Daily Archives: July 20, 2010

Novena to St. Anna, Day 5

Glorious Saint Anne, I desire to honor you with a special devotion. I choose you, after the Blessed Virgin, as my spiritual mother and protectress. To you I entrust my soul and my body, all my spiritual and temporal interests, as well as those of my family.

To you I consecrate my mind, that in all things it may be enlightened by faith; my heart, that you may keep it pure and fill it with love for Jesus, Mary, Joseph, and yourself; my will, that like yours, it may always be one with the Will of God.

Good Saint Anne, filled with love for those who invoke you and with compassion for those who suffer, I confidently place before you my earnest petition: . . . .

I beg you to recommend my petition to your daughter, the Blessed Virgin Mary, that both Mary and you may present it to Jesus. Through your earnest prayers, may my request be granted. But, if what I ask for should not be according to the Will of God, obtain for me that which will be for the greater benefit of my soul. By the power and the grace with which God has blessed you, extend to me your helping hand.

But most of all, merciful Saint Anne, I beg you to help me to master my evil inclinations and temptations, and to avoid all occasions of sin. Obtain for me the grace of never offending God, of fulfilling faithfully all the duties of my state of life, adn of practicing all those virtues that are needful for my salvatoin.

Like you, may I belong to God in life and in death through perfect love. And, after having loved and honored you on earth as a truly devoted child, may I, through your prayers, have the privilege of loving and honoring you in heaven with the Angels and Saints throughout eternity.

Good Saint Anne, mother of her who is our life, our sweetness and our hope, pray to her for me and obtain my request.

Memorare to Saint Anne

Remember, good Saint Anne, whosename means grace and mercy, that never was it known, that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help or sought your intercession, was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I come before you, sinful and sorrowful. Holy mother of the Immaculate Virgin Mary and loving grandmother of the Savior, do not reject my appeal but hear me and answer my prayer. Amen.

Prayer to Sts. Joachim and Ann

Great and glorious patriarch, Saint Joachim, and good Saint Anne, what joy is mine when I consider that you were chosen among all God’s holy ones to assist in the fulfillment of the mysteries of God, and to enrich our earth with the great Mother of God, Mary most holy. By this singular privilege, you have become most powerful with both the Mother and her Son, so as to be able to obtain for us the graces that are needful to us.

With great confidence I have recourse to your mighty protection, and I commend to you all my needs, both spiritual adn temporal, and those of my family. Especially do I entrust to your keeping the particular favor that I desire and look for from your intercession: . . . .

And since you were a perfect pattern of the interior life, obtain for me the grace to pray earnestly, and never to set my heart on the passing goods of this life. Give me a lively and enduring love for Jesus and Mary. Obtain for me also a sincere devotion and obedience to Holy Church and the sovereign pontiff who rules over her, in order that I may live and die in faith and hope and perfect charity. Let me ever invoke the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, and may I thus be saved.

Litany in honor of St. Anne
Lord, have mercy on us. Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us. Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, hear us. Christ, graciously hear us.

God, the Father of heaven, have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
God, the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.

Saint Anne, pray for us.
Offspring of the royal race of David, pray for us.
Daughter of the Patriarchs, pray for us.
Faithful spouse of Saint Joachim, pray for us.
Mother of Mary, the Virgin Mother of God, pray for us.
Gentle mother of the Queen of Heaven, pray for us.
Grandmother of Our Savior, pray for us.
Beloved of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, pray for us.
Instrument of the Holy Spirit, pray for us.
Richly endowed with God’s grace, pray for us.
Example of piety and patience in suffering, pray for us.
Mirror of obedience, pray for us.
Ideal of pure womanhood, pray for us.
Protectress of virgins, pray for us.
Model of Christian mothers, pray for us.
Protectress of the married, pray for us.
Guardian of children, pray for us.
Support of Christian family life, pray for us.
Help of the Church, pray for us.
Mother of mercy, pray for us.
Mother of confidence, pray for us.
Friend of the poor, pray for us.
Example of widows, pray for us.
Health of the sick, pray for us.
Cure of those who suffer from disease, pray for us.
Mother of the infirm, pray for us.
Light of the blind, pray for us.
Speech of the mute, pray for us.
Hearing of the deaf, pray for us.
Consolation of the afflicted, pray for us.
Comforter of the oppressed, pray for us.
Joy of the Angels and Saints, pray for us.
Refuge of sinners, pray for us.
Harbor of salvation, pray for us.
Patroness of a happy death, pray for us.
Help of all who have recourse to you, pray for us.

Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world, Spare us, O Lord
Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world, Graciously hear us, O Lord
Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us, O Lord

Pray for us, good Saint Anne,
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ

Let us pray. Almighty and eternal God, You were pleased to choose Saint Anne to be the mother of the Mother of Your loving Son. Grant, we pray, that we who confidently honor her may through her prayers attain to everlasting life. We ask this through Jesus Christ, Our Lord, Amen.

Homeschoolers: CLEP is the way to go

One of the great frustrations of my life is that, technically, I had the skills to attend 90% of the colleges in this country when I was 12.  I always expected High school to be a waste of my time, and it was.  On the other hand, I also vastly underestimated 2-year education, and I also never learned of CLEP tests until I was in college.

That’s why my plan for my own kids has long been to get them to the same reading level I was at, then put them in community college.  Angelicum Academy’s program is also an alternative. 

Anyway, I recently got to thinking about CLEP, a subject I haven’t looked into much since my former work as an admissions officer.  While the programs occasionally change, the current subjects available for CLEP examination are:

American Lit (usually a sophomore level course in college), Analyzing and Interpreting Literature (aka English 102), College Composition (aka English 101), English Literature (normally a sophomore level course)

American Government, Human Growth and Development, Educational Psychology, Psychology, Sociology, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, “Social Sciences and History”
US History I & II
Western Civilization I & II

Biology, Chemistry, Calculus, Natural Sciences, Precalculus, Algebra, College Math

Accounting, Business Law, Information Systems, Management, and Marketing.

In other words, approximately 30 college courses–two years–worth of potential credit if a person took *all* the available CLEP tests.

Most of these subjects are also the subjects required for a high school degree and for college admissions.

So for traditional homeschoolers, it makes the most sense to “teach to the test,” as it were, and have their kids take the CLEPs in these subjects.  Then, after studying all these subjects and taking the tests, the student should have enough subject knowledge to pass the GED, and college admission is all set.

Of course, the other “problem,” as noted above, is people looking down on two year schools.  Now, in states with two year state universities, like South Carolina, that’s a whole other matter, esp. as the two year campuses usually have slightly stricter requirements than traditional tech schools or community colleges.  I attended USC Sumter, but that still has a slightly higher “status” than tech. school.

Mary, however, has a former classmate from high school who decided, for reasons of practicality, to attend the local community college rather than going straight to university.  She finished up at the community college, transferred to William and Mary, graduated from William and Mary, and then got a Master’s from Harvard.  There is really no reason to waste money on Freshman and Sophomore years at a traditional university, especially when that bypasses the year of “required” on-campus housing which only ratchets up the cost.

Beyond the practicality and avoiding claims of truancy, the main fear people have about homeschooling is that their kids might be limited afterwards. 

This plan–CLEP  Tests, GED, and then Community College (or non traditional university)–will bypass those fears.  30 transfer credits and a GED will mean far more to most schools than a high school diploma, and, if that’s not good enough, it would be extremely easy to transfer to a community college, take a semester or two of classes, and get an AA, *then* transfer to any traditional university in the country (depending, of course, upon GPA).