Homer and Homeschooling in Ancient Greece

Recently, I have been enjoying an old book on ancient Greek education. In it, the author discusses the early education of Greek children in the ancient world. He explains that the education was based on the writings of the poets, and particularly of Homer. I believe homeschooling parents will find this helpful. “The study of the epic poets, especially of the Iliad and Odyssey, was the earliest intellectual exercise of schoolboys, and, in the case of fairly educated parents, even anticipated the learning of letters. For the latter is never spoken of as part of a mother’s or of home … Continue

Stop and Pray the Angelus

The Baltimore Catechism, the Church teaches us that the Angelus is a prayer giving a brief history of the Incarnation.  It is said in the evening, it memory of the Incarnation; in the morning, in memory of the Resurrection, and at noon in memory of the Passion of Our Lord. The Angelus is usually prayed in a group, with one person leading the prayer and the others responding.  To pray the Angelus, say: Leader:  The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary.Response:  And she conceived of the Holy Ghost. Together: Hail Mary, full of grace! the Lord is with thee: … Continue

Natural Philosophy and Sacred Scripture

In this passage, from De Doctrina Christiana, St. Augustine discusses the relation between the study of Natural Philosophy and Sacred Scripture, which is relevant for CLAA students. “There is also a species of narrative resembling description, in which not a past but an existing state of things is made known to those who are ignorant of it. To this species belongs all that has been written about the situation of places, and the nature of animals, trees, herbs, stones, and other bodies. And of this species I have treated above, and have shown that this kind of knowledge is serviceable … 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 the ascetics of the East. She abstained from wine and flesh-meat, employed all her time in pious reading, prayer, and visiting the churches, and never spoke with any man alone. Her example was followed by many who put themselves under her direction, and Rome was … Continue