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The Magnificent Feast of Saints Anne and Joachim, parents of the Blessed Mother

Joachim (whose name means Yahweh prepares), was the father of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Anne (Hebrew, Hannah, grace; also spelled Ann, Anne, Anna) is the traditional name of the mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Tradition grounded on very old testimonies, very early hailed Saints Joachim and Anne as the father and mother of the Mother of God. O Lord, God of our …

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All About St. James

James drank of the cup Jesus drank of, all too shortly after the Resurrection.  Acts 12:1 tells us thatJames was one of the first martyrs of the Church. Saint James is known to have died around A.D.  44, by the sword, at the command of Herod Agrippa. Herod Agrippa I, the grandson of Herod the Great who tried to have Baby Jesus killed, set out …

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Star of the East: Saint Sharbel Makhluf, the Lebanese monk

Saint Sharbel was a Lebanese monk, born in a small mountain village and ordained in 1858. Devoted to the Blessed Virgin Mary, he spent the last twenty-three years of his life as a hermit. Despite temptations to wealth and comfort, Sharbel taught the value of poverty, self-sacrifice, and prayer by the way he lived. Pope John Paul II often said …

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Aquinas and More Interview With Christopher West

Christopher West has become a regular name in Theology of the Body circles and recently returned from a year-long sabbatical with a new book, At the Heart of the Gospel. Christopher graciously took the time to do an interview with Aquinas and More.   You have written and spoken extensively about the Theology of the Body for years. Why a …

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St. Bridget of Sweden and the 15 Prayers for His Passion

St. Bridget of Sweden was born June 14, 1303 to Birger Persson, a governor, judge and wealthy land owner and Ingeborg Bengtsdotter, a deeply pious woman. She married Prince Ulf Gudmarsson a noble and pious man. They had eight children including St. Catherine of Sweden. When her husband died in 1344 she devoted herself to religious life. In 1346 she …

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Saint Lawrence of Brindisi, Priest & Doctor of the Church

 St Lawrence was Italian and a Capuchin with great teaching, writing, and leadership abilities. His writings include a commentary on Genesis, several treatises against Luther, and nine volumes of sermons. He preached in many religions of Europe and died in Lisbon. Lawrence of Brindisi was most gifted in languages. In addition to his native Italian, he had complete reading and …

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Pray the Luminous Mysteries!

Reflection on the Luminous Mysteries Moving on from the infancy and the hidden life in Nazareth to the public life of Jesus, our contemplation brings us to those mysteries which may be called in a special way “mysteries of light”. Certainly the whole mystery of Christ is a mystery of light. He is the “light of the world” (Jn 8:12). …

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Chaplet of St. Anne

Did you know there is a Chaplet of St. Anne? It is prayed on the beads of St. Anne, consisting of the medal of St. Anne and eighteen beads. This little chaplet dates back to 1875.  The author is unknown. This chaplet is the source of a great number of favors both spiritual and temporal.  The chaplet is said by starting …

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A Novena to Glorious St. Anne

Today you can begin a novena to St. Anne, whose Feast Day along with St. Joachim, is June 26th. Anne and Joachim are the parents of Mary, our Blessed Mother, and the grandparents of Jesus. Below you'll find prayers to St. Anne and Novena choices Prayers to St. Anne to Obtain Some Special Favor Glorious St. Anne, filled with compassion for …

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