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Saint John Bosco – Patron of Lost Boys

Saint John Bosco

Today is the feast of Saint John Bosco! This beloved saint is well-known for his compassionate work with poor and homeless youth, with his legacy continuing both in his home country of Italy, in the United States, and around the world. He is the patron saint of editors, publishers, schoolchildren, juvenile delinquents, and many others. To celebrate his feast day, Aquinas and More has two of our most popular Saint John Bosco titles on sale!

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What is Septuagesima Sunday?

What is Septuagesima Sunday?

Before the calendar was revised to create Ordinary Time, the Sundays leading up to Lent had much more interesting names than "The Seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time."

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The Conversion of Saint Paul

The Conversion of Saint Paul

Today, January 25th, the Church celebrates the Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul, Apostle to the Gentiles. Though not one of the Twelve Apostles, Paul converted after the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus, and he preached the Gospel and wrote many letters that are part of the New Testament of the Bible. There are other feast days upon which …

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What is the Diaconate and who is Vincent of Saragossa?

What is a Deacon?

Giving Deacons Their Due It can be easy to take little notice of a deacon in the Catholic Church unless he comes plainly into view. You know, “Oh, look. Deacon Joe is going to do the homily, today.” Other than that, it’s fairly safe to say that we Catholics don’t necessarily think about our deacons all that much. Sure, we …

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Feast of Saint Agnes of Rome

On January 21st, the Church celebrates the Feast of Saint Agnes, martyr of Rome. St. Agnes was executed either in the second half of the 3rd century or the start of the 4th century, and her feast was incorporated into the Church by the end of that 4th century at the latest. Of all the virgin martyrs of Rome, Agnes has always been …

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Saint Anthony the Abbot, not from Padua

St. Anthony the Abbot

Today is the Feast of Saint Anthony the Abbot! He was a native of Egypt, and, among many other things, the namesake of the popular Saint Anthony of Padua. Saint Anthony the Abbot was born in southern Egypt to wealthy parents, but they died when he was only in his late teens; he inherited their land and was given charge of his unmarried sister.

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The Twelfth Day of Christmas – Feast of St. John Neumann, Bishop

Saint John Neumann

In America it isn't easy being Catholic. Christmas always makes this particularly obvious as we're bombarded things we must buy, movies we must see and parties we must attend. Even the best in our culture would have us believe that the true meaning of Christmas is spending time with family. The belief in America as the land of opportunity has often been twisted into the idea that America is the place for me to live my life and further my material interests.

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The Eleventh Day of Christmas – Elizabeth Ann Seton, convert and saint

Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton

Elizabeth Ann Seton was born into the Bayley family in 1774, just two years before the American Revolution. She grew up in affluence among the socialites of New York City. Her mother was the daughter of an Episcopalian Rector and she died when Elizabeth was a youngster of three. Her father was a doctor and professor, and he saw to …

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