- A Catholic girl who grows up in Colorado and is homeschooled by a family friend.
- Marries her high school sweetheart at age 19.
Not looking too good, does it? But, there's more:
- Shortly after she marries, her father-in-law dies and assists her mother-in-law to raise her five children who were still living at home.
- Never misses Sunday Mass and frequently attends daily Mass despite the cost.
- Is now a mother of four who homeschools her children.
- With her husband, have put on a “Family Camping Retreat” for seven years so that families can spend four days and three nights camping, exploring the wilderness, hiking, praying, sharing the Catholic Faith, and enjoying healthy family meals.
Oh, and lest The Motley Monk forget to add:
- An Olympian skier.
Olympian Rebecca Dussault is a sign of contradiction in these times. She is a Catholic athlete who views being a wife and mother as her “upper-case ‘V’ vocation” and skiing as her “lower case ‘v’ vocation.” Believing that the formation of the whole person is so important—mental, physical and spiritual health--Rebecca started homeschooling her children to gain an “authentic, Catholic” environment and continues striving to “grow a Catholic culture within herself and in her family.” With four children and four small family businesses, “education should fit in the rhythm of life,” Rebecca says, and the “fact that we share three meals a day together is a piece of education.”
Rebecca’s story is one that has the power to inspire many young people today, especially young Catholics. To learn more about Rebecca, read her interview with the Cardinal Newman Society. Better yet, read her new book, Mass Start: Toeing the Line for Faith, Family and Fitness with U.S. Olympian Rebecca Dussault, and share it with the young Catholics you know who need some inspiration in these times.
Let the discussion begin…
To read the interview by the Cardinal Newman Society, click on the following link:
To access Rebcca Dussault’s new book, click on the following link: