This way of life was given to us by Fr. Jordi Rivero while on our Annual Mothers’ Retreat in March 2009. We place them here because they speak volumes about who it is we are striving to be as Catholic families who have chosen to home educate our children and journey the road to heaven in this particular lifestyle. Let’s encourage each other to soak them in, embrace them and live lives pleasing to the Lord!
“In the center of this way of life is God, infinite love, this great fire of love … The Lord desires for us to come into His heart, and all the other elements that I am going to mention, we can see them like spokes in the wheel that all center into this love. The purpose of all of them is to draw us into this love, and all are deeply interrelated … These are the essential elements that I see that our life needs to have, and … the number is not necessarily by priority. They are all important.” ~ Fr. Jordi Rivero
1. A Life of Prayer
Our first thought in the morning is praising the Lord.
2. Be faithful to Your State in Life
Don’t desire to be what you are not.
3. Be Catholic
This is God’s design for all humanity, despite human frailty.
4. Seek to be formed in the truth of our Catholic faith
Every home needs a Catechism of the Catholic Church (book).
5. Love for Jesus who comes to us in the Eucharist
Spend time with Jesus in the Eucharist, giving Him time to strengthen you.
6. Love for the Blessed Mother
Jesus’ last words were, “Behold your Mother;” she is really important.
7. A Life of Humility
God is humble; He became man.
St. Therese, from her convent cell, became patroness of missions.
9. Appreciate the Importance of Community
Pray for your community and be grateful for it; do not criticize.
10. Pray to the Lord for a Trusted Friend
This is like a soul mate, someone who tells you the truth.
11. Have a Servant’s Heart
The enemy makes us tired of giving, of serving.
12. Embrace the Cross for Love
We cannot avoid the Cross; Christianity is not a fantasy.
Recognize we are sinners; present our sins to the Lord.
14. Keep a Journal
Record what the Lord tells you, so you won’t forget, and your resolutions.
“These are not things in themselves. They all are connected to the center: God, my Lord, my Jesus, my Savior. Through all these means, I want to give my life completely to you. Amen.” ~ Fr. Jordi Rivero