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Not The Black Friday I Was Looking For

We have been working on a major site upgrade for longer than I care to think about and, wisely or not, decided to roll it out ver early on Friday morning to cause as little disruption to our company as possible. The upgrade was finished by 9am but the site kept slowing down and crashing. So instead of going back ...

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I Have Run the Race…

What: YMCA 5K Turkey Trot Where: Colorado Springs Finished in 29:10. Not bad for not having run a race in sixteen years. Thanks for inviting me to do this, Rebekah. What could be more fun than running a 5k race in below-freezing temperatures with your brother? I’m ready for the December run. Maybe there will be snow.

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Is Christmastime Really Here Already?

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. Are you ready for Christmas? If not, you should be. Right? (That’s what the commercials seem to tell us, at least.) It feels like we should have our houses all decked out for Christmas already. My favorite radio station has been playing Christmas music 24/7 since November 16. It’s almost impossible to escape from this secular Christmas ...

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Thanksgiving Sale at Aquinas and More!

Aquinas and More is helping you take care of your Christmas shopping early so you can enjoy a spiritually rewarding Advent, without having to worry about the pressure of buying gifts during the Advent season. Our Thanksgiving sale begins today, November 26, at 5pm (Mountain Time), and ends on Sunday, November 30, at 9pm (Mountain Time). Sale prices only apply ...

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The Magical Land of Narnia

The recent movies The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, and Prince Caspian have stirred a renewed interest in the novels written by C.S. Lewis, of which there are seven. Before the movies came out, I had only heard of the Narnia series in passing, and to be honest, I wasn’t particularly interested in it. After I saw the first ...

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Looking for Catholic Gifts?

“Keep the focus of Christmas on Christ, and help those on your Christmas list to do the same by giving Catholic gifts” Adoration of the Magi “Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king ...

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St. Catherine of Alexandria

Little is truly known of Saint Catherine of Alexandria, also written as St. Katherine of Alexandria, the fourth century martyr who is remembered on November 25th. Tradition hands down the story of Catherine, a virgin martyr of noble birth and quick mind who was killed for her faith around the year 305. However, popularity in the middle ages led to ...

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How Can You Possibly Believe in Faith Alone?

After listening to the Gospel on the Feast of Christ the King (Matthew 25: 31-46) about the separation of the goats from the sheep based on the performance of works and the casting into hell the goats for failing to do good works, how can anyone believe that faith alone is sufficient for salvation? I’m at a loss on this ...

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The Feast of St. Cecilia

On November 22, the Church remembers St. Cecilia, virgin and martyr, the patroness of music and specifically church music. Saint Cecilia’s inclusion in the Martyrologium Hieronymianum (martyrology of Jerome) indicates she has been venerated since at least the 4th century. There is not much known for sure however about the details of her life; in the 5th and 6th centuries, ...

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The Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

On November 21st, the Church celebrates the Feast of the Presentation of the Virgin Mary in the Temple. Though not recorded in canonical scripture, tradition holds that at a young age, Ann and Joachim, Mary’s parents, brought her to the Temple in Jerusalem to have her consecrated to God. In some accounts, it is said that she was taken to ...

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