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5 ways to promote the faith like Madmen

Promote the Faith like St. Bernardine of Siena

Sometimes it can be a little hard to understand a saint’s connection to a particular patronage he or she has been assigned over the centuries, but in the case of St. Bernardine of Siena (Feast Day, May 20) the connections are crystal clear. He’s the patron of advertisers and marketers. Yep. Patron saint of the people in Madmen. Who needs intercession more than that bunch? There are two particularly strong connections between St. Bernardine and the marketing & advertising community; they cover both the visual and verbal perspectives that combine to create effective messages.

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Who Remembers Ember Days? #TBT

Ember Days

After the Second Vatican Council, it wasn’t uncommon to hear people say, “We don’t do that anymore”—a common response based on the erroneous assumption that Vatican II threw out just about everything in favor of Latin-free liturgies and statue-free churches. That wasn’t the case, but it is definitely true that, in Catholicism, there are devotional practices that have fallen in and out of fashion over the centuries. One such concept—Ember Days.

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Happy Birthday, Catholic Church!

Happy Birthday, it's Pentecost.

“When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly a sound came from heaven like the rush of a mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues as of fire, distributed and resting on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance…

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3 Ways to celebrate the Month of Mary

3 Things to do to celebrate May

May. It’s a great month. The weather starts getting warmer, color comes back to the landscape and Christians around the world pray for a winner in the Kentucky Derby. Not so much for the Kentucky Derby? How about the anniversary of Lindbergh’s Spirit of Louis flight (May 20)? The first Morse code message (May 24)? The opening of the Golden Gate Bridge (May 27)? Okay. Here’s the one you’re holding out for—the best thing about May is the fact that the Church sets it aside as a month to honor Theotokos, the Blessed Virgin, Mary the Mother of God, Our Lady of (insert your favorite Marian title here).

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