The Holy Family with a Lamb, by Raphael


February Devotion

February is the month dedicated to the Holy Family. Though the start of the Lenten season changes within the calendar year, a fair-sized portion of February gives us a space of time between the Christmas celebrations and the increased focus on Jesus's public life and ministry, which occurs in Lent. It is a transition from the feast of Christmas to the fasting of Lent. Therefore traditionally February has become a time to recall the Holy Family; within the Holy Family is where Jesus spent the time between his birth and embarking on his public journey.

Reprinted with permission from Aquinas and More.

In his Apostolic Exhortation, Familiaris consortio, 60, Pope John Paul said:

“Do you teach your children the Christian prayers? Do you prepare them, in conjunction with the priests, for the sacraments that they receive when they are young – Confession, Communion and Confirmation? Do you encourage them, when they are sick, to think of Christ suffering, to invoke the aid of the Blessed Virgin and the saints? Do you say the family Rosary together…? Do you pray with your children, with the whole domestic community, at least sometimes? Your example of honesty in thought and action, joined to some common prayer, is a lesson for life and an act of worship of singular value. In this way you bring peace to your homes: Pax huic domui. Remember, it is thus that you build up the Church.”


"Lord Jesus Christ, being subject to Mary and Joseph, You sanctified family life by Your beautiful virtues. Grant that we, with the help of Mary and Joseph, may be taught by the example of Your holy Family, and may after death enjoy its everlasting companionship.

Lord Jesus, help us ever to follow the example of Your holy Family, that in the hour of our death Your glorious Virgin Mother together with Saint Joseph may come to meet us, and we may be worthy to be received by You into the everlasting joys of heaven. You live and reign forever. Amen."


Pray the NOVENA to the Holy Family in February

Classical Education Morsel...

Why do we train our MEMORY?  "For the ancients, it was not a matter of convenience or necessity, it was a matter of ethics." - Read more about it in the article written by Andrew Kern called "Mother of Learning."

* * UPDATES * *

Timeline Figures - Files were uploaded in the "Resource Folders" today that include all the updated figures.  There are also timeline figures that we have now eliminated from the song/list.  We wanted to limit the number of figures, so we chose to remove these or replace them with the newer figures.  The current song is the final version.  The Timeline Page packet still has the old cards in there because they were ordered a long time ago.  Please make the necessary adjustments.  

Website - The website will be under construction this month in order to make a simpler more intuitive website for all our families.

Subscriptions - These are forms embedded into the website.  We're simultaneously on these forms and on the old & new websites.  Ideally, it will be immediately part of the new website as well. The forms are a priority, however, because I know everyone is anxious about signing up for next school year.  Please rest assured that we have placed this project at the highest priority, so that registrations/subscriptions can begin shortly.

Classical Education Morsels  - Learning the nature of true Classical Education takes time, reading, practice, and more practice.  It's too big of an entity to take in one big bite.  Therefore, we will start adding small morsels consisting of little lessons, or links to articles, videos, etc.  The more you watch, read, and practice, the better equipped you'll be as an at-home or center mentor to your children.  If you have any particular question, please email it to


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"Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, do; and the God of peace will be with you." - St. Paul: Philippians 4:6-9

Prayer of St. Thomas 

Grant me, O Lord my God, a mind to know you, a heart to seek you, wisdom to find you, conduct pleasing to you, faithful perseverance in waiting for you, and a hope of finally embracing you. Amen.

Behold the Lamb of God! "Through the study of books one seeks God; by meditation one finds him." - Padre Pio 

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Have a great year in the marinade! (The True, Good, and Beautiful marinade)  May God bless your centers, your classrooms, and your homes.