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The Seventh Day of Christmas – Feast of Pope St. Sylvester I

Pope St. Sylvester I was born in Rome to Rufinus and Justa in the late 200's. He was educated by a priest named Charitius or Carinus in literature and theology and was ordained a priest by Pope St. Marcellinus. He witnessed Constantine's triumph in 312 and upon the death of Pope St. Melchiades was elevated to the papacy in 314. …

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Sixth Day of Christmas – The Feast of the Holy Family

The Feast of the Holy Family is dedicated to the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, commemorating their life together in Nazareth and calling us to focus on Catholic family life. The feast is celebrated on the first Sunday after Christmas, unless Christmas falls on a Sunday, in which case it is celebrated on December 30. According to the …

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Why Not to Shop at On-line Catholic Retailers – A Response

Last week one of my employees pointed out a couple of posts over at And Sometimes Tea explaining why the writer wasn't ever shopping at online Catholic retailers anymore. Checking our records it doesn't appear that she has ever shopped with us but I thought that a response is in order for a few reasons. First, some of her criticisms …

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Art and Architecture of the Baroque

The Protestant Reformation had many causes. These varied from the abuses of indulgences in the Church to the opulence of the popes during the Renaissance period, as well as the politically motivated art commissioned during the period. Once the split occurred, questions were raised about how the Church should handle the extravagance of the Renaissance. Some Church leaders believed that …

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The Fourth Day of Christmas – Feast of the Holy Innocents

Herod was the king in Judea at the time Christ was born. He was an unpopular king, working as he did for the Romans, and his cruelty knew no bounds. He feared any threat to his power, and news of this newborn king troubled him. The wise men, whom he had asked to report the whereabouts of the Christ Child, …

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The Third Day of Christmas – Feast of St. John the Evangelist

December 27 is the Feast of St. John the Evangelist, frequently referred to as “the Beloved Disciple” in the Gospels. He was one of the first disciples called by Christ and is considered the author of the Gospel of John, at least the first of the Epistles of John and the Book of Revelation. He was also the only apostle …

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Merry Christmas From Aquinas and More (and a Bunch of Dead Guys)

As we celebrate the Birth of Our Lord and Savior, we share with you some wisdom from the Early Church Fathers for this great feast. This Christmas night bestowed peace on the whole world – So let no one threaten; This is the night of the Most Gentle One – Let no one be cruel; This is the night of …

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Christmas and Epiphany Shipping Deadlines

It's crunch time if you need to get your presents by Christmas day so here's some quick information to help you choose the best shipping method: Package deliveries are guaranteed to get there by Christmas (or your shipping is free) within the continental United States if you order in stock items (These items say: Availability: In Stock.) and: You order …

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If You Think Forced Abortions are a Thing of the Past, Think Again

Over the past couple of weeks we have received many requests for nativity sets and have had to tell our customers that almost all nativity sets are made in China and because of China's horrific human rights record, we refuse to carry products from that country. It makes it more challenging for us to not carry high sales volume things …

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More Christmas Knowledge For the Season

Today I want to draw your attention to some more Christmas articles at Aquinas and More. First, we give you the history of Good King Wenceslas. Yes, he was real. Since one of our employees is currently enjoying soy lattes (YUM!!!!)  I offer you the tradition of the Nativity Fast. Finally, a brief history of Nativity scenes.

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