Natural Philosophy and Sacred Scripture

Painting of St. Augustine.

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 … 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

Seneca on Withdrawing from the World

Lucius Annaeus Seneca

We all have an inborn affection for our body;  we are entrusted with its guardianship. I do not maintain that the body is not to be indulged at all; but I maintain that we must not be slaves to it. He will have many masters who makes his body his master, who is over-fearful in … Continue

Religious Communities Study for Free

Through the years, we have become acquainted with many Catholic religious communities, and have learned of the challenges they face with regard to formation and study among their members.  Traditional Catholic communities often struggle to provide new members with Latin instruction. Active communities often have brothers and sisters traveling about, making it difficult to organize … Continue