Sometimes it’s just painful. As an autodidact, you have taken responsibility for learning Latin by your own disciplined efforts. The first two days, it was fantastic, wasn't it? Full of exuberance and excitement, you put in the time eagerly. And then...reality hit. After a short time, you met a wall. And that is when you... Continue Reading →
This Latin mastery thing--it sure isn't easy. But we each have the necessary ingredients available to us, if we are willing to work and make it happen.
If you read last week's post, featuring Fr. William Most's thoughts on teaching Latin, you know there is something going on. It's a war.
"Most Latin teachers will readily admit that Latin is not taught with very great success today. Even after as much as eight years of Latin, students often find it quite an effort to translate fifty lines of Cicero in an hour and even then, they will not always get the sense."
Does it matter what papal documents said before the Second Vatican Council? I guess it depends on your point of view. In my point of view, yes–they are at least as important today as they were when they were written, and therefore deserve careful reading and implementation. One of them from the mid-20th century is... Continue Reading →