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3 Tips for Getting People Back to Mass

Get People Back to Mass

“I’m Catholic but I don’t go to church.” To regular Aquinas and More visitors, that statement probably makes as much sense as, “I’m human but I don’t breathe,” still people say it all the time. Parish catechists have a particularly hard time with that perspective. They spend an hour or so a week telling kids how important it is to observe their Catholic faith, only to have those lessons denied by family schedules that don’t make time for Mass.

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3 ways to follow The Way of Perfection

Way of Perfection

Next in our brief attempts to give you a taste of the rich spirituality to be found in the writings of St. Teresa of Avila—in honor of her 500th birthday—we’re going to take a look at The Way of Perfection.

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3 Ways To Get Started With The Way of Prayer

Get Started with the Way of Prayer

We’re commemorating St. Teresa of Avila’s 500th birthday with a few brief posts to give you an idea of everything she has to offer to anyone who decides to explore her spirituality. Just be reminded, gentle reader, that brief posts about the spiritual inheritance St. Teresa left us require the use of a shoehorn.

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Living the Year of Mercy: Visiting Prisoners

Visit Prisoners

It’s time for another Jubilee Year of Mercy look at the Corporal Works of Mercy— a service brought to you by Aquinas and More Catholic Goods in response to a mercy directive from management (a.k.a., Pope Francis).

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Holy Week for Holy Families – Growing in Grace

Holy Week - Holy Families

Holy Week can often be an overwhelming time for families, especially as they prepare for Easter festivities. However, it is important not to gloss over Holy Week, especially the Triduum. While some liturgies – in length or depth – may be difficult for small families to attend, there are still other ways to experience Holy Week as a family.

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How to be Holy – Podcast Interview with Dr. Peter Kreeft

How to be Holy

http://traffic.libsyn.com/behindthecounter/howtobeholy.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSYou all know how the Bible says “Cleanliness is next to godliness.”, right? Actually, it doesn't. That is a quote popularize by Sir Francis Bacon, Anglican and anti-Catholic. What the Bible does say is that we are all to strive for holiness. And there is the rub. Being holy …

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#TBT Why have a Saint Joseph Table?

Why have a Saint Joseph Table?

It’ll soon be that time of year when people all over will gather around their televisions to watch that classic movie, The Quiet Man. But we’ll talk about St. Patrick and things Irish another day. Today we’re going to focus on a feast day that tends to be especially dear to our Italian brothers and sisters, but which we all have a reason to celebrate. It’s the feast day of the original “quiet man”—St. Joseph, spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary and foster father to the Son of God. The month of March is traditionally dedicated to Saint Joseph with his feast day falling on March 19th.

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How to pray like a Carmelite

How to pray like a Carmelite

Saying you want to pray like a Carmelite is a bit like saying you want to play baseball like Joe DiMaggio. The Carmelites are, after all—when it comes to lifting the heart and mind to God—heavy lifters, so to speak. That said, we’re going to take our best shot today at starting down the Carmelite path of prayer.

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Four ways to live like Saint Frances of Rome

Four ways to live like Saint Frances of Rome

We all know the current Francis of Rome. But before him, there was a “Frances” of Rome. She was an uptown girl of noble birth—a holy girl, wholly unimpressed by her position. She wanted to devote her life to Jesus Christ.

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