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Book Review: Homeschool Bravely

"Start being brave about everything."  -Catherine of Siena

How often do we consider courage when we think about our daily tasks?

Last year, I discussed the virtue of courage with a club of 9-13 year old girls at my parish, and asked them the question, "Can you share with us something brave you've done this past week?" A long silence followed. One of the girls said, "I don't feel like I've done anything brave. My life is just...normal. I don't have chances to be brave."

I agreed that most of us don't have the chance to be Joan of Arcs or Corrie Ten Booms. But courage is a virtue we're all called to. Courage is facing our everyday, normal lives with trust in God and confidence in His care for us. Courage is starting a new creative project when everything in us would rather binge watch Netflix. Courage is getting up early to have alone time before the toddlers are up. Courage is telling a friend we're praying for them and love them…

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