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St. Bernard of Clairvaux, Abbot and Church Doctor

Saint Bernard of Clairvaux

"You wish me to tell you why and how God should be loved. My answer is that God himself is the reason he is to be loved." (1090-1153) Born in France, Bernard was a Cistercian abbot and legendary speaker who fought for the peace and unity of the Church against schism. He wrote many treatises on the Blessed Virgin and Jesus Christ, as well as many works of theology and ascetism. His life manifested a profound recognition of the importance of obedience in one's spiritual life.

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What You Don’t Know About the Assumption

Feast of the Assumption

On August 15th we celebrate the Assumption of Mary, a feast that has been celebrated as far back as the fifth century. In the East the feast is also called "The Dormition" which means "Falling Asleep". This isn't to say that Mary didn't die, both the East and West agree that she did physically die.

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St. John Mary Vianney, (the Cure d’Ars)

Saint John Vianney

(1786-1859) Born new Lyons, France, he was ordained in 1815 in Grenoble, and in 1818 was assigned to the parish of Ars, where he spent the rest of his life. He was best known for his steadfast care of souls, for his spirit of prayer and mortification and, above all, for his tireless dedication to the Sacrament of Penance. He ...

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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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9 Facts About the Sacred Heart

Nine Things You Didn't Know About the Sacred Heart

Sure, you know about the Sacred Heart. But do you know where the devotion came from or how long it took to be accepted? Nine things to share about the Sacred Heart.

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8 Things You May Not Know About Good Friday

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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Looking East: Clean Monday and Clean Fridges

Looking East - It's Clean Fridge Day

Eastern Lent is as rewarding as it is rigorous and Holy Mother Church in her great wisdom allows us to slowly move into Lent, gently easing us into the Great Fast. It is a gradual process and helps the faithful gather strength.

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Advent Symbols and Celebrations – Part II

Advent customs and traditions II

Advent is a time of waiting, conversion and of hope, a preparation for the coming of the Messiah. The word Advent comes from the Latin advenio, meaning "to come to"; it refers to the coming of Christ. As with Part I, here are three more expressions of piety to prepare the way of the Lord.

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