Monthly Archives: March 2013

Alleluia! In Resurectione Tua

Happy Easter! This is the day the Lord has made: all time and truth is God’s alone. Let heaven rejoice, let earth be glad, and praise surround high heaven’s throne. This is the day Christ rose from death; evil’s strong … Continue reading

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Education And Second Thoughts

As often noted in this ‘little journal’ which is ostensibly about liberal education and the “formation of Catholic liberally educated ladies and gentlemen,” liberal education is supposedly something that frees students. I say “supposedly” because as a high school teacher, … Continue reading

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Dickens on Custom

A wise philosopher asked “what has more power in directing the course of our lives, reason or custom?” Reading A Tale of Two Cities cannot but convince one that custom is by far the predominant influence. Take this passage for … Continue reading

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The “Four Hymn Mass” Is Not The Church’s Vision.

Well… we have been discussing sacred music and its role in the liturgy, and it might occur to someone to ask “What does all this have to do with Catholic Classical Education?” and “Why are we spending so much time … Continue reading

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An Integral Part: Music and the Mass

Foiled! I can’t find the official Latin edition of the principal text for anyone who wishes to understand the role of Sacred Music in the Liturgy. You ask, “what is the fundamental text for those who wish to understand the … Continue reading

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Sacred Music and The Catholic School II

115. Great importance is to be attached to the teaching and practice of music in seminaries, in the novitiates and houses of study of religious of both sexes, and also in other Catholic institutions and schools. To impart this instruction, teachers … Continue reading

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Sacred Music and Catholic Classical Education

There is no doubt about it. Every  Catholic School ought to provide an enormous focus on singing Sacred Music. By providing an enormous focus on singing Sacred Music I mean: 1. Every student ought to be required to sing– even students with … Continue reading

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St. Francis On Liberal Education

Well call me a prophet! The very eve of the election of Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio as our new Pope Francis, the Holy Spirit must have moved me to quote St. Bonaventure speaking about whom? Why, of course, St Francis! Not … Continue reading

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Finisque ab Origine Pendet

Incidentally, I haven’t read much of the Roman poet Manlius who “flourished” in the first century AD. But his famous line “Finisque ab origine pendet” from the fourth book of his Astronomicon appears to have been adopted by Phillips Exeter Academy as … Continue reading

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Anaxagoras on Liberal Education

“Other things have a part of everything, but mind is unlimited and self-ruling and is mixed with nothing, but is itself alone by itself….” Anaxagoras, the great pre-Socratic philosopher who, Aristotle says, was like a sober man among drunkards was the … Continue reading

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