With the canonization of Mother Teresa coming up on Sept. 4th, I thought I’d share with you a short letter Mother Teresa wrote to me. Yes, can you believe it? Mother Teresa did, in fact, write me a short little letter – more of a note than a letter, but one packed with wisdom so relevant to us busy moms.
I hope you enjoyed last week’s post, Screwtape Letter for a Homeschool Mom. I wanted to write an Angelic letter as well, because as Lewis put it:
Ideally, Screwtape’s advice to Wormwood should have been balanced by archangelical advice to the patient’s guardian angel. Without this the picture of human life is lop-sided. But who could supply the deficiency? Even if a man – and he would have to be a far better man than I – could scale the spiritual heights required, what ‘answerable style’ could he use?
Of course, there is no way I can scale the spiritual heights required, and I have no ‘answerable style’. But since this is just between friends and just for fun and encouragement, I thought I’d give it a try. Here it is:
This summer I have been reading The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis. This satirical work, in which Screwtape, a devil of high, rank advises Wormwood, a junior tempter, is both a delight and a challenge. It’s a delight because of Lewis’ wit and humor. It’s a challenge because I often have to think twice and backwards to get to the real message of each letter.
I remembered that a few years ago A Screwtape Letter for the Unappreciated Mom ended up in my e-mail, and I just loved it. And so, since imitation is the highest form of flattery as well as a great technique for developing one’s writing, I thought I’d try my hand at writing a diabolical letter regarding a homeschool mom.
Last week I gave some suggestions on how to cope with sibling squabbling and I hinted at the fact that there is actually an up-side to our children’s bickering. I know, some of you think I have really lost my marbles this time.
Believe it or not, there is a positive side to sibling squabbling. And whether or not we make use of it depends on our attitude.
Big-Sis wrote another book!
Now that summer is in full swing, are your kids driving you crazy yet? Know what I’m talking about? The fighting, the crying, and the tattle-taling? Are you tired of playing Solomon – always trying to sort out the arguments between children who insist that they are right and the others are wrong?
Ladies, here is the two-word solution: