Category Archives: classical education

The Samaritan Woman at Jacob’s Well: Who Were Those Five Husbands?

The Gospel for the third Sunday of Lent offers a special little gem for the classically minded church-goer. As Jesus is speaking to the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s Well, He tells her that the water in the well will only bring … Continue reading

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Lent and Liberal Learning

Some things are never out of season and liberal education is one of them. As a matter of fact the Holy season of Lent provides the Christian with an opportunity to focus on the first thing that anyone should know about … Continue reading

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Open Letter to My Daughter(s)

Is there anyone who was not profoundly touched by the flurry of open letters that loving parents wrote to their daughters concerning the recent election of our new president? (for example here and here and here) Ms. Sallie Krawcheck consoles her daughter after the … Continue reading

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Learning in Election Time

In a sermon delivered in the Fall of 1939 titled Learning in Wartime , C.S. Lewis asserts, every Christian who comes to a university must at all times face a question compared with which the questions raised by the war are … Continue reading

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The Close of Another Year: A Dialogue

Lion: You seem a little down lately, Ox. What’s the matter? Ox: Do I? I guess I am a little dispirited. I hope it’s not obvious to everyone. Lion: Well, you have been lying around in the grass for the last several days … Continue reading

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The Purpose of Classical Education – An Unintended Dialogue

Every so often we need to remind ourselves of the point of a classical education. As readers of these pages know, the phrase classical education is just a clever way to cloak our real meaning which is Liberal Education. But present fashions dictate … Continue reading

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Reading Dickens-Dombey and Son

I finally finished my summer reading, Dombey and Son, clocking in at 1040 pages! That is, if you read the Penguin Classics edition. The Wordsworth Edition that I read was only 808 pages, but if felt like 1040 pages. Don’t get me wrong. … Continue reading

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Concrete Thoughts

Liberal education works! I have been thinking about this for several weeks as I renovate the second floor kid’s bathroom, and the thought provides me with no end of pleasure (and humor) when I think about the two senses in which it is true. … Continue reading

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My Apology to The Supreme Court of The United States of America

I meant to have written this little post several weeks ago before the Supreme Court announced its decision in Obergefell v. Hodges. Obviously, the nation had a right to know what the ancient pagan Greeks would say about Marriage, and I am … Continue reading

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The Die is Cast

Catholic Liberal Education presents an interesting dilemma that sooner or later presents its most enthusiastic proponents with a stark choice. It is the kind of dilemma that Julius Caesar faced in 49 BC before he crossed the Rubicon with his army. A decision must be made … Continue reading

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