Free Book! Life & Labors of St. Thomas Aquinas

The greatest advertisement for the Classical Liberal Arts Academy comes from the lives of the Saints.  Throughout Church history, there was only one system of learning studied and taught by the saints, and that was the classical liberal arts.  We can trace this education throughout life of St. Thomas Aquinas–both as a student and a … Continue

Study the Baltimore Catechism

Catholic parents are responsible to teach their children the Catholic faith.  The Church has provided us with excellent resources for doing so, but none so helpful as the Baltimore Catechism. In the late 1800s, the Catholic Church was still just getting established in the United States, and the bishops met in Baltimore, MD, which was … Continue

When was the World Created?

I have a correction to make in the Classical Liberal Arts Academy’s World Chronology course. In the course, I list the date of the creation of the world to be 4,000 B.C.  Over Easter weekend, however, a Catholic friend showed me that this should not be the date used in the course.  It is too … Continue

Prayer before Reading Scripture

Come, O Holy Spirit, fill the hearts and minds of thy faithful servants, and inflame them with the fire of thy divine love. Let us pray: O God, who by the inspiration of the Holy Ghost, didst instruct the hearts of thy faithful servants; grant us in the same Spirit, to discern what is right, … Continue

Prayer Before Study

St. Thomas Aquinas, patron saint of students

by St. Thomas Aquinas Creator of all things, true source of light and wisdom, origin of all being, graciously let a ray of your light penetrate the darkness of my understanding.  Take from me the double darkness in which I have been born, an obscurity of sin and ignorance.  Give me a keen understanding, a retentive … 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

Life of St. Catherine of Siena, Chapter 2

Chapter 2 Birth of Catherine; her infancy; wonderful circumstances that take place. Lapa became the mother of two delicate daughters at a birth (1347); but the weakness of their bodies wo not destined to impair the energy of their souls. The mother, not being able to nourish both, found herself obliged to confide one of … Continue