**We can demystify this vocation for our children by including single and celibate members of the Catholic Village in our family life. **
I wonder how many Catholic families either have their priest for dinner or take him out to eat??
Likewise for the nuns that may be working in their parish?
Not us, I have to say, at least in this parish. Our pastor is almost 70 and worn out; he likes to go out for drinks and dinner with our older parishioners, but a meal with my family would probably require a long recuperation!
And our Sisters are in their 80's! We make them cards and help out around the parish, though. An advantage of homeschooling is that when there's a project going on during the day, we can volunteer.
I've been meaning to arrange a "field trip" to the Benedictine Abbey on the other side of Charlotte - I'll move that up the list. The boys think monks are really cool :-).