Monthly Archives: December 2011

Speaking of Fashion

One of my favorite scientists of all time is that “Homer of the insect world,” that “incomparable observer,” that Frenchman of voluminous knowledge and childlike wonder, Jean Henri Fabre! I just love reading Fabre with students. Unfortunately the “intellectual fashion”of … Continue reading

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The Oracle of Nature and of Truth

Now that John Henry Cardinal Newman is Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman, I suppose everyone has to take him a little more seriously when he says things like the following: “Do not suppose, that in thus appealing to the ancients, … Continue reading

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Soil of Civilization

Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman takes first place, among authors of recent memory, for enunciating most clearly the principles and procedure of a Classical Liberal Education. He alone seems to understand fully the role of the seven liberal arts in … Continue reading

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First Day of Christmas

One mark of the classically educated mind (well- really just the human mind!) is the desire to know. And for those of us who are idling about on this first day of Christmas, having already tucked into the morning eggs, … Continue reading

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Urbi et Orbi

God bless Our Holy Father Benedict XVI who delivered his Urbi et Orbi address today with striking eloquence and poignant clarity! Allow me to share three paragraphs. (the whole text is available at Catholic Culture) “This is how Christ is … Continue reading

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It is downright dishonest to publish ideas that one has received from another without any sort of attribution! Therefore in the matter of slavery and its various species and definitions and relevance to liberal education, I must profess that I … Continue reading

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“To Form Liberally Educated Catholic Ladies and Gentlemen”

As a mission statement I can think of none better for The Lyceum than “to form Liberally educated Catholic ladies and gentlemen” – that is, as far as truth is concerned. But I do wonder whether it might be the … Continue reading

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