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Sun. Feb 28

2nd Sunday of Lent



Dear friends,

It is our pleasure once again to have the opportunity to pray with you in this second week of Lent.  May the Lord strengthen you as you make use of this season to discipline the desires of the body for the purifcation of the soul.
We have enjoyed a great week of work among the poor in Kingston, Jamaica.  The men who joined me have spent the time helping with the construction with the Holy Innocents’ Center, which will provide both spiritual and physical care to 200 women and babies in Kingston–and keeping abortion illegal at the same time. 
I have had a wonderful time (as usual) teaching the brothers here at the monastery and, for those of you who remembered me and our group in your prayers, I am thankful.  It has been a blessed trip.   If you’d like to see pictures from our trip and blog posts from the men with me, please check out the CLAA Missions blog.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has published a very helpful guide titled, "Penitential Practices for Today’s Catholics" which we strongly recommend before Lent arrives.  You can read or print the document here: 


God bless you all!
William & Dania Michael
Classical Liberal Arts Academy

FEB. 28 – MAR. 6, 2010

To print your weekly guide to the Liturgy of the Hours, select the correct link below:  



Weekly Guide to Christian Prayer   Weekly Guide to 4 Volume LOTH  


The guide should be printed in color on two sides.  Fold the guide in half and tuck it into your prayer book.  Enjoy!

The CLAA is helping to fund the establishment of the first American mission of the Missionaries of the Poor.  As the first mission is 10 minutes from the CLAA office, we offered our assistance in the process of finding generous Catholic benefactors to help build the mission.  Please note that we are not asking YOU to fund OUR support, but are inviting you to join us in supporting this mission.  We will support the MOP whether you do or not, but with your help, the mission can grow mare rapidly and assist more families in need.  Please read the following note from Br. Rodel, who is the brothen-in-charge of Guardian Angels Monastery here in Monroe, NC.
If you would like to learn more about becoming a benefactor of the MOP mission in Monroe, please contact me: wmichael@classicalliberalarts.com.
                                                      February 19, 2010

Dear Friends in Christ,

MOP Monroe NC is one of the international missions of the Missionaries of the Poor established here in the United States of America in 2008. Our mission, though still in its formative years, conducts a food pantry, house visitations and Communion Service to four different hospices and nursing homes here in Union County, NC.  An increasing number of families are seeking our assistance for food on a weekly basis. Beginning with five, we now have seventeen families and more are coming. They need to live in hope. It is our desire that you and your family join us in this regard. Jesus Christ is the Bread of Life; in His Name we must share the bread and wine.
We do not charge for any of our services offered whether they be the corporal or spiritual works of mercy. We believe that the Lord will continue to move the hearts of his people in giving us the necessary means to fulfill His desire to be fed, to be cared and to be loved in the presence of His poor. Your generosity in helping us provide the basic necessities of our brothers and sisters, however possible, will be greatly appreciated.
Please send your donation through our good friends William and Dania Michael at the Classical Liberal Arts Academy. 
Be assured of our prayers.
God bless!

Bro. Rodel, MOP
Brother in Charge




To pray the Liturgy of the Hours, you will need your own prayer book(s).  In buying them, you will have two basic options:  the one volume abridged version, called "Christian Prayer", or the full four volume Liturgy of the Hours set.
The ultimate difference between the two is in the Office of Readings.  If you desire to pray/read the Office of Readings, you will need the 4 volume set.  The Office of Readings includes a complete year’s worth of daily readings from Scripture and the Church Fathers that correspond to the Church calendar. 
However, if you intend only to pray Morning and Evening Prayer or maybe add Midday and/or Night Prayer, you will only need the one volume version.  This edition is so easy to use that our 6 year-old son manages it by himself during our daily prayers.
Most people end up buying Saints’ biographies and Bibles anyway, but tend to have a hard time bringing them all together into a profitable routine of personal devotional reading.  Instead of that, it may be best to buy the four folume set and make the Office of Readings your primary source for daily readings on the saints and the Scriptures.  You can always read more if you find the selections leave you desiring more, but we tend to "bite off more than we can chew" when it comes to starting devotions.  This is why the Office of Readings is so helpful.

Buy your prayer books from the CLAA Bookshop and we’ll ship them in the U.S. for FREE

  LOTH 1-Vol. Christian Prayer ($37.00)

  LOTH 1-Vol. Christian Prayer, Large Print ($38.00) 
  LOTH 4-Vol. Imitation Leather ($149.00) 
  LOTH 4-Vol. Genuine Leather ($175.00) 
  LOTH 4-Vol. Large Print, Imitation Lthr. ($198.00)


Questions?  Contact us at bookshop@classicalliberalarts.com.



The Classical Liberal Arts Academy provides a complete study program like that enjoyed throughout Church history by the saints and beyond Church history by the patriarchs and philosophers of the ancient world.  While some originally thought such a program would be of no interest to modern families, the CLAA has seen close to 600 distance learning students enrolled in our first year!

However, our most important work is not that we do with books and exams.  Mr. Michael is directly involved in the life and works of the Missionaries of the Poor and through that relationship organizes international Catholic missionary projects for students and families.  We work to supply volunteer support to meet needs encountered on the mission field among the poorest of the poor.  Projects include physical care of the poor and dying, construction projects, medical care and–most importantly–evangelization and encouragement.  After all, what the poor lack most are friends–how much better when they are Christians.

If you are interested in learning more about Catholic missions opportunities for adults, students and groups, then come and visit us at CLAA Missions
Questions?  Contact us at missions@classicalliberalarts.com.

The Weekly Guide to the Liturgy of the Hours is a free service provided by the Classical Liberal Arts Academy to promote family and personal prayer.  It is designed for use with the Catholic Publishing Company’s editions of the Liturgy of the Hours.  Please encourage your friends and relatives to pray the Liturgy of the Hours and let them know we’re here to help!  Direct them to the CLAA’s Liturgy of the Hours resource center at: www.classicalliberalarts.com/LOTH.


Yes, you could buy your prayer books from Amazon and save money, but you’d be supporting a company that also sells…anything.  Buy your prayer books directly from the CLAA and support a Catholic organization that shares your values.  We’ll ship anywhere in the US for FREE.

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