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…

The Music of the Catholic Church

Seemingly simplistic or rigidly anachronistic, perhaps, the simple truth is that the Church’s music is basically Gregorian Chant. (The other forms of truly sacred music, such as polyphony and reverent hymnody, have grown directly out of it and are therefore closely related to chant.) When you play a CD of chant, what you are hearing…

Latin and the Catholics

In old Catholic churches, you can see Latin decorating the ceilings and walls, painted on stained glass windows, and carved into the marble of high altars and side altars. Obviously, Latin was important to the people of these times and places. But any of us who have lived all or most of our lives after…

6 Keys to Catholic Culture from the Age of Faith

I have a small ambition: I really want to change the world. I want to save it–or at least, the souls in it. I want to help rebuild and restore Christian culture. Are you with me? Of course, it’s an immense undertaking that will likely take millions of people, generations of effort, and a constant outpouring of God’s abundant…

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…

Prayer ‘Draws from Life Its Weariness’

From a beautiful hymn from Lauds the-day-before-yesterday: “Tui precatus munere/Nostrum reatum dilue./ Arcens mali contagium,/ vitae repellens taedium.” —or— “Now join thy prayers with ours, who pray/ That God may pardon us and bless;/ For prayer keeps evil’s plague away,/ And draws from life its weariness.” Yes! That is exactly what I have been feeling.…

Learn Church Latin for Free

My basic philosophy of learning Church Latin is that your textbooks should be the prayers and texts of the Church. After all, If those prayers and texts are what you want to learn to understand, you should get started with them immediately! And thanks to the work of hundreds (thousands?) of people who get things scanned…