Monday, August 24, 2009

Quote: A Mother's Rule of Life

Over time, the answer came: parenting is a call to form persons. We're called to bring God to our children's spirits, truth to their minds, health to their bodies, skill to their hands, beauty and creativity to their hearts, and in all this, virtue to their wills and sanctity to their souls. The education we are to provide has to go beyond the three Rs and beyond professional or vocational training.


But loving our children means treating them with the same amount of courtesy, respect, and politeness with which we want to be treated, or as we would treat any adult, or the Pope or Mother Teresa, or the Lord himself.

Where I have failed in this, I have taken it to Confession.

Holly Pierlot in A Mother's Rule of Life: How to Bring Order to Your Home and Peace to Your Soul (emphasis the author's)


  1. KM,

    I haven't had as much time for commenting with the start of school (as I'm sure you understand!), but I wanted to let you know that I appreciate these quotes you've been posting. Very insightful...and often convicting as well!

  2. I'm really enjoying this book. I'm hoping to have time for a real post about it. This quote in particular struck me because I was thinking of all the times I fail to treat my children as I should. On the whole we do alright in this respect, but it's easy to get complacent with that knowledge and forget that every little exchange is important. Not that we'll ever be perfect; that's not the goal. It's the struggle to be perfect that matters. She talks about that quite a bit in the book.


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