Thursday, October 11, 2007

Learning Latin

I am trying to learn Latin. Yes, on my own, on the Internet. Well, it is free, right? So after much research, I finally found this. So far the lessons seem like just what I need to really learn. It offers homework which is great for me because I don't really learn by just reading, unfortunately. I have completed Lesson 1, Lesson 2, and Homework 1, and I did ok. I do not own a Latin dictionary YET, so I kind of struggled where I was supposed to look up words, but overall I did ok. I am not on par with the likes of Margaret, (not even close), but hopefully one day I will.

Also, while I'm on the subject of Latin, I would really like to attend a Traditional Latin Mass. I never have. As all of you know (yuck, yuck I'm the only reader) I am a convert to the Catholic faith. I came into the Church Easter 2005. So my experience is fairly limited. Also, I lived in Wyoming, and the access to a TLM is basically non-existant. But now that we live here in sunny Arizona, I hope to find a parish one day that does the TLM. My husband is all for it too.

Don't get me wrong, I am fine with going to our "regular" Sunday mass, but there are some things that bother me. Actually, I think they take away from the mass and celebration of the Eucharist, but I'm not an expert at all on this subject, so I'm not criticizing. The things that bother me personally is when the music is very LOUD and there are not traditional instruments playing. Like drums. I also feel, again personally, that if the music were put in the back of the church instead of up front, the peoples attention would be more likely to focus on Jesus and not Sammy over there playing rock music on his guitar. Also, I for one, really LIKE the traditional songs and really can't participate when I am handed a piece of paper with words to songs I have never heard before, instead of reading out of the hymn book.

Sorry, this wasn't supposed to be a whiny post. Just a small post to say where I am at in learning Latin. I got sidetracked. Well, I guess if anyone reads this blog, they will get used to that.


Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

I agree with your opinion of the music at Novus Ordo Masses. 10 1/2 years ago we began driving out of town (an hour) to go the Tridentine Mass for a number of reasons. We don't live in Arizona, but you can find the regularly scheduled Tridentine Masses throughout the U.S. and Canada on the Ecclesia Dei website. If you don't already have their address, it is:

There are weekly Masses at Clarkdale, Phoenix (at two parishes, one has daily Tridentine Masses, also), and Tucson has a Tridentine Mass daily. The website is updated as new Masses are added.

Thanks for sharing the information on the Latin website. I tried to learn Latin when we were homeschooling, but haven't continued with it. I'm going to check out the website!

Cmerie said...

Thank you for the information on where to find a TLM. I went on the website and did find one. It's a bit of a drive, but it may be worth it. I think we are going to try it out tomarrow. I'm glad that you found the Latin information useful.

This is a new blog, just started yesterday, so I was pleasantly surprised to see some people had visited.

Thanks for your comments