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Many Catholic laymen are seeking a rich devotional life that unites them with the prayers of the clergy around the world.  Little by little, they are learning about the Liturgy of the Hours–the official prayer of the Catholic Church.  The Liturgy of the Hours was published by the Church in the 1970s and intended to … Continue

CLAA vs. Catholic Heritage Curriculum

In this post, I’d like to help parents compare the Classical Liberal Arts Academy to  Catholic Heritage Curriculum. Twenty years ago, my wife and I chose to homeschool our children.  We started as most families do–we searched for homeschool products on Google, requested catalogs from homeschool catalogs, and asked friends what they were using.  After … Continue

Why Pray the Rosary?

As a convert from Protestantism, I have struggled through the years to understand and appreciate the Rosary.  Nevertheless, I am wise enough to know that any aversion to a devotion recommended by so many saints and wise men is a problem with me, and not the Rosary.   Before I pray the Rosary, I have asked … Continue

The Family Home

Picture of the Holy Family

“Who is not struck with beholding your lively faith; your piety full of sweetness and modesty; your generous hospitality; the holiness which reigns within your families; the serenity and innocence of your conversation?” St. Clement, Pope and Martyr, First Epistle to the Corinthians. “All the institutions and ordinances which God has created in civil society … Continue

How to Prepare a Homeschool Transcript

Prepare your homeschool trancript for college admissions.

When children teach the end of their homeschool years,  I often get messages from parents asking about transcripts.   I tell them,  “No, I am not the administrator of your homeschool.  You are.”  Other homeschool publishers like to pretend that they are the school administrators,  and they need to provide the transcripts,  but they do this … Continue

What is the Goal of Education?

A priest catechizes children--serving the goal of education.

One of the causes of the chaos of modern schools and homeschools is false thinking about the goal of education.  The goal of education is not to lead students to practice the skills of wise men or successful professionals, but to teach them the objective content of the arts and sciences needed to do so … Continue

Accepting Our Lot in Life

Picture of Jesus calming the sea.

In the book of Psalms, David speaks of contenment with one’s lot in life: The lines are fallen unto me in goodly places: for my inheritance is goodly to me.  (Psalm 16:6) In modern society, there is often a strong separation between our spiritual lives and our practical lives in the world.  Sure, we may … Continue

Homeschool Accreditation is NOT Necessary

Princeton University logo.

During enrollment season, we get calls and messages from parents asking about homeschool accreditation.  The answer is very simple–NO–for two very simple reasons: First, there is no accreditation agency that measures the standards of a classical Catholic study program.  (If there was, it would be us.) Second (and more importantly), homeschool parents have no need … Continue