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What do you know about Saint Ignatius?

Saint Ignatius

The Feast of Saint Ignatius of Loyola is here! As we celebrate his life, we should recognize the unbelievable importance and influence Saint Ignatius had on the current state of Catholicism in the world, and especially in the United States.     Born in Spain in 1491, Saint Ignatius underwent a spiritual conversion after being injured in battle against the French-supported …

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A Remarkable Saint from the East – the Hermit of Lebanon

Saint Sharbel

Today, July 24, is the feast day of St. Charbel (Sharbel) Makhluf of Lebanon. Today the Church celebrates the holy memory St. Charbel Makhlouf, a Maronite Catholic monk from Lebanon, known for his piety, and called by many the hermit of Lebanon and the Wonder Worker of the East. Charbel was born Youssef Antoun Makhlouf in 1828, in North Lebanon. …

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All About St. James the Greater

Saint James the Greater

James drank of the cup Jesus drank of, all too shortly after the Resurrection.  Acts 12:1 tells us that St. James the Greater 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 …

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

St. Bridget of Sweden (also known as Birgitta) 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 …

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What Are the Different Types of Rosaries?

What are the different kinds of rosaries?

Many of us are familiar with the standard, five decade rosary, the centuries-old favorite devotion of Roman Catholics throughout the world. An ornate crucifix on a strand of rosary beads is an image that most associate with devout and faithful prayer. But sometimes confusion arises with other terms, such as “chaplet” or “Franciscan rosary.” Aren’t they all the same? Well, …

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Plan Ahead for Ordinations – Chalice Sale

Chalice Sale

Every July at Aquinas and More we have a chalice sale because July is dedicated to the Most Precious Blood. This means that all of our chalices (over 180 to choose from) are on sale. Our chalices are not the cheap ones with too-good-to-be-true prices. Our chalices are made in America and Poland and aren't going to lose their gold …

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New Book Review of the Porn Myth

Pornography is a real problem in today’s world; but it’s so prevalent that it seems almost hopeless to resist. What do you, as a Catholic in today’s self-destructive, perversion-praising atmosphere, do? Pete Socks from the Catholic Book Blogger has a review of Matt Fradd’s new book, The Porn Myth. “Society today is facing one of the worst epidemics it has …

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