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The Feast of St. Simon and St. Jude, Apostles and Martyrs, is October 28

Saint Jude

“Simon was a simple Galilean, a brother of Jesus, as the ancients called one’s close relatives — aunts, uncles, first cousins; he was one of Our Lord’s four first cousins, with James the Less, Jude and Joseph, all sons of Mary, the wife of Alpheus, or Cleophas, either name being a derivative of the Aramaic Chalphai. The latter was the …

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Celebrate Saint John Paul II

Saint John Paul II

When Karol Wojtyla was elected pope in 1978, I was only four. I don't remember his election but for most of my life he was the only pope I had known. In fact, since his was the third-longest reign in history, many of us growing up just assumed that he would always be around like Queen Elizabeth II. Looking back over …

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The Catholic Shopping Reward Program is back!

Aquinas and More Catholic Rewards Club

Many years ago Aquinas and More had a rewards points program in our store that we never were able to integrate fully with our website. That has changed. We are happy to announce the relaunch of the Faithful Shopper Club. Once you have signed up, every time you make a purchase, refer a friend who purchases or share links on …

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October 18 is the Feast of Saint Luke, the Evangelist

Saint Luke Feast Day

Who was Saint Luke? “Saint Luke was a native of Syrian Antioch, a Disciple from amongst the Seventy, a companion of the holy Apostle Paul (Phil 1:24, 2 Tim 4:10-11), and a physician enlightened in the Greek medical arts. Hearing about Christ, St. Luke arrived in Palestine and here he fervently accepted the preaching of salvation from the Lord Himself. …

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St. Margaret Mary Alacoque and the Sacred Heart

St. Margaret Mary and the Sacred Heart

Look at this Heart which has loved men so much, and yet men do not want to love Me in return. Through you My Divine Heart wishes to spread its love everywhere on earth.” – from St. Margaret Mary Alacoque's vision of Jesus On October 16th, the Church honors and remembers the life of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, known as Marguerite-Marie …

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Our Lady’s Victory at the Battle of Lepanto

Our Lady of Victory and the Battle of Lepanto

"Scarlet running over on the silvers and the golds, breaking of the hatches up and bursting of the holds, thronging of the thousands up that labour under sea white for bliss and blind for sun and stunned for liberty. Vivat Hispania! Domino Gloria! Don John of Austria has set his people free!" - from Lepanto by G.K. Chesterton.

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October 4 is the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi

Saint Francis of Assisi

St. Francis of Assisi is the most “popular” saint in the Church, if any can or should be called such. The religious order(s) he founded went on to become the largest in the history of the Church. St. Francis' impact on the Church, and on the world, has been enormous. Beyond all the over-sentimentalization of this truly holy man, the garden statues, …

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What Do You Know About Guardian Angels?

Guardian Angels

Today, October 2, is the Feast of the Guardian Angels “How great the dignity of the soul, since each one has from his birth an angel commissioned to guard it.” – St. Jerome, 4th century October 2 is the Feast of Guardian Angels, but how much do we know about guardian angels? In recent years, two things have happened. Outside of …

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The Feast of St. Therese of Lisieux is October 1st

Therese of Lisieux

If we think of the great missionary Saints, many names will probably come to mind: Francis Xavier, Isaac Jogues, perhaps Mother Teresa, and certainly St. Paul. One of the ironies of our Faith, however, is that if we look for the patroness of missionaries, we will find a Saint who spent her entire adult life in a convent in France: St. Therese of Lisieux, the …

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Who is St. Michael the Archangel?

Who is Saint Michael

Devotion to Michael the Archangel is one of the oldest devotions of the Church; indeed, his roles in God's divine plan date back before the Incarnation. It was St. Michael who led God's army against Lucifer and the other rebellious fallen angels, St. Michael who guards the Catholic Church and her pope, and St. Michael who, at God's commands will reprise his role against the Antichrist in the End Times.

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