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

New! Free Catholic Catechism Program

Dear friends, This week, I will begin opening a program of four courses that lead students through every question of the Compendium of the Catholic Church.  This program will be absolutely free for all students of all ages and, knowing the current challenges many Catholics are facing, will hopefully become a helpful source for Catholic … Continue

Life of St. Catherine of Siena, Chapter 1

Chapter 1 Of Catharine’s Parents and their worldly condition. There lived in the city of Sienna, in Tuscany, a man named Jacomo, who was descended from the family of the Benencasa, a man simple, loyal, fearing God, and separated from every vice. After losing his parents he married a countrywoman called Lapa. This woman had … Continue

January 31. St. Marcella, Widow

St. Marcella, whom St. Jerome called the glory of the Roman women, became a widow in the seventh month after her marriage. Having determined to consecrate the remainder of her days to the service of God, she rejected the hand of Cerealis, the consul, uncle of Gallus Caesar, and resolved to imitate the lives of … Continue