Choosing What to Study

It’s very common for students or parents to look over the CLAA curriculum and courses and ask: What should I study? What courses should I focus on? What courses are the most important? How much time should I give to this or that course? This dilemma comes from the realization that every course the CLAA … Continue

Why are CLAA exams so difficult?

I spend hours and hours every week making very difficult exams.  The exams I make are far more difficult than any exam I every had to take in school or college.  Why are CLAA exams so difficult? There are two reasons. First, every course is important in the CLAA.  In modern schools, there are many … Continue

Persevering to the End

Dear students, At this time of year, the weather begins to change, the time changes, and we begin to think about the holidays.  While all of this is good, we are also tempted to stop working, which is bad. These are the times that separate the great students from ordinary kids.  Ordinary kids are always … Continue

The Danger of Self-Contradiction

For Republicans, there are many positives heading into the mid-terms, but the biggest obstacle to Republican progress is the self-contradiction that arises during the party’s emotional moments, when it forgets that the cameras are rolling and shows signs that its motives aren’t pure. The illustrator Phil Hands captures this problem well in his recent cartoon … Continue

Maxims for the Direction of a Soul

by St. Alphonsus Liguori To desire ardently to increase in the love of Jesus Christ. Often to make acts of love towards Jesus Christ. Immediately on waking, and before going to sleep, to make an act of love, seeking always to unite your own will to the will of Jesus Christ. Often to meditate on … Continue

Is Religious Life The Answer?

“A good conscience and a holy life is better than all.” St. Thomas a Kempis This quote is one that you should memorize and say to yourself again and again, every day.  There is nothing in this world that is better for you than a good conscience and a holy life.  A college degree is … Continue

Weightlifting and Fitness

This may seem like a strange subject for me to write about since I’m not the greatest example of physical fitness, but I believe that my experience in these areas may be helpful to Catholic families trying to find a balance in our society. My Wife and I My wife had no background in sports … Continue

Translation Exercises – Important

Dear students, There is simple but important change I need to make in the way we write our translation exercises, which are, of course, one of the most important tasks to do in our studies. In our Latin translation exercises, I have always taught students to set English articles in brackets to mark that they … Continue

How to Read the Bible

The Bible is a Catholic book, but it’s 1000 pages thick and infinitely profound.  As families get ready to get back to school, one of the most common questions I’m asked is, “How should we study the Bible?” Catholic writers and conference speakers say alot on the subject, but the fact that almost no Catholics … Continue

The Closed Watch

In his book “On the Evolution of Physics”, Einstein says: “In our endeavor to understand reality, we are somewhat like a man trying to understand the mechanism of a closed watch. He sees the face and the moving hands, even hears its ticking, but he has no way of opening the case.” Upon reading this, … Continue