Catholic Mini-Books for Evangelization and Education

I love books. I love writing and graphic design. And I especially love being Catholic. If you are like that too, then making mini-books is definitely a project for you. All you do is take a regular piece of 8 1/2″ x 11″ paper, fold it in half both ways and the long halves in half again, until you have eight equal sections. Then after you cut at the middle fold, you fold it together inwards and–voila!–a tiny book with a front and back cover and six inner pages.

5 Free Church Latin Lessons

Wanna learn Latin? Wanna learn Church Latin, so you can understand Catholic stuff better? Most Latin textbooks today teach Latin using vocabulary terms relating to ancient Roman culture. Great old-fashioned textbooks teach students to read Julius Caesar’s writing, providing them with scores and scores of military words. Catholics interested in understanding Church writings, Mass texts, Scripture, and Gregorian chant need…

What’s on Your Altar?

Oh, it’s so good to be home! I’m just back from a wonderful, multi-state trip that involved going to Sunday Mass (Ordinary Form) in a little parish church in western North Carolina. Modern (built recently in the 2000s) on the outside, and modern in many ways on the inside, there were yet many statues and holy images prominently placed…

Let’s Talk about Latin

First of all: Don’t be afraid. I mean it! Latin is an extraordinarily beautiful and sacred language. It is the language of the Catholic Church.  Used in the Church and by the Church for millennia, the Latin language does two profound things: it unites Catholics across time and space, and it clarifies the Church’s thought and teaching like…

Feast of the Guardian Angels

We just enjoyed the feast of St. Michael and the Archangels three days ago, and now we remember the tireless, loving work of our Guardian Angels in this feast today. Today is a great day to have angel food cake for dessert! Although most Catholics know the simple prayer to our Guardian Angels (“Angel of…

Sacred Art and Kids: Links

Although many schools and school systems downplay the arts in curriculum and funding choices, formation of children in the arts is one of the essentials of human life. Don’t fall into that trap! Especially for Catholic children, whom we are trying to lead to God by the most true, straight, and direct route, it is important…