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Five books and DVDs for the month of All Souls

Books and dvds for All Souls Day

Since Purgatory ranks right up there with Mary among the most misunderstood doctrines of the Catholic Church, we've put together a list of resources to you both understand and explain Purgatory and praying for the dead during the month of November.

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Theology of All Souls Day

The Theology of All Souls Day

All Souls Day isn't as old as the Feast of All Saints but does date back more than 1000 years. The feast is celebrated to pray for the souls in Purgatory.

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History of All Saints Day

History of All Saints Day

Early History of Memorials for Martyrs and Saints From the earliest days of the Church, Christians venerated martyrs on the anniversary of their deaths by celebrating Mass on their tombs. Over the next few centuries relics began to be transferred between dioceses and memorials for several martyrs were celebrated in common. During the persecutions of Diocletian in the early 300's …

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Christ the King Sunday

Why we celebrate Christ the King

Christ the King Sunday, the final Sunday of the Liturgical year, is a feast day that focuses on the authority of Christ. While the problems our world faces today differ from the particular events that inspired Pope Pius XI to establish this feast in the 1920s, his message and call to honor Christ the King in a society that denies the authority of Our Lord is no less pertinent now than it was then.

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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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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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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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