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3 Tips for Getting People Back to Mass

Get People Back to Mass

“I’m Catholic but I don’t go to church.” To regular Aquinas and More visitors, that statement probably makes as much sense as, “I’m human but I don’t breathe,” still people say it all the time. Parish catechists have a particularly hard time with that perspective. They spend an hour or so a week telling kids how important it is to observe their Catholic faith, only to have those lessons denied by family schedules that don’t make time for Mass.

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3 ways to follow The Way of Perfection

Way of Perfection

Next in our brief attempts to give you a taste of the rich spirituality to be found in the writings of St. Teresa of Avila—in honor of her 500th birthday—we’re going to take a look at The Way of Perfection.

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3 Ways To Get Started With The Way of Prayer

Get Started with the Way of Prayer

We’re commemorating St. Teresa of Avila’s 500th birthday with a few brief posts to give you an idea of everything she has to offer to anyone who decides to explore her spirituality. Just be reminded, gentle reader, that brief posts about the spiritual inheritance St. Teresa left us require the use of a shoehorn.

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Living the Year of Mercy: Visiting Prisoners

Visit Prisoners

It’s time for another Jubilee Year of Mercy look at the Corporal Works of Mercy— a service brought to you by Aquinas and More Catholic Goods in response to a mercy directive from management (a.k.a., Pope Francis).

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Holy Week for Holy Families – Growing in Grace

Holy Week - Holy Families

Holy Week can often be an overwhelming time for families, especially as they prepare for Easter festivities. However, it is important not to gloss over Holy Week, especially the Triduum. While some liturgies – in length or depth – may be difficult for small families to attend, there are still other ways to experience Holy Week as a family.

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Is Holy Thursday a Holy Day of Obligation?

The short answer is no. While it is not technically a holy day of obligation, it is a beautiful Catholic Mass to attend. Holy Thursday, part of Holy Week, is one of the most significant and profound celebrations of the Catholic Church. The mass on Holy Thursday, also called the Mass of the Lord's Supper, celebrates the institution of the …

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How to be Holy – Podcast Interview with Dr. Peter Kreeft

How to be Holy

http://traffic.libsyn.com/behindthecounter/howtobeholy.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSYou all know how the Bible says “Cleanliness is next to godliness.”, right? Actually, it doesn't. That is a quote popularize by Sir Francis Bacon, Anglican and anti-Catholic. What the Bible does say is that we are all to strive for holiness. And there is the rub. Being …

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Holy Week Timeline: Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday

While Holy Week marks the final week of Jesus' earthly life, it is also the end of the Catholic Liturgical season of Lent on Holy Thursday and the 40 day Lenten fast on Holy Saturday. The week begins with Palm Sunday. The exact timeline is debatable but here is a possible timeline of Jesus' final week: Palm Sunday On the …

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How to Do Lectio Divina: Catholic Meditative Prayer

What is Lectio Divina? Lectio Divina, pronounced LEK-tsea-ho di-VEEN-ah, is a latin term meaning “divine reading” and is a Catholic meditative form of prayer.  The process is a slow, reflective praying of the Scriptures which enables the Word of God, to unify us with God…to be a fruitful source for growing our relationship with Him. The person praying the Lectio …

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