On Tuesday I wrote about a spiritual focus for my life in 2014. Today, I want to tell you my plans for my blog this year. What can you expect from me in the coming months?
As I tell new bloggers who want to join Catholic Spirituality Blogs Network, the focus of blogs change over time. It has happened to me too. When I started Contemplative Homeschool, I planned to share my educational philosophy with the world. I planned to focus on Homeschool.
But first my readers needed some background about prayer. So I wrote a post on contemplation. Then another. Soon, half of my posts were on the spiritual life. As I said in my recent radio interview, my posts are now 80% spirituality and 20% homeschooling. I focus on the Contemplative.
More Contemplative, less Homeschool
I want to take that a bit farther this year. I will still write about educating your children, but I will focus on teaching them how to pray and practice virtue. I’m not planning any more posts about different homeschool philosophies, lesson plans, or activities, EXCEPT those that relate to the spiritual life or current events that relate to the faith.
I want to teach you, the adults, how to pray and draw closer to God. And I want to teach you to teach your children to do the same.
Likewise, any books I review will be about prayer, virtue, the saints, or the Bible.
I am sharpening my blog’s focus. That focus is to help you and your whole family become contemplatives.
Here are some more details.
The Five Lessons are coming to video!
Readers love Five Lessons from the Carmelite Saints That Will Change Your Life But many have told me it was too short. They want more in-depth coverage of the Five Lessons. Now, as you know, I wrote this book for you, my blog readers. I didn’t intend it as a spiritual tome. I meant it to be short, but deep. I believe I succeeded.
But I do want to dig deeper into these Five Lessons. I hope to write a full-length book about each of them. But that takes lots of time. Only with God’s help can I finish a book a year while homeschooling my kids.
Dan and I are setting up a professional video studio in our home. My first project is to make a short video of the Five Lessons for those who don’t like to read. But that’s just the beginning.
I plan on shooting a series of 10, 40-minute seminars about the Five Lessons. I can cover a lot about each lesson in forty minutes. But I’m going to do two videos of most of the lessons to dig even deeper. (Lesson One will probably be only one seminar. Lesson Three, the center of the spiritual life, we take three seminars.)
I’m really excited about this project. Look for the first video in the next month or two.
Trusting God with St. Therese
My book on trust and St. Therese is two-thirds complete. My goal is to have it ready for pre-sale by July 16, the Feat of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. That’s the anniversary of the day I uploaded the Five Lessons to Amazon.com.
Subscribers to my blog will get to read a free chapter later this spring. They will get first “dibs” on review copies. If you haven’t subscribed yet, please do so now.
Please continue to pray for the success of this project.
Other ideas I can hardly wait to share with you
- Sing the mysteries of the Rosary with your children (including a song I just wrote about The Finding in the Temple)
- How dads can help their children be holy
- My favorite books about St. Therese–reviewed in depth
- The Lord delights in you
- 5 reasons more Christians don’t become saints
And many more posts about how to work on detachment, trust, and prayer.
How you can help
You can help support my writing and video projects in several ways.
First, will you commit to praying for me and my family? I don’t want to try to teach you something I don’t practice myself. But doing God’s will is hard work. We weren’t meant to live the Christian life in isolation. Will you be my prayer partner?
Second, tell your friends and family about my blog. If you liked A Manual for Mental Prayer, share it with those close to you. Better yet, share the link where they can subscribe and get their own copy.
Third, please interact with me and your fellow readers in the Comments Box. My top five commentors for 2013, in order were: Melanie Jean Juneau, Ruth Ann Pilney, Michelle Marvian, Nancy Shuman, and Manny. Thank you for caring enough to answer questions and offer insights here!
I’ve decided that the top five commentors for this year (2014) will receive an exclusive gift from me next New Year. I don’t know what it’s going to be yet. But please, if you have been sitting back and not commenting, I would love to hear from you. I know your fellow readers would too. Of course I don’t have to tell you not to comment with a bunch of smiley faces or one-word answers just to get in the top five!
Share with us: What are your favorite past posts at Contemplative Homeschool? What would you like to see more of this year?