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 Happy Easter from Missouri!


My favorite Easter hymn was sung at church today, Now the Green Blade Riseth.  It speaks of hope in the midst of despair:

John MacLeod Campbell Crum (1872-1958)
© Oxford University Press

Now the green blade riseth from the buried grain,
Wheat that in dark earth many days has lain.
Love lives again, that with the dead has been:
Love is come again, like wheat that springeth green.

In the grave they laid him, love whom we had slain,
Thinking that he’d never wake to life again,
Laid in the earth like grain that sleeps unseen:
Love is come again like wheat that springeth green.

Up he spring at Easter, like the risen grain,
He that for three days in the grave had lain.
Up from the dead my risen Lord is seen;
Love is come again, like wheat that springeth green.

When our hearts are weary, grieving, Lord, in pain,
By your touch you call us back to life again,
fields of our hearts that dead and bare have been:
love is come again, like wheat that springeth green.



I discovered a charming blog by a Catholic home schooling mother and this song speaks to her as well.  From Now the Green Blade Rises (On the Virtue of Hope):

Hope is the virtue by which we trust that what appears to us to be dead will be brought to life again. It is trusting that God’s plans for us are what will bring us deep joy even in the midst of struggle. It is in trusting that, by giving God our fiat we will find new life.


If you are interested in home schooling, check out  She has some great ideas on nurturing your child’s soul.

Parents need to realize it is their honor and duty to provide the spiritual (and academic) instruction public education system will not/cannot provide.  Primary spiritual instruction should be undertaken by parents and this blog will give parents of younger children some starting points. This is a mom who understands her duty to her children and does not view them as human capital as do education reformers and The Business Roundtable.

May this Easter remind us of the hope and the knowledge there is more to each one of us than data points and classification as human capital or return on investment.  We were not born to serve the government and/or the workforce.  

For a joyous Easter post, check out Mercedes Schneider’s latest post and what Easter means to her.




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