St. Paul’s Letter to the Homeschoolers

1 Corinthians 13. It’s probably St. Paul’s most famous letter – the one we often hear at weddings.  Listening to it in church a few weeks ago, I realized that St. Paul could have written it (with a few tweaks) specifically for teachers and homeschoolers. In imitation of St. Paul then, here’s St. Paul’s Letter to the Homeschoolers:

The Gift of Love

If I lecture and advise with eloquence and authority, but have not love, I am a clanging cymbal falling on deaf ears. And if I plan the perfect curriculum, teaching all manner of knowledge and skills, and instill great discipline so as to reach the heights of excellence, but have not love, I teach nothing. If I spend all my energy, and if I work tirelessly and heroically for the education of my children, but have not love, I accomplish nothing.

Love is patient and kind; love is not annoyed or frustrated; it is not preoccupied or unsympathetic. Love does not insist on “my” time;  it is not intolerant of interruptions; it does not criticize, but corrects with gentleness and charity. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never ends; as for accomplishments, they will pass away; as for talents and skills, they will cease; as for knowledge, it fade. Rather, teach your children to love.  For our knowledge is imperfect and our learning is imperfect, but love perfects all virtue.

When you were a child, you spoke like a child, you thought like a child, you reasoned like a child. Now you are a teacher; remember you were once a child, and raise your children with understanding and encouragement. For only with love will you teach how to love. May faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

-Based on 1 Corinthians 13

3 thoughts on “St. Paul’s Letter to the Homeschoolers

  1. How do you prevent frustration (on your part and your child’s) when homeschooling? What do you do when you get frustrated? We’re thinking of homeschooling and I’m very worried about my lack of patience especially with an easily frustrated child. Please advise, thanks.

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    1. Well, here we have another topic for a blog post! Frustration is a part of parenting, whether or not you homeschool. I should have written “Love does not remain annoyed or frustrated ….” instead of simply “Love is not annoyed or frustrated….” I’ll get back to you in the next few weeks…

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