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What Does the Annunciation Mean for You?

Is the Annunciation an isolated incident, something that happened to our Blessed Mother Mary and that we acknowledge once a year in celebration? Or is the message of the Archangel Gabriel and the response given by the young virgin to whom he brought it intended to speak to us even today?

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What is the Divine Mercy?

What is Divine Mercy Sunday?

On February 22nd, 1931 Jesus appeared to a young Polish nun. He was dressed in a white garment and had one hand raised in blessing and the other at His breast. From His chest flowed rays, one in red and the others in light shades. He asked Sr. Faustina to reproduce the image of Him just as she saw it with the words "Jesus I Trust in You" to be written below His feet.

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8 Things You May Not Know About Good Friday

8 Things you may not know about Good Friday

It is Good Friday. The day of the Crucifixion. If you haven't seen the movie The Passion of Christ, we recommend it as a solemn preparation for the Good Friday Stations and Service. Here are eight bits of history and tradition about this most somber of days on the liturgical calendar.

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Aquinas and More is Moving!

Four years ago we moved our family to Fort Collins so I could take on the role of Operations Manager for the distribution center that shipped Ignatius Press and Magnificat books. I brought Aquinas and More along with me. Since then, the owner, Neil McCaffrey, decided to retire and Ignatius and Magnificat agreed to move their operations to Illinois to …

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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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Five tips for being a dad like Saint Joseph

Five ways to be like Saint Joseph as a Father

Any man who’s a father looks at himself in the mirror every once in a while and wonders, “How did God ever decide that I was up to this job?” Now, imagine being St. Joseph. He probably didn’t come across his reflection all that often, and it’s a good thing. He woke up every morning knowing that he was responsible for the well-being of both the Son of God and the Mother of God. If he had a mirror, he would have spent so much time staring at it in disbelief people may have mistaken him for a narcissist.

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Reclaiming Liturgical Days: St. Patrick’s Day

There are a number of well known holidays that have their roots in our rich Catholic faith. Many of these holidays are celebrated differently in our modern day culture than the true Catholic roots would suggest they be celebrated or honored. St. Patrick's Day is one such holiday. While St. Patrick's Day is most well-known in our current culture for a day of drinking and frivolity, that is most certainly not the true importance of the day. As we form our families and raise our children, let us do our best to reclaim these important Catholic days and return them to their original glory.

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Five things you should know about Saint Patrick

5 things to know about St. Patrick

Today is the Feast of Saint Patrick! One of the best known and most beloved saints, Saint Patrick is the patron of Ireland and the subject of many stories. He was influential in evangelizing the island of Ireland and became a bishop. He was born in Britain to Roman citizens, but captured by Irish slavers. After escaping, he became a cleric and eventually returned to Ireland to continue God's work.

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3 Tips for Evangelizing Like Saint Patrick

How to evangelize like Saint Patrick

Some people say that everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. But wouldn’t it be great if everyone were like St. Patrick on St. Patrick’s Day? If instead of, “Hey! Let’s find a bar and have a few beers!” we’d say, “Hey! Let’s find a bar, buy a round for some people and talk to them about Christ and His Church.”

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