Wednesday, July 20, 2016

366 Project - Day 202 - "Switching to Latin"


July 20, 2016 - "Switching to Latin"

I've decided to start saying a portion of my daily prayers in Latin, rather than English. This is partly due to the formality and tradition of the use of Latin within the Church... partly due to the fact that in September my parish will start offering the Tridentine Mass - aka "The Traditional Latin Mass"... and partly due to the fact that I just happen to like Latin as a language.

Today all of my afternoon prayers - including both the "Rosary" and the "Divine Mercy Chaplet" were said in Latin. That won't be the case every day though. Some days it might be just a single "Pater Noster", followed by an "Ave Maria" and finished with a "Gloria Patri". We'll see.

I had to laugh a bit after I completed today's prayers, and my thoughts wandered back twenty-plus-years to memories of high school and three years of Mr. Rohleder's Latin class. He always insisted that, some day, we would find ourselves being thankful that we had chosen to take "Latin" instead of "Spanish", "French" or "German". He'd teach us something awesome and then he'd stop, point to the window (through which you could see the windows of the Spanish class next door) and, laughingly, say something like "They're over there learning how to say "My pencil is yellow"! We're in here actually reading and writing in Latin!".

I loved Mr. Rohleder... he was one of the best teachers I ever had. His wife was my English teacher during my freshman year... and she was one of the best teachers I've ever had as well. They each had a passion for what they were teaching that came through in how they would teach it. You'd actually pay attention... rather than passing notes or anything like that (which I guess was our version of "texting"). The world sure could use more teachers like Mr. and Mrs. Rohleder!

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