hero
  • Stonewall Jackson – Civil War General
  • John Paul Jones – Father of the American Navy
  • Robert E. Lee – Civil War General
  • Douglas MacArthur – U.S. General
  • George Patton – U.S. General
  • Matthew Perry – U.S. Naval Officer
  • John Pershing – U.S. General
  • David Dixon Porter – Civil War Admiral

Religious Leaders

  • Joan of Arc
  • Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • William Carey
  • Jonathan Edwards
  • Philipp Melancthon
  • Dwight L. Moody
  • John Newton
  • John Owen
  • Hudson Taylor
  • John & Charles Wesley
  • Brigham Young


  • Wilson A. Bentley – “The Snowflake Man”
  • George Washington Carver – agricultural research
  • Pierre Curie – discovered radium
  • Albert Einstein – theoretical physicist
  • Paul Erdos – Hungarian mathematician
  • Michael Faraday – electrochemist
  • Pierre-Gilles de Gennes – French physicist
  • Oliver Heaviside – electromagnetism researcher
  • T.H. Huxley – biologist, zoologist, Darwinist
  • Ruth Lawrence – mathematician
  • Gilbert Newton Lewis – physical chemist
  • Ada Lovelace – founder of scientific computing
  • Benoit Mandelbrot – pioneer in fractal geometry
  • Blaise Pascal – French mathematician
  • Joseph Priestley – father of modern chemistry
  • Samuel C. C. Ting – Chinese American physicist
  • Konstantin Tsiolkovsky – Russian rocket scientist


  • Alexander Graham Bell – invented the telephone
  • John Moses Browning – firearms inventor/designer
  • Peter Cooper – built the first modern skyscraper, the first commercial locomotive, and patented the first gelatin dessert which was later named Jell-O
  • Thomas Edison – invented the stock ticker, mimeograph, phonograph, and electric light bulb
  • Benjamin Franklin – invented the lightning rod
  • Elias Howe – invented sewing machine
  • William Lear – airplane creator
  • Cyrus McCormick – invented grain reaper
  • Guglielmo Marconi – developed radio
  • Eli Whitney – invented the cotton gin
  • Sir Frank Whittle – invented turbo jet engine
  • Orville and Wilbur Wright – brothers who built the first successful airplane


  • William Blake – painter, engraver, poet
  • John Singleton Copley – American Colonial painter
  • Evelyn De Morgan – Pre-Raphaelite painter
  • Christian Grew – American Painter
  • Donal Hord – San Diego sculptor
  • Akiane Kramarik- 10-year-old art and poetry prodigy
  • Claude Monet – French Impressionist
  • Grandma Moses – American folk artist
  • Charles Willson Peale – American portrait artist
  • Leonardo da Vinci – Renaissance artist, sculptor
  • Andrew Wyeth – American realist painter
  • Jamie Wyeth – American realist painter


  • Johann Sebastian Bach – Baroque
  • Irving Berlin – Patriotic
  • Anton Bruckner – Symphonies
  • Noel Coward – Musicals
  • Felix Mendelssohn – Romantic
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Classical
  • John Porcaro – Experimental
  • Francis Poulenc – Choral
  • John Philip Sousa – ?March King?


  • Louisa May Alcott – author of Little Women
  • Hans Christian Anderson – fairy tale writer
  • Margaret Atwood – Canadian novelist, poet
  • Fawn M. Brodie – biographer
  • Pearl S. Buck – Nobel prize-winning author
  • William F. Buckley, Jr. – conservative writer
  • Willa Cather – American novelist
  • Agatha Christie – mystery author
  • Samuel Clemens – a.k.a. Mark Twain
  • Charles Dickens – British novelist
  • Robert Frost – Pulitzer Prize-winning poet
  • Charlotte Perkins Gilman – early feminist writer
  • Alex Haley – African-American novelist
  • Sharlot Hall – poet, writer, Arizona historian
  • Joshua Harris- pastor and author of I Kissed Dating Goodbye
  • Bret Harte – frontier California journalist
  • L. Ron Hubbard – science fiction writer
  • Helen Keller – blind and deaf author and lecturer
  • Rose Wilder Lane – journalist, ghostwriter, daughter of Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • C.S. Lewis – Christian writer and apologist
  • JRR Tolkien – Catholic writer
  • Amy Lowell – Modernist poet
  • Gabriela Mistral – Nobel-prize winning Latin American poet
  • Sean O’Casey – Irish author
  • Thomas Paine – political writer during the American Revolution, author of Common Sense
  • Christopher Paolini – teen author of Eragon
  • Isabel Paterson – conservative political author
  • Beatrix Potter – author of Peter Rabbit Tales
  • Jedediah Purdy – author of For Common Things: Irony, Trust, and Commitment in America Today
  • Kenneth Rexroth – poet, translator, critical essayist
  • Carl Sandburg – American poet
  • George Bernard Shaw – Irish-born playwright
  • Mattie J. T. Stepanek – 11-year-old author of Heartsongs
  • Rosemary Sutcliff – historical novels for children
  • Rabindranath Tagore – Bengali poet, essayist, dramatist, songwriter
  • Mercy Warren – American Revolution eyewitness
  • Phillis Wheatley – African-American poet
  • Walt Whitman – American poet
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder – children?s book author
  • Virginia Woolf – English novelist


  • Amos Bronson Alcott – innovative teacher, father of Louisa May Alcott
  • Catharine Beecher – co-founder of the Hartford Female Seminary
  • Jill Ker Conway – first woman president of Smith College
  • Erik Demaine – associate professor of Computer Science at MIT
  • Timothy Dwight – President of Yale University
  • William Samuel Johnson – President of Columbia College
  • Horace Mann – “Father of the American Common School”
  • Charlotte Mason – Founder of Charlotte Mason College of Education
  • Joyce Reed – Associate Dean of the College, Brown University
  • Fred Terman – President of Stanford University
  • Frank Vandiver – President of Texas A&M University
  • Booker T. Washington – teacher and founder of Tuskegee Institute
  • John Witherspoon – President of Princeton University

Medical Practitioners

  • Clara Barton – started the Red Cross
  • Elizabeth Blackwell – first woman in the U.S. to receive a medical degree
  • Florence Nightingale – Nurse
  • Susan La Flesche Picotte – first American Indian woman physician
  • Albert Schweitzer – Physician
  • Mary Walker – Civil War physician; recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor

Business Entrepreneurs

  • Andrew Carnegie – wealthy steel industrialist
  • Amadeo Giannini – Bank of America?s founder
  • Horace Greeley – New York Tribune founder
  • Soichiro Honda – creator of the Honda automobile company
  • Peter Kindersley – book illustrator and publisher
  • Ray Kroc – founder of McDonald’s fast food restaurant chain
  • Jimmy Lai – newspaper publisher; founder of Giordano International
  • Dr. Orison Swett Marden – founder, Success magazine
  • Adolph Ochs – New York Times founder
  • Joseph Pulitzer – newspaper publisher; established Pulitzer Prize
  • Colonel Harland Sanders – started Kentucky Fried Chicken
  • Dave Thomas – founder of the Wendy?s restaurant chain


  • Garth Brooks – country music singer
  • Michael Card – contemporary Christian songwriter
  • Duane G. Carey – NASA astronaut
  • Mike Farris – lawyer and co-founder of Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA)
  • Robert Frost – Pulitzer Prize-winning poet
  • David Guterson – educator and author of Snow Falling on Cedars
  • Kimberly Hahn – Catholic apologist and author
  • Gregg and Sono Harris – pioneers in the modern Christian homeschooling movement
  • Barbara Howe – Libertarian activist
  • Eric Jackson – whitewater paddler
  • Christopher Klicka – attorney and Senior Counsel, Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA)
  • Len Munsil – attorney, President of The Center for Arizona Policy (CAP), and gubernatorial candidate
  • Paul Overstreet – musician, songwriter
  • Jada Pinkett – actress, wife of Will Smith
  • Kelly Preston – actress, wife of John Travolta
  • Rick Santorum – U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania
  • Mike Smith – lawyer and co-founder of HSLDA
  • Will Smith – actor
  • R.C. Sproul, Jr. – pastor, author of When You Rise Up: A Covenantal Approach to Homeschooling
  • Stefan von Trapp – grandson of Captain von Trapp from The Sound of Music
  • John Travolta – actor, pilot
  • Darrell Waltrip – NASCAR racer.

Catholic Heritage Curricula E-Newsletter

The Dignity of the Child and the “I’m Bored: Entertain Me” Syndrome.

The dignity of the human person is rooted in his creation in the image and likeness of God…By his deliberate actions, the human person does, or does not, conform to the good promised by God…[individuals] make their own contribution to their interior growth; they make their whole…lives into means of this growth. —Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1700

Work honors the Creator’s gifts and the talents received from Him. —ibid,2427

If you’ve ever read the family-friendly Little House on the Prairie series, or Anne Pellowski’s “Catholic Little House” series, have you noticed that boredom is never mentioned?

“Boredom” was rare a century ago, simply because children were valued not only as gifts made in the image of God, but also for their necessary participation in the well-being of the family.  This participation included daily labors that often began before sunrise and ended only at bedtime.  After several hours of “chores,” children were rarely bored in their free time.  And those chores contributed to their interior growth.  (CCC 1700)

Even though they lived often-menial lives, do you suppose Our Lord and Lady were ever bored? No, because all that they did they did for someone else.  That is, whether sweeping up sawdust or perhaps baking bread for a sick neighbor, their work was dedicated to the greater glory of God, in the service of others.

For some Antidotes to Boredom continue reading via CHC E-Newsletter.