. . . to some the monastic life offered wider interests than their narrow life in the world, for all kinds of occupations could be followed in a monastery . . . ~ Dorothy Mills, The Middle Ages
This passage immediately brought to mind the marvelous benefits of being a full-time homemaker—and then, the marvelous benefits of being a home educator. The image of a monk might not be the most popular one today, but in light of the vital role monasteries and monks played in saving Western Civilization, we would do well to reconsider our biases. Yes, the monastery was just as full of sin (and sinners) as the rest of the world—so is my home!—but we have a freedom to explore and enjoy a multitude of occupations therein, instead of just one.